We’re Converging on Convergence

This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.

I’ve never understood why Americans fought against global racing rulebooks. But I’m glad motor racing’s new economic order has forced everyone to agree on some common racing formulas.
2020 Rolex 24

Friday IMSA and the people who run Le Mans announced new rules that will converge global Hypercars and IMSA’s new LMDh category starting next year.

The smaller field at this weekend’s Rolex 24 will tell you why. Entries are down 30 percent in the last five years.  Manufacturer disinterest in expensive rules speaks volumes.

What’s more, any rules that ignore electrification and hybrids could actually drive away auto makers. Again, car makers – especially their stockholders – want to sell cars not just support motor racing with big budgets.

Marshall Pruett at RACER has considerable analysis on Friday’s announcement.

Just understand that pragmatic people are being forced to make pragmatic decisions going into racing’s future. And we’ll all benefit as we head down this motor racing road less traveled.

Peace.

January 26, 2020

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