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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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Entry List: 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona

2017 Daytona IWSC Jeff Segal Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday, IMSA released the official entry list for the 56th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  As per IMSA rules, all teams that planned on entering the Rolex 24 at Daytona had to participate in the Roar Before the 24.  As a result, there are no surprises in regards to the teams entered.  …

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Jordan Taylor Tops Final Roar Before the 24 Session

2017 Daytona IWSC Ricky Taylor Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

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

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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Felipe Nasr Tops WeatherTech Roar Night Session

2017 Watkins Glen IWSC Dane Cameron Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Roar Before the 24 Session No. 5 at Daytona International Speedway put the 50 teams present under the lights.  Running at night really didn’t change all that much as Action Express Racing’s Felipe Nasr was once again quickest. Nasr’s lap of 97.322 seconds (131.687 mph) was nearly four-tenths of a second slower than in session …

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Felipe Nasr Breaks 97 Seconds, Tops WeatherTech Roar Session No. 4

2017 Road Atlanta IWSC Dane Cameron Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, the Cadillac brigade re-asserted themselves.  Despite running a new 5.5-liter V8 as opposed to the 6.2-liter V8 used in 2017, the DPi-V.R.s were right back on pace.  With three minutes remaining in Roar session No. 4, Action Express Racing’s Felipe Nasr turned in the fastest lap of the Roar to date in …

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Jordan Taylor Tops WeatherTech Roar Session No. 3

2017 Watkins Glen IWSC Ricky Taylor Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, the Cadillac DPi-V.R. continued it’s run as the fastest car in town at Daytona.  This time, it was Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor who managed to put his Cadillac on top of the charts. Taylor’s lap of 97.188 seconds (131.868 mph) is the fastest lap of the weekend to this point, just …

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Filipe Albuquerque Sweeps Friday WeatherTech Roar Sessions

2017 Watkins Glen IWSC Joao Barbosa Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday afternoon, Action Express Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque successfully swept the two WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Roar sessions at Daytona International Speedway.  In the two-hour afternoon session, Albuquerque’s best lap was 97.196 seconds (131.857 mph), seven-hundredths faster than his best lap in the morning. Unlike the morning session, the Cadillac DPi-V.R.s didn’t completely dominate.  Albuquerque’s time …

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Scott Pruett to Retire After Rolex 24 at Daytona

2010 Watkins Glen Cup Scott Pruett Tyler Barrick

(Photo: Tyler Barrick Autostock)

On Friday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, Scott Pruett held a press conference to celebrate his 50 years in motorsports.  During that press conference, he announced that he will retire from racing following the Rolex 24 at Daytona at the end of the month. For the 57-year old Pruett, racing at Daytona means just a …

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Filipe Albuquerque Leads Cadillac 1-2-3-4 in Roar Session No. 1

2017 Daytona IWSC Joao Barbosa Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Last year, the Cadillac DPi-V.R.s were the class of the field in Daytona.  The 2018 Roar Before the 24 started out in a similar fashion.  Action Express Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque was fastest overall in the first session with a lap of 97.266 seconds (131.762 mph).  Pace-wise, Albuquerque’s lap was nearly three-eights of a second slower …

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Magnus Racing Announces Full-Time IMSA Return for 2018

2016 Lime Rock IWSC John Potter Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, Magnus Racing announced that it will return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship full-time in 2018.  Team owner John Potter and the previously announced Andy Lally will reunite and drive the No. 44 Audi R8 LMS GT3 full-time.  Andrew Davis, previously of Stevenson Motorsports, will compete in the Tequila Patron North American Endurance …

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Risi Competizione Unveils 2-Car Rolex 24 Assault

2017 Daytona IWSC Toni Vilander Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday afternoon, Risi Competizione made it official that they will field two Ferraris in the Rolex 24 at Daytona later this month.  The team’s GT Le Mans-class No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE will be joined by the No. 82 Ferrari 488 GT3 that will compete in the GT Daytona class. The GTE contender will …

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