Entry list: Chevrolet Sports Car Classic

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to Belle Isle Park for the final time this weekend at the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic. 16 teams face the bumpy street circuit.

In the DPi class, the six full-time teams compete for 100 minutes. Traditionally, street courses heavily favor the Cadillacs. GM-based vehicles have won all but one of the Belle Isle races since the merger of Grand-Am and ALMS. The only exception to the rule was Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron’s win in 2019.

Last year’s race was won by Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kevin Magnussen and Renger van der Zande. With Magnussen back in F1, van der Zande could defend his win with Sebastien Bourdais. Pipo Derani and could also threaten. This weekend he will have a new team-mate in Olivier Pla, who is a well-known figure.

The two Acura teams will still be competitive, although the ORECA 07-based Acura ARX-05 isn’t the biggest fan of bumpy surfaces. Don’t count them out.

Only 10 teams have entered the GTD class, versus 13 who originally entered and 11 who raced at Mid-Ohio. The team that signed off from Belle Isle is Inception Racing, but for a different reason. Belle Isle weekend is a duel with the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Endurance Cup Paul Ricard 1000k. As a result, the team is back in Europe to focus on the endurance event.

With the GTD Pro class not competing at Belle Isle, VasserSullivan will again field two Lexus RCF GT3s in GTD. The regular #12 lineup of Frankie Montecalvo and Aaron Telitz remains unchanged. However, the No. 17 team had a late substitution. Jack Hawksworth was recently injured in a motocross accident. As a result, he has to sit out this weekend’s race. Ben Barnicoat, Hawksworth’s regular teammate in the GTD Pro class, will take his place.

Barnicoat has never ridden at Belle Isle Park before. Given his CV, which has consisted primarily of GT racing since retiring from karting, he has very limited experience racing on street circuits in full race cars. Despite this, he finished second at Long Beach in April. Barnicoat spent Memorial Day weekend in Charlotte watching the Coca-Cola 600.

Hawksworth drove with Richard Heistand as a teammate at Mid-Ohio. The original roster had TBD as Barnicoat’s teammates. This was announced by VasserSullivan on Tuesday that Kyle Kirkwood will be driving the #17 alongside Barnicoat.

Kirkwood has previously had seven starts with VasserSullivan in his role as the team’s endurance driver, including this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. Of those seven starts, Kirkwood’s best result was fourth in the GTD Pro class in January alongside Barnicoat and Hawksworth.

The other nine teams on the entry list are unchanged from Mid-Ohio. It’s a pretty thin entry list but the race should be hard fought. Note that the race only counts for points in the WeatherTech Sprint Cup and not for the GTD points for the entire season.

The Chevrolet Sports Car Classic is scheduled to go green at 3:10 p.m. ET on Saturday. The race will be broadcast live on USA from 3:00 p.m

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