Chip Ganassi To Be Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Grand Marshal

Renowned champion car owner Chip Ganassi will serve as Grand Marshal for the 56th anniversary Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, giving the ‘Drivers, start your engines,’ command. The twice-around-the-clock endurance race will take place on Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56-mile road course Jan. 27-28. “This is a really big honor for me to be recognized by a race that has meant so much to me over my career, both as a driver and an owner,” said Ganassi. “The Rolex 24 At Daytona is one of motorsport’s truly significant races. There are so many great…

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Star Studded Roar Before The 24 Entry List Revealed

As 2017 draws to a close this week, the eyes of the racing world will be focused on Daytona International Speedway at the end of next week as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to action with the three-day Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona test next Friday-Sunday, Jan. 5-7, 2018. A field of 20 Prototypes and 30 GT race cars has been entered for the mandatory three-day test session as teams and a star-studded field of drivers kick their preparations into high gear for one of the world’s…

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Saveedra To Run Full Time In IMSA With New Team

AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports announced on Tuesday that they will field its No. 52 Ligier JSP 217 in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with full time drivers Sebastian Saavedra and Gustavo Yacaman behind the wheel.  This new entry is a result of a merger between AFS Racing and PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, and will see Gary Peterson and Bobby Oergel sharing duties as Team Principals.   AFS Racing will make its debut in sportscar racing after a long and successful run in the open-wheel world where the team achieved multiple championships, race…

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Ford Adds NASCAR Youthful Rising Stars To 24 Hours of Daytona Lineup

Ford Performance is in the midst of a NASCAR youth movement and when the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge kicks off in Daytona on Jan. 26, four of its NASCAR drivers will be on full display. Ford Performance Development Driver Chase Briscoe, along with Austin Cindric, Cole Custer and Ty Majeski will be mentored and joined on track by IMSA champion driver Scott Maxwell as part of a two-car Mustang GT4 team in the GS class that weekend. “We have an outstanding group of young drivers coming up and we…

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Pigot To Drive 4 Races In IMSA, Mazda Team Joest Announces 2018 Driver Lineup

INDIANAPOLIS – Mazda Motorsports has announced the team of drivers that will pilot the two Mazda RT24-P race cars in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Mazda Team Joest. Racing under the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) rules package, this is the first season for the combination of Mazda and Joest Racing, joining the third-winningest manufacturer in IMSA racing history with the team that has won 15 times at Le Mans. Competing for the championship in the 10-race season will be long-time Mazda drivers Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nuñez, both Americans,…

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Team Penske’s Star Studded IMSA Team Tests at Daytona On Friday, How It Went, What They Said

The inherent all-star flavor of the Rolex 24 At Daytona has become a tradition, one that will be especially well-served on Jan. 27-28 at the 56th running of the sports car endurance classic at Daytona International Speedway. Champions from various other forms of motorsports will once again come to the “World Center of Racing” for the International Motor Sports Association’s (IMSA) season-opening event weekend, helping to form respective “dream teams.” One of those teams, Acura Team Penske, tested on Friday at DIS. Team owner Roger Penske has returned to sports car racing with Juan…

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Ricky Taylor, Rahal, Pagenaud Join Team Penske’s Acura Sports Car Program For 2018

Acura Team Penske completed its full-time sports car driver lineup today, as the organization announced that recently-crowned IMSA Prototype Champion Ricky Taylor will race in the Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype International (DPi) program beginning in 2018. Taylor will team up with Helio Castroneves in one of the team’s two full-time entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next season.  They will join the previously-announced pairing of Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron. In addition, Graham Rahal and 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Simon Pagenaud will join the program as endurance…

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