A new championship for LM P3 in the United States in 2024

Officials from Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) and IMSA have confirmed the plan for a new championship for LM P3 from 2024.

Published on 25/10/2023 à 10:46

Dorian Grangier

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A new championship for LM P3 in the United States in 2024

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No, the LM P3 is not dead! If the category will no longer be present in IMSA next year, the authorities still wanted to bring the LM P3 to life through a new formula. Thus, in partnership with Historic Sportscar Racing (which notably manages the 24 Hours of Daytona Classic), a new championship – entitled HSR Prototype Challenge – will be born in 2024. The events will be managed by HSR with the supervision of theIMSA, which holds the licensing rights for LM P3 racing in the United States and Canada.

Six races on the 2024 calendar

Six rounds will be on the program for this new series. Each event will have a race format ofEndurance, lasting from 90 minutes to three hours, with two distinct categories: the LM P3-1 class will include current generation cars, while the LM P3-2 class will use previous generation LM P3 cars. The field must be made up of at least 20 cars: otherwise, the LM P3s will be included in the races of group 6 (prototypes) of the HSR, as they have been in recent years.

All HSR Prototype Challenge cars will run on Michelin tires and use VP Racing fuels. Ligier and Duqueine plan to have representatives on site for technical support at each event. Each race will include a timed pit stop. Teams will have the option of fielding one or two drivers, with no minimum driving time.

In terms of the calendar, it will be modeled on the Historic Sportscar Racing meetings. The first round will take place March 8-10 at Sebring, followed by a two-hour event at Road Atlanta. The first part of the season will conclude with a 90-minute race at Watkins Glen on the weekend of June 6-9.

The series will return to Atlanta to open the second half of the season with a two-hour race September 19-22, followed by the penultimate round at Daytona October 30-November 3. The season will end at Sebring with a three-hour event from December 4-8.

“LMP3 continues to be a valuable IMSA platform for a variety of reasons, said John Doonan, President of IMSA. It provides drivers, teams and crew members with access to prototype racing and can serve as a catalyst for a career in endurance sports car racing. As part of IMSA's VP Racing SportsCar Challenge, which uses current-generation LM P3 cars, competitors have the opportunity to refine their racing technique in 45-minute single-driver sprint races. »

“Continuing to offer an endurance racing format is important to IMSA, LMP3 competitors and stakeholders. It is a logical progression to incorporate LMP3 endurance racing into our HSR platform, where many previous generation LMP3 cars already compete. We believe the HSR Prototype Challenge presented by IMSA will be a popular addition to HSR event weekends in 2024 and beyond. »

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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