ABOVE: Detail of the new BMW Team RLL M6 GTLM.
[10:00 a.m. ET]
Heavy rains blanketed Daytona International Speedway this morning, and between intermittent dry spells, limited running was made when the 9 a.m. session began. Ford was first out with Sebastien Bourdais behind the wheel of one of the two Chip Ganassi Racing GTs, and more cars joined the Frenchman as a dry line began to form. More rain is expected, leading most of the 20 or so cars in attendance to rush out and log more miles.
RACER‘s Daytona testing videos:
- Sylvain Tremblay Mazda P2 update
- Mike Shank Ligier-Honda P2 update
- Ryan Eversley PC and Podcast update
- Ryan Eversley BAR1 PC in-car
- Tuesday IMSA Daytona test report
- Tristan Nunez Mazda P2 in-car at Daytona
One nice gesture from teams during the two-day performance evaluation test has been the addition of American and French flags on the cars in light of Friday’s terrorist attack on Paris.
More drivers have been hunting for opportunities during the test. GT ace Spencer Pumpelly said: “I can confirm I’ve parted ways with Park Place Motorsports as of Friday,” and after helping team owner co-driver Patrick Lindsey to score two wins last season in GT Daytona, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the American plucked off the unemployment lines before the Rolex 24. It’s believed Lindsey will use a pro driver supplied by his GT Daytona manufacturer in 2016, which eliminated the need to pay for a pro of his own.
Ireland’s Damien Faulkner flew over from the UK to meet with teams and says he’s had some good discussions but does not have anything concrete. As one of many elite GT drivers searching for work, Faulkner has plenty of competition for the limited number of seats left to fill, and with the presence of former Paul Miller Racing driver Dion von Moltke (RIGHT) added to the list of GT standouts prowling the paddock, the choices continue to expand.
“As of right now, it’s very much dependent on driver rankings,” DvM said of his prospects to land a new ride in GT Daytona. “Until they become firm on December 1, it’s hard for any team to make any firm plans until they know which final ratings drivers will have for next year. I’ve been fortunate because I’ve had a lot of support from my fans, and I have one decent chance for something right now, but it’s really just a waiting game on driver rankings. I know a lot of drivers are in the same position.”
[11:00 a.m. ET]
Like Scott Pruett, Simon Pagenaud is not confirmed as part of Action Express Racing’s Rolex 24 lineup, but the Team Penske IndyCar driver would not be a surprise inclusion in the team’s No. 31 Corvette DP.
“I really have to thank Roger Penske for letting me come here and test with the Action Express team; it’s my first time in the Corvette DP, but not my first time in a Corvette because I was here last year in the GT car, but so far, I have really enjoyed the experience,” Pagenaud told RACER.
[12:30 p.m. ET]
Acura PWC driver Ryan Eversley spoke about the BAR1 Motorsports PC he’s driving here, and also shared insights on the new and expansive Dinner with Racers podcast he and Magnus Racing PR guru Sean Heckman launched today:
[1:45 p.m. ET]
Rain has returned, and only a few cars are on track. This is our last update for the day.
• Ford has upward of a dozen people from a film crew shooting the test.
• Quite a few teams have extended rear slip angle sensors protruding from their cars (LEFT).
• Michelin supplied its GTLM teams with a single set of its “low energy” super-soft tires to try, and asked those teams to alert IMSA when they’re being used to avoid any shock or awe at an unexpected drop in lap times.
Check out the full gallery from Tuesday, in case you missed it. Click on the thumbnails for larger images,