|Testing: The Roar Before the Rolex 24|
|Four days into the New Year, new teams and new cars are taking their first laps at Daytona International Speedway as the landmark 2013 sports car racing season gets underway with this weekend's three day test event: the Roar Before the Rolex 24. The dreary weather did not dampen the excitement among drivers and race organizers to go racing as they prepare for the historic merger of GRAND-AM and ALMS, as well as the debut of the new GX class at the 51st running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona later this month. The introduction of a new class presents numerous challenges for interested race teams, starting with the wait for the rules package to be published. With the rules in hand, the mad rush begins to build the car in order to be ready for early testing before the Rolex 24 At Daytona opens the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series on January 26. For the six GX teams who are testing this weekend, there was barely enough time to complete their cars and get them to Daytona for testing. That was the case for Napleton Racing's #16 Porsche Cayman which arrived at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 having taken only a few shakedown laps with Shane Lewis (Jupiter, Fla.) behind the wheel. Teammates David Donohue (Malvern, Penn.), Jim Norman, (Tampa, Fla.) and Nelson Canache (Norcross, Ga.) will have their first opportunity to drive the car this weekend. 'Shane and I have raced together before and I have worked with Ron, our crew chief, before at Brumos,' said Donohue, who previously raced in the DP class. 'There are a lot of familiar faces on the team and I wanted to find a team where we can exercise our craft, have some success and grow together as a team.' Lewis couldn't wait to get the car on the track. 'What do you want for Christmas – I want to be driving a race car at Daytona,' he said referring to the holiday season which interrupted the build progress for many teams. Lewis explained the difference between the GX and the GT classes: 'The GX class is based on production cars, and, although there are some significant race prepped elements, we are restricted to a stock H-pattern shifter similar to that of the road car – as opposed to the sequential shifters of the GT Cars. Unlike some of the race cars today we are going to have to drive our car the old fashioned way.' A total of 59 cars – 17 DP, 36 GT and six GX – are expected to participate in testing this weekend. A.J. Allmendinger (Denver, Colo.) drove the #60 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley to a fastest lap of 1:42.918 (124.526 mph) to take bragging rights for the day. 'The weather was not the best today and I was the first driver on our team to go out in the damp conditions,' said Allmendinger. 'But even in those conditions the car was really solid. I was just trying to get comfortable in the car since it had been a year since I drove this DP car. I feel the car is even better this year than it was last year when our team won the 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona.' In the GT class, 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona class champion Andy Lally (Northport, N.Y.), at the wheel of the Magnus Racing #44 Porsche GT3 Cup, posted the fastest lap of 1:49.322 (117.232 mph), while David Donahue led the new GX field with a time of 1:57.466 (109.104 mph) in the Napleton Racing #16 Porsche Cayman. About Rolex Motorsports - Leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, Rolex, headquartered in Geneva, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster watches, all certified as chronometers for their precision, are symbols of excellence, performance and prestige. Pioneer in the development of the wristwatch as early as 1905, the brand is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism introduced in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces inhouse all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, science, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities as well as philanthropic programs. Photo sources: Rolex / Stephan Cooper|
|IMSA, FERRARI CHALLENGE NORTH AMERICA ANNOUNCE THREE-YEAR EXTENSIONFerrari Challenge North America To Continue Under IMSA Sanction Through 2017|
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2015) – The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and Ferrari Challenge North America today announced a three-year extension of its partnership to continue running the Ferrari Challenge under IMSA sanction in North America through the 2017 season. Established in 1993, and now in its 22nd year, Ferrari Challenge also has series in Europe and Asia Pacific.
