IMSA: Saturday Roar Before The 24 Live Report

IMSA: Saturday Roar Before The 24 Live Report

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IMSA: Saturday Roar Before The 24 Live Report

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RACER is reporting live from the Jan. 8-10 Roar Before The 24 at Daytona International Speedway as teams prepare for the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona Jan. 28-31. Check back regularly for updates, and scroll down for earlier reports.

[8:45 p.m. ET]

• Join Andy Meyrick in the DeltaWing DWC13 as the Englishman tours Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the Jan. 28-31 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Click here to watch video.

[8:02 p.m. ET]

• Race through Daytona International Speedway with the howling V10-powered Lamborghini Huracan as your soundtrack as Madison Snow pushes the Paul Miller Racing car. Click here to watch video.

[7:52 p.m. ET]

• Back to green.

[7:46 p.m. ET]

• We are red for the No. 28 Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini which is off at Turn 4.

[7:40 p.m. ET]

• Olivier Pla moves the DeltaWing down to second with a 1:39.687 in the Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2-Honda.

[7:30 p.m. ET]

• The DeltaWing is making another statement as it holds onto the top spot with a lap of 1:39.955 turned by Katherine Legge. The 1:43.291 turned by Jack Hawksworth has the No. 8 Starworks motorsport PC atop its class, the 1:45.667 set by Augusto Farfus in the No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM is best in class, and Marco Cioci has the Spirit of Race Ferrari 458 ahead of the GTD field with a 1:48.495 in the No. 51 entry.

[6:45 p.m. ET]

• Night practice has started just as sprinkles start to fall. The skies look ominous.

[3:45 p.m. ET]

• Saturday’s second session ends with Ricky Taylor fastest (1:40.032) in the Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP. The Floridian was shadowed by the No. 55 Mazda P2 (1:40.055) thanks to a lap thrown down by defending Indy Lights champion Spencer Pigot. Tom Kimber-Smith stayed atop PC in the No. 52 PR1 entry (1:43.261), as did Alessandro Pier Guidi in GTLM with his No. 68 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 (1:45.266). Fabio Babini in the No. 28 Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán was the best among GTD cars (1:48.309).

[2:40 p.m. ET]

• AJ Allmendinger takes over P1 in his No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2-Honda with a lap of 1:40.340.

[2:30 p.m. ET]

• Young American driver Sean Rayhall tells RACER about his first full-time job in racing as a member of the DeltaWing Racing team competing in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Click here to watch video.

[2:15 p.m. ET]

• RACER rides with Verizon IndyCar Series champion and Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay as he pushes the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Corvette DP around Daytona. Click here to watch video.

[2:10 p.m. ET]

• Mazda takes its first turn atop the field as Tristan Nunez posts a 1:40.412 in his No. 55 4-cylinder turbo P2.

[1:54 p.m. ET]

• Back to green flag action.

[1:48 p.m. ET]

 • Dion von Molke (No. 9 Audi R8) and Alex Popow (No. 8 PC) are stopped on track, triggering a red flag.

[1:40 p.m. ET]

 • The second of three sessions is under way at Daytona. The No. 88 Starworks PC brought out a brief red 10 minutes in, and action quickly resumed. Jordan Taylor is fastest after 40 minutes in the Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP (1:41.296). John Pew in the MSR Ligier-Honda is right behind (1:41.299). Tom Kimber-Smith is atop PC in the No. 52 PR1 entry (1:43.261), Alessandro Pier Guidi is fastest in GTLM with his No. 68 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 (1:45.266), and Tristan Vautier is quickest in GTD with the No. 9 Audi R8.


 

[11:15 a.m. ET]

 • The first practice session is done and a pleasant surprise sits atop the running order. Katherine Legge was fastest of all drivers in her DeltaWing DWC13 (1:40.137), edging Ozz Negri (1:40.182) in the Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2-Honda. Mario Engel led PC in his No. 88 Starworks Motorsport entry (1:43.175), Mike Rockenfeller led GTLM in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R (1:45.256), and the No. 28 Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán was the best among GTD cars (1:48.553).

The abbreviated 45-minute session wasn’t without incident. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing suffered its second impact from its EcoBoost DP stable (BELOW). This time is was defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the defending Rolex 24-winning No. 02 entry. The Kiwi did minor damage to the right rear after backing the car into the Turn 3 barriers.

“I should have known better this early; I thought he saw me, but he didn’t and I spun to avoid contact and got into the wall a little bit,” Dixon told RACER.

• With so much time lost to fog, IMSA will only run three sessions today, Next up on the revised plan has WeatherTech Championship cars running from 1-3:45 p.m.

• The No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP was also out this morning after a crash yesterday at the Bus Stop sidelined the car.

[10:55 a.m. ET]

• Back to green.

[10:52 a.m. ET]

• And we are red for the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport PC, driven by Renger van der Zande, which is off at Turn 6.

[10:50 a.m. ET]

• The No. 01 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing EcoBoost DP that Lance Stroll crashed on his out lap yesterday is back in action. The No. 4 Corvette Racing C7.R that caught fire while Tommy Milner was driving was also repaired overnight and is lapping quickly.

[10:42 a.m. ET]

 • And it’s back to green for the first of five scheduled WeatherTech championship test sessions today.

[10:30 a.m. ET]

• IMSA teams awoke to find thick fog blanketing Daytona Beach. With poor visibility for drivers, and especially for corners workers, WeatherTech SportsCar Championship officials waited for the fog to lift—at least to some degree—before starting the first practice session. The session, which was meant to kick off at 9 a.m., was delayed until 10:30 a.m.

 • Teams turned one lap and returned to the pits after finding the fog was still too heavy to compete.

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