This year, the International Motorsport Association celebrates its 50th anniversary. Founded in 1969 by a former SCCA director John Bishop with the financial backing of NASCAR impresario Bill France, the senior IMSA race was approved for the Formula Vee and Formula Ford Open Wheelers at the Pocono Raceway. From this unfavorable beginning, the sanctioning body grew to capture some of the most influential American motorsports events ever since.
Between the IMSA GT Championship, which produced great manufacturer support and mega-speeds in the 1990s, to the American Le Mans Series, which continued to do so in the 2000s, Bishop's sanction committee was instrumental in the growth of the American sports car race.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the IMSA, many teams will compete in the 24-hour race at Daytona this weekend, showcasing significant cars from IMSA's past. Some teams did better than others, but everyone has been announced here.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing -
While Castrol in the IMSA story is more likely associated with late 1980s Jaguar GTP vehicles, the famous green / white / red livery was done in the 1990s with a GTO Mustang. The Motorcraft stripes adorned in the late 1980s introduced by Roush GTO Mustangs.
For me, the Motorcraft look works great, but the Castrol is a bit bland.
Starworks Motorsport -
With this somewhat predictable Audi 90 Quattro GTO version, the Starworks squad makes a relapse into Audi's IMSA GTO program. It's cool to see those colors again, but the R8 will never be as cool as the fire-breathing GTO car.
CORE Autosport -
CORE switched from a successful LMP2 program in 2018 to an IMSA-specific Nissan DPi for 2019. To bring the heritage of Nissan back into the IMSA network, they show a similar livery as the Nissan R91CP, which won the 1992 Daytona 24
Riley Technologies Mercedes -
Ben Keating, the pro-Am driver of Riley Technologies, regularly does business with automotive chemicals company Wynn. As he flipped through vintage livery to catch a flashback for the 2019 season, Keating saw the Wynn-sponsored Hotchkis Racing Porsche 962. The team has worked out a sponsorship deal for the entire season, so I hope that this radical finish will last for the entire season. The golden wheels are a perfect match. That's right.
Team Penske Acura -
The red / orange-white paintwork of Acura is absolutely tied to the history of modern motor sports. The colors are far more recognizable than those of the World Challenge series, RealTime Racing, which is not an IMSA approved series. Although Acura and Comptech partnered with a 3-liter V6 Spice chassis in the 1991 IMSA GTP Lights season. That's the color the team is aiming for, and it works well if it's a bit on the simple side. Sometimes simplicity works best.