LMP2 chassis constructors named ahead of standardization in 2017

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The FIA, ACO and IMSA have announced the four constructors that will be building LMP2 chassis for across their respective series and races as of 2017.

In a bid to curb costs within LMP2 racing, it was confirmed back in June that only four constructors would be able to build chassis for the class in the FIA World Endurance Championship (including 24 Hours of Le Mans), European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series and the Tudor United SportsCar Championship as of 2017.

On Thursday, it was confirmed that Dallara, Onroak Automotive, Oreca and Riley Tech/Multimatic have won the tender ahead of the regulation change.

“The Automobile Club de l’Ouest is proud of the work that’s been done on the future LMP2 category regulations, which has resulted in the selection of four prestigious chassis constructors: Dallara, Onroak Automotive, Oreca and Riley Tech/Multimatic,” ACO president Pierre Fillon said.

“Our priority is to supply the teams and drivers entered in this category with the best options and solutions to race in endurance on a long-term basis.

“Thanks to the decisions taken jointly by the ACO, IMSA and the FIA we have managed to bring together a high-quality pool of constructors which reinforces the interest in the series and its glowing future prospects.”

The ACO and FIA will jointly announce which manufacturer has won the tender to supply engines for its championships’ LMP2 classes in September.

In the Tudor Championship, engine supply will not be limited to just one manufacturer, and all chassis will have manufacturer-specific styling elements.

“The Dallara, Onroak Automotive, Oreca and Riley Tech/Multimatic teams now will join the technical working group jointly managed by the ACO, the FIA and IMSA to define the final details of the regulations,” a joint statement from the three bodies reads.

“One of the main objectives of this working group is to optimise all of the parameters to ensure the most economically viable set of rules for the teams.

“The final set of provisions of the LMP2 regulations will be adopted by the World Motor Sport Council in December of this year, and the timetable will respect the following five stages:

  • 1st January 2016: validation of the safety structures/monocoque;
  • 1st April 2016: validation of the bodywork and the mechanical components;
  • 1st June 2016: validation of the crash test;
  • 1st September 2016: presentation of the draft homologation sheet;
  • From 1 – 15 December 2016: inspection and final validation of the car

“The cars must be homologated by, and available for use in January 2017 for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the first race at which the new TUDOR Championship Prototype / LMP2 category regulations will be applied.”

Donny Schatz edges Kyle Larson for Outlaws victory at Lake Ozark

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Donny Schatz made a last-lap pass on Kyle Larson, snatching a World of Outlaws victory Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway.

Larson started on the pole, led 30 of 35 laps and was in control until a caution set up a two-lap shootout to the finish before a limited crowd in Eldon, Missouri.

Schatz and Larson traded the lead twice over the final two laps, but the 10-time champion emerged with his first victory since the NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returned in mid-May from a two-month layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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“Man, I don’t know what to say, but Kyle’s a damn good racer,” Schatz, who led five laps, told DirtVision after his 296th Outlaws win. “I kind of had to go where he didn’t. We got that green-white-checkered, and I decided I was going to send it. He decided the same thing.

Donny Schatz celebrates at Lake Ozark Speedway after his second Outlaws Sprint Car victory of the season (Trent Gower).

“I’m glad to get the win. It feels like it’s been forever. I’ve been out here 24 years, and every night is a learning experience still.”

Larson finished second in his fifth start since he began racing with the Outlaws after being suspended from NASCAR.

“Obviously, it would have been nice to get the win,” Larson said on DirtVision. “I figured Donny would rip the middle. The restarts before, he’d almost clear me in (turns) 3 and 4. I should have known to protect and block his momentum. I felt I exited 2 OK. We don’t have spotters or rearview mirrors so you can’t see how close he is or really hear it when the pace is so slow.

“I just didn’t do a good enough job to run a smarter final couple of laps.”

Brad Sweet, Larson’s brother in law, finished third, with Shane Stewart and David Gravel rounding out the top five.

Larson rebounded from a 10th in Friday’s feature at Lake Ozark Speedway, continuing his streak of top-10 finishes in all five of his starts since the Outlaws’ return.

“We got our car a lot better from last night, so that was a plus,” said Larson, who finished second and first in back-to-back nights last week at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at Pevely, Missouri. “These guys are really tough. To be on the podium with Donny and Brad, they’ve won lots of big races and championships, it’s nice. I just didn’t do what I needed to do that last restart.”

Larson nearly had a flawless night Saturday, turning a 11.426-second lap to capture his second pole position this season and won the pole dash to start first in the feature.

Larson, who was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing from his NASCAR Cup Series ride last month for using a racial slur in an iRacing event, said last week that he plans to run several more NOS Energy Sprint Car Series races this year.

Larson remains indefinitely suspended by NASCAR but was approved to race by the Outlaws after completing sensitivity training.