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2019-20 Super GT Stove League: First Strike

It’s that time of year again in the Japanese auto racing season. The cars themselves are silent, but the discussion of the 2020 Autobacs Super GT Series to come is anything but. Welcome to another round of the domestic racing Stove League, the “Silly Season” by another name, the winter period where the pieces of the puzzle that is the 2020 Super GT field start to take shape.

Baseball’s own Stove League is already at full burn, where teams negotiate trades and attempt to sign high-dollar free agents. After battling for Major League Baseball’s World Series, ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg just signed a record-breaking deal to remain with the championship-winning Washington Nationals. Days later, his rival from the Houston Astros, Gerrit Cole, eclipsed Strasbourg’s deal with his own record-setting contract upon joining the New York Yankees.

In Super GT, the money is never a talking point, rather the arrangement of the teams and drivers representing the big three manufacturers in GT500: Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. Drivers changing teams, young drivers stepping up from GT300 or stepping in from elsewhere, and old veterans fighting to keep their places in the most competitive class in sports car racing.

Using the information from the latest issue of auto sport Magazine (Volume 1521: “Solving the Mystery of 51 Seats”), as well as the reporting from Motorsport.com contributors such as Jamie Klein, here is Super GT World’s guide to how the GT500 field might look in 2020 – and it starts with the biggest story of the off-season to date.

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2019 Okayama GT 300km Race: Starting Drivers

GT500 Class

23 – Ronnie Quintarelli
12 – Daiki Sasaki
1 – Naoki Yamamoto
17 – Koudai Tsukakoshi
8 – Takuya Izawa
24 – Mitsunori Takaboshi
37 – Nick Cassidy
3 – Frédéric Makowiecki
6 – Kazuya Oshima
19 – Sho Tsuboi
16 – Hideki Mutoh
38 – Yuji Tachikawa
64 – Tadasuke Makino
36 – Kazuki Nakajima
39 – Heikki Kovalainen

GT300 Class

55 – Shinichi Takagi
96 – Morio Nitta
52 – Shigekazu Wakisaka
65 – Haruki Kurosawa
25 – Kimiya Sato
5 – Yuya Hiraki
4 – Tatsuya Kataoka
56 – Kazuki Hiramine
61 – Hideki Yamauchi
11 – Hironobu Yasuda
10 – Kazuki Hoshino
60 – Hiroki Yoshimoto
34 – Ryo Michigami
88 – Takashi Kogure
33 – Marchy Lee (R)
2 – Hiroki Katoh
360 – Takayuki Aoki
18 – Kosuke Matsuura
7 – João Paulo de Oliveira
87 – André Couto
35 – Nattapong Horthongkum
9 – Naoki Yokomizo
21 – Richard Lyons
50 – Ryosei Yamashita
30 – Manabu Orido
48 – Masaki Tanaka
31 – Koki Saga
22 – Hisashi Wada
720 – Seiji Ara

Super GT Silly Season Update: Nissan and Lexus Spotlight

Tokyo Auto Salon 2019 has wrapped up, and we know who will race for Honda in the GT500 class of the Autobacs Super GT Series in the coming year.

Now the focus turns to the other two manufacturers in the GT500 class, and in February we will soon know who will race for Lexus and Nissan. This will be a quicker update than previous updates.

DISCLAIMER: All of the information in this article is speculative, and has not been confirmed by any of the manufacturers, drivers, or teams involved.

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Takashi Kogure: A Legend On the Crossroads

What comes next in the racing career of Takashi Kogure?

On Friday at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Honda presented their 2019 roster of drivers and riders for top-level Japanese motorsport – and with that announcement, Kogure was missing for the first time since 2003.

For the first time in over 15 years, the 38-year-old from Kanagawa, Japan will not represent Honda in either the GT500 class of Super GT, nor the Super Formula Championship. He is not the first veteran Super GT driver to step away this off-season, with João Paulo Lima de Oliveira leaving Nissan and Super GT after 13 seasons earlier this month, but like Oliveira, Kogure is seemingly ending a major chapter in his racing life – and now the question is where he’ll continue to race in 2019.

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