IMSA’s Process For Deciding Photo Finish Winners

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When IMSA added the Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires to the portfolio of series that it sanctions and officiates, the sanctioning body was well aware of Mazda MX-5 Cup’s reputation for putting on thrilling, bumper-to-bumper races with nail-biting finishes. No sweat, said Mark Raffauf, IMSA Senior Director of Race Operations. “This is the kind of competition that we knew Mazda MX-5 Cup brings, and IMSA is prepared for that competition,” Raffauf said. IMSA’s process in tight-finish situations is the same for all its series. Raffauf also pointed out that the embedded finish line timing loop is not always in the same location on the finish line painted on the track. “In some way or another, the painted finish line straddles that timing loop,” Raffauf said. As Race Director for Mazda MX-5 Cup, Buck expects more of the same excitement throughout the season. And whether it’s in Mazda MX-5 Cup or any other sanctioned series, IMSA is ready for any close finishes.

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