IMSA’s data-gathering test on Monday and Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway has received 18 entries across the Prototype, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona categories. In many instances, the two-day outing will mark the first official appearance for new cars, drivers, and teams in new classes during an IMSA-sanctioned event.
Acura Team Penske’s pair of ARX-05 DPis will be in action with its full lineup, as will the new-look Mazda Team Joest outfit. As RACER wrote last month, the formal lineup with the No. 55 RT24-P will be Jonathan Bomarito, Spencer Pigot, and Harry Tincknell. The sister No. 77 RT24-P will utilize Oliver Jarvis, Tristan Nunez, and Rene Rast.
Tequila Patron ESM has one Nissan Onroak DPi entered, and one of its drivers, Pipo Derani, is listed in the No. 9 Ligier JS P217 alongside Will Owen in a car run by Onroak Automotive.
Renger van der Zande will debut as Jordan Taylor’s teammate in the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi.V-R, and BAR1 Motorsports will turn its first laps as a Prototype entrant after moving up from the PC class with a Riley/Multimatic Mk. 30 for Tomy Drissi and Don Yount.
GTLM has fewer revelations to offer, but the first official IMSA outing for BMW Team RLL’s 2018 M8 GTE with its revised driver lineup will share the track with a Ferrari from Risi Competizione, two Ford GTs from Chip Ganassi Racing and a Porsche from the Porsche GT Team.
GTD will be a quieter affair as Jack Hawksworth pilots a Lexus 3GT Racing, defending Daytona winners Alegra Motorsports turn laps with Jorg Bergmeister in its Porsche, and Jeroen Bleekemolen handles a Mercedes-AMG GT3 for Riley Motorsports.