1997 IMSA GT Championship season

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1997 IMSA GT Championship season
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The 1997 Exxon World Sports Car Championship and Supreme GT Series seasons were the 27th season of the IMSA GT Championship. It consisted of open-cockpit prototypes referred to as World Sports Car (WSC) and Grand Tourer-style racing cars divided into GTS-1, GTS-2, and GTS-3 classes.

It began February 1, 1997 and ended October 26, 1997 after eleven rounds. 1997 would mark the final year in IMSA GT for the 24 Hours of Daytona and the Six Hours of Watkins Glen. In 1998, the SCCA's revived United States Road Racing Championship would acquire the events.

Schedule[edit]

Most races on the schedule ran with the GTS and WSC classes running separate races, sometimes with different lengths. Races marked with Both had both classes on track at the same time for the whole race.

Rnd Race Length Class Circuit Date
1 Rolex 24 at Daytona 24 Hours Both Daytona International Speedway February 1
February 2
2 Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring 12 Hours Both Sebring International Raceway March 15
3 NAPA Grand Prix of Atlanta 2 Hours GTS Road Atlanta April 19
WSC April 20
4 Dodge Dealers Grand Prix 1 Hour 45 Minutes GTS Lime Rock Park May 26
WSC
5 First Union Six Hours at the Glen 6 Hours Both Watkins Glen International June 1
6 California Grand Prix 1 Hour 45 Minutes GTS Sears Point Raceway July 13
2 Hours WSC
7 Mosport Festival 1 Hour 45 Minutes GTS Mosport International Raceway August 31
2 Hours WSC
8 Sportscar Grand Prix 1 Hour 45 Minutes GTS Las Vegas Motor Speedway September 20
2 Hours WSC
9 Festival of Road Racing 2 Hours WSC Pikes Peak International Raceway September 28
1 Hour 45 Minutes GTS
10 NAPA Sebring Octoberfest 2 Hours WSC Sebring International Raceway October 18
1 Hour 45 Minutes GTS
11 VISA Sports Car Championship 1 Hour 45 Minutes GTS Laguna Seca Raceway October 26
WSC

Season results[edit]

Rnd Circuit WSC Winning Team GTS-1 Winning Team GTS-2 Winning Team GTS-3 Winning Team Results
WSC Winning Drivers GTS-1 Winning Drivers GTS-2 Winning Drivers GTS-3 Winning Drivers
1 Daytona United States #20 Dyson Racing United States #01 Rohr Corp. Germany #99 Roock Racing United States #10 PTG Results
United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson
United States John Schneider
United States Rob Dyson
United States John Paul Jr.
United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
United Kingdom James Weaver
United States Jochen Rohr
United States Andy Pilgrim
Germany Harald Grohs
Germany Arnd Meier
Germany Ralf Kelleners
France Patrice Goueslard
Germany Claudia Hürtgen
Germany André Ahrlé
Costa Rica Javier Quiros
United States Derek Hill
United States Boris Said
United States Bill Auberlen
United States Tom Hessert
2 Sebring United States #3 Team Scandia United States #11 Robinson Racing Germany #61 Konrad Motorsport United States #10 PTG Results
France Yannick Dalmas
Sweden Stefan Johansson
Spain Fermín Vélez
United States Andrew Evans
United States Irv Hoerr
United States Jack Baldwin
United States George Robinson
France Bob Wollek
Austria Franz Konrad
Germany Wido Rössler
Costa Rica Javier Quiros
United States Bill Auberlen
United States Derek Hill
United States Tom Hessert
3 Road Atlanta United States #16 Dyson Racing United States #66 Panoz Motorsports United States #99 Schumacher Racing United States #39 Jim Matthews Results
United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom James Weaver
United States Doc Bundy
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
United States Larry Schumacher
United States John O'Steen
United States Jim Matthews
United States David Murry
4 Lime Rock United States #30 Moretti Racing United States #91 Rock Valley United States #99 Schumacher Racing United States #6 PTG Results
Brazil Antônio Hermann
Italy Andrea Montermini
United States Stu Hayner
United States Roger Schramm
United States Larry Schumacher
United States John O'Steen
Costa Rica Javier Quiros
United States Derek Hill
5 Watkins Glen United States #16 Dyson Racing United States #66 Panoz Motorsports Germany #61 Konrad Motorsport United States #77 Mattco Racing Results
United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson
United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom James Weaver
United States Doc Bundy
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Australia David Brabham
Austria Franz Konrad
United States Nick Ham
France Michel Ligonnet
United States Pete Halsmer
United States John Morton
6 Sears Point United States #16 Dyson Racing United States #66 Panoz Motorsports Germany #61 Konrad Motorsport United States #10 PTG Results
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
United Kingdom James Weaver
United States Doc Bundy
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Austria Franz Konrad
United States Nick Ham
United States Bill Auberlen
United States Boris Said
7 Mosport United States #43 Central Arkansas Racing United States #01 Rohr Motorsport Germany #61 Konrad Motorsport United States #6 PTG Results
Canada Ron Fellows
United States Rob Morgan
United States Jochen Rohr
United States Dorsey Schroeder
United States Andy Pilgrim
Austria Franz Konrad
United States Nick Ham
Costa Rica Javier Quiros
United States Derek Hill
8 Las Vegas United States #20 Dyson Racing United States #01 Rohr Motosport United States #99 Schumacher Racing United States #39 Jim Matthews Results
United States John Paul Jr.
United States Butch Leitzinger
United States Andy Pilgrim
United Kingdom Allan McNish
United States Larry Schumacher
United States Price Cobb
United States Jim Matthews
United States David Murry
9 Pikes Peak United States #30 Moretti Racing United States #00 Rohr Motorsport Germany #61 Konrad Motorsport United States #10 PTG Results
Brazil Antônio Hermann
Italy Andrea Montermini
United States Andy Pilgrim
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Austria Franz Konrad
United States Nick Ham
United States Bill Auberlen
United States Boris Said
10 Sebring United States #30 Moretti Racing United States #01 Rohr Motorsport United States #99 Schumacher Racing United States #10 PTG Results
Brazil Antônio Hermann
Italy Andrea Montermini
United States Andy Pilgrim
United Kingdom Allan McNish
United States Larry Schumacher
United States Price Cobb
United States Bill Auberlen
United States Butch Leitzinger
Belgium Marc Duez
11 Laguna Seca United States #20 Dyson Racing United States #96 Panoz Motorsports Germany #61 Konrad Motorsport United States #7 PTG Results
United States John Paul Jr.
United States Butch Leitzinger
France Éric Bernard
Australia David Brabham
Austria Franz Konrad
United States Nick Ham
Austria Dieter Quester
Belgium Marc Duez

