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Wayne Taylor Racing Wins Qualifying Race, Claims Rolex 24 at Daytona Pole

Wayne Taylor Racing celebrates in victory lane after winning the Rolex 24 Qualifying Race, 1/23/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Wayne Taylor Racing’s Ricky Taylor was able to avoid a last-ditch effort from JDC-Miller MotorSports’ Richard Westbrook on the final lap to win the Rolex 24 Qualifying Race Sunday (Jan. 23) at Daytona International Speedway.  The victory grants the Konica Minolta-sponsored Acura ARX-05 of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque, Alexander Rossi and Will Stevens the overall pole …

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Ricky Taylor Tops WeatherTech ROAR Day No. 2 at Daytona

Ricky Taylor sits on his pit box during practice for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, 9/24/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Saturday (Jan. 22) at Daytona International Speedway saw teams deal with cool weather and a little rain.  Wayne Taylor Racing’s Ricky Taylor turned in the quickest practice lap of the day with a lap at 135.487 mph. Session No. 3 The 60-minute session was stopped four separate times due to incidents.  First, Kyffin Simpson and …

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McCann Racing’s Andrew Davis Tops Pilot Challenge ROAR Day No. 2

Andrew Davis tests out McCann Racing's new Porsche during the ROAR Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway, 1/21/2022 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Day No. 2 of the ROAR Before the 24 for IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge teams saw the times continue to tumble.  McCann Racing’s Andrew Davis ended up fastest overall for the day with a lap at 113.698 mph, the quickest lap of the test so far. Session No. 3 The first on-track session started at …

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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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