This will be the 51st IMSA season and the end of an era. The 2022 Keto Technologies SportsCar Series (KTSS) season will be sanctioned by the new North American Motor Sports Association (NAMSA), formed in 2020 by the merger of properties owned by Roger Penske and the France family.
Simulator: Lights to Flag
Classes: Grand Touring Prototype (GTP), Grand Touring Daytona (GTD), Electric Grand Touring (eGT)
Cars: GTP teams can develop their own chassis or purchase customer chassis from Oreca, Dallara, Multimatic, or FCT. GTD and eGT teams can use any car approved for Group GT3 racing. GTP and GTD teams will require one car per team. eGT teams will require one car per driver.
Engines: GTP and GTD teams will be able to buy customer hybrid engines from several manufacturers - the same engine spec will be used in both series. eGT teams will be able to do the same, with several choices of customer electric engines.
Here's the link for information about suppliers: Supplier List
Drivers: Each team will require two full-time drivers and at least one part-driver to take part in the five endurance races. Any RL or fictional driver is eligible, subject to availability and contract agreement. Full-time drivers will have a seasonal salary, while part-time drivers will be paid on a per-race basis. Drivers will be ranked in tiers from 1 (Lewis Hamilton) to 10 (young IndyLights drivers) with suggested salaries for each tier, and an RNG will be used to make their contract decisions.
(Real-life driver tiers will be set by actual performance. Fictional drivers will be set by performance in canonical series.)
Teams: There will be 32 cars on the grid, with a minimum of eight cars in each class. A 33rd car (Tesla Motorsports) will be entered in eGT to test the Tesla engines for the 2022 Nikola Tesla Trophy presented by SpaceX. The Telsa Trophy will be using GTP chassis, possibly with less stringent safety rules, and (much?) more powerful versions of eGT engines.
Numbers: Each team will have a unique number for each car (1-99), with #1 reserved for the defending GTP championship team. For the 2021 season, it will be given to Penske Racing.
Budgets: Each team in a class will have the same starting budget, which will be used for chassis, engines, drivers, repairs, testing, and upgrades. Money can be earned through race winnings, sponsorship, TV money, and subsidies. TV money will be based on the total popularity of the field of drivers. Top-tier drivers will get a better TV contract, and high-profile foreign drivers could get the series shown in their home countries.
Testing: Several free test sessions will be scheduled immediately after race weekends. GTP teams can earn subsidies from Tesla Motorsports by running Tesla Trophy engines in their race chassis on test days. The subsidy does not cover damage.
IMSA 51 will include 16 races.
- Jan. 24: Motul Daytona Qualifying Race, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla. (2 hours)
- Jan. 30: Rolex 24 of Daytona, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla. (24 hours)
- Feb. 28: Foyt/Rutherford 12 Hours of Texas, Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Tex. (12 hours)
- Mar. 20: Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla. (12 hours)
- Apr. 11: Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach Street Course, Long Beach, Cal. (3 hours)
- Apr 25: Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Cal. (3 hours)
- May 16: Acura Sports Car Challenge, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (3 hours)
- June 11: Detroit Grand Prix, The Raceway on Belle Isle, Detroit, Mich. (3 hours)
- June 27: Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY (6 hours)
- July 2: Chevrolet Grand Prix, Mosport Park, Bowmanville, Ont. (3 hours)
- July 25: Northeast Grand Prix, Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Conn. (3 hours)
- Aug. 7: IMSA Sports Car Weekend, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. (3 hours)
- Aug. 28: Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Virg. (3 hours)
- Sept. 11: Molson Grand Prix, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Que. (3 hours)
- Sept. 18: Toronto Grand Prix, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ont. (3 hours)
- Oct. 2: Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga. (12 hours)
In a 3-hour race, both drivers must drive at least 75 minutes. In endurance races, all three drivers must drive at least 90 minutes for every six hours.
The following teams will be part of the season:
GTP: Penske Racing (#1 and #7), Ganassi Racing (#8 and #9), Andretti Motorsports (#5 and #6)
GTD: Corvette Racing (#3 and #4)
eGT: Porsche 99X Racing (#99), Audi eTron Racing (#36), Mercedes Racing (#44), BMW iFE Racing (#22)
Potential team owners should let me know if they want one of those teams or a fictional team. Teams can consist of one or two cars.