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A quick look back at the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season

Staff Report

Like the entire world in 2020, the IMSA season was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, but it didn't put the brakes on the racing body's ability to run a modified schedule.

The circuit, as usual, opened its season with the Rolex 24 At Daytona, then was forced to pause because of the pandemic. The season fired up again with a revamped schedule that started at Daytona International Speedway, the IMSA WeatherTech 240.

Here's a quick look at the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season:

2020 IMSA DPI champions: #7 Acura Team Penske Acura DPi, DPi: Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor. Not pictured, Alexander Rossi. Taylor and Castroneves are with IMSA President John Doonan.

Daytona Prototype International (DPi): The No. 7 Penske Acura driven by Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves won the championship by one point (265-264) over the No. 10 Cadillac of Ryan Briscoe, Renger van der Zande and Scott Dixon. It was the first season championship in Castroneves' 23-year professional career in the United States.

LeMans Prototype 2 (LMP2): The No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07 co-driven by Patrick Kelly, Simon Trummer and Scott Huffaker claimed the season finale race at Sebring after wrapping up the team and driver championships earlier in November.

GT LeMans (GTLM): The No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor won the title. It was Garcia's third GT title. The duo won five races in 2020. It was also Taylor's third overall IMSA championship and his first GT title. Taylor's other series season championships came in the prototype classes with his father Wayne's teams.

The No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 won the 2020 title in its IMSA class.

GT Daytona (GTD): The No. 86 Acura of Matt McMurry and Mario Farnbacher took the championship by two points (286-284) over the No. 16 Porsche of Patrick Long and Ryan Hardwick, who won the season finale Twelve Hours of Sebring. It was the second consecutive championship for the Meyer Shank Racing entry. Farnbacher was also the 2019 GTD driving champion with Trent Hindman in the No. 86. In addition to repeating as the team champion, the No. 86 helped Acura secure the manufacturer crown.

#16: Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, GTD: Ryan Hardwick, Patrick Long race during the WeatherTech 240 at Daytona International Speedway July 4, 2020, in IMSA's return to competition in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic after the sport shut down earlier in the year.