Fourth round of 2023 season sees 38 entries for Laguna Seca.
38 entries across five classes are set to take the green flag for the fourth round of the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech Championship season May 14th at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The grid, which sees the return of the LMP2 class after the round at Long Beach, will be comprised of 9 GTP cars, 8 in the LMP2 class, 5 GTD-Pro class cars and 16 cars in the GTD class. The LMP3 class is absent from this round of the championship.
The GTP class sees an increase of one entrant, as the JDC-Miller Motorsports team will make its debut in the class with Mike Rockenfeller and Tijmen van der Helm behind the wheel of the No. 5 Porsche 963. The duo is set to contest the remainder of the 2023 season while a third driver has yet to be announced for the endurance rounds.
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Numerous driver lineup changes are set the for LMP2 class, including the No. 04 CrowdStrike by APR entry which was not initially set to race the full season. George Kurtz and Ben Hanley will be behind the wheel of the No. 04 Oreca 07 Gibson which took 2nd at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. Former NASCAR and IndyCar star Juan Pablo Montoya will join Eric Lux in the Rick Ware Racing entry, while Louis Deletraz returns to the Tower Motorsports entry driving alongside John Farano. Ben Keating will be joined by Paul Loup Chatin in the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca after originally being tabbed as the endurance driver for the 2023 season.
With the GTD-Pro class set to remain enchanged for Laguna Seca, the GTD class is set to expand to 16 entries. The debut of Andretti Autosport in the GTD class is the highlight of entry list, with Gabby Chaves and Jarett Andretti piloting an Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Magnus Racing also will return to the grid with their Aston Martin Vantage GT3, while AO Racing will return as well after not being able to take part in the Long Beach round due to a qualifying incident.
View the full entry list for WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca here: https://www.imsa.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2023/05/03/2023_IWSC_LagunaSeca_PreEvent_EntryList_v2.pdf
NBC will have flag to flag coverage of the first two hour and 40 minute race of the season on May 14th.