Chevrolet is still evaluating a new ‘DPi’ program for the IMSA WeatherTech United Sportscar Championship following the ban of the current Daytona Prototypes at the end of this season, Motorsport.com reports.
For 2017, IMSA will implement new rules for the Prototype class that will ban Daytona Prototypes and open-cockpit LMP2 cars. New DPi (Daytona Prototype International) cars will be used in their place, with the chassis being supplied by Dallara, Onroak Automotive, ORECA and Riley/Multimatic.
According to Chevrolet racing director Mark Kent, General Motors is still undecided on whether to go ahead with a new Corvette DPi machine or to focus its road racing efforts specifically on Corvette Racing and GTLM.
“The GTLM Corvettes are our greatest example of technology transfer from racetrack to road, and that program will continue,” Kent told Motorsport.com.
“On the prototype side, with the Daytona Prototypes not being legal next year, internally we’re working on plans. Does it make sense to continue in that class, or should we just focus on the GTLMs? If we were to continue in Prototypes, what brand would be best suited for that? Which teams would we align with?
“We don’t have all those answers today, we’re still studying it, so that’s as far as I can comment.”
Kent said that the new DPi regulations, which offer teams not only a choice of chassis suppliers but also of engines, “create a lot of variables.” GM is also evaluating the idea of a Cadillac DPi entry rather than a Chevy, a report from early March indicated.