Drivers with a Gold classification are those who meet the criteria of Platinum drivers but are between the ages of 55 and 59, or are professional or semi-professional drivers under the age of 55 who have successfully competed in various secondary international single-seater series, such as Indy Lights; national single-seater series, like Pro Mazda; or series organized by a manufacturer, such as Porsche.
Silver drivers are racers over the age of 60 who satisfy the criteria to be a Platinum driver, drivers over the age of 55 who would otherwise qualify as a Gold driver, or are amateur drivers under the age of 60 who have won races in a national championship or international series alongside a professional driver. Drivers who have won championships in series such as IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, Lamborghini Super Trofeo or Ferrari Challenge would also qualify as Silver.
Bronze drivers are amateur racers who were over the age of 30 when their first racing license was issued, with little or no single-seater experience or without significant race experience. Drivers over the age of 60 who meet the criteria for the Silver category also qualify as Bronze.
In all cases, IMSA may consider drivers eligible in a certain category based on their performances and achievements, even if they have not met the specific criteria to qualify.
Pit Lane and Paddock Regulations/Procedures
Procedures and regulations for pit road in 2014 will combine the best and most efficient practices currently being utilized in ALMS and Grand-Am.
Pit stops will include changing tires and adding fuel at the same time, with a maximum of six crew personnel and two wheel guns allowed over the wall at one time. All cars will use single-lug wheels. Pit fuel tanks must be permanently mounted to a trolley and not extend over the track surface side of the pit wall. All pit tanks will have a restrictor fitted at the filler end of the fuel hose.
Pit stalls will be a minimum of 22’ x 10’ on both the hot and cold sides of the pit wall. All structures must fit in that area and cannot be taller than 13 feet other than radio antenna masts. Firesuits will be required only on the “hot” side of the pit wall and for anybody handling fuel on pit lane, but are recommended for crew working on the cold side of the wall.
In the paddock, each team gets a space with a total footprint of 90’ x 30’ per entered car, except in certain instances. The space will be regulated, but teams will be allowed to construct temporary walls, utilize floor tiles, etc. within specific guidelines. The same space allocation applies to all classes, but space may vary based upon paddock configuration at certain circuits, such as street courses.