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Austin Cindric, Devlin DeFrancesco Complete Banana Boat Rolex 24 Lineup

2017 Kentucky I CWTS Austin Cindric BArry Cantrell NKP

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

On Friday, JDC-Miller MotorSports announced that a couple of teenagers, Austin Cindric and Devlin DeFrancesco, will round out the driving lineup for the team’s No. 85 ORECA 07-Gibson (nicknamed the “Banana Boat”) at Daytona.  They’ll join up with regular drivers Robert Alon and Simon Trummer to form what could be a very quick quartet. Cindric …

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Entry List: WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Roar Before the 24

Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of discussion about which teams will attempt the Rolex 24 in 2018.  The mandatory Roar Before the 24 test sessions in early January give viewers a look at who will be there.  As of Wednesday, there are 50 teams entered for the three-day test. On …

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Jackie Chan DC Racing JOTA Unveils Lineup for 2nd Daytona Entry

2017 Bahrain WEC Ho-Pin Tung Car Marcel Langer AdrenalMedia.com

(Photo: Marcel Langer @AdrenalMedia.com)

On Christmas Eve, Jackie Chan DC Racing JOTA announced their driver lineup for their second ORECA 07-Gibson at Daytona.  It is a mix of team regulars and a couple of newcomers. Alex Brundle, who drove the team’s No. 37 full-time in the FIA World Endurance Championship this year, will be joined by Ho-Pin Tung, who …

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Newly Rechristened Spirit of Daytona Racing Opts for Cadillac DPi in 2018

2017 Road America IWSC Renger van der Zande Car Brian Cleary BCPix

(Photo: Brian Cleary/BCPix.com)

On Friday afternoon, Spirit of Daytona Racing (formerly Visit Florida Racing) announced that they will switch from the Ligier JS P217-Gibson (pictured above) to a Cadillac DPi-V.R. for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.  In addition, the team will have an all-new driver lineup.  The No. 90 Cadillac will be driven full-time by Matt …

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Corvette Racing Retains Full-Time Lineup for 7th Consecutive Year

2017 Lime Rock IWSC Jan Magnussen Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Driver lineups at many IMSA teams change on a regular basis.  That is not necessarily the case at Corvette Racing.  On Wednesday, the factory team announced that they will continue with the Antonio Garcia–Jan Magnussen pairing in No. 3 and Oliver Gavin–Tommy Milner in No. 4.  2018 will be the seventh consecutive year that these …

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Robert Alon Joins JDC-Miller MotorSports for Full 2018 IMSA Season

2017 Watkins Glen IWSC Chris Miller Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Tuesday, JDC-Miller MotorSports announced that Robert Alon has been signed to drive for the team full-time in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  He will join Simon Trummer in the team’s new second ORECA 07-Gibson.  Alon also brings sponsorship to the team from Professional Security Consultants (PSC), a security firm founded and run by …

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AFS Racing, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Merge for 2018 IMSA Season

2017 Watkins Glen IWSC Olivier Pla Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Tuesday, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports announced that they will join forces with AFS Racing for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  The operation will be known as AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports going forward.  Primary sponsorship will be provided by Advanced Fire Sprinklers, Inc., which is owned by new team co-owner Gary Peterson. Peterson is happy to join …

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Michael Shank Racing Adds Trent Hindman, Côme Ledogar to Lineup

2017 Road Atlanta IWSC Katherine Legge Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Monday, Michael Shank Racing rounded out their driver lineups for January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  In addition to announcing the final two drivers, a driver shift was announced as well. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular AJ Allmendinger will now drive the No. 86 Acura at Daytona.  He was originally scheduled to drive the …

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JDC-Miller MotorSports Partners with GAINSCO for 2018

2013 Lime Rock Grand-Am Alex Gurney Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Monday, JDC-Miller MotorSports announced that GAINSCO Auto Insurance will serve as the primary sponsor of what was the No. 85 ORECA 07-Gibson shared by Mikhail Goikhberg, Chris Miller and Stephen Simpson in 2018.  As a result of the move, the car’s number will change to No. 99, signaling the return of the “Red Dragon” …

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Scuderia Corsa Adds 2nd Ferrari for 2018 Endurance Races

2017 Road Atlanta IWSC Alessandro Balzan Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday, Scuderia Corsa announced that they will field a second Ferrari 488 GT3 in the four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races in 2018.  That car, the No. 64, will be shared at Daytona by Townsend Bell, Sam Bird, Frankie Montecalvo and Bill Sweedler.  Bird, who is full-time in the FIA World Endurance Championship …

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Porsche Details 2018 Factory GTE Plans for WEC and IMSA

2017 Lime Rock IWSC Patrick Pilet Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday night, Porsche unveiled their 2018 GTE plans at their annual Night of Champions gala in Weissach, Germany.  With the 919 Hybrid no longer racing, the company has recommitted itself to their GT roots. The “forward-engined” Porsche 911 RSR that debuted in 2017 will continue to compete full-time in the FIA World Endurance Championship …

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Wright Motorsports Returns to IMSA with Patrick Long, Christina Nielsen

2017 Lime Rock PWC Patrick Long Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday, Wright Motorsports announced that they will be returning to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship full-time in 2018.  Patrick Long, who won the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GT Sprint and GT Overall championships with the Ohio-based team, will retain his seat in the Porsche.  Long will be joined by two-time defending GTD champion Christina …

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