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Wayne Taylor Racing Wins Rain-Shortened Rolex 24 at Daytona

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During the 15th hour of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the rain began to fall at Daytona International Speedway.  Instantaneously, the race changed.  What was a relatively attrition-free affair turned into a punishing wreckfest. Wayne Taylor Racing’s Fernando Alonso slipped past Action Express Racing’s Felipe Nasr with just over two hours to go when Nasr …

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Rolex 24 at Daytona Hour 17 Update: The Rain is Here

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In the second third of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Fernando Alonso came into his own.  The forecast rain showed up at the track around 5 a.m. and instantly caused problems.  Mazda Team Joest’s remaining RT24-P was trying to get back on the lead lap when the fuel issues cropped up again.  The car was …

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Rolex 24 at Daytona Hour 8 Update: Penske Leads, Mazda Foiled by Fuel Leaks

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As compared to last year, the 57th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona has been quite a bit more incident-strewn.  There have already been six full course cautions so far, as opposed to four in the entire race in 2018. The Mazda Team Joest entries were strong early with Oliver Jarvis leading from pole.  …

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Filipe Albuquerque Fastest in Rolex 24 at Daytona Happy Hour

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Action Express Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque was fastest overall in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Happy Hour Friday morning (Jan. 25) at Daytona International Speedway.  The cool weather conditions allowed speeds in the four classes to come close to, or even drop below the track record laps set in qualifying on Thursday. Albuquerque’s quickest lap was not …

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Jonathan Bomarito Fastest in Thursday Rolex 24 at Daytona Practice

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Mazda Team Joest continued to show Thursday (Jan. 24) that they have very good single-lap speed at Daytona International Speedway.  During the second practice session, Jonathan Bomarito turned in a lap at an average of 135.373 mph to top the sessions for the day. Practice No. 1 Early morning rains swept through Daytona Beach, leaving …

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Oliver Jarvis Sets All-Time Track Record to Win Rolex 24 Pole

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Mazda Team Joest did not go quite as fast Thursday (Jan. 24) as they did during the Roar Before the 24. Despite that, Oliver Jarvis turned in a lap at 136.799 mph in qualifying.  Not only was that lap fast enough to win the pole for Saturday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, but it will go …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Taps Matthieu Vaxivière for Remaining Endurance Races

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Wayne Taylor Racing announced Thursday (Jan. 24) at Daytona International Speedway that they have signed Matthieu Vaxivière to drive the team’s No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R. at the three remaining Michelin Endurance Cup races (Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta).  The 24-year old French racer will replace Fernando Alonso and Kamui Kobayashi with the team.  Neither …

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Entry List: Rolex 24 at Daytona

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The official entry list is out for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s biggest race of the year, the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  As in the Roar Before the 24 a couple of weeks ago, 47 teams will take to the track.  Despite that, there have been some changes. The DPi class is unchanged.  11 DPis …

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Oliver Jarvis Unofficially Breaks Track Record in Roar Qualifying

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams have a qualifying session during the Roar Before the 24 in order to determine pit and garage selections for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  It’s also meant to curb sandbagging.  Mazda Team Joest was most definitely not sandbagging on Sunday.  Oliver Jarvis unofficially broke the 25-year old track record in …

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Mazda Team Joest, CORE autosport Top Roar Day No. 3 Sessions

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Mazda Team Joest definitely showed the vast majority of what they had during the Roar Before the 24 and Sunday was no exception.  Harry Tincknell topped the regular sessions Sunday (Jan. 6) with a lap at 136.016 mph. Session No. 6 Tincknell’s quick time was set very early in the session, which started just after …

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