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Renger van der Zande Quickest in WeatherTech Thursday Rolex 24 Practice

2020 Sebring IWSC Renger van der Zande Courtesy of IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Thursday (Jan. 28) saw IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams practice for more than four hours in preparation for Saturday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  After all of that time, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Renger van der Zande was quickest in two of the three sessions.  His quickest lap of the day at 136.129 mph was set during …

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Katherine Legge, Christina Nielsen Join Team Hardpoint/EBM; ROAR/Rolex 24 Entry Lists Updated

2018 Detroit IWSC Katherine Legge MSR

(Photo: Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian)

Tuesday (Jan. 19) and Wednesday (Jan. 20) saw a series of updates to the entry lists for this weekend’s ROAR Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway.  By extension, these updates in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will carry over to the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Team Hardpoint/EBM announced that Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen …

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Acura Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor Fastest in Early WeatherTech Practice

2020 Daytona IWSC Ricky Taylor Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Weather has played a substantial role in practice Thursday (Jan. 23) for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams in Daytona.  Both sessions saw rain fall.  However, there was enough dry running in the second session to allow Acura Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor to set the quick time of the day at 135.042 mph. Practice No. 1 …

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Action Express Racing Claims 12 Hours of Sebring Victory

2019 Daytona IWSC Felipe Nasr Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Action Express Racing’s No. 31 Cadillac shared by Eric Curran, Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr proved to be the dominant team at Sebring on Saturday (March 16).  The trio combined to lead 249 of the 348 laps to win the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts. “It’s unbelievable.  I’m out …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Wins Rain-Shortened Rolex 24 at Daytona

2019 Daytona IWSC Jordan Taylor Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

During the 15th hour of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the rain began to fall at Daytona International Speedway.  Instantaneously, the race changed.  What was a relatively attrition-free affair turned into a punishing wreckfest. Wayne Taylor Racing’s Fernando Alonso slipped past Action Express Racing’s Felipe Nasr with just over two hours to go when Nasr …

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Action Express Overcomes Overheating to Claim Rolex 24 1-2

2018 Daytona IWSC Christian Fittipaldi Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday afternoon, Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Cadillac shared by Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi overcame significant overheating issues to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  For 2018, the Cadillac DPi teams have new 5.5-liter engines, replacing last year’s 6.2-liter units.   Reliability was a question, and in the end, it almost completely …

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WeatherTech Rolex 24 Thursday: Renger van der Zande Snatches Pole

2018 Daytona IWSC Renger van der Zande Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

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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Felipe Nasr Tops Roar Qualifying, Sets Fastest Lap Since 1993

2017 Daytona IWSC Dane Cameron Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

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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