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Entry List: WeatherTech Championship Roar Before the 24

2018 Daytona IWSC Helio Castroneves Car Phil Allaway

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The calendar has turned to 2019 and it’s already time for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams to travel to Daytona Beach for three days of testing ahead of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  After rumors of an oversubscribed field earlier in the offseason, an entry list of 47 teams has been revealed.  This is a …

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Dane Cameron Tops WeatherTech Practice No. 3, René Rast Flips

2018 Watkins Glen IWSC Juan Pablo Montoya Car Phil Allaway

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Acura Team Penske continued to show their pace on Saturday morning with Dane Cameron turning in the fastest lap of the weekend to top Practice No. 3.  However, the session ended early due to a huge crash for Mazda Team Joest’s René Rast. With just a couple of minutes remaining in the session, Rast spun …

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Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor Top WeatherTech Thursday Practices

2018 Daytona IWSC Graham Rahal Car Phil Allaway

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On Thursday, Acura Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor was fastest overall in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice at Sebring International Raceway.  Taylor’s time in practice No. 2 of 107.841 seconds (124.850 mph).  The lap time was a full one-third of a second faster than the pole time set last year by REBELLION Racing’s Neel Jani. Practice …

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WeatherTech Rolex 24 Thursday: Renger van der Zande Snatches Pole

2018 Daytona IWSC Renger van der Zande Car Phil Allaway

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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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Mazda Team Joest Announces 2018 Drivers

2017 Watkins Glen IWSC Jonathan Bomarito Car Phil Allaway

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At the LA Auto Show on Tuesday, Mazda unveiled the six drivers that will wheel the new generation Mazda RT24-P in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Mazda Team Joest.  The squad will be a mix of new and returning drivers. Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nunez, who shared the No. 55 pictured above in …

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Rene Rast Joins Visit Florida Racing for IMSA Endurance Races

2016 Road Atlanta IWSC Marc Goossens Car Credit Phil Allaway

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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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Porsche Claims Le Mans Overall Pole, Ford Sweeps GTE-Pro Front Row

2016 Daytona IWSC Sebastien Bourdais Car Credit Phil Allaway

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At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, there are three two-hour qualifying sessions over two days that helps to set the field for the 24-hour classic.  The timer for the sessions go on regardless of conditions.  Normally, the final session is when you see the fastest times.  That was not the case this year. Wednesday …

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Jan Magnussen Fastest Overall in Wet Night Practice

2016 Daytona IWSC Jan Magnussen Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Most of the teams assembled on-site this weekend at Daytona International Speedway expected to get some dry running under their belts on Thursday, if not before qualifying, then after it during the 90-minute night practice session.  Unfortunately, that did not come to pass. Rain that had been falling since prior to qualifying continued to pelt …

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