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Wayne Taylor Racing Earns Rolex 24 Victory Despite Late Contact

2017 Daytona IWSC Ricky Taylor Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In recent years, 24 hour endurance races have turned into sprint races.  Much of the 55th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona was not a sprint, but a test of endurance and traction.  Over half of the race was run in the rain.  However, once the track finally dried out, the action came to …

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Action Express Racing Goes 1-2 in Rolex 24 Qualifying

2017 Daytona IWSC Joao Barbosa Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday afternoon, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship held qualifying for this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  With teams not necessarily showing their full hand during the Roar Before the 24, it was unclear what everyone truly had.  However, when it was time for brass tacks, Action Express Racing came to play. Joao Barbosa won …

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Sébastien Buemi Fastest in Happy Hour, BMW Tops GTLM

2016 Road Atlanta IWSC John Edwards Car Credit Phil Allaway

(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

2016 Daytona IWSC Oliver Gavin Car Credit Phil Allaway

(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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Jonathan Bomarito Claims Road Race Showcase Pole

2016 Daytona IWSC Jonathan Bomarito Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, Mazda’s Jonathan Bomarito put down a lap of 114.507 seconds (127.266 mph) in the closing stages of qualifying, which held up to take the overall pole for Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.  It is Mazda’s third pole of the season. Afterwards, Bomarito was very pleased with the form …

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Christian Fittipaldi Puts Action Express on IMSA Long Beach Pole

2016 Daytona IWSC Christian Fittipaldi Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Late Friday afternoon, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams took to the 1.968-mile Long Beach Street Course to qualify for Saturday evening’s BUBBA Burger Sportscar Grand Prix at Long Beach.  As usual, the session for the prototypes came down to a Daytona Prototype vs. P2 battle.  For the first time in 2016, the DPs won. …

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Stephen Simpson, Dion von Moltke Claim PC and GTD Poles at Lime Rock

2015 Lime Rock TUSC Stephen Simpson car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

With only 18 cars entered for Saturday’s Northeast Grand Prix, traffic won’t be that much of an issue for the Prototype Challenge (PC) and Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) classes. However, that doesn’t mean that grabbing the pole isn’t important. By the time the PC cars got on track, the skies were starting to cloud up. …

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