Will IMSA's P2 Class Soon Be Extinct?

IMSA Tudor Sportscar P2 Class

Despite looking like a Michael Bay wet dream cast in carbon-fiber, IMSA’s P2 class of prototype racers is dwindling in numbers and getting its collective clock cleaned by the much lower-tech, tube-framed Daytona Prototype class. That Daytona Prototype (DP) class has benefitted greatly from IMSA’s Balance of Performance guidelines, leading to the DP cars winning at Daytona, Sebring, and Long Beach before we saw the P2 guys finally scoring a win at this past weekend’s race at Laguna Seca. A track that, arguably, favors handling over horsepower.

That single P2 win, however, may have come too late to save the class.

As if to underscore that point, Motorsport.com recently reported that the Muscle Milk Nissan P2 team shown, above, was not only skipping the California races- but probably skipping the rest of the season altogether. The always-strong-in-ALMS Dyson Racing, also, has left the class to run in GT with a pair of V8-powered Bentleys– basically leaving the Tequila Patrón Hondas, OAK Racing, and the twin Mazdas to contest the category alone.

Still, perhaps all is not lost. The P2 class remains visually exciting and generally relevant in a “triple crown” of Daytona/Sebring/LeMans sort of way. Besides that, Honda recently announced a new HPD chassis program which should take advantage of the new IMSA rules to take the fight directly to the DP cars in 2015.

Wait and see, kiddos. The 2015 season of IMSA racing is still nine months away and already has rumors swirling. It’s gonna be good, I think. Stay tuned!

 

Source | Photos: Motorsport.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.