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Entry List: 2018 BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona

On Wednesday, IMSA released the official entry list for the BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona, the season opener for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.  Unlike the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, there is no mandate to participate in the Roar in order to enter this race.  As a result, the entry list is actually a little bigger than the Roar was.

43 cars are entered between the three classes.  If anything, the race is likely to be even more top-heavy than the Roar was.  Nearly one-third of the entries (10 of 31) are new Mercedes-AMG GT4s.

The headlining Grand Sport class, which had 28 entries at the Roar, now has 30 for the race.  Additional entries include a third Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport Mercedes for HTP Motorsport regular Indy Dontje and Winward Racing owner Bryce Ward.  This team will compete in four races this season.  Stephen Cameron Racing, which originally entered the Roar with a BMW M4 GT4 before withdrawing, has entered a Mercedes for Ari Balogh and Greg Liefooghe.

GMG Racing has expanded their effort from two Audi R8 LMS GT4s to three Audis.  The new No. 50 will be driven by past Daytona winner Ashley Freiberg.  She will be paired with 25-year old Gosia Rdest, a Polish racer who was part of the winning GT4 team two weeks ago at Dubai.  Freiberg and Rdest will be the only all-female driving duo in the race.  Finally, a new team, Ramsey Racing, has also entered a Mercedes.  Alexandre Prémat and team owner Mark Ramsey will team up.

There are also some driver changes from the Roar.  At Automatic Racing, Rob Ecklin Jr. has been added to the lineup for the No. 09 Aston Martin alongside Ramin Abdolvahabi and Brandon Kidd.  Kidd was originally not listed on the roster, but was added back with an entry list revision.  For the team’s No. 99, former Street Tuner racer Aurora Straus will replace Tanner Whitten.

At Rennsport One, the team has entered both of their Porsches that showed significant pace at the Roar.  However, the team has paired Spencer Pumpelly and defending Grand Sport champion Dillon Machavern together in the No. 28.  For the No. 18, last year”s Rolex 24 at Daytona GT class winner Daniel Morad confirmed himself as being part of the team.

Finally, KohR Motorsports has added a third driver to their No. 59 car, but he is a familiar face to the team.  Jade Buford will join Joey Atterbury and Jack Roush Jr. in the car.  Buford has won with the team as recently as Sebring last year.

In TCR, there are seven entries once again, but there are a couple of changes.  The most notable change is that JDC-Miller MotorSports’ No. 54 Audi is not entered.  During the Roar, Michael Johnson crashed hard and suffered a broken leg.  He’s out of the hospital now, but he has a long road to recovery.

There are a couple of other changes.  First, C360R announced a third full-time TCR entry on Wednesday.  That team will be the No. 77 Audi for Britt Casey Jr. and Tom Long.  Casey brings his sponsorship from TRUMPF to the team.  Previously, Casey drove for Freedom Autosport in the Street Tuner.  Long comes to C360R after spending a number of years in the Mazda camp.  Long has also previously raced as a teammate to Casey at Freedom Autosport.

Secondly, RS Werkes Racing has nominated JT Coupal to share the No. 11 Audi with Don Istook.  Coupal raced full-time in Pirelli World Challenge’s TC class for BERG Racing last year in a similar Audi.  Coupal finished eighth in TC points with a best finish of second in race No. 2 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in May.

Finally, the Street Tuner class is the smallest of all with just six entries.  Murillo Racing’s No. 65 originally moved up to Grand Sport.  However, the team has since dropped back down to ST.  That necessitated a number change since the No. 65 has been locked in as a Grand Sport team.  As a result, the team Brent Mosing and Tim Probert will run the No. 55 on their Cayman.  Piscitell has also been listed as a driver for the team.  This team participated in the Roar with their Street Tuner-class Porsche CaymanThat loss is offset by MINI JCW Team adding their No. 52 to the mix that did not run at the Roar.  Still no Mazdas in the mix.

