Hey! After a year with just three classes, we are now back up to four! Really, it's the same three classes as before, but the DPi cars in the Prototype class have had their performance envelope opened up to allow them to go quicker, and the "customer" Pro-Am (mandated to have at least one "amateur" driver in their lineup) LMP2 cars have stayed about the same speed. So, with LMP2 spinning off into its own category, it now gets its own class preview. And, because I do this in order of "least interesting class (to me)" to "most interesting class (to me)", the class with just four cars goes right up top. Let's get started, shall we?
The Less Likelys#38 Performance Tech Motorsports Oreca LMP2 - The team with the lowest rated drivers (two Silvers and two Bronzes, on a scale of Bronze-Silver-Gold-Platinum, where Bronze and Silver are amateur and "amateur" and Gold and Platinum are Formula 1/IndyCar/factory World Endurance Championship level folks) goes first here. Odds: 6 to 1.
#52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca LMP2 - A better overall driver lineup over the #38 (one Bronze, two Silvers, one Gold, plus one of those Silvers is the very quick Matt McMurry) means that the #52 slots in a touch higher. Odds: 4 to 1.
The More Likelys#18 DragonSpeed Oreca LMP2 - Two Silvers, plus Gold sometimes-IndyCar driver Sebastian Saavedra, plus former-F1-punchline-turned-very-capable sportscar driver Pastor Maldonado...interesting team. But not the favorites. Odds: 3 to 1.
The Favorites#81 DragonSpeed Oreca LMP2 - WEC regulars DragonSpeed bring some of their regular guys (Bronze Henrik Hedman, soon-to-be-part-time-IndyCar driver Gold Ben Hanley), along with many-times-in-the-past factory WEC Prototype driver Nicolas Lapierre. This is the one to watch. Odds: 3 to 2.
Well, that was short and sweet, no? Join us later in the week for my other three less short and less sweet class previews!