1998 IMSA GT Championship season

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1998 IMSA GT Championship season
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The 1998 Professional SportsCar Racing Championship season was the 28th and final season of the IMSA GT Championship. It consisted of an open-cockpit World Sports Car (WSC) class of prototypes and Grand Tourer-style racing cars divided into GT1, GT2, and GT3 classes. It began March 22, 1998 and ended October 25, 1998 after eight rounds.

The IMSA GT Championship was replaced by the American Le Mans Series in 1999, which was supported by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO). This series, based on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, was initially previewed during the 1998 season with the running of the inaugural Petit Le Mans. Professional SportsCar Racing remained as the series organizer.

Of note is the lack of the 24 Hours of Daytona and the Six Hours of Watkins Glen, both of which were acquired by the revived SCCA United States Road Racing Championship.

Schedule[edit]

Rnd Race Length Circuit Date
1 Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring 12 Hours Sebring International Raceway March 22
2 Toshiba Nevada Grand Prix 3 Hours 45 Minutes Las Vegas Motor Speedway April 26
3 The Dodge Dealers Grand Prix 1 Hour 45 Minutes Lime Rock Park May 25
4 Sports Car Grand Prix of Road Atlanta 3 Hours 45 Minutes Road Atlanta June 21
5 Mosport Festival 2 Hours 45 Minutes Mosport August 9
6 NAPA Sebring Classic 3 Hours Sebring International Raceway September 20
7 Petit Le Mans 10 Hours or 1000 Miles Road Atlanta October 10
8 VISA Sports Car Championships 2 Hours 30 Minutes Laguna Seca Raceway October 25

† - Two separate races were held for Lime Rock: One for WSC, one for the GT classes.

Season results[edit]

Rnd Circuit WSC Winning Team GT1 Winning Team GT2 Winning Team GT3 Winning Team Results
WSC Winning Drivers GT1 Winning Drivers GT2 Winning Drivers GT3 Winning Drivers
1 Sebring United States #30 MOMO Doran Racing United States #4 Panoz Motorsports Germany #66 Konrad Motorsport United States #10 PTG Results
Belgium Didier Theys
Italy Mauro Baldi
Italy Gianpiero Moretti
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Australia David Brabham
Austria Franz Konrad
United States Nick Ham
United States Bill Auberlen
United States Boris Said
2 Las Vegas United States #7 Doyle-Risi Racing United States #4 Panoz Motorsports United States #6 PTG United States #10 PTG Results
South Africa Wayne Taylor
Belgium Eric van de Poele
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Australia David Brabham
United States Andy Pilgrim
United States Boris Said
Belgium Marc Duez
United States Peter Cunningham
Canada Ross Bentley
3 Lime Rock United States #16 Dyson Racing United States #4 Panoz Motorsports United States #6 PTG United States #1 PTG Results
United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom James Weaver
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Australia David Brabham
United States Boris Said
Belgium Marc Duez
United States Peter Cunningham
Canada Ross Bentley
4 Road Atlanta United States #16 Dyson Racing United States #38 Champion Motors United States #6 PTG United States #10 PTG Results
United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom James Weaver
Belgium Thierry Boutsen
France Bob Wollek
United States Boris Said
Belgium Marc Duez
United States Bill Auberlen
United States Mark Simo
5 Mosport United States #16 Dyson Racing United States #4 Panoz Motorsports United States #6 PTG United States #10 PTG Results
United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom James Weaver
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Australia David Brabham
Belgium Marc Duez
Canada Ross Bentley
United States Bill Auberlen
United States Mark Simo
6 Sebring United States #16 Dyson Racing United States #4 Panoz Motorsports United States #99 Schumacher Racing United States #22 Alex Job Racing Results
United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom James Weaver
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Australia David Brabham
United States Larry Schumacher
United States John O'Steen
United States Cort Wagner
United States Kelly Collins
7 Road Atlanta United States #7 Doyle-Risi Racing United States #38 Champion Motors Germany #81 Freisinger Motorsport United States #76 Team A.R.E. Results
Belgium Eric van de Poele
South Africa Wayne Taylor
France Emmanuel Collard
Belgium Thierry Boutsen
France Bob Wollek
Germany Ralf Kelleners
France Michel Ligonnet
United States Lance Stewart
United States Peter Argetsinger
United States Richard Polidori
Italy Angelo Cilli
8 Laguna Seca Germany #2 BMW Motorsport United States #4 Panoz Motorsports Germany #72 Konrad Motorsport United States #23 Alex Job Racing Results
United States Bill Auberlen
Belgium Didier de Radigues
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Australia David Brabham
Austria Franz Konrad
Netherlands Jan Lammers
United States David Murry
United States Cort Wagner

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-...

