You’ve got to love IMSA. The Prototype racers are like spaceships. Four wheeled UFOs. If you didn’t know better, the picture of the Acura ARX-05 DPi above may as well be an aircraft.
The paddock at a sports car event is totally unlike IndyCar or F1. Everything is open. No barriers or extra cost passes. Although some teams, like Wayne Taylor Racing, do look deadly serious, Daniel Demaras managed to locate the ever smiling Helio Castroneves.
When you move down the grid to the GTLM and GTD cars, the mood is much lighter. The competition on the track is still ferocious, but it’s all smiles before the race. Some of the racers are a little older, and clearly Jan Magnussen, IMSA President Scott Atherton, and Chris Demaras all have the same barber.
TV crews and media were out in force, trying to get interviews with superstar drivers like Juan Pablo Montoya driving the Team Penske DPi.
But once the Weather Tech grid girls arrived, attention shifted the the variety of ice-cream coloured race cars at the GT end of the field.