Race Weekend Central

Max Angelelli Fastest in Night Practice, Jeff Gordon Goes Off-Course

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

After qualifying on Thursday in Daytona, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams took to the 3.56-mile road course for 90 minutes of practice in the dark.  It is the only time that drivers get on the course in the dark prior to the race.  Wayne Taylor Racing ended up with an up-and-down session. Max Angelelli, …

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Action Express Racing Goes 1-2 in Rolex 24 Qualifying

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday afternoon, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship held qualifying for this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  With teams not necessarily showing their full hand during the Roar Before the 24, it was unclear what everyone truly had.  However, when it was time for brass tacks, Action Express Racing came to play. Joao Barbosa won …

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Beyond the Cockpit: James Vance on MINI, the Detroit Adventure & Formula E

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Normally, we would have a nice, blushing introduction to pieces where we interview racers.  It would usually talk about current accomplishments, stats and so on.  But this is a rather unusual circumstance.   At Lime Rock Park in July, we had the pleasure of sitting down with James Vance, driver of the No. 37 MINI John …

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Reinvigorated Grand Sport Class Highlights 40-car CTSC Daytona Entry

(Photo: Ford Performance)

On Wednesday, IMSA released the official entry list for next Friday’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season opener, the BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona.  Unlike the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, attendance at the Roar Before the 24 was not required. Rule changes in the offseason that moved the Grand Sport class to full GT4-spec has …

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55 Entered for Rolex 24 at Daytona

On Wednesday, IMSA released the preliminary entry list for next week’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  As per IMSA rules, all teams that planned on competing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona had to enter the Roar Before the 24.  As a result, the same 55 teams that participated in the Roar Before the 24 two …

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Turner Motorsports Announces Lineup, Justin Marks in for Enduros

On Wednesday, Turner Motorsport announced that they are downsizing their IMSA effort from two BMW M6 GT3’s to simply one entry, the No. 96.  Jens Klingmann, who drove the No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 full-time last year, will return to the team for a second year.  He was the only driver for the team to test …

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Magnus Racing Switches to Pirelli World Challenge, Adds 2nd Car

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday morning, Magnus Racing announced that they will move over to Pirelli World Challenge for the full 2017 season.  The team will also expand from one to two Audi R8 LMS GT3’s.  Team owner John Potter will drive in the GTA class full-time in both the Sprint and Sprint-X events starting with the first …

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Multimatic Motorsports Fastest in CTSC Sunday Action

(Photo: Ford Performance)

For the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams in attendance, they were greeted with 35 degree temperatures on Sunday morning at Daytona International Speedway.  Despite that, teams hit the track at 9 a.m. for the first of two one hour sessions. Session No. 5 In the early morning session, Multimatic Motorsports continued to develop their …

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Sébastien Buemi Fastest in Happy Hour, BMW Tops GTLM

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

In Daytona Beach this time of year, the average high is 68 degrees with lows in the upper 40’s.  On Sunday, temperatures barely got to the upper 40’s for highs.  In addition, the winds kicked up out of the north to over 20 mph.  As a result, a number of teams chose not to participate …

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DragonSpeed Fastest in Session No. 6, Marcel Fässler Goes Up in Flames

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Saturday morning dawned quite chilly in Daytona Beach.  Temperatures hovered around 35 degrees when teams arrived at the track for the third and final day of the Roar Before the 24.  Some teams chose to do the bare minimum, thinking that they couldn’t learn all that much in the cold weather.  Others put themselves out …

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