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

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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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Entry List: Rolex 24 at Daytona

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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

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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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Oliver Jarvis Continues Mazda’s Daytona Speed Stranglehold

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Saturday brought changeable conditions to Daytona International Speedway.  Rains made the second session dicey at times, but Oliver Jarvis kept Mazda Team Joest’s No. 77 Mazda RT24-P on top of the pylon with a lap at 135.257 mph. Session No. 3 In the morning session, Mazda picked up where they left off on Friday.  Harry …

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Mazda Team Joest Picks Up From 2019, Tops ROAR Day No. 1

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Last year in Daytona, Mazda Team Joest’s Mazda RT24-Ps were the fastest cars in town during the Rolex 24 at Daytona weekend.  On Friday (Jan. 3), they brought the speed once again as Olivier Pla was fastest overall with a lap at 133.787 mph to top the day. Session No. 1 In the morning test …

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Entry Lists: ROAR Before the 24

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This weekend, the 2020 racing season gets underway for IMSA teams with the annual ROAR Before the 24.  For the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, this is a mandatory teams for teams that plan on competing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in three weeks.  There are 40 teams entered in this weekend’s ROAR, which would …

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Heinricher Racing Continues Shank Partnership, Fields Alvaro Parente, Misha Goikhberg for 2020

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Heinricher Racing announced Monday (Dec. 9) that they will continue their relationship with Meyer Shank Racing for a second straight year.  The team will not continue with their all-female driver lineup, though.  Replacing Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen will be Alvaro Parente and Misha Goikhberg for the full season in the No. 57 Acura NSX …

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Starworks Motorsport Shifts To LMP2 in 2020

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Starworks Motorsport announced Monday (Dec. 9) that they will move away from the GT Daytona class (seen above) and return to the prototype ranks in 2020.  The team has acquired an ORECA 07-Gibson and will race it in at minimum the four Michelin Endurance Cup races in 2020.  The team hopes to add the three …

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Sebastien Bourdais Out at Dale Coyne Racing, Joins JDC-Miller Motorsports in 2020

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Sebastien Bourdais will be racing in a different series in the 2020 season. Dale Coyne Racing announced Friday (Nov. 22) that they have parted ways with the Frenchman. Bourdais competed for the team in 2011 and 2017, while seasons 2018 and 2019 were under the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan banner. “I want to thank …

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GRT Grasser Racing Team Joins IMSA With Katherine Legge, Christina Nielsen

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A part-time operation will go full-time in IMSA in 2020.  GRT Grasser Racing Team has partnered with GEAR Racing to field a No. 19 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO full-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen will team up for the full season in the GT Daytona class. GEAR stands for …

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