Despite heroic comeback, Corvette missing speed at Daytona

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT3s and Aston Martin Vantages appeared to have more favorable Balance of Performance throughout practice sessions at Daytona, last week and this. But come the race, slick pitwork along with fast and almost error-free driving from Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Tommy Milner ensured the Corvette carved its way up the GTD Pro order.
Despite having to recover from two laps …Keep reading Source

Westbrook: Tire strategy as crucial as reliability in Rolex 24 closing stages

Westbrook was speaking with over six hours remaining, having just exited the third-placed #02 car – which is running as a one-off entry by Chip Ganassi Racing before embarking on a full-time FIA World Endurance Championship campaