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    The Indianapolis 8 Hour is an endurance sports car race contested at Indianapolis Motor Speedway using the infield road course, first held in 2020,[1] making it the first ever endurance sports car race at this venue.[2] The event is the US leg of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) and the finale of the GT World Challenge America series.[3]

    In 2022 the race ran into the twilight for the first time; the rules changed to GT3 only, dropping GT4; and the GT World Challenge America entrants were awarded points at the full 8 hours rather than at the three-hour mark in previous years.

    For the GT World Challenge America drivers, this event is the longest of the races and the only event to include three drivers.

    For the cars additionally competing in IGTC, this event differs from the remainder of IGTC, with the maximum number of Gold or Platinum drivers reduced to two.

    In 2022 14 cars took part in the IGTC within the total grid of 25 entries running GT World Challenge America.

    History

    The US leg of the SRO's IGTC - the California 8 Hours - was held at Laguna Seca circuit from 2016 to 2019.[4] The event was moved to Indianapolis in 2020.[3]

    For 2022 the GT World Challenge America element of the event was extended such that the entire 8 hour duration scored points for the GTWC America entrants;[5] in previous years those entrants scored points for the first three hours only.

    Additionally for 2022 GT4 classes were dropped from the race making it GT3 only.

    Winners

    Year Drivers Vehicle Entrant Laps Report Ref
    2020 Netherlands Nicky Catsburg
    United States Connor De Phillippi
    Brazil Augusto Farfus
    BMW M6 GT3 Germany Walkenhorst Motorsport 300 Report [6]
    2021 Germany Christopher Haase
    Switzerland Patric Niederhauser
    Germany Markus Winkelhock
    Audi R8 LMS Evo France Audi Sport Team Saintéloc 265[a] Report [7]
    2022 Spain Daniel Juncadella
    Switzerland Raffaele Marciello
    Canada Daniel Morad
    Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo Hong Kong Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing 328 Report [8]

    See also

    Notes

    1. ^ Due to the kerbing damage in the Turn 5-6 chicane, the 2021 race was run on the SCCA Runoffs layout instead of the INDYCAR Grand Prix layout, which utilised the old Formula One course with the newer Snake Pit section.

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