The level of dumb ass driving was above average even for the current form of IMSA.
The BOP is a Joke and don't even get me started on Driver's Ranking.
Pirelli World Challenge is much better and the Trans-Am series is back with a vengeance with cars as fast as the GTLM but with more of them
I'll grant you that there was more aggressive driving Sat afternoon than was wise in an endurance race. You are going to have multiple full course cautions to close back up so a 0.5 sec advantage gained with a high risk maneuver can ruin your day. Still somewhat amused by the radio discussions and behaviors between the pit wall and Andy Meyrick. The conversation on spinning the rears while jacked seemed pretty accusatory and the post shunt calls were not the sign of a pit box and driver on the same team. Notwithstanding the shunt, I think less of that team structure after hearing that BS.
BOP? Well, it's not a full blown "buy a championship" like F-1. Anytime you have a mandate to level performance between manufacturers, somebody is going to try to sandbag performance in practice. Look at eh times in the "Roar" this year. Nobody showed their form. Face it, teams don't have the funding to play an arms race and you need cars on the grid to have a race. Fans are not going to pay to watch one team run away every race. Look at the decline of F-1. RBR for 3 years, big rule change and now Mercedes running away. In the meantime, attendance and viewers drop. Any PHS style system is subject to the same issues. Come up with a better way to race Vettes, Lambos, Porsche, BMW, Astons, Audis and the rest on a relatively level playing field and maybe folks will flock to your series.
I like Daytona, probably because my first attendance at an endurance race was the third Daytona 24 in 1968 where I watched the 907s finish 1,2,3. If I'm in that region, I always try to attend.
TA and PWC. Good for participants at a lower cost than IMSA but a long way to go to be viable.
The BOP is constantly adjusted(Manipulated) between every race to appease the manufacturers. F1 is the single most popular sporting series on the planet because the people know the best team is probably going to win, That is why they call it racing.
TA and PWC already have larger grids and PWC races in front of bigger crowds. IMSA is so afraid of then that they changed the GTD class this year to allow GT3 cars in an attempt to poach some PWC teams.....It didn't work.
Noticed that you didn't mention the driver rankings which were created to let the rich owners feel like they are as fast as the pros.
The best thing about this years 24 hours of Daytona is that it was the last time we will be senses assaulted there by the crime against humanity know as the Daytona Prototype,