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Filipe Albuquerque, Kamui Kobayashi Top Final 2 Daytona WeatherTech Practices

2020 Daytona IWSC Felipe Nasr Car Phil Allaway

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The final two practice sessions for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in Daytona had their fair share of minor incidents, but nothing serious.  Action Express Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque was fastest in these sessions with a lap at 135.027 miles per hour. Practice No. 3 The night practice session Thursday night (Jan. 23) turned out to …

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Oliver Jarvis Repeats as Rolex 24 at Daytona Pole Sitter

2020 Daytona IWSC Oliver Jarvis Car Phil Allaway

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Mazda Team Joest’s Oliver Jarvis will once again lead the field to the green flag Saturday after he won the pole with a 136.760 mph lap Thursday afternoon (Jan. 23) for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. “What a car [the crew] just gave me.  I cannot say thank you enough,” Jarvis said during the post-qualifying …

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Acura Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor Fastest in Early WeatherTech Practice

2020 Daytona IWSC Ricky Taylor Car Phil Allaway

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Weather has played a substantial role in practice Thursday (Jan. 23) for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams in Daytona.  Both sessions saw rain fall.  However, there was enough dry running in the second session to allow Acura Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor to set the quick time of the day at 135.042 mph. Practice No. 1 …

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Kuno Wittmer Wins BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona Pole

2020 Daytona IMPC Kuno Wittmer Car Phil Allaway

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The track surface finally dried enough Thursday afternoon (Jan. 23) for IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge teams to put on slicks and go out for qualifying.  The times tumbled quickly.  When all was done, Andrew Wojteczko Autosport’s Kuno Wittmer claimed the pole for Friday’s BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona in his McLaren 570S GT4 with a …

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Indy Dontje Fastest in Moist Pilot Challenge Practice No. 2

2020 Daytona IMPC Russell Ward Car Phil Allaway

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HTP Winward Motorsport’s Indy Dontje recaptured a little bit of his pace from the ROAR Before the 24 Thursday morning (Jan. 23).  He was able to top the timesheets in Michelin Pilot Challenge Practice No. 2 at Daytona International Speedway with a lap at 103.190 mph. Any respite from the wet weather on Wednesday in …

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Jeroen Bleekemolen Quickest in Wet and Windy Pilot Challenge Practice

2020 Daytona IMPC Jeroen Bleekemolen Car Phil Allaway

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Riley Motorsports’ Jeroen Bleekemolen was fastest overall in opening practice Wednesday (Jan. 22) for IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge teams at Daytona International Speedway with a lap at 104.726 mph.  Conditions were far from ideal as rain and winds as high as 30 mph lashed the 3.56-mile road course.  Given the weather forecast for Thursday and …

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Entry List: BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona

2019 Daytona IMPC Billy Johnson Car Phil Allaway

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The season opener for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Friday (Jan. 24) at Daytona International Speedway has 51 teams entered.  This is an increase of 18 teams from the ROAR Before the 24 (the ROAR was not a mandatory test for Michelin Pilot Challenge teams) and two more than last year’s race. The Grand Sport …

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Entry List: Rolex 24 at Daytona

2019 Daytona IWSC Steve Dunn Car Phil Allaway

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For this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, a mere 38 cars are entered in four classes, the smallest entry in the history of the race.  Normally, the entry list is the same group of teams that participated three weeks ago in the ROAR Before the 24.  However, there have been a couple of withdrawals since …

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Olivier Pla Sets All-Time Fastest ROAR Lap in Qualifying Session

2019 Watkins Glen IWSC Timo Bernhard Car Phil Allaway

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The height of on-track activity Sunday (Jan. 5) at Daytona International Speedway came during the qualifying session for DPi and LMP2 teams.  Mazda Team Joest’s Olivier Pla set a lap at 137.328 mph to lead the pack.  This is an unofficial track record for Daytona International Speedway’s road course. https://www.facebook.com/mazdamotorsport/videos/614550919301042/ Pla’s lap was two-tenths of …

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Spencer Pumpelly Fastest Overall in Pilot Challenge ROAR Testing

Spencer Pumpelly 2019 Long Beach

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Team Hardpoint’s Spencer Pumpelly was fastest overall in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge testing Sunday (Jan. 5).  The veteran racer turned in a lap at 112.862 mph Sunday morning to lead the way in his Audi R8 LMS GT4. Session No. 5 In addition to topping the entire weekend, Pumpelly’s lap was the quickest lap in …

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