January 27, 2021

Tandy aiming for marquee endurance wins with Corvette

The mid-engined Corvette C8.R took IMSA’s GT Le Mans class by storm in 2020, its inaugural season, chalking up six wins, and enabling Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor to claim the championship.However, the ’Vette failed to capture the prestigious endurance races, BMW claiming victory in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, and Porsche bagging Petit Le Mans and the much delayed Sebring 12 Hours …Keep reading …

Chase Elliott “making gains” as he pushes limits in Rolex 24 tests

Elliott has joined the #31 Action Express Racing team, whose Cadillac DPi-V.R won Sunday’s qualifying race which set the grid for the Rolex 24, in the hands of Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr – despite starting from sixth on the grid.With the Roar Before the 24 test taking place just a week before the race weekend, Elliott has been cramming in as much track time as possible.“Been having …Keep reading …

Jimmie Johnson has “made a big step” says co-driver Kobayashi

Reigning WEC champion for Toyota, Kobayashi won the last two Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac, but when WTR switched to Acura this year, he joined Action Express Racing’s part-time entry, along with Johnson, Simon Pagenaud and Mike Rockenfeller.Sunday’s Motul Pole Award 100-minute qualifying race featured only two drivers from each squad set to take part in …Keep reading …

IMSA Roar: Action Express Cadillac wins qualifying race

DPiWith the wet conditions adding around a dozen seconds to the laptimes of the Prototype, Mazda’s Oliver Jarvis retained the lead at the drop of the green but immediately came under pressure from IMSA debutant Kevin Magnussen.The Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac wrested the lead at the end of Lap 1. The pair were pursued by Tristan Vautier in the JDC-Miller MotorSports Caddy, with Nasr not …Keep reading …

Mazda inherits pole after AXR Cadillac is penalized

Oliver Jarvis set a time of 1min34.442sec (135.702mph) around the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway’s road course, which was 0.131sec slower than Felipe Nasr’s best in the AXR #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R.However, Nasr’s superb effort was for naught, as his car failed post-qualifying technical inspection for being underweight.That allows the JDC-Miller Motorsports …Keep reading …

IMSA Roar: Magnussen leads for Ganassi in FP4

The #01 Cadillac DPi-V.R lapped the course in 1min35.412sec, a mere 0.040sec faster than the similar Action Express Racing entry of Mike Conway and 0.1sec ahead of the second AXR Cadillac driven by Kamui Kobayashi.Filipe Albuquerque was top Acura ARX-05 driver for Wayne Taylor Racing, ahead of Sebastien Bourdais in the JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac, Jonathan Bomarito in the Mazxa RT24-P and …Keep reading …

Corvette drivers wary of LMP3 impact on GTLM fight

The introduction of the LMP3 cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has created a whole new dynamic for GTLM competitors in the Rolex 24 Hours, as the two classes appear to have similar pace around Daytona’s 3.56-mile road course.The fastest LMP3 car in the qualifying session for tomorrow’s Roar Before The 24 was half a second clear of the GTLM pole-winning time but no other …Keep reading …

IMSA Roar: Nasr puts AXR Cadillac on pole for qualifying race

With 17 cars on track for the Prototype session – seven LMP1, 10 LMP2 – the 3.56-mile Daytona road course was busy in the closing minutes of the session, but Felipe Nasr picked his way through the traffic to land pole for AXR.Oliver Jarvis’ last ditch effort in the sole Mazda RT24-P came up 0.131sec short and was only just enough to keep Tristan Vautier’s JDC-Miller Motorsports …Keep reading …

IMSA Roar: Vautier fastest in third practice for Cadillac

Mike Rockenfeller set the initial pace in the one-hour session with a lap of 1m36.639s in the Action Express Cadillac DPi he shares with Jimmie Johnson, Kamui Kobayashi and Simon Pagenaud. He was then eclipsed by Renger van der Zande in Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac, who lapped in 1m36.127s.The Acuras then entered the fray with some quick laps, as Dane Cameron in the Meyer Shank-run car and …Keep reading …

Racing Nederland overcomes travel farce to top LMP2

The #29 ORECA Gibson of Frits van Eerd, Giedo van der Garde, Job van Uitert and Charles Milesi didn’t reach Daytona International Speedway until FP1 was already underway, yet 30 minutes into FP2 the Dutch car was heading the session thanks to a 1min37.991sec lap from van der Garde.It will be the first appearance in the iconic race for Racing Team Nederland and all four drivers, but the squad …Keep reading …