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 Total
1 United States Doyle-Risi Racing Ferrari 333 SP Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12 26 25 19 19 17 11 25 19 161
2 United States Dyson Racing Riley & Scott Mk III Ford 5.0 L V8 24 25 25 25 25 21 145
3 United States Downing Atlanta Kudzu DLM
Kudzu DLY
Mazda 2.0 L 3-Rotor
Mazda R26B 2.6 L 4-Rotor
15 21 13 14 14 13 15
13
118
4 United States Intersport Racing Riley & Scott Mk III
Spice SC95
Ford 5.0 L V8
Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0 L V8
18
19
11 9 15 12 13 17 114
5 United States MOMO/Doran Enterprises Ferrari 333 SP Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12 30 21 10 19 12 15 107
6= United States Transatlantic Racing Services Riley & Scott Mk III Ford 5.0 L V8 17 14 17 19 19 7 93
6= United States Matthews-Colucci Racing Riley & Scott Mk III Ford 5.0 L V8 20 14 15 15 15 14 93
8 United States Dollahite Racing Spice BDG-02
Ferrari 333 SP
Chevrolet 6.0 L V8
Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12
13
17

14
44
9 United States Genesis Racing Hawk MD3R Mazda 2.0 L 3-Rotor
Chevrolet 6.0 L V8
19
11
30
10 United States Kopf Race Products Keiler KII Ford 5.0 L V8 15 12 27
11 Germany BMW Motorsport Rafanelli Riley & Scott Mk III BMW 4.0 L V8 25 25
12 United States TRV Motorsports Kudzu DL-4 Chevrolet 6.0 L V8 22 22
13 Germany Porsche AG Porsche LMP1-98 Porsche 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6 21 21
14 United States Team Cascandia Argo JM20 Chevrolet 6.0 L V8 17 17
15 United States Denaba Racing Kudzu DLM Buick 4.5 L V6 14 14
16 United States Fantasy Junction Cannibal Chevrolet 6.0 L V8 10 10

GT1 Standings[edit]

Pos Team Chassis Engine Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Total
1 United States Panoz Motor Sports Panoz Esperante GTR-1 Ford (Roush) 6.0 L V8 30 25 25 21 25 25 21 25 197
2 United States Champion Motors Porsche 911 GT1 Evo Porsche 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6 26 25 25 76
3 United States Mosler Automotive Mosler Raptor Chevrolet 6.3 L V8 20 19 19 57
4 United States Rock Valley Racing Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet V8 22 22
5 United States G & W Motorsports Porsche 911 GT1 Evo Porsche 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6 21 21
6 United States Art Pilla Porsche 911 GT2 Evo Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6 19 19
7 United States Robinson Racing Oldsmobile Aurora GTS-1 Oldsmobile 4.0 L V8 18 18
8= United States John Annis Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet V8 17 17
8= Germany Porsche AG Porsche 911 GT1-98 Porsche 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6 17 17
10 United States Greg Malvaso Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet V8 16 16

GT2 Standings[edit]

Pos Team Chassis Engine Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Total
1 United States Schumacher Racing Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6 22 21 21 21 21 25 17 148
2 United States Prototype Technology Group BMW M3 BMW 3.2 L I6 25 25 25 25 100
3 Germany Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6 30 21 25 76
4 Canada C.J. Motorsports Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6 24 19 19 62
5 United States Saleen-Allen Speedlab Saleen Mustang SR Ford 5.9 L V8 26 14 40
6= United States Martin Snow Racing Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6 19 19 38
6= United States American Spirit Racing Vector M12 Lamborghini 5.7 L V12 19 19 38
8 United States David Friedman Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 19 17 36
9 Netherlands Marcos Racing International Marcos LM600 Chevrolet 6.0 L V8 12 21 33
10 Germany Freisinger Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6 25 25
11 United States Bell Motorsports BMW M3 BMW 3.2 L I6 21 21
12 United States Rohr Porsche 911 GT2 Evo Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6 19 19
13 United States Mark Hein Acura NSX Acura 3.2 L V6 18 18
14= France Larbre Compétition Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6 17 17
14= United States Jon Lewis Vector M12 Lamborghini 5.7 L V12 17 17
16= United States Cameron Worth Mazda RX-7 Mazda 2.0 L 3-Rotor 15 15
16= United States Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 15 15
18 United States Charles Coker Jr. Porsche 968 Turbo RS Porsche 3.0 L Turbo I4 13 13

GT3 Standings[edit]

Pos Team Chassis Engine Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Total
1 United States Prototype Technology Group BMW M3 BMW 3.2 L I6 30 25 25 25 25 19 21 21 191
2 United States Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 24 17 19 19 25 12 25 141
3 United States G & W Motorsports Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 22 19 15 15 71
4 United States Team A.R.E. Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 20 14 25 11 70
5 United States AASCO Performance (#55) Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 13 13 17 43
6 United States Tim Vargo Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 19 15 34
7= United States The Racer's Group Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 14 19 33
7= United States AASCO Performance (#17) Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 19 14 33
9 Ecuador Team Ecuador Nissan 240SX Nissan 2.4 L I4 10 13 23
10= United States Olive Garden Racing Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 17 17
10= United States Gordon Zimmerman Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 17 17
12 United States Bill Radar Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 16 16
13= United States Phoenix Motorsports Pontiac Firebird Pontiac V8 15 15
13= United States Technodyne Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 15 15
15= United States Chris Mitchum Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 14 14
15= United States T.C. Kline BMW M3 BMW 3.2 L I6 14 14
17 United States Raymond Boissoneau Mazda RX-7 Mazda 2.0 L 3-Rotor 13 13
18= United States Reisman Property Interests Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet V8 12 12
18= United States Dale White Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 12 12
20 United States First Union Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6 11 11

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