Within the racing world, another article written about two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso racing at the Indianapolis 500 is a little overdone.
At present, it is easily biggest story of the year within the sport. A decision by the McLaren-Honda F1 team to withdraw its star driver from the series’ crown-jewel Monaco Grand Prix in favor of another open wheel series is something definitely to take note of.
Within IndyCar racing, not a day of practice went by without continuous updates from the media on the Spaniard’s progress. During the race itself, his driving merited the headlines, leading much of the race until his engine expired just 20 laps from the end.
When the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship chose to abandon its traditional “Daytona Prototype” formula for something more closely aligned with the technologies and manufacturing concurrent with their European counterparts, the new era of today’s DPi formula was created.
Short for “Daytona Prototype International,” the intent was to take the platform of modern European “LMP2” machinery, a international specification of prototype cars that are built for commercial use, and adapt it to specific American needs. More specifically, the LMP2 category in Europe is mandated to NOT be a manufacturer’s category, allowing only four producers of prototype machines to take part, and all being required to run Gibson produced engines. This was meant to be a major departure from Europe’s LMP1 platform, which is specifically made for factory involved efforts (such as Toyota, Porsche, formerly Audi, etc.). With the raising costs of development to compete in LMP1, European rule makers decided LMP2 should be a prototype strictly for “privateer” teams; small organizations with minimal commercial funding, or more often a wealthy amateur taking on one of the driving roles.