Historic IMSA GTP cars set for the GP weekend in Long Beach


Sports car prototypes from the 1980s and 1990s will be on the grid on Saturday as part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race and on the Sunday before the NTT IndyCar Series race.

A statement from the organizers of the event revealed that the races approved by the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) will include around 20 cars and most of the brands that drove in GTP’s heyday, such as Ford, Jaguar, Mazda, Nissan, Lola and Toyota.

“What a great way for Long Beach fans to remember the ‘heyday’ of IMSA sports car racing,” said Cris Vandagriff, President of HMSA. “These cars were part of so many classic moments in the 1980s and 1990s.

“It will be so exciting to see these cars for the first time on the Long Beach circuit. It’s going to be quite a show. All cars will be authentic down to the last detail, including the paintwork that they drove back then. “

Jim Michaelian, President and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, commented: “We are delighted to be able to present these vintage GTP cars to our fans twice on our race weekend. It will be an incredible experience – and a bit nostalgic – to see and hear these cars rushing through the streets of the city. “

In addition to the historic IMSA GTP vehicles, the NTT IndyCar Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Super Drift Challenge, Stadium Super Trucks and the Porsche Carrera Cup North America will take place on the weekend.

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