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Tristan Vautier Wins Rolex 24 Qualifying Race Pole

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

JDC-Miller MotorSports’ Tristan Vautier earned the pole position Saturday (Jan. 22) for Sunday’s Rolex 24 Qualifying Race with a lap at 136.291 mph.  To this point, it is the first time all weekend that a Cadillac DPi-V.R. has beaten both of the Acura ARX-05s. Given the pace of the Acuras, it might come off as …

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Tyler McQuarrie Sweeps Pilot Challenge ROAR Day No. 1 at Daytona

Tyler McQuarrie running during the ROAR Before the 24, 1/21/2022 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

This weekend’s ROAR Before the 24 marks the North American debut for the newest GT4 contender from Porsche, the Porsche Cayman GT4 RS CS.  CarBahn Motorsports with Peregrine Racing’s Tyler McQuarrie put the new chassis to good use, sweeping both IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge sessions Friday (Jan. 21) at Daytona International Speedway.  McQuarrie’s lap in …

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Tom Blomqvist Fastest in WeatherTech ROAR Day No. 1 Sessions

Tom Blomqvist practices during session No. 2 of the ROAR Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway, 1/21/2022 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian’s Tom Blomqvist may be new to the DPi class in 2022, but he does not lack any speed.  Blomqvist was fastest overall in Day No. 1 of the ROAR Before the 24 Friday with a lap at 135.833 mph in his Acura ARX-05. Practice No. 1 In the morning session, …

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Robert Wickens Returning To Full-Time Racing With Bryan Herta Autosport

Robert Wickens during a test session at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 5/4/2021 (Photo: LATUSA via Bryan Herta Autosport)

(Photo: LATUSA via Bryan Herta Autosport)

Bryan Herta Autosport announced Friday (Jan. 14) that Robert Wickens will return to full-time competition in 2022.  He will drive the No. 33 Hyundai Elantra N TCR full-time in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge alongside Mark Wilkins, thus completing the 12-driver lineup that BHA announced on Jan. 6. “I’ve spent a lot of nights thinking and …

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Entry List: ROAR Before the 24/Rolex 24 at Daytona

Felipe Nasr leads the field at the start of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 1/31/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

IMSA released the official entry list for the ROAR Before the 24 Wednesday (Jan. 12).  61 teams will be testing at Daytona International Speedway the weekend of Jan. 21-23, an increase of 12 entries over 2021.  As per IMSA rules, any team that plans to compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona must participate in …

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BMW M Team RLL Reveals Rolex 24 at Daytona Lineup

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

BMW Motorsport Tuesday (Jan. 12) revealed the two-car driver lineup for BMW M Team RLL’s assault on the Rolex 24 at Daytona Tuesday (Jan. 12).  The lineup will be mostly BMW factory drivers with a mix of new and returning drivers to the fold in the GTD Pro class. The No. 24 BMW M4 GT3 …

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Austin Cindric Returns to Rolex 24 with WeatherTech Racing

2021 Loudon New Hampshire NASCAR Xfinity Austin Cindric smile NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

WeatherTech Racing announced Monday (Jan. 10) that the team will enter a third car in this month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  This entry, a second Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo, will be shared by Team Penske NASCAR Cup Series regular Austin Cindric, along with Dirk Mueller and Patrick Assenheimer and race in the GTD Pro class.  The …

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Inception Racing Commits to Full 2022 IMSA Schedule

Brendan Iribe practicing for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, 11/11/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Inception Racing (via Optimum Motorsport) announced Friday (Jan. 7) that the team has committed to the full 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule.  Brendan Iribe and Ollie Millroy will drive the team’s McLaren 720S GT3 full-time and challenge for the championship.  Frederick Schandorff will drive in the four Michelin Endurance Cup events for the team, …

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Tower Motorsport by Starworks Returns With Louis Deletraz

John Farano practicing for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, 11/11/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Tower Motorsport by Starworks announced the team’s return Friday (Jan. 7) to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s LMP2 class for the full 2022 season.  Louis Deletraz, son of former Formula 1 and sports car racer Jean-Denis Deletraz, will join the team for the full season alongside the returning John Farano.  Rui Andrade will join in …

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NTe Sport Expands To Full-Time 2022 IMSA Schedule With Lamborghini

Benjamin Hites practicing for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, 11/11/2021 (Photo Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

NTe Sport announced Friday (Jan. 7) that it will expand to a full-time schedule in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GTD class in 2022 after running only a couple of races in 2021.  The team will also change from an Audi R8 LMS GT3 to a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO for the 2022 season.  Sponsorship …

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