Race Weekend Central

Tequila Patron ESM Wins Rolex 24 at Daytona

A 24-hour race is a test of fortitude.  Anything and everything can happen.  From wrecks to blown engines, flawless runs to drives through the infield that could be best described a trainwreck, the Rolex 24 at Daytona is truly a race in which anything can happen.  Add in a grand total of one hour of …

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Rolex 24 Update: After 12 Hours

The second quarter of the Rolex 24 at Daytona saw a number of contenders run into serious difficulties.  The most notable of these instances was when the No. 60 Ligier JS P2-HPD driven by Oswaldo Negri, Jr. blew an engine in the infield while leading overall.  The Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian entry is now …

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Rolex 24 Update: After 6 Hours

Through six hours, the action at the Rolex 24 at Daytona has been intense.  A number of different teams have had their time at the front of the field, while others have struggled with issues. In the Prototypes, Panoz DeltaWing Racing was the star of the show early on.  After starting 13th due to not …

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Katherine Legge Tops Rolex 24 Happy Hour Charts

After two days of rain, fog and gloomy weather, Friday morning dawned sunny and the track surface was dry.  Normally, the final practice session for the Rolex 24 is the culmination of the better part of five hours of practice.  However, given the recent weather, it represents the only real chance that the teams would …

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Jan Magnussen Fastest Overall in Wet Night Practice

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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GT-Le Mans Teams Dominate Short 2nd Practice

After the relatively dry first practice session at Daytona International Speedway, the light rain and mist returned to the World Center of Racing just in time for the 30-minute second practice session.  The result was another session of mixed strategies. Two red flags cut the actual on-track time down significantly.  First, the Alegra Motorsports “Highway …

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Ozz Negri Tops Opening Daytona WeatherTech Practice

Teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship were greeted with dreary skies and some fog on Thursday morning as the first timed session of the season kicked into action.  Despite the wet track, there was no precipitation that fell during the session.  The result was rather mixed. Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian‘s Oswaldo “Ozz” Negri, …

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IMSA Holds Annual Roar Before the 24 Open Test

2015 Lime Rock Tusc Mirco Schultis Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday, IMSA wrapped up the Roar Before the 24, a three-day open test at Daytona International Speedway for teams in both the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.  While 54 cars were officially entered in the session, Risi Competizione chose not to compete due to their brand-new Ferrari 488 GTE not …

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Ford, Chip Ganassi Racing Announce Full-Time IMSA Factory Drivers for 2016

2015 Imsa Bop Test

(Photo: Ford Performance)

On Saturday morning, Ford Performance and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates unveiled their new two-car factory Ford GT effort at Homestead-Miami Speedway that will compete full-time in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT-Le Mans class in 2016. The organization had a rather difficult choice as over 40 professional sports car racers with very strong resumes …

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