Teams Championship[edit]

Points are awarded to the finishers in the following order:

  • 25-21-19-17-15-14-13-12-11-10-...

Exception however for the 12 Hours of Sebring, which awarded in the following order:

  • 30-26-24-22-20-19-18-17-16-15-...

And the 24 Hours of Daytona, which is awarded in the following order:

  • 33-29-27-25-23-22-21-20-19-18-...

Teams only score the points of their highest finishing entry in each race.

WSC Standings[edit]

Pos Team Chassis Engine Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Rd 11 Total
1 United States Dyson Racing Riley & Scott Mk III Ford 5.0 L V8 33 26 25 21 25 25 21 25 19 19 25 264
2 United States Moretti Racing Ferrari 333 SP Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12 25 14 19 25 6 14 17 19 25 25 21 210
3 Peru Dibos Racing Riley & Scott Mk III
Ferrari 333 SP
Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0 L V8
Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12
27 24
10
19 13
19

15
15 14
17

17
190
4 United States Doyle/Riley & Scott Riley & Scott Mk III Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0 L V8 20 13 14 10 7 11 19 21 21 5 19 160
5 United States Central Arkansas Racing Ferrari 333 SP Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12 15 14 21 17 25 17 13 13 10 145
6 United States Downing Atlanta Racing Kudzu DLM Mazda 2.0 L 3-Rotor 23 22 13 7 15 10 12 11 10 10 8 141
7 United States FAB Factory Motorsport Spice SC95
Kudzu DG-2
Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0 L V8
Buick 4.5 L V6
15 17
8

11
17 9 13 4 11 9 4 118
8 United States MSI Racing Riley & Scott Mk III Chevrolet 6.0 L V8 12 19 17 8 12 14 8 7 14 111
9 United States Support Net Racing Hawk C-8
Riley & Scott Mk III
Chevrolet 6.0 L V8
Ford 5.0 L V8
21 16 3 12 12 6 2
12
96
10 United States Screaming Eagles Racing Riley & Scott Mk III Ford 5.0 L V8 14 18 9 13 13 12 79
11 United States Davin Racing Argo P
Kudzu DLM
BMW 4.0 L V8
Buick 4.5 L V6
17 2 6 5 2 7
10

8

8

2
69
12 France Courage Compétition Courage C41 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0 L V8 17 2 9 10 12 6 11 6 67
13 United States Team Scandia Ferrari 333 SP Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12 29 30 59
14= United States Kopf Precision Products Keiler KII Ford 5.0 L V8 18 11 8 3 5 11 56
14= United States TRV Motorsports Kudzu DL-4 Chevrolet 6.0 L V8 13 11 8 7 12 5 56
16 United States URD Rennwagenbau USA URD WSC95 BMW 4.0 L V8 13 10 4 9 36
17 Italy Target 24 Riley & Scott Mk III Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0 L V8 19 14 33
18 United States Team South Carolina Hawk MD3R Mazda 2.0 L 3-Rotor 6 17 23
19 United Kingdom Graham Williams ProSport 3000 Ford 5.0 L V8 22 22
20 United States Fantasy Junction Cannibal Chevrolet 6.0L V8 4 9 4 3 20
21 United States John Christie X-250 Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12 10 10
22 United States Bill Dollahite Spice BDG-02 Chevrolet 6.0 L V8 5 5
23 United States Wheel Works Bennett Special MkII Pontiac 5.0 L V8 3 1 4

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