A minimum of 2 drivers are required for every race, maximum of 5 drivers for long races.
Features 2 styles of cars: Prototype and GT (Grand Touring).
All cars race at the same time on the track together, each with their own battle for the lead.
Drivers include both amateur and pro.
The Prototpe (P) class features the fastest and most technologically advanced cars in North America.
They are specifically designed and engineered for the race track and look drastically different than a typical street car.
|2020 Daytona Prototype International Class (DPi)
Utilizing the same technical regulations as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the GTLM cars are the most elite and fastest GT cars on
the track. Based on production models, they are engineered to extract the maximum performance possible. The class serves
as a true proving ground for leading manufacturers such as BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, and Porsche.
The GT Daytona cars are enhanced (not defined by) technology and utilize the global FIA-GT3 specification.
Acura NSX GT3
Aston Martin Vantage GT3
Audi R8 LMS GT3
BMW M6 GT3
Ferrari 488 GT3
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
Lexus RCF GT3
McLaren 720S GT3
Porsche 911 GT3 R
|Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona
|IMSA Championship Point System
Points are awarded in each class. This points system below is the same system used for driver, team and
First Place - 35 Points
Second Place - 32 Points
Third Place - 30 Points
Fourth Place - 28 Points
Fifth Place - 26 Points
Sixth Place - 25 Points
Seventh Place - 24 Points
Eighth Place - 23 Points
Ninth Place - 22 Points
Tenth Place - 21 Points
Cars finishing in 30th and after receive 1 point.
The point for the fastest lap is only awarded in the drivers' championship.
Every car is treated as it's own team and receives points as such.
Each manufacturer receives finishing points for its highest finishing car in each class. The positions of subsequent
finishing cars from the same manufacturer are not taken into consideration, and all other manufacturers move up in
Acura ARX-05 DPi
ENGINES - 600 hp
Cadillac 6.2L V8
Mazda 2.0L Turbocharged inline 4 cylinder
Acura twin-turbo 3.5L V6
4L twin-turbo V8, front engine
5.5L V8, mid engine
3.9L turbo V8, mid engine
4L V6, mid engine
3.6L Turbo V6
4L Turbo V8
4.4L Turbo V8
3.9L Turbo V8
4L flat 6
The International Motor Sports Association is a North American auto racing
sanctioning body based in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is owned by NASCAR.
IMSA is the sanctioning body of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
WeatherTech Sportscar Championship
A sports car racing series based in the United States and Canada that resulted
from the merger of Grand-Am Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series in 2014.
The season begins with its premier race, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the last weekend
of January and ends with the Petit Le Mans, another North American Endurance Cup
race, in early October.
Races are either 1 hour 40 minutes, 2 hours 40 minutes, 6 hours, 12 hours or 24 hours.
The championship features two styles of cars – Prototype, which showcases the latest
automotive technology and are uniquely designed for the racetrack, and Grand Touring,
which is based on road-going production models. These two styles of cars make up the
series’ four classes
DPi - BLACK Class Decal and Number. Leader lights are white
LMP2 - BLUE Class Decals, Leader Lights, Number Panels and Wing Endplates
GTLM - RED Class Decals, Leader Lights, Number Panels and Wing Endplates
GTD - GREEN Class Decals, Leader Lights, Number Panels and Wing Endplates
Daytona Prototype International (DPi)
Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2)
GT Le Mans (GTLM)
GT Daytona (GTD)
|2020 Le Mans Prototype 2 Class (LMP2)
A closed cockpit car developed by four approved constructors. In addition to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship, LMP2 cars are eligible to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship. This class is not
for the top professional drivers, but for gentlemen racers who prefer these cars to GT cars, or for drivers working
on their skills so that they can move up to the DPi class one day.
BMW M8 GTE
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R
Ferrari 488 GTE
Porsche 911 RSR
|Each of the four classes have a different color Class Decal, Number and Panel.
In addition, the position of the car in the race is displayed on the side via a LED light,
called a Leader LIght. This number represents the car's place in the race within its class.
|24 Hours of Daytona vs 24 Hours of Le Mans
Type of Track
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Florida USA
Utilizes part of the tri-oval and an infield road course
Held entirely over a closed course
Course is lighted.
3.56-mile (5.73 km)
Last weekend of January or first weekend of February,
when nightime is at it's longest = 12 hours of darkness
Circuit de la Sarthe
Le Mans, France
Comprises private race track sections
and public roads
No lights, cars depend on headlights
8.467-mile (13.626 km)
Held in June, the darkness lasts about 8 hours.
While there are two drivers per car in every class at every race, 1-3 more drivers are added to
the teams at the long (Endurance) races.
There are four Endurance Races during the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship season:
the Rolex 24 at Daytona
the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts
the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen
the Motul Petit Le Mans
There is a special championship for just these races, called the Michelin Endurance Cup.
The winners in each of the five classes are awarded points at specific intervals for drivers, teams
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