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2019 IMSA Weathertech GT Season
Photo Credit: LAT Archives.
Champion Constructor: Porsche (3N,3P)
Putative Constructor: None.
Champion Driver: Earl Bamber (NZ, 1N,1P), Laurens Vanthoor (BE, 1N,1P)
Putative Driver: None.
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 991 RSR, 4.19-liter, six-cylinder boxer, water-cooled aluminum engine, DOHC, direct fuel injection, six-speed sequential paddled, ventilated steel disc brakes, aluminum/steel + carbon fibre monocoque, double wishbone/multi-link independent suspension, power-assist steering, 512 horsepower (Porsche Motorsport, Michael Mauer).

The Porsche werks with the 911 RSR-19 entry takes its third nominal IMSA constructors' title by a comfortable margin over the Ford GT entries of Ganassi. Weissach pilots Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor share the series GT drivers' crown, the first for each. On an unfortunate note, Ford and Ganassi elect to opt out from the IMSA GT category for 2020.

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.

Porsche121     Bamber67
Ganassi Ford90     Vanthoor67
Pratt & Miller Corvette61     Pilet54
BMW RLL49     Tandy54
Risi Ferrari20     Briscoe49
     Westbrook R49
     Dixon S49

Noteworthy 2019 Races

2019 LIII Daytona 24 HoursDaytona Beach, Florida2019 2019 LIII Daytona 24 HoursAt Daytona for the 24 Hour in January, the class win comes to a BMW Rahal Letterman Lanigan M8 GTE under Connor De Phillippi (US), Colton Herta (US), Philipp Eng (AT), and Augusto Farfus (BR) in torrential rains that covers 2032.76 miles (average 89.35 mph), finishing ahead of a Ferrari driven by Miguel Molina, Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado, and Davide Rigon under a red flag condition. The BMW RLL M8 under Farfus, persevering under horrid driving conditions in the rain, makes the value move of the race after passing the Risi Ferrari driven by Calado to move into second position, then assumes the point when the race leading #67 Ganassi Ford beneath Richard Westbrook, anticipating an approaching red flag condition, stops for fuel service. Race officials indeed halt the event with 105 minutes remaining due to the weather, handing good fortune to BMW Rahal Letterman Lanigan, and then assess a time penalty to the #67 Ganassi for taking on service upon a closed lane. Photo Credit: Jake Galstad.
2019 Sahlen's Six Hour of the GlenWatkins Glen, New York2019 2019 Sahlen's Six Hour of the GlenAt Watkins Glen for the Six Hour in June, a German Porsche 911 RSR under Patrick Pilet (FR) and Nick Tandy (GB) takes class race honors and covers 663 miles (average 110.50 mph), under a second (.452) ahead of a Corvette driven by Jan Magnussen and Antonio García. The Porsche 911 RSR beneath Tandy, sporting the iconic Brumos livery, moves out front after the race leading companion Porsche driven by Earl Bamber stops for fuel service with only thirteen minutes remaining before holding off hard charging García in the Pratt & Miller Corvette over the closing laps for a slender victory. Photo Credit: Porsche Motorsport.
2019 Northeast Grand PrixLakeville, Connecticut2019 2019 Northeast Grand PrixAt Lime Rock for the Northeast Grand Prix (three hours) on a very warm day (97 degrees) in July, a Ganassi Ford GT under Ryan Briscoe (AU) and Richard Westbrook (GB) takes the class flag and covers 268.3 miles (average 100.42 mph), under eight seconds ahead of a Porsche driven by Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor. The Ganassi Ford GT beneath Westbrook, running on fresher rubber, moves out front after passing the race leading Porsche driven by Bamber on the inside line at Turn 3 with less than seven minutes remaining. Ganassi finally snaps the five-race win streak by Porsche in the IMSA series. Photo Credit: Richard Dole.