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Rene Rast Joins Visit Florida Racing for IMSA Endurance Races

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On Tuesday, Visit Florida Racing announced that René Rast will join the team for the four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races, starting with the Rolex 24 at Daytona at the end of the month.  Rast replaces Ryan Hunter-Reay as the team’s endurance-only driver.  Hunter-Reay is racing in the GT Daytona class for Michael Shank …

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BAR1 Motorsports Announces Daytona Driver Lineups

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On Tuesday, BAR1 Motorsports officially announced the nine drivers that will be driving for the team in the Rolex 24 at Daytona at the end of the month.  The team is currently the only operation that has confirmed entries in the Prototype Challenge class for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. The No. 20 entry, …

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Stevenson Motorsports Cuts Down to One Audi for 2017

On Wednesday morning, Stevenson Motorsports announced that the team will cut down from two Audi R8 LMS GT3’s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Daytona class to one entry for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  That entry, which will carry the No. 57 that the team used in Grand-AM, will have the same lineup …

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Alex Job Racing Signs Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler for 2017

On Tuesday, Alex Job Racing (AJR) announced that they will be switching from the Porsche 911 GT3 R to a new Audi R8 LMS GT3 for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.  Driving the new Audi full-time will be longtime teammates and 2015 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona champions Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler. …

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Riley Motorsports Announces Endurance Drivers

On Tuesday, Riley Motorsports announced their full driver lineup for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  Full season drivers Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating will be joined by Mario Farnbacher and Adam Christodoulou in the No. 33 Mercedes AMG GT3 (the team’s 2016 Dodge Viper GT3-R is pictured above). Farnbacher will drive in all four of …

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PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Quietly Announces 2017 Lineup

Earlier in the week, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports wrapped up a test session at Sebring International Raceway in Florida for their new Gibson-powered Ligier JS P217 prototype.  As the team participated in IMSA’s November open test at Daytona shortly after taking delivery of their new car, they chose to skip the open test held on Tuesday and …

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IMSA Unveils New Drive Time Rules

On Thursday, IMSA sent out a competition memo to all teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pertaining to new drive-time requirements in all classes.  As compared to 2016, requirements for “amateur” drivers are slightly lower. In the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Silver and/or Bronze-rated drivers must complete five hours each in the car in …

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Cadillac Assert Themselves at Daytona Test, Ricky Taylor Goes 200

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IMSA’s first open test with the new DPi entries wrapped up on Wednesday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.  Since it is a December test, it is really difficult to truly tell who is on pace and who is taking it easy.  However, one thing is pretty obvious coming out of the four sessions.  Cadillac’s new …

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Shane van Gisbergen, Thomas Jäger Join WeatherTech Racing

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On Wednesday afternoon, WeatherTech Racing announced that 2016 Virgin Australia Supercars Champion Shane van Gisbergen and Mercedes-AMG factory driver Thomas Jäger have joined the driving lineup of WeatherTech Racing’s No. 50 Mercedes AMG GT3 for next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  Van Gisbergen and Jäger join full-time drivers Cooper MacNeil and Gunnar Jeannette in the …

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Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s US and European Arms Unite for Rolex 24

On Wednesday morning, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing announced that the team’s two divisions (the North American and UK divisions) will join together as one four-car team for January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  The unification has been done for one purpose: To go out and win. Team owner Chip Ganassi has been happy with the Ford …

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