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Off the Wall With: Ashley Freiberg

2016 Daytona IWSC Ashley Freiberg Driver Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On the spot this week: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship rookie Ashley Freiberg, who will be splitting her time in 2016 between Turner Motorsport’s No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 in the GT-Daytona class and Starworks Motorsport’s No. 88 in the Prototype Challenge class. What’s fun for you besides [car] racing? Cyclocross racing. It’s an off-road race …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Ashley Freiberg on Moving Up & a Split Schedule

2016 Daytona IWSC Ashley Freiberg Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

24-year old Ashley Freiberg has only been racing in sports cars for a little over two years. However, in that time, she’s impressed a lot of people. In her first career start in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Daytona in 2014, she shared the overall victory with Shelby Blackstock after the winning entry …

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Tequila Patron ESM Wins Rolex 24 at Daytona

2016 Daytona IWSC Pipo Derani Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

A 24-hour race is a test of fortitude.  Anything and everything can happen.  From wrecks to blown engines, flawless runs to drives through the infield that could be best described a trainwreck, the Rolex 24 at Daytona is truly a race in which anything can happen.  Add in a grand total of one hour of …

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Rolex 24 Update: After 18 Hours

2016 Daytona IWSC Christian Fittipaldi Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

The deep overnight hours produced some big changes, especially in the lower classes.  However, at the very front of the field, not too much changed. Over the previous 12 hours, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing‘s No. 02 had been making up many of the ten laps that were lost when Tony Kanaan was forced to pull …

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Rolex 24 Update: After 12 Hours

2016 Daytona IWSC Pipo Derani Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

The second quarter of the Rolex 24 at Daytona saw a number of contenders run into serious difficulties.  The most notable of these instances was when the No. 60 Ligier JS P2-HPD driven by Oswaldo Negri, Jr. blew an engine in the infield while leading overall.  The Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian entry is now …

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Rolex 24 Update: After 6 Hours

2016 Daytona IWSC Ozz Negri Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Through six hours, the action at the Rolex 24 at Daytona has been intense.  A number of different teams have had their time at the front of the field, while others have struggled with issues. In the Prototypes, Panoz DeltaWing Racing was the star of the show early on.  After starting 13th due to not …

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Katherine Legge Tops Rolex 24 Happy Hour Charts

2016 Daytona IWSC Katherine Legge Car Credit Rick Dole via Panoz DeltaWing Racing

(Credit: Rick Dole via Panoz DeltaWing Racing)

After two days of rain, fog and gloomy weather, Friday morning dawned sunny and the track surface was dry.  Normally, the final practice session for the Rolex 24 is the culmination of the better part of five hours of practice.  However, given the recent weather, it represents the only real chance that the teams would …

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Jan Magnussen Fastest Overall in Wet Night Practice

2016 Daytona IWSC Jan Magnussen Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Most of the teams assembled on-site this weekend at Daytona International Speedway expected to get some dry running under their belts on Thursday, if not before qualifying, then after it during the 90-minute night practice session.  Unfortunately, that did not come to pass. Rain that had been falling since prior to qualifying continued to pelt …

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GT-Le Mans Teams Dominate Short 2nd Practice

2016 Daytona IWSC Sebastien Bourdais Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

After the relatively dry first practice session at Daytona International Speedway, the light rain and mist returned to the World Center of Racing just in time for the 30-minute second practice session.  The result was another session of mixed strategies. Two red flags cut the actual on-track time down significantly.  First, the Alegra Motorsports “Highway …

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