Roar Earlier than the 24 information and notes
New GTP observe session, qualifying pushed again
Because of some software program modifications, IMSA has added a GTP-only observe session this afternoon. That can push qualifying for subsequent week’s Rolex 24 At Daytona again 20 minutes. GTD and GTD PRO qualifying will now begin at 1:45 p.m. ET, continuing to LMP3, LMP2 and GTP, the latter beginning at 3 p.m. Qualifying can be livestreamed on Peacock.
Inexperienced observe for qualifying
The qualifying drivers might have fairly the problem forward of them for at present’s qualifying session. Not solely was there a good quantity of rain final evening to clean away the rubber that had been laid down, however the wind has picked up significantly, blowing round 15mph with gusts to twenty. The climate may serve up one other curveball — there’s a slim likelihood of rain at qualifying time.
With a GTP area of all-new automobiles, the overall consensus is that reliability may very effectively be the figuring out think about a Rolex 24 victory. Thus it’s attention-grabbing to notice the problems which have cropped up up to now. The Porsche 963s have reportedly skilled a suspension failure and a wheel bearing situation on Friday. The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-06 needed to change a gas pump earlier than the third session. The No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura has had a few points, the primary coming Friday afternoon when the pit lane velocity limiter didn’t disengage, which means a really sluggish lap again round to the pits to reset it. And on Saturday, the No. 60 missed the second half of the third session whereas a brake situation was fastened.
Neither of the BMWs nor the trio of Cadillacs appear to have skilled any vital points that precipitated them to overlook a big a part of a session.
My different automobile is a …
JDC-Miller Motorsports is operating an LMP3 automobile on the Rolex 24 whereas the crew waits for the supply of its Porsche 963 GTP automobile, now anticipated someday in April. The automobile’s livery — principally yellow, in fact — alludes to the crew’s anticipation whereas ready for Porsche to ship buyer automobiles, with a contact of humor. Emblazoned on the perimeters: “My different automobile is a Porsche.”
Huge crowds for the check
Regardless of the weekend being solely a check apart from at present’s qualifying session and the VP Racing SportsCar Problem races for LMP3 and GSX automobiles, crowds have turned out in droves. The Daytona Worldwide Speedway garages have been crowded with spectators, and the infield is filled with automobiles and tenting (bolstered by the annual Boy Scout campout). Even the drivers have seen the variety of those who have turned out, one commenting that the variety of individuals resembles a race weekend turnout of 10 years in the past.
No broken automobiles up to now
With 5 check periods and about seven-and-a-half hours of observe time accomplished via Saturday, no WeatherTech SportsCar Championship automobiles have been significantly broken in touch with different automobiles or obstacles. Whereas there have been just a few spins, there was no main contact. The worst incident was most likely within the first session when Jordan Taylor hit a barrier within the Le Mans chicane after the steering wheel got here free on the GTD PRO No. 3 Corvette.