I'm so let down and disappointed by the sound of the C8.R. The distinct thunderous roar is gone, now it sounds more whiny like an angry paper shredder and just blends in with the rest of the cars. The Cadillac DPi's now sound the best followed by the RSR Porsche. I know innovation is needed but man I'm really gonna miss that sound from the C6.R/C7.R's. The flat plane V8 even sounds good in the Mustang GT350R. Long live the C7.R you will be missed
And the yellow livery looks good, needs a big Jake emblem though. I dont care for the silver livery at all, both cars need to be yellow.
I haven't heard an update on Brian Till either (he is currently battling throat cancer).
It's not that a ton of teams have dropped out, I don't think the numbers are too far off from last year. However, losing a single GTLM team like Ford drops us by two. A couple of the also-ran DPI teams have backed out due to lack of funding or interest (I think Juncos is gone right?). One of the Aston Martin's is gone because the funding Silver driver injured himself. One of the GTD teams went to GTE over in Europe because ELMS or WEC is cheaper than IMSA right now (the Keating car/team).
The sad part is that you have a lot of teams here just for the big endurance races or the 24 hour itself. LMP2 last year had two...two cars in the full season. So the 7-8 here for the race likely aren't doing the whole season.
The word on all the podcasts is more or less two things: expense and lack of LeMans transferable cars. That could change, but the expenses are apparently extremely high even compared to other series (because of the number of races, the distances traveled, etc?).
I think splitting DPi and LMP2 into 2 seperate classes was dumb. I get the BoP standpoint but you only have a few P2 cars (everyone gets a podium) and less DPi than last year so thats also a lower car count whereas keeping them all in one class keeps the numbers higher for the field.
It was like years ago when PC class only had a couple cars in the field so sometimes teams would be doing laps just to finish to get a win.