IMSA To Delay Implementation Of 2004 Rules
It’s a short news item, but it’s particularly significant.

IMSA has delayed the implementation of the ACO’s 2004 prototype regulations for those cars running in the ALMS in 2004.

The statement explains that “the ACO responded favorably to a request by IMSA to delay the implementation of rules that would affect rear wing configurations as well as fuel capacities in Prototype cars. At IMSA's discretion, LMP 900 and LMP 675 entries in ALMS events for the 2004 season may run legally under 2003 ACO Technical Specifications without any changes. If they choose to, LMP 900 and LMP 675 competitors may also run under the 2004 ACO regulations.”

This will create a slight anomaly at Sebring for example, but it is understood that all the regular ALMS prototype teams have agreed to this ‘adjustment’ to the regulations as they apply in North America.

"Obtaining this consent from the ACO is consistent with the commitment we made to the competitors last year that their cars would not have to be changed for 2004," said Doug Robinson, Executive Director of IMSA. "We greatly appreciate the spirit of cooperation demonstrated by M. Jean-Claude Plassart (new ACO President) and his willingness to work with us on this."

Originally (in March 2003) there was no intention to enforce changes upon 2003 cars for this year, but that position suddenly changed with the release of the ACO’s regulations on December 2. American teams can now press on with what they have been running, at least while racing in the ALMS. Any teams racing at Le Mans in June will obviously have to abide by the narrower wing / smaller fuel tank changes – as will teams racing in the LMES events.


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