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Loic Duval Quickest in Final Rolex 24 Practice

2021 Daytona IWSC Sebastien Bourdais Car Courtesy of IMSA

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Cadillac continued to show their pace Friday (Jan. 29) in Daytona.  JDC-Miller MotorSports’ Loic Duval was fastest overall in the final Rolex 24 practice session with a lap at 134.785 mph. Duval’s lap was 12-thousandths of a second faster than Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kevin Magnussen.  Mazda Motorsports’ Oliver Jarvis was third with Wayne Taylor Racing’s …

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Renger van der Zande Quickest in WeatherTech Thursday Rolex 24 Practice

2020 Sebring IWSC Renger van der Zande Courtesy of IMSA

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Thursday (Jan. 28) saw IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams practice for more than four hours in preparation for Saturday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  After all of that time, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Renger van der Zande was quickest in two of the three sessions.  His quickest lap of the day at 136.129 mph was set during …

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Kuno Wittmer Defends Daytona Pilot Challenge Pole, Track Records Fall

2021 Daytona IMPC Kuno Wittmer Pole Award Courtesy of IMSA

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Andrew Wojteczko Autosport’s Kuno Wittmer managed to break his own track record Thursday afternoon (Jan. 28) to win the pole for Friday’s BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona with a lap at 113.644 mph.  Given the fact that AWA sat out the remainder of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of …

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IMSA to Drop GT Le Mans Class After 2021; GTD Pro to Replace

2020 Charlotte IWSC Tommy Milner Car Courtesy of IMSA

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IMSA announced Thursday (Jan. 28) that the GT Le Mans class for GTE-spec cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will cease to exist at the end of the 2021 season.  It will be replaced by a new Pro division of the GT Daytona class. “The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has long been regarded as …

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Ryan Hardwick Out Of Rolex 24 At Daytona Due To Concussion

2020 Sebring IWSC Ryan Hardwick Bob Akin Award Courtesy of IMSA

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Wright Motorsports announced Thursday morning (Jan. 28) that Ryan Hardwick (pictured last November at the IMSA banquet in Sebring) suffered a concussion in a crash in Wednesday’s opening IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge practice session at Daytona International Speedway.  As a result, he will not be cleared to return to the driver’s seat for the remainder …

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Greg Liefooghe, Spencer Pumpelly Fastest in Pilot Challenge Practices, Ryan Hardwick Crashes

2021 Daytona IMPC Ryan Hardwick Car Courtesy of IMSA

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Stephen Cameron Racing’s Greg Liefooghe and BGB Motorsports’ Spencer Pumpelly topped the two practice sessions for IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at Daytona International Speedway.  Pumpelly’s lap at 112.956 mph Thursday morning (Jan. 28) is the fastest lap of the weekend. Practice No. 1 Liefooghe’s lap at 111.634 mph was fastest overall in the opening IMSA …

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Mathieu Jaminet Forced Out of Rolex 24 Due to COVID-19, Sven Mueller to Sub

2020 Spa Francorchamps IGTC Mathieu Jaminet Porsche AG

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Mathieu Jaminet announced Tuesday morning (Jan. 26) that he has tested positive for COVID-19.  As a result, there is not enough time for him to quarantine and produce negative tests in time for him to be able to race in this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. Unfortunately I won’t be able to race at Daytona …

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Entry List: BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona

2020 Daytona IMPC AJ Muss Betiske Visser Brian Henderson Racing Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

IMSA released the entry list Monday (Jan. 25) for the season opening BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona for IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.  There will be 42 cars in the race between the two classes, down 10 from 2020. In Grand Sport, there will be 25 cars doing battle.  The only one of these teams that …

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Action Express Racing Overcomes Qualifying Issue, Wins Motul Pole Award 100

2021 Daytona IWSC Chase Elliott Pipo Derani Mike Conway Felipe Nasr Victory Lane Courtesy of IMSA

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Action Express Racing’s Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani overcame getting their qualifying time Saturday disallowed and came from the rear of the DPi class to win the Motul Pole Award 100 Sunday (Jan. 24) at Daytona International Speedway.  As a result, the No. 31 Whelen-sponsored Cadillac DPi-V.R. will start Saturday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona from …

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Jan Heylen Fastest in Final Pilot Challenge ROAR Session

2021 Daytona IMPC Ryan Hardwick Car Courtesy of IMSA

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IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge teams had a short day at Daytona International Speedway Sunday (Jan. 24) with just one 75-minute test session before teams packed up.  Wright Motorsports’ Jan Heylen was fastest with a lap at 111.835 mph. Heylen’s lap was four-hundredths of a second faster than Stephen Cameron Racing’s Greg Liefooghe.  Murillo Racing’s Eric …

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