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Couch Potato Tuesday: Welcome to My 13th Year of Critiquing

The NASCAR Cup Series in action at Daytona, 2020 Photo Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The offseason is now over. I have no doubt that you’ve done something to pass the time over the past three months. Some of you engaged in hobbies, spent time with your families, watched movies and TV shows. A bunch of people probably got addicted to new shows such as WandaVision. Others spent time watching …

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Antonio Garcia, Michael de Quesada Test Positive For COVID-19 In Daytona

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

For Corvette Racing, this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona was a dominating one-two performance in the GT Le Mans class.  Nicky Catsburg, Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor earned the class victory after 24 hours of racing. However, right after that victory took place, Corvette Racing made an announcement that sobered the celebration.  They announced that …

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2-Tire Stop Takes Wayne Taylor Racing to 3rd Straight Rolex 24 at Daytona Victory

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

The Acura ARX-05 of Wayne Taylor Racing was quick throughout the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  However, it was pit strategy that put WTR at the front when it counted Sunday.  The team, which had a seven-lap fuel advantage on their competitors, was able to do a short fill of his fuel tank on his final …

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AWA Wins BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona From Pole

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

The BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona Friday (Jan. 29) was a very competitive race.  Andrew Wojteczko Autosport (AWA) chose to make their final pit stop on the restart after the fifth full course caution.  Kuno Wittmer ran hard to get past everyone as they made their final pit stops under green.  Wittmer was able to …

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Loic Duval Quickest in Final Rolex 24 Practice

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

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

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

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

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

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

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

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

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

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

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

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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