This year, the International Motorsport Association celebrates its 50th anniversary. Founded in 1969 by a former SCCA director John Bishop with the financial backing of NASCAR impresario Bill France, the senior IMSA race was approved for the Formula Vee and Formula Ford Open Wheelers at the Pocono Raceway. From this unfavorable beginning, the sanctioning body grew to capture some of the most influential American motorsports events ever since.
Between the IMSA GT Championship, which produced great manufacturer support and mega-speeds in the 1990s, to the American Le Mans Series, which did the same in the 2000s, Bishop's Sanction Board was instrumental in its growth responsible for the American sports car race.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the IMSA, many teams will compete in the upcoming 24-hour race at Daytona this weekend, bringing the most important vehicles from IMSA's past into their junior series. Some teams have implemented these paint jobs better than others, but all have been announced here so far.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing –
While Castrol is more likely associated with Jaguar GTP cars of the late '80s, IMSA's history, the famous green / white / red livery was in the 1990s performed a GTO Mustang. The Motorcraft stripes adorned in the late 1980s introduced by Roush GTO Mustangs.
For me, the Motorcraft looks great, but the Castrol is a bit bland.
Starworks Motorsport –
With this somewhat predictable Audi 90 Quattro GTO livery, the Starworks squad returns to Audi's IMSA GTO program. It's cool to see those colors again, but the R8 will never be as cool as the fire-breathing GTO car.
CORE Autosport –
CORE moved from a successful LMP2 program to an IMSA-specific Nissan DPi for 2019 in 2018. To bring Nissan's heritage back into the IMSA network, they sport a similar livery like the Nissan R91CP, who won the 1992 Daytona 24.
Riley Technologies Mercedes –
Professional driver Ben Keating of Riley Technologies happens to be doing frequent business with the automotive chemicals company Wynn & # 39; s. As he flipped through vintage livery to catch a flashback for the 2019 season, Keating saw the Wynn-sponsored Hotchkis Racing Porsche 962. The team has worked out a sponsorship deal for the entire season, so I hope that this radical finish will last for the entire season. The golden wheels are a perfect match. That's right.
Team Penske Acura –
Acura's red / orange-white livery is absolutely tied to the history of modern motor sports. The colors are far more recognizable than those of the World Challenge series, RealTime Racing, which is not an IMSA approved series. Although Acura and Comptech partnered with a 3-liter V6 Spice chassis in the 1991 IMSA GTP Lights season. That's the color the team is aiming for, and it works well if it's a bit on the simple side. Sometimes simplicity works best.