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

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

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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Nico Rondet, Jade Buford Top CTSC Saturday Roar Sessions

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Much like the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams on hand in Daytona had to deal with inclement weather in the morning.  Only 12 of the 31 teams in Daytona chose to even participate in Session No. 3, which started at 9 a.m. on a soaked track. For those who ventured …

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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

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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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Jade Buford Tops CTSC Session No. 2 with New Mustang GT4

(Photo: Ford Performance)

In the second session for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Daytona International Speedway, it was a familiar team on top of the charts.  However, that familiar team has a new look. Multimatic Motorsports’ Jade Buford topped the charts for the session with a lap of 116.499 seconds (110.010 mph) in the team’s new …

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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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Charles Espenlaub Fastest in First CTSC Roar Practice

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On Friday morning, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams in attendance took to the 3.56-mile infield road course for their first session of 2017.  It was generally uneventful as teams got used to new equipment and new driver lineups. In the session, Automatic Racing’s Charles Espenlaub was fastest overall and in Grand Sport with …

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Sam Bird Completes Scuderia Corsa Lineup for Rolex 24

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday, Scuderia Corsa filled out their driver lineup for this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona champions Alessandro Balzan and Christina Nielsen will be back for the full season.  Matteo Cressoni announced his participation in the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races via a now-deleted Instagram post …

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