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IMSA Renews Long-Term Partnership with SRO for GT4 Homologation

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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida. “This is one of the most popular competition sports car specifications in the IMSA sanctioned class and will continue to compete in the IMSA for the foreseeable future.

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IMSA officials today confirmed a long-term extension to an agreement with the Stephane Ratel Organization (SRO) that could allow cars built to GT4 specifications to remain at IMSA through the 2028 season. GT4 vehicles are currently used in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Grand Sport (GS) class.

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“The decision to include the GT4 in the Michelin Pilot Challenge GS class ahead of the 2017 season continues to be a smart decision,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “In addition to fields in some IMSA-sanctioned single car series, the GS class typically attracts the largest fields in each race.

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“This is an amazing customer racing platform that has been adopted by several manufacturers at a price point that appeals to many teams and riders. We are excited to work with Stefan Ratel and his team at SRO to continue to delight IMSA fans with GT4 racing for many seasons to come.”

Eight different GT4 manufacturers, 37 different teams and 86 different drivers have competed in the GS class in at least one IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race. The GS class averaged over 28 cars per race during the first four races of the season.

“We are very pleased to confirm the long-term extension of our licensing agreement with IMSA for the GT4 category,” said Stéphane Ratel, founder and CEO of SRO Motorsports Group. “According to the global survey we conduct every year, the GT4 has now surpassed all other GT categories in terms of the number of cars raced around the world. This success has been made possible by the numerous championships and series on different continents that have adopted this inexpensive yet highly competitive formula. With this announcement, we can look forward to the GT4 remaining an important part of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in the Grand Sport class for many years to come.”

The next opportunity for racing fans to see GT4 cars in action is on Saturday, June 25th when the Michelin Pilot Challenge returns to Watkins Glen International at the two-hour Tioga Downs Casino Resort 120. The race will be broadcast live on Peacock TV. The report will air on the USA Network at 3:30 pm ET on Friday, July 1.



Source: www.imsa.com

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