New regs, new cars, new liveries and lots of new driver combination makes the Official Spotter Guide a must. The guide will be updated later in the week with any driver or livery additions (probably after Tech is completed). Livery wise, all except Rebellion have previously been confirmed.
If you are at the circuit, a printed guide/program will be available later in the week.
The guide also features a number of my own liveries.
Thanks to the teams for their help with reference of the guides, to IMSA of course, the proof readers and you for downloading and sharing the guide!
Long term client, CJ Wilson Racing, recently announced a partnership with Porsche GT3 Cup team, WinWard Racing to run a Porsche Cayman GT4 ClubSport in the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge.
The Techemet design incorporates the CJ Wilson Racing graphics introduced last year with Graphite and chrome Blue hues. The original CJWilson Racing design allowed for its use regardless of color and sponsor and this shows how the graphic can work across multiple liveries as shown below on their 2016 designs
Leading Porsche racer, Corey Fergus has been a client for a number of years, campaigning various Porsche’s in the Pirelli World Challenge with an AERO supported ‘paint’ wrap including the Porsche Cayman below.
For 2017, Corey has teamed up with Moorespeed Racing to race in IMSA’s Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA with the new updated Gen 2 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car.
New race team, VOLT Racing, promoting the VOLT Lighting brand recently commissioned me to design a livery for their new McLaren 570S GT4 in the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge.
VOLT lighting corporate colors are a vibrant yellow and black and the team wanted to utilize a florescent yellow/green vinyl for the car to really stand out on track. Combined with Graphite Grey, this gives maximum contrast. The livery has been designed to be very clean and utilize the lines of the McLaren.
If everything aligns with delivery, this weekend will see the debut of a new IMSA t-shirt at Virginia International Raceway.
The Colors of IMSA showcase 16 liveries from the 2016 series from the iconic colors of Corvette, Turner Motorsport (hopefully 😉 ) and Stevenson to some of the striking new colors this year including the Gas Monkey Viper and the new Ford GT. Can you guess the rest?
On the rear, all the full time teams are listed.
The shirt should be on-sale at the IMSA Shop on site at Virginia International Raceway and will then be online in the next week or so.
If you are attending VIR this weekend, don’t forget to grab the official IMSA Spotter Guides at my sister site, SpotterGuides.com
The main IMSA WeatherTech/Continental guide features a number of new liveries for the 4th July weekend including the exclusive reveal of a retro livery for BMW Teal RLL and the recently announced Mazda Prototype liveries celebrating the anniversary of the Le Mans win with the Mazda 787B
As a bonus, you can download a PDF (22Mb) containing all the guides together or download the guides individually on the dedicated pages for :-
I have recently produced a new IMSA commissioned Spotter Guide to join the existing folio of IMSA Spotter Guides. The Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires is a feeder prototype series for both IMSA and Mazda through their ‘Mazda Road to 24’ program.
This weekend’s IMSA 6 hours of the Glen will see Spotter Guides for EVERY race, including the main event and Porsche GT3 Cup and Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo. These will be released during Monday once various embargos and liveries have been launched.
As the title says, the 2016 Dunlop Le Mans Spotter Guide has been updated following two days of Scrutineering in the town of Le Mans. Thanks to some helpful teams and photographers, along with less changes than previous years, I’ve been able to release V2 earlier than ever. Full details including change list on the dedicated SpotterGuides.com page here.
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As a special treat, and thank you for the tens of thousands who downloaded my IMSA Spotter Guide for the recent Rolex24, I am making available a free wallpaper featuring an illustration of the GTLM finish with Oliver Gavin leading Antonio Garcia by just 0.034 seconds, the closest class finish in Rolex 24 history.
The start of the 2016 North American Season gets underway at Daytona International Speedway, this weekend with the Rolex 24 Hours and I have been involved in a variety of projects associated with the event.
Most prominent are new liveries for Turner Motorsport with their all new BMW M6 GT3 and CJ Wilson Racing and their new Porsche Cayman GT4 ClubSport.
The Turner design has been developed form the fan favorite Z4 livery, although the larger proportions of the M6 coupe proved challenging to balance. We ended up with a couple of final designs which the team could not decide on, so we went with both!
Each car runs a different diagonal stripe, along with the addition of driving light cover colors, help fans and the mechanics tell the two cars apart.
IMSA have commissioned me for many year to produce their official Spotter Guide (the Rolex edition gets released later today!). In recent years this has extended to additional illustrations for internal and external presentations and illustrations for their on track support, web and the IMSA app. An example of this is IMSA’s overview of the 2016 Classes post on IMSA.com
These blank car illustrations will also feature in the IMSA Raceday viewing guide booklet and around the track on hoardings aiding fan, old and new. A great example where a company can re-use and maximise their ‘investment’ in quality illustrations.
Jalopnik.com’s Stef Schrader has just published a cool feature on the livery design process of the new #33 CJ Wilson RacingPorsche Cayman GT4 ClubSport which will compete in the 2016 Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge.
I talk about why went for darker hues, the use of the CJ Wilson signature (aka ‘Star’) and how this has become a common feature on his racecars so no matter what the partner, it is always clear its a CJ Wilson Racing car and will make the entries look more like a collective regardless of sponsor or base color.
With IMSA’s ROAR test just days away, ahead of the Rolex 24Hours, a couple of liveries are starting to surface on social media.
Turner Motorsport have a 2 car entry in the newly named WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the all new BMW M6 GT3. More details on the livery later, but this is a development of the successful Z4 GT3 livery. Look closely and you might spot some differences between the 96 and 97 cars.
Turner are very pro-active on Social media, so you can catch up on their progress on Twitter.
A limited number of IMSA Champion shirts have been produced to celebrate the champions in the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge, including my client CJ Wilson Racing.
Current Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge ‘ST’ Champions, CJ Wilson Racing has announced a two-car entry in the ‘GS’ class with the all-new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.
The new Cayman was launched at the Los Angeles Motor Show earlier this week. With a brainstorming session before the car was launched, it was a great opportunity to create an ‘old school’ digital render of the car with a launch livery. Time was the essence, so this was all completed within one day. My background is vehicle design and styling, so it was good to create one of these illustrations.
The livery itself is a development of the previous MX-5 livery with an oversized ‘CJ’ signature graphic scaled down to allow for sponsorship space.