April 22nd, 2021 by Chris Leone
The multi-class IMSA iRacing Pro Series presented by SimCraft delivered an exciting opening round two weeks ago at Sebring International Raceway, fresh off the real-world series’ thrilling 12 Hours of Sebring not long before that. For tonight’s second round of action, though, 32 drivers across the LMP2 and GTE classes will head to the opposite coast, taking on WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and its infamous Corkscrew.
Built in 1957, the 2.238-mile California road course hosted its first major sports car event the same year, and has been a mainstay of the American road racing calendar for much of its history. Despite a few extended breaks early in its multi-year history, the Monterey Sports Car Championship has run uninterrupted every year since 1997, including during last year’s pandemic-shortened 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
Last time out in the virtual world, Scott Andrews scored the LMP2 and overall race victories at Sebring, but with the Australian competing in Europe this weekend, someone else will have the opportunity to join him as a 2021 race winner. Daniel Morad, Mirko Bortolotti, and Shinya Michimi are the top returning finishers from Sebring to the prototype division, having finished second, fourth, and fifth in the opening round. However, they’ll need to best nine other entries in the Dallara P217 to earn that honor tonight.
In the GTE division, BMW Team RLL looks to replicate their run of four finishers in the top five, led by Sebring winner Phillipp Eng. Eng, runner-up Bruno Spengler, fourth place finisher John Edwards, and fifth place finisher Connor De Phillippi will all be back looking for similar results tonight, while Robby Foley will attempt to make up for running out of fuel with a comfortable lead in the closing stages last time out. Parker Kligerman will once again cross over from NASCAR to sports car racing with a GTE entry as well, shortly after joining the investment group that recently purchased longtime IMSA host venue Lime Rock Park.
Click here to see the entry list for tonight’s race from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
The IMSA iRacing Pro Series presented by Simcraft round from Laguna Seca will kick off on Thursday at 6:30PM ET, and will air across iRacing social media channels. The IMSA Radio crew, led by John Hindhaugh, will serve as the broadcast team for the race. The series will conclude in two weeks’ time on Thursday, May 6. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.