IMSA today outlined its plans for the future of the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge race series. The governing body plans to honor the series’ legacy of close and relatively cost-effective competition by introducing several new initiatives that hold the aim of improving racing while reducing costs.
“The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge is a staple of our event weekends,” said IMSA Managing Director, Racing Operations Simon Hodgson. “We have heard from many long-time competitors and stakeholders in the series, and believe the timing is right for us to re-establish what the Continental Tire Challenge stands for to everybody involved. This series has a legacy of close and relatively cost-effective competition and we plan to honor that legacy by introducing a number of key initiatives.”
According to a statement mailed to all IMSA CTSCC teams, IMSA plans to ensure compliance in regards to performance, components and cost for future series racecars and will set me performance benchmarks that can be easily adjusted with performance enhancements or restrictions. The series also says it “encourages individual entrepreneurial motorsports organizations to participate in a cost-contained professional racing environment, developing team and driver expertise and automotive hardware, while demonstrating and promoting the performance, quality and reliability of the cars through close competition.”
According to RACER, specific details on IMSA CTSCC performance balancing for 2016 will be announced shortly. The series heads to Austin, Texas next for Round 9 of the season at Circuit of the Americas. If you’re interested in tuning in, IMSA will stream the race live on IMSA.tv on Friday, September 18th.