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Wayne Taylor Racing Defends Rolex 24 Victory, Sets Distance Record

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Mazda Team Joest may have had the fastest car for much of the race, but they were not perfect.  Neither was Wayne Taylor Racing.  They were able to come to the front during the overnight hours.  When the Mazdas began to fall off, the Konica Minolta-sponsored Cadillac pulled away.  When the clock struck 1:40 p.m., …

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IMSA, ACO Announce Prototype Convergence, DPi 2.0 Becomes LMDh

2019 Road Atlanta Iwsc Felipe Nasr Car Phil Allaway

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Officials from IMSA and the Automobile Club d’Ouest (ACO) announced convergence of future prototype regulations Friday (Jan. 25) in a special press conference at Daytona International Speedway.  The new second-generation DPi cars will now run as the Le Mans Daytona h class, or LMDh class, starting in 2022. These new cars, whose technical regulations have …

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Filipe Albuquerque, Kamui Kobayashi Top Final 2 Daytona WeatherTech Practices

2020 Daytona Iwsc Felipe Nasr Car Phil Allaway

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The final two practice sessions for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in Daytona had their fair share of minor incidents, but nothing serious.  Action Express Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque was fastest in these sessions with a lap at 135.027 miles per hour. Practice No. 3 The night practice session Thursday night (Jan. 23) turned out to …

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Oliver Jarvis Repeats as Rolex 24 at Daytona Pole Sitter

2020 Daytona Iwsc Oliver Jarvis Car Phil Allaway

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Mazda Team Joest’s Oliver Jarvis will once again lead the field to the green flag Saturday after he won the pole with a 136.760 mph lap Thursday afternoon (Jan. 23) for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. “What a car [the crew] just gave me.  I cannot say thank you enough,” Jarvis said during the post-qualifying …

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

2020 Daytona Iwsc Ricky Taylor Car Phil Allaway

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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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Entry List: Rolex 24 at Daytona

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For this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, a mere 38 cars are entered in four classes, the smallest entry in the history of the race.  Normally, the entry list is the same group of teams that participated three weeks ago in the ROAR Before the 24.  However, there have been a couple of withdrawals since …

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Olivier Pla Sets All-Time Fastest ROAR Lap in Qualifying Session

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The height of on-track activity Sunday (Jan. 5) at Daytona International Speedway came during the qualifying session for DPi and LMP2 teams.  Mazda Team Joest’s Olivier Pla set a lap at 137.328 mph to lead the pack.  This is an unofficial track record for Daytona International Speedway’s road course. https://www.facebook.com/mazdamotorsport/videos/614550919301042/ Pla’s lap was two-tenths of …

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Oliver Jarvis Continues Mazda’s Daytona Speed Stranglehold

2019 Daytona Iwsc Oliver Jarvis Car Phil Allaway

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Saturday brought changeable conditions to Daytona International Speedway.  Rains made the second session dicey at times, but Oliver Jarvis kept Mazda Team Joest’s No. 77 Mazda RT24-P on top of the pylon with a lap at 135.257 mph. Session No. 3 In the morning session, Mazda picked up where they left off on Friday.  Harry …

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Mazda Team Joest Picks Up From 2019, Tops ROAR Day No. 1

2019 Daytona Iwsc Oliver Jarvis Car Phil Allaway

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Last year in Daytona, Mazda Team Joest’s Mazda RT24-Ps were the fastest cars in town during the Rolex 24 at Daytona weekend.  On Friday (Jan. 3), they brought the speed once again as Olivier Pla was fastest overall with a lap at 133.787 mph to top the day. Session No. 1 In the morning test …

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Heinricher Racing Continues Shank Partnership, Fields Alvaro Parente, Misha Goikhberg for 2020

2019 Daytona Iwsc Ana Beatriz Car Phil Allaway

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Heinricher Racing announced Monday (Dec. 9) that they will continue their relationship with Meyer Shank Racing for a second straight year.  The team will not continue with their all-female driver lineup, though.  Replacing Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen will be Alvaro Parente and Misha Goikhberg for the full season in the No. 57 Acura NSX …

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Starworks Motorsport Shifts To LMP2 in 2020

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Starworks Motorsport announced Monday (Dec. 9) that they will move away from the GT Daytona class (seen above) and return to the prototype ranks in 2020.  The team has acquired an ORECA 07-Gibson and will race it in at minimum the four Michelin Endurance Cup races in 2020.  The team hopes to add the three …

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