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Will there be a new-look car in victory lane?
Jan29

Will there be a new-look car in victory lane?

A colorful Baker’s dozen field of diverse Prototypes is poised to make history at the 54th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The top class in the 50+ car field is a spicy blend of top teams and drivers with Daytona Prototypes and LMP2 combinations powered by BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Elan engines in what appears to be an exceptionally wide-open race. Prior to yesterday’s running, few thought the Russian...

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It’s time to chase a Rolex
Jan29

It’s time to chase a Rolex

Practice and qualifying has been run and done at Daytona International Speedway with teams and drivers from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship now ready for Saturday’s green flag. The final practice session for the Rolex 24 at Daytona was run this morning with the Katherine Legge leading for DeltaWing racing ahead of a brace of Le Mans-style P2 cars from Olivier Pla (Michael Shank Racing), Johannes van Overbeek (ESM...

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First to first – the GTLM battle
Jan29

First to first – the GTLM battle

If the first major race of the New Year asks, “what’s new?” The answer is, “nearly everything.” The Rolex 24 At Daytona is the first event for the new IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and opens the stunning $400 million Daytona Rising Stadium. Icing the new season cake is the spectacular array of new cars. The highly anticipated debut of the Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) Ford EcoBoost GTs adds yet another top manufacturer and a...

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GTLM cars take top seven qualifying times
Jan28

GTLM cars take top seven qualifying times

The production-based GT Le Mans machines dominated qualifying in the rain at Daytona International Speedway today with Porsche’s Nick Tandy leading a group of seven cars which were faster than their more powerful and more aerodynamic prototype rivals. Traditionally the Prototype and Prototype Challenge classes are faster around the Daytona road course than the GTLM entrants but Tandy’s time in wet conditions today was more...

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Ford tops final practice before qualifying
Jan28

Ford tops final practice before qualifying

Ford’s Joey Hand topped the final practice session before qualifying at Daytona Intennational Speedway as the GTLM cars continued to outpace their faster prototype rivals in wet conditions at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The GTLM machines filled positions two through nine in the first session and backed that up in the second run today – taking the top five spots on the timing sheet. Joey Hand was fastest in the No.66 Ford GT...

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