Fernando Alonso Talks 24 Hours of Daytona Attempt, Stock Car Future

Fernando Alonso stops by the NASCAR Media Tour at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso is no stranger when it comes to trying something new. After all, he competed in the Indianapolis 500 last year and will drive in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona this weekend. Alonso, 36, competes with McLaren in F1, and that is his primary job. But he’s in the …

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Entry List: 2018 BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona

2017 Daytona Ctsc Jade Buford Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday, IMSA released the official entry list for the BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona, the season opener for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.  Unlike the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, there is no mandate to participate in the Roar in order to enter this race.  As a result, the entry list is actually a …

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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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Jeff Westphal, Trent Hindman Top Sunday CTSC Roar Sessions

2017 Lime Rock Ctsc Alan Brynjolfsson Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

For IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams, they had two on-track sessions Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.  In those sessions, the fastest lap of the day was set by Jeff Westphal of the new Carbahn Motorsports team. Session No. 5 Westphal, driving one of the new Audi R8 LMS GT4s for the Steve Dinan-run team, …

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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

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(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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Joey Atterbury Tops CTSC Session No. 4, Michael Johnson Crashes

2017 Lime Rock Ctsc Jack Roush Jr. Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

For the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the Roar Before the 24 has showed that the “raw” Ford Mustang GT4 may be the car to beat in the BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona.  KohR Motorsports’ Joey Atterbury was fastest in session No. 4 with a lap of 116.001 seconds (110.482 mph) in his No. 59 …

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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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Trent Hindman Quickest in CTSC Roar Session No. 3

2017 Road Atlanta Ctsc Alan Brynjolfsson Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Saturday morning dawned very chilly by the standards of Daytona Beach.  However, that didn’t keep IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams from taking on the 3.56-mile circuit for their third session of the weekend.  Similar to Friday’s sessions, the Mustangs were very fast.  Unlike Friday, Trent Hindman‘s VOLT Racing Ford Mustang GT4 was on top …

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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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