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The iconic Indianapolis 8 hour returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for it's third installment, the Indianapolis 8 hour was the highlight race of the weekend which also featured other races such as: GT America, TC America, GT4 America, Toyota GR Cup & Porsche Carrera Cup.

But among all these races, only one raced into the cold windy Indiana night. That race was the Indianapolis 8 hour, the Indianapolis 8 hour was the first race to go into the night at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, making it a spectacle like no other.

pre race weekend

Before the race-weekend kicked off Friday, SRO hosted an amazing race car parade on the main streets of Speedway, Indiana. The entire street was lined up with over 50 GT cars racing across various formats that weekend, fans where treated to free merch, cool tunes and a chance to meet drivers and teams with unfettered access. Overall it was a great way to kick off the final race weekend here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Over at the track, the fans had access to the garages, pit lane and an exclusive Fanzone where a bunch of brands had set up booths with their latest automotive products and cool simulators for fans to have a go in. Fans also got a chance to buy some merch at the Merch tent, the weekend saw multiple autograph sessions as well.

race time!

The Indianapolis 8 hour is a race as the name suggests, that runs for 8 hours non-stop and is hosted by the SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge.

The Intercontinental GT Challenge is a GT3 championship that is hosted across the world from South Africa to Dubai. The Indianapolis 8-hour is a multi class race which consists of the IGTC Pro, FGTWCA Pro and Pro Am classes.

A total of 21 cars and 20 teams competed in the main race, Rowe Racing were coming into the weekend with a strong win at the 24 hours of Spa and were looking strong to take another win at the Indianapolis 8 hour. The race also featured 2 young IndyCar drivers: Callum Ilott and Nolan Siegel who were competing in the Pro-Am class, racing in the 120 Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3 R 992 and 04 Crowdstrike AMG GT3 respectively.

Before the race start, all the fans were invited onto the track for the Grid Walk. Where everyone got to experience the pre-race atmosphere and take part in the pre race festivities. Finally, the race everyone has been waiting for kicked off with an amazing start and everyone watched the race avidly for 8 hours, at around the 6 pm mark the track started to get dark and the glorious lights turned on at the IMS and boy was it a sight to behold! After what was an amazing race, the results were:

Intercontinental GT Challenge Series:

Pro Winner: Philipp Eng, Sheldon Van der Linde, Dries Vanthoor - Team WRT - #30 BMW M4 GT3

Pro-AM Winner: George Kurtz, Colin Braun and Nolan Siegel - Crowdstrike - #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3

Fanatec GT World Challenge America Series:

Pro Winner: Madison Snow, Trent Hindman, Jan Heylen - Wright Motorsports - #45 Porsche GT3 R 992

Pro-AM Winner: Antares Au, Alfred REnauer, Laurin Heinrich - Huber Motorsports - #20 Porsche GT3 R 992

The Indianapolis 8 hour was certainly a magnificent way to end the racing season at IMS.

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