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Rolex 24 6 Hour Update: Action Express Leads As Rain Jumbles Order

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In the first quarter of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Cadillac DPi-V.R.s have dominated.  Renger van der Zande started on pole and led early.  However, the fastest car for the vast majority of the first six hours has been the No. 5 Mustang Sampling-sponsored Cadillac from Action Express Racing. Nearly the first 2.5 hours …

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Mike Conway Quickest in Rolex 24 Final Practice

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On Friday morning, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams ventured out for one last hour of practice ahead of this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  When the session came to a conclusion, it was Action Express Racing’s Mike Conway that was fastest of all. Conway turned in a lap of 96.865 seconds (132.308 mph) about 20 …

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WeatherTech Rolex 24 Thursday: Renger van der Zande Snatches Pole

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Thursday at Daytona International Speedway is a very busy day for teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  There are three practice sessions totaling 3.5 hours of track time, in addition to qualifying.  Here, we’ll recap all of the Thursday sessions. Qualifying Entering the weekend, qualifying seemed to be a near open and shut case …

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Jordan Taylor Tops Final Roar Before the 24 Session

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On Sunday afternoon, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams filed out onto Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56-mile road course for one more 60-minute session.  Like the previous sessions, a Cadillac was on top.  This time, it was Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor who led the pack. Taylor posted a time of 96.757 seconds (132.456 mph) to lead …

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Felipe Nasr Tops Roar Qualifying, Sets Fastest Lap Since 1993

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In an attempt to ward off sandbagging, IMSA instituted a qualifying session during the Roar Before the 24 that will set garage and pit stalls assignments.  Even before the session, IMSA parked a couple of GT Daytona teams for holding back during night practice on Saturday.  With the impetus to put up or shut up, …

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Joey Hand Wins Pole for Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

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On Saturday afternoon, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams brought out their Saturday best in qualifying for Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR.  When the dust cleared, it was Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s Joey Hand who walked away with the overall pole. The session was a close one as the times whittled away.  Risi Competizione’s …

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Pipo Derani, Johannes van Overbeek Win Maiden Race for Nissan DPi

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On Sunday afternoon, Tequila Patron ESM’s Pipo Derani assumed the lead during the final yellow when JDC/Miller MotorSports’ Stephen Simpson was forced to pit for emergency service.  From there, Derani was able to pull away to take the first-ever victory for the Ligier-based Nissan DPi. Afterwards, Derani was proud of the team’s accomplishment. “It’s been …

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Pipo Derani Wins Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen Overall Pole

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For most of this season, the Cadillac DPi-V.R.’s have been the class of the field.  So far this weekend at Watkins Glen International, that has not been the case.  Tequila Patron ESM’s Pipo Derani claimed the overall pole for Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen with a lap of 94.405 seconds (129.654 mph).  The …

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Pipo Derani Leads Tequila Patron ESM 1-2 in 2nd Glen Practice

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In the second practice session for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen, the black and neon green of Tequila Patron ESM reigned supreme.  Pipo Derani turned in a lap of 94.696 seconds (129.256 mph) to top the charts.  It is the fastest lap of the entire weekend to this point. Afterwards, Derani stated that …

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Action Express Racing Goes 1-2 in Rolex 24 Qualifying

(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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