Entry List: 2018 BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona

ClassTeamDriversCar
Grand Sport09 - Automatic RacingRamin Abdolvahabi
Rob Ecklin Jr.
Brandon Kidd
Aston Martin Vantage GT4
Grand Sport3 - Winward Racing/HTP MotorsportCraig Lyons
Kris Wilson
Mercedes-AMG GT4
Grand Sport4 - TeamTGMGuy Cosmo
Ted Giovanis
Owen Trinkler
Mercedes-AMG GT4
Grand Sport5 - Bodymotion RacingStevan McAleer
Joe Robillard
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
Grand Sport7 - VOLT RacingAlan Brynjolfsson
Trent Hindman
Ford Mustang GT4
Grand Sport8 - Multimatic MotorsportsPatrick Gallagher
Chad McCumbee
Ford Mustang GT4
TCR10 - eEuroparts.com RacingLee Carpentier
Kieron O'Rourke
Audi RS3 LMS Club Sport
TCR11 - RS Werkes RacingJT Coupal
Don Istook
Audi RS3 LMS Club Sport
Grand Sport13 - GMG RacingDaren Jorgensen
Cameron Lawrence
Rick Parfitt Jr.
Audi R8 LMS GT4
Grand Sport14 - GMG RacingAndrew Davis
George Kurtz
James Sofronas
Audi R8 LMS GT4
Grand Sport15 - Multimatic MotorspotsCole Custer
Ty Majeski
Scott Maxwell
Ford Mustang GT4
Grand Sport18 - Rennsport OneDaniel Morad
Spencer Pumpelly
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
Grand Sport19 - Stephen Cameron RacingAri Balogh
Greg Liefooghe
Mercedes-AMG GT4
Street Tuner21 - Bodymotion RacingMax Faulkner
Jason Rabe
Porsche Cayman
Grand Sport22 - Multimatic MotorsportsChase Briscoe
Austin Cindric
Ford Mustang GT4
Grand Sport28 - Rennsport OneDillon Machavern
Spencer Pumpelly
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
TCR31 - Rumcastle LLCJon Miller
Luke Rumberg
Tanner Rumberg
Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
Grand Sport33 - Winward Racing/HTP MotorsportDamien Faulkner
Russell Ward
Mercedes-AMG GT4
Street Tuner37 - MINI JCW TeamDerek Jones
Nate Norenberg
MINI JCW
Grand Sport38 - BGB MotorsportsJames Cox
David Murry
Dylan Murry
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
Grand Sport39 - Carbahn MotorsportsTyler McQuarrie
Mark Siegal
Jeff Westphal
Audi R8 LMS GT4
Grand Sport46 - TeamTGMHugh Plumb
Owen Trinkler
Mercedes-AMG GT4
Grand Sport50 - GMG RacingAshley Freiberg
Gosia Rdest
Audi R8 LMS GT4
Street Tuner52 - MINI JCW TeamMark Pombo
Jared Salinsky
Tyler Stone
MINI JCW
TCR53 - Murillo RacingMatt Fassnacht
Justin Piscitell
Audi RS3 LMS Club Sport
Street Tuner55 - Murillo RacingBrent Mosing
Justin Piscitell
Tim Probert
Porsche Cayman
Grand Sport56 - Murillo RacingEric Foss
Jeff Mosing
Mercedes-AMG GT4
Grand Sport57 - Winward Racing/HTP MotorsportIndy Dontje
Bryce Ward
Mercedes-AMG GT4
Grand Sport59 - KohR MotorsportsJoey Atterbury
Jade Buford
Jack Roush Jr.
Ford Mustang GT4
Grand Sport60 - KohR MotorsportsKyle Marcelli
Nate Stacy
Ford Mustang GT4
Grand Sport63 - DXDT RacingDavid Askew
Aaron Povoledo
Mercedes-AMG GT4
Grand Sport69 - Motorsport in ActionCorey Fergus
Jesse Lazare
McLaren 570S GT4
Grand Sport72 - Classic BMWToby Grahovec
Jason Hart
Mike Vess
BMW M4 GT4
Street Tuner73 - MINI JCW TeamMike LaMarra
Mat Pombo
MINI JCW
TCR74 - C360RRodrigo Sales
Kuno Wittmer
Audi RS3 LMS Club Sport
TCR75 - C360RRoy Block
Pierre Kleinubing
Audi RS3 LMS Club Sport
Grand Sport76 - C360RPaul Holton
Matt Plumb
McLaren 570S GT4
TCR77 - C360RBritt Casey Jr.
Tom Long
Audi RS3 LMS Club Sport
Grand Sport80 - Andrew Wojteczko AutosportMartin Barkey
Brett Sandberg
Ford Mustang GT4
Street Tuner81 - BimmerWorld RacingNick Galante
Devin Jones
BMW 328i
Grand Sport82 - BimmerWorld RacingJames Clay
Tyler Cooke
BMW M4 GT4
Grand Sport92 - Ramsey RacingAlexandre Premat
Mark Ramsey
Mercedes-AMG GT4
Grand Sport99 - Automatic RacingAl Carter
Steven Phillips
Aurora Straus
Aston Martin Vantage GT4
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