WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Category

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer DAYTONA — With four hours to go in the 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona, it is a battle of the titans in DPi, GTLM and GTD in the season-opening race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Ryan Briscoe currently leads in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac, which is remarkable given that Briscoe was a lap down about an hour and a half ago. Briscoe exited the pits when the red light was on at the end of pit lane, requiring the 2012 Indianapolis 500Read More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer DAYTONA — The dominant cars near the start of the 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona aren’t necessarily in the lead, but as the season-opening race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship continues, strategy becomes more and more important. The No. 77 Mazda Team Joest RT24-P led from pole position and dominated the earlier portion of the race, but the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi came alive with Kamui Kobayashi behind the wheel. One of the winners last year with Wayne Taylor Racing, Kobayashi didRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer DAYTONA — Two of the top contenders in the Rolex 24 at Daytona have collided during the fourth hour of the race, with one car still in the garage over 30 minutes after the incident took place. Harry Tincknell in the No. 55 Mazda Team Joest RT24-P DPi was trying to overtake Helio Castroneves in the No. 7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 DPi as the pair headed to the bus stop chicane on the backstretch of the Daytona International Speedway. Tincknell went down Castroneves’s inside, butRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer DAYTONA — The final preparations for the 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona are underway at Daytona International Speedway with as much action off the track as on track before the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship kicks off another campaign. Convergence IMSA and the ACO announced a common set of regulations for the prototype category that will allow manufacturers to build a prototype-class sports car to race in both the WeatherTech Championship and in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The announcement is the culmination of decades of discussionsRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer IMSA and the ACO have announced a preliminary set of rules that will see sports car teams be able to compete in both 24 hour races at Daytona and Le Mans in the same prototype car. The new category, called LMDh (Le Mans, Daytona, yet to be identified h), is built around both IMSA’s DPi and the ACO’s Hypercar formula. From the IMSA release, the new LMDh car: “Based on a new chassis common to both ACO and IMSA, using elements of the Le Mans HypercarRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer DAYTONA — Late nights, hard work and uncertainty were the storylines on the first official day of track activity ahead of the Rolex 24 at Daytona as the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship roars to life. Acura on top, then rebuild Each of the two pre-qualifying practice sessions were led by one of the Acura Team Penske ARX-05 machines, with the No. 6 entry leading the morning session and the No. 7 entry leading the afternoon session. However, the No. 7 crew were faced with aRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer DAYTONA — Different year, same result for Oliver Jarvis and Mazda Team Joest as the British racer captured pole position for the second year in a row for Saturday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. Jarvis turned a fastest lap of 1 minute, 33.711 seconds around the 3.56 mile road course to average 136.760 mph. Jarvis’s lap was .026 seconds slower than his track record lap set last year. “This year feels different, this year feels business like,” said Jarvis. “Last year, huge amount [of] emotion, it wasRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer (Editor’s note: This story originally indicated that Black Swan Racing would be withdrawing from the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The team subsequently acquired a chassis and as such, updates have been made.) DAYTONA — After an incident in Thursday’s morning practice session for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Black Swan Racing was ready to withdraw from the first race of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. However, Wright Motorsports has stepped in and the Black Swan Racing team is pulling an all-nighter to build a carRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer DAYTONA — A light morning rain could do little to slow Juan Pablo Montoya as the 2019 co-champion in the DPi class set the fastest lap in opening practice for the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The No. 6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 went around the 3.56 mile road course in 1 minute, 49.917 seconds to average 116.597 mph. Olivier Pla was second fastest in the No. 77 Mazda Team Joest RT24P DPi with a lap time of 1 minute, 49.956 seconds while Tristan Vautier wasRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer The 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona kicks off the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s seventh season since the sports car merger of 2014 and there are quite a few changes throughout the paddock. In Daytona Prototype International (DPi), the standard entry list from last season had 11 cars competing. This year, there are eight. Gone are the Juncos Racing Cadillac, the No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac and the Nissan from CORE Autosport. With CORE Autosport’s departure, only Cadillac, Mazda and Acura are represented in IMSA’s topRead More