For this weekend’s action at Watkins Glen International, it will be a very full paddock at the 3.4-mile road course. Between the five series that will be competing, there will be 194 teams on site. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the largest of the five with a entry of 49 teams, an increase of 12 over last year.
The DPi class has seven entries. The extra one is Action Express Racing’s second car, the Ally-sponsored No. 48 with Jimmie Johnson, Mike Rockenfeller and Kamui Kobayashi. Both Action Express teams and JDC-Miller MotorSports are running three drivers, while the other four teams are running two.
The LMP2 class has seven entries, although this was originally supposed to be more. United Autosports had previously been entered, but withdrew due to Jim McGuire having a medical procedure recently.
The LMP3 class has 11 entries. Muehlner Motorsports America and Forty7 Motorsports are scheduled to return with their Duqueine M30-D08-Nissans this weekend. Ugo de Wilde is currently the only confirmed driver on the list for the Muehlner No. 6.
Meanwhile, the Forty7 No. 7 has Matt Bell and Anthony Mantella on the list. Bell (not to be confused with the American Matt Bell) has previously driven this season in the Andrew Wojteczko Autosport (AWA) No. 13. Mantella is also affiliated with AWA, driving for the team in IMSA Prototype Challenge. Kuno Wittmer told Frontstretch in January that Mantella is part of the reason that the team chose to go with the Duqueine chassis for their IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign.
GTD Pro has seven entries for Watkins Glen. The new entry is from Risi Competizione, which will be back on the grid for the first time since Sebring. Davide Rigon and Daniel Serra will drive the team’s Ferrari 488 GT3.
At Vasser Sullivan, Kyle Kirkwood is back in the No. 14 in his endurance driver role. However, the seat normally held by Jack Hawksworth is “TBD.” This is due to Hawksworth’s previous injury in a motocross accident that caused him to miss Detroit. If he cannot go, the team could choose to go with just Kirkwood and Ben Barnicoat like they did in the No. 17 at Detroit, or bring in another driver.
In the GTD class, there are 17 teams entered. There are some Michelin Endurance Cup only teams that are back this week, such as Magnus Racing, AF Corse, Crucial Motorsports and Cetilar Racing.
In addition, NTe Sport is back on the grid after missing the past couple of races. Jaden Conwright will be back in the car, along with Don Yount and Marco Holzer. The team finished in the top five last year in their Audi.
HTP Winward Motorsport has entered a second car, the No. 56, for the first time. Alec Udell is currently the only confirmed driver in the car. This is probably one of the reasons why the team skipped last weekend’s Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS round at VIRginia International Raceway.
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