The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced the No. 16 Prototype Challenge (PC) team and drivers Johnny Mowlem, Tom Papadopoulos, Tomy Drissi, Brian Alder and Martin Plowman have lost their finishing position in the final race results in the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The pro-am PC class requires minimum drive times to be met by bronze- or silver-rated (amateur) drivers to be eligible for points and awards. For the Rolex 24, that minimum was four hours and 30 minutes for the PC and GT Daytona (GTD) class.
As the No. 16 team utilized two platinum drivers in its Rolex 24 lineup, the team needed two silver- or bronze-rated drivers to each achieve the minimum drive time requirement. Only one of the team’s silver- or bronze drivers met the minimum. As a result, the No. 16 team loses its finishing position and all prize money and points, aside from the one point awarded for starting the race.
“For the competitive balance and fairness for other teams with different driver configurations in the ‘pro-am’ environment, minimum drive times for bronze and silver-rated drivers must be enforced,” said IMSA Race Director Beaux Barfield.
The penalty assessed to the No. 16 team is consistent with a penalty assessed to the No. 94 GTD team in the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona, which also had one pro-am driver miss the minimum drive time requirement.