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Five Key Takeaways From Rolex 24

IMSA kicked off its 2022 season over the weekend with the 60th Rolex 24. After a race that had action in all 24 hours of racing, here were the biggest takeaways from the weekend:

  1. Great Competition: The Rolex 24 featured a sensational battle in GTD Pro. After two hours of intense back-and-forth competition, Pfaff Motorsports won with a pass on the final lap. Pfaff won in GTD at Lime Rock in 2019, and has moved up to the Pro class.
  2. New Class a Hit: GTP Pro debuted with 13 cars representing eight manufacturers – double the numbers from last year for what will be the lead class in the Northeast Grand Prix.
  3. GTD even stronger: GTD will return to Lime Rock even stronger in May, with 22 cars representing nine manufacturers on the grid at Daytona for a total of 35 cars. You won’t find this variety in GT3 racing anywhere in the world!
  4. Ford to Make 2023 Return: Ford announced it will return to the WeatherTech Championship in 2023 with a team in GTD Pro along with cars available to GTD teams. Chip Ganassi’s Ford GT team took top honors at Lime Rock from 2017-19.
  5. The Crowds Have Returned! From all indications, the 2022 Rolex 24 At Daytona had one of the largest crowds in recent years, with a sold-out infield. After the lockdowns and controlled audiences for much of 2020 and 2021, spectators are ready to come back, braving freezing temperatures to enjoy the races.

IMSA returns to Lime Rock Park July 15-16 for the Northwest Grand Prix