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2018 IMSA GT Season
Photo Credit: Scott R. LePage.
Champion Constructor: Pratt & Miller Corvette (US,13,12)
Putative Constructor: Pratt & Miller Corvette (US)
Champion Driver: Jan Magnussen (DK,4,4), Antonio García (ES,3,3)
Putative Driver: Jan Magnussen (DK), Antonio García (ES)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model C7-R, 5.5-liter, eight-cylinder vee LS7-R, aluminum engine, OHV, direct fuel injection, six-speed sequential, ventilated disc brakes, aluminum monocoque, double wishbone independent suspension, 495 horsepower (Pratt & Miller, Tadge Juechter).

Pratt & Miller with the Corvette C7-R entry, after trailing the Ford GT all season, pulls off some magic with a second place class finish by Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, and Marcel Fässler at the Petit Le Mans in October and collects the 2018 IMSA constructors title for the third consecutive season by a narrow margin over Ganassi Racing. A third place finish by Jan Magnussen and Antonio García of P&M at Laguna Seca in September allows the pair to jointly capture the drivers' crown for the second consecutive season by a slender gap over Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook of Ganassi. Ganassi Racing takes four consecutive GT class victories between early July and early August. BMW with the new M8 GTLM entry earns its maiden cross at VIR in August. North American endurance racing legend Scott Pruett retires from full-time racing in February as the IMSA all-time leader with 60 class victories (41 overall wins.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Pratt & Miller Corvette100     Magnussen J55
Ganassi Ford98     Garcia A55
Porsche79     Briscoe53
BMW RLL58     Westbrook R53
Risi Ferrari4     Hand J45
Wright Porsche1     Muller D45
Shank CA Acura1     Gavin45
     Milner T45

Noteworthy 2018 Races

2018 Northeast Grand Prix Lakeville, Connecticut2018 2018 Northeast Grand Prix At Lime Rock for the Northeast Grand Prix (three hours) in July, the class win comes to a Ganassi Ford GT under Joey Hand (US) and Dirk Müller (DE) that covers 262.41 miles (average 98.24 mph), under twelve seconds ahead of a Corvette driven by Jan Magnussen and Antonio García. The Ganassi Ford beneath Hand moves out front after the race leading Pratt & Miller Corvette driven by Magnussen runs wide to pass a backmarker at Turn 7 and allows Hand to execute an inside pass for the lead with only thirteen minutes remaining. Photo Credit: Richard Dole.
2018 Monterey Grand Prix Monterey, California2018 2018 Monterey Grand Prix At Laguna Seca for the Monterey Grand Prix (three hours) in September, a BMW Rahal Letterman Lanigan M8 GTLM under Connor De Phillippi (US) and Alexander Sims (GB) takes class race honors and covers 223.68 miles (average 83.02 mph), under three seconds ahead of a Porsche driven by Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor. The BMW RLL M8 beneath De Phillippi, running an extended stint on a fuel conservation strategy, moves out front after race leader and teammate John Edwards in the companion BMW entry stops for fuel with only eight minutes remaining. BMW RLL takes its second consecutive cross after snaring a maiden win with the M8 at Lime Rock on the prior month. Photo Credit: Jeff Gatesman.