For Saturday’s penultimate race for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, there are currently 35 cars entered at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. 22 are in Grand Sport, while 13 are in the TCR class.
In Grand Sport, probably the most notable fact is that eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing is not entered. As we noted in Pace Laps on Monday, the team has effectively been parked due to eEuroparts.com having financial difficulties and selling themselves last week.
At Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport, Indy Dontje has a conflict. He is competing full-time in ADAC GT Masters and they are racing this weekend at the Hockenheimring in Germany. Dontje told Frontstretch back in June that Winward Racing has progressed enough that they do a lot of the work on their Mercedes-AMG GT4s themselves, but having the relationship with HTP Motorsport still helps a lot. That partnership has resulted in Dominik Baumann getting the nod to drive the No. 33 Mercedes alongside Russell Ward. Baumann is a veteran driver for HTP Motorsport who primarily competes in Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe and Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup races.
The duo of Ari Balogh and Greg Liefooghe have moved over to KohR Motorsports for the weekend, taking over the No. 59 Ford Mustang GT4. At VIR, Balogh and Liefooghe were in separate entries. Balogh finished third in an AirBnB-sponsored BMW for BimmerWorld Racing while Liefooghe was fifth in another BMW for Stephen Cameron Racing.
Quest Racing is back for their first start of the season after competing full-time in 2018. Alexandre Premat is back, along with Mark Ramsey. This season, the team has competed part-time in SRO America competition.
TCR sees HART (Honda of America Racing Team) return after missing VIR due to too much work at their day jobs in Marysville, Oh. In addition, LA Honda World Racing has expanded back to three cars with the addition of the No. 73 Honda Civic Type-R TCR for Mat Pombo and Mike LaMarra.
The WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120 is scheduled to go green Saturday (Sep. 14) at 6:05 p.m. The race will be streamed live at both IMSA.com and FansChoice.tv.
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