Porsche 1-2 Sets Up Three-Way Effective Tie Before IMSA Season Finale

Before the season-ending Petit Le Mans endurance race next month, Penske Porsche Motorsport secured an unexpected 1-2 result at team owner Roger Penske’s Indianapolis Motor Speedway, thus tying the race for third place in the IMSA GTP championship. The No. 6 Penske Porsche driven by Nick Tandy and Mathieu Jaminet is currently five points and two points behind the No. 31 Action Express Cadillac and the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Racing Acura. That amounts to a tie in the IMSA points system. With a victory at Petit Le Mans next month, any of the three would be able to claim the title, which would be the first in the current GTP class and the most competitive top-level prototype championship in American racing since the early 1990s.


Seven vehicles are still eligible to win the title, with the No. 25 Rahal Letterman Lanigan BMW being the closest to the front runners at a distance of 38 points. All four IMSA GTP manufacturers now have a realistic chance of winning the championship at the conclusion of that ten-hour race, even though the RLL car would require the support of all three other championship contenders to place third in the final race. Any championship would also be a season-long championship won on debut for whichever factory-backed effort gets the final checkered flag because all four vehicles are brand new.

The IMSA GTD championships have already been decided, effectively or formally, while the GTP championship is approaching the finish line. By just beginning today’s race, Paul Miller Racing—which has five victories this season—won the pro-am GTD sprint championship. The season-long championship was locked up with a podium finish in today’s race, despite the fact that the team qualified on the overall pole among all GTD cars. Although the No. 14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus has a sizable lead and could win the championship if they start the season finale, the GTD Pro championship is not yet decided.


The Petit Le Mans endurance event, which takes place on October 14 at Road Atlanta, marks the completion of the IMSA season. once the series begins  again at Daytona in January, Lamborghini will have joined the top class with their new SC63 prototype.

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