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Ready to roar at Daytona

The “off-season” is officially over – a total of 66 cars are ready to hit the track at Daytona International Speedway as the annual “Roar before the 24” pre-season test kicks off in Florida. With holiday festivities now well behind us, drivers and crews were left with little time to head to Florida – in fact, spare a thought for the truck drivers who had to drive through the New Year’s Eve...

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New faces in new places

The first major test sessions for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship attracted a stack of new faces in new places as teams and drivers play their annual game of musical chairs. Many drivers and owners have already locked in their place for 2014, but for many, the test here at Daytona and Sebring last weekend was an opportunity to audition for a regular ride. Audi’s two-time Le Mans winner and inaugural FIA World Endurance...

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18 hour update: Rolex 24 at Daytona

The future may be clear for sportscar racing in North America in 2014 but the vision on track at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Sunday morning was anything but. The track was blanketted with heavy fog causing a long 105-minute yellow flag period which gave drivers a rest, but sent team strategy experts into a tailspin trying to work out their pit strategy to chase down those elusive Rolex watches which are handed out in victory lane....

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Half Way Update: Rolex 24 at Daytona

At the half way point of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, seven DP cars were still on the lead lap including the leading Ganassi entry of Scott Pruett, Dario Franchitti, Jamie McMurray and ALMS BMW star Joey Hand. Corvette endurance driver Jordan Taylor was running second in the Wayne Taylor Racing entry while features last year’s ALMS PC class champion, Alex Popow; PC class race winner Ryan Dalziel, IndyCar star Sebastien Bourdais and...

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Six Hours Update: Rolex 24 at Daytona

At quarter race distance in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, it appeared we were watching a very long sprint race rather than a round-the-clock enduro. After six hours the No.01 Ganassi car of Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya and Charlie Kimball held the lead over the Wayne Taylor entry featuring Max Angelelli, ALMS Corvette Racing enduro star Jordan Taylor and reigning IndyCar champ, Ryan Hunter-Reay. Highlights of the race...

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