Penske concerned IMSA BoP could be “tough pill to swallow”
Legendary team owner Roger Penske says his only worry ahead of returning to the top level of US sportscar racing is how his car might fare under IMSA’s Balance of Performance rules.
Penske will decide this summer if it will join the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s prototype class in 2018.
It would likely field a two-car, manufacturer-backed DPi or FIA/ACO-spec LMP2 entry with star-name drivers including Juan Pablo Montoya, but its team patron sounded a word of warning from his last Daytona Prototype experience.
In 2009, after concluding a highly successful American Le Mans Series campaign with Porsche RS Spyders, Penske entered the Rolex Sports Car Series with a Porsche-powered Riley MkXX. After finishing sixth in the Daytona 24 Hours, its 3.9-litre flat six engine was pegged back.
“I think it’s great, I think it’s a good series,” said Penske of IMSA. “The big issue we continue to look at is there is this Balance of Performance.
“How do you get this? We get multiple chassis, and you’ve got racing engines and production[-based] V8s. One has got torque, one has got high rpm.
“We were in that business for a while and were disappointed because we ran strong at Daytona, and they took sixth gear away from us. It took 400-500rpm and they put weight on the car.
“We had only run one race – that was a bit of a tough pill to swallow.”
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