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

First a disclaimer: I love IMSA sports car racing. But with that said, I can see some thinning of the herd in IMSA.

A new tire sponsor coming in 2019 will probably raise costs sending more teams to less expensive sports car programs like World Challenge and TransAm.

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World Challenge and TransAm continue growing year over year with starting grids made up of more and more drivers and teams fleeing IMSA.

And, make no mistake, those costs are enormous with races from 100 minutes to 24 hours inflating budgets enormously. For example, there are nearly more hours of racing in the Daytona 24 Hours than a full season in both World Challenge and TransAm COMBINED.

Those extra hours mean more drivers, more support personnel and more overall resources than either of the other two series. Add room, board and travel vouchers to all that and you can see where IMSA racing won’t be for the budget challenged. You’re largely out of luck unless you are spending factory money.

Going forward, this means there’ll be even more fantastic racing in World Challenge and TransAm and it’ll happen in a lot fewer than 24 or 12 or 10 hour blocks of your day.