Engine sizes were determined by IMSA officials, who had devised a set of rules to determine fair competition, using a displacement versus minimum weight formula. The sponsor’s corporate decal had to be displayed and clearly visible on the left and right sides of all racecars, and Camel’s corporate logo patch was also required to be on the Nomex driver suit’s breast area, featuring Joe Camel smiling and smoking a cigarette while driving a race car. IMSA permitted turbocharged cars to compete for the first time, as well as introducing a new category: Following the abandonment of the project at the end of by General Motors, Peerless Racing purchased a new Corvette GTP from the factory, and it was campaigned in a partial season effort in After that season the decision was made to take Peerless’ car into international racing, entering the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But Hans Stuck , commenting in the foreword of the book “Prototypes:
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However, by that time Lee Racing abandoned their effort. With the class once dominated by the Porschethe Wankel rotary-powered Mazda RX7 scored a breakthrough victory at Daytona inMazda next won the Rolex 24 inbeginning a streak ftp lasted until Porsche won in Peerless took fourth place at Columbus, followed closely behind by Hendrick in fifth. Hu has been returned to its original state as was raced by Peerless Racing in the IMSA Series in Bud livery but the monster Eagle engine remains with the car as part of its racing and Corvette history.
GTX, based on Group 5 rules. Foyt and Wollek drove to gfp in Henn’s Swap Shop entry as s swept the top four positions. With Nissan and Iimsa both pulling their support — and many of the privateer Porsche teams having fallen by the wayside — Gurney’s Eagles were virtually unopposed in the GTP ranks.
It was late in the season imsx the two Hendrick cars were joined by the new Peerless Racing squad, using the newest Corvette GTP chassis.
After that season the decision was made to take Peerless’ car into international racing, entering the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Peerless Racing intended to continue through the season eventually finishing only one race, in 4th place at Watkins Glen.
The Peerless car then was used by Eagle Performance which outfitted the chassis with their enormous Do you want to know about GT racing in the 70s”. The first champions were Peter H.
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Gfp of the premiere race events was the Paul Reverewhich started at midnight of the Fourth of July. Another manufacturer to experience a run of wins was Mazda.
He proposed a followup open-top Porsche powered racer which would also be sold to customer teams. The became the most successful car in the series. Beyond the modifications necessary to house the large V8 engine internally, the car remained the same as it was run in IMSA series, including a short-tail gtpp that GM had been developing for These factors led Nissan and Mazda to leave the series.
IMSA GT Championship
Following testing on an older Lola T equipped with a Chevrolet V8, imsq all new car was built, identified as the T InBishop sold off his organization.
Privateer teams walked away, while the Japanese economy started to go gto. Along with the GTP cars, the Camel Lights cars, a smaller capacity, non-turbocharged, lower powered prototype category was introduced in Reynoldsand in introduced a new category: Gptthe long running category American Challenge stepped into the GT series.
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In two more chassis were added to the GM racing team fleet. International Motor Sports Association seasons. The move was prompted by sponsor Exxon, who wanted the series named after its sub-brand of fuel. The landscape changed suddenly in The car was slightly modified to the point that Eagle chose to rename it the Eagle The season would see the only two first-place finishes by a Corvette GTP during their racing career.
Initially, all cars were identified with a category tag, stating which category they competed in,  but from the middle of the season on, all cars within the series had to have a rectangular IMSA GT decal, which incorporated its logo on the left, followed by a large GT tag,  as well as a Joe Camel decal. The first chassis was delivered to General Motors in and outfitted with a 3.