IMSA has added LMP3 as a fifth class to run in the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship from 2021.
The addition of the new class to the championship was confirmed by IMSA president John Doonan during the State of the Series address on Wednesday.
LMP3 machinery from approved constructors Ligier, Duqueine, Ginetta and Adess will be eligible to run in the championship in 2021-2022. Both the new generation of LMP3 machinery and older cars updated to EVO specification will be able to take part.
The new class will take part in a six-race schedule during the 2021 season. The season-opening Rolex 24nat Daytona will serve as a standalone event, with additional rounds held at Sebring, Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
IMSA currently has two options under consideration with regards to driver combinations. The first option would mandate a pairing consisting of a Bronze-rated driver and a Silver or Gold-rated driver.
The second option would see a pairing consisting of Bronze/Silver driver under the age of 25 alongside a Silver/Gold driver over the age of 25.
Platinum-rated drivers will not be able to compete in the new LMP3 class.