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Max Angelelli Fastest in Night Practice, Jeff Gordon Goes Off-Course

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

After qualifying on Thursday in Daytona, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams took to the 3.56-mile road course for 90 minutes of practice in the dark.  It is the only time that drivers get on the course in the dark prior to the race.  Wayne Taylor Racing ended up with an up-and-down session. Max Angelelli, …

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55 Entered for Rolex 24 at Daytona

On Wednesday, IMSA released the preliminary entry list for next week’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  As per IMSA rules, all teams that planned on competing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona had to enter the Roar Before the 24.  As a result, the same 55 teams that participated in the Roar Before the 24 two …

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Turner Motorsports Announces Lineup, Justin Marks in for Enduros

On Wednesday, Turner Motorsport announced that they are downsizing their IMSA effort from two BMW M6 GT3’s to simply one entry, the No. 96.  Jens Klingmann, who drove the No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 full-time last year, will return to the team for a second year.  He was the only driver for the team to test …

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Sébastien Buemi Fastest in Happy Hour, BMW Tops GTLM

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

In Daytona Beach this time of year, the average high is 68 degrees with lows in the upper 40’s.  On Sunday, temperatures barely got to the upper 40’s for highs.  In addition, the winds kicked up out of the north to over 20 mph.  As a result, a number of teams chose not to participate …

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DragonSpeed Fastest in Session No. 6, Marcel Fässler Goes Up in Flames

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Saturday morning dawned quite chilly in Daytona Beach.  Temperatures hovered around 35 degrees when teams arrived at the track for the third and final day of the Roar Before the 24.  Some teams chose to do the bare minimum, thinking that they couldn’t learn all that much in the cold weather.  Others put themselves out …

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Jani Fastest Again at Night, 7/8ths of a Second Separates GT Le Mans

Once the sun went down in Daytona on Saturday night, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams went back on track for one more 90 minute session.  The chilly temperatures (by Central Florida standards) forced most present to bundle themselves up.  However, cool temperatures often mean that there is speed to be had. In the Prototypes, …

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Mazda Motorsports Gets Their Groove Back on Roar Day No. 2

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Overnight thunderstorms and lingering rains made the early morning session No. 3 a complete toss-up for teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  A couple of stories did come out of the session.  First, Continental’s rain tires are still not as good as Michelin’s, and the margins between the DPi and LMP2 Prototypes can change …

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Risi Competizione Returns Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander for 2017

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, Risi Competizione announced that Toni Vilander and former Formula One racer Giancarlo Fisichella will return for the full season in the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE.  For Daytona at minimum, Fisichella and Vilander will be joined by James Calado, a regular in the FIA World Endurance Championship for AF Corse.  This is the same …

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REBELLION Racing Fastest in Shortened First Roar Session

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Mid-morning on Friday, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams ventured out onto Daytona International Speedway’s road course for their first session of 2017.  Unlike the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge session earlier, this one had some problems. Before those problems reared their head, REBELLION Racing’s Neel Jani set the fastest lap of the session (Note: REBELLION’s …

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