|BMW TEAM RLL FINISHES 2ND AND 4TH AT 53RD ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA; NO. 25 BMW FINISHES ONLY .478 SECONDS FROM VICTORYWoodcliff Lake, N.J. – January 25, 2015… BMW Team RLL finished second and fourth in this weekend's 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona on the 40th anniversary of BMW Motorsport's very first race in North America and the start of the 1975 IMSA season for the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL. With car numbers chosen to honor that car, the No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM finished second and the No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM took the checkered flag fourth.|
Bill Auberlen, Augusto Farfus, Bruno Spengler, and Dirk Werner completed 725 laps ....
|ACTION EXPRESS RACING WINS THIRD SEGMENT, PROTOTYPE LEAD TIED AT 18-HOUR MARK OF PATRÓN ENDURANCE CUP AT ROLEX 24◾PC-Leading CORE autosport Captures Third Consecutive Segment|
◾Corvette Racing Leads GTLM, Riley Motorsports Takes Narrow GTD Class Lead
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2014) – Joao Barbosa leapfrogged three competitors shortly before the end of the 18th hour of the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona due to quick work by the Action Express pit crew. That enabled the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP co-driven by Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais to win the five points for leading the T....
|GANASSI ‘STAR CAR' SHINES IN CLUTCH, WINS 53RD ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA◾PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Takes PC Victory In Closing Minutes|
◾Chip Ganassi Racing, CORE autosport Lead Patrón Endurance Cup
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2014) – Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' 'Star Car' lived up to its billing in the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona. With a lineup of IndyCar's Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan joined by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson, the No. 02 Target Ford EcoBoost/Riley prevailed in a hard-fought battle with Action Ex....
|CORVETTE RACING WINS 53RD ROLEX 24 BY LESS THAN ONE SECOND◾Garcia, Magnussen, Briscoe Take GTLM In Corvette C7.R By 0.478 Seconds|
◾TI Automotive/ViperExchange.com Dodge Viper SRT Wins In GTD
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2014) – A 24-hour race came down to a seven-and-a-half minute sprint to the checkered flag in the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona with the No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R beating the No. 25 BMW Z4 GTE from BMW Team RLL to the stripe by a mere 0.478 seconds. The GT Le Mans (GTLM) class win was Corvette Racing's first c....
|ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA RACE REPORTCircuit: Daytona International Speedway (3.56-mile road course), Daytona Beach, Fla.|
Weather: Mostly clear, cool overnight, 62 degrees F at the finish
Honda, Michael Shank Racing Show Speed at Daytona
◾ A.J. Allmendinger claims fastest race lap for Honda
◾Ozz Negri scores first Daytona pole for Honda
◾Tequila Patrón ESM debuts new HPD ARX-04b coupe
Jan 25, 2015 -- Michael Shank Racing and drivers A.J. Allmendinger, Oswaldo 'Ozz' Negri, John Pew and Matt McMurry made their Honda-powered....
|FORD ECOBOOST POWERS CHIP GANASSI RACING TO VICTORY IN ROLEX 24 AT 53RD RUNNING OF DAYTONA ENDURANCE CLASSIC◾Ford EcoBoost® V6 engine powers winning Chip Ganassi Racing car in Daytona 24-hour endurance race, earning victory with true combination of power, endurance and fuel efficiency|
◾Chip Ganassi drivers Scott Dixon, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray and Tony Kanaan earn Ford EcoBoost engine its first win in Rolex 24 in Daytona on Sunday
◾ With this win, Ford EcoBoost technology has captured the two most important endurance races in North America – the 2014 12 Hours of Sebring and 2015 Rolex 24
|GAVIN GIVES CORVETTE RACING FIRST ROLEX 24 POLE SINCE 2000, BECOMES 12TH GTLM POLE WINNER IN 12 RACES• Davison Last-Lap Charge Nets Fifth Straight TOTAL Pole Award In GTD|
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2015) – OIiver Gavin gave Corvette Racing its first pole at Daytona International Speedway since 2000, in the process extending an impressive streak that highlights the competitiveness of the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, Friday in qualifying for the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona. With his lap of one minute, 43.488 seconds (123.840 mph) in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R, Gavin became the 12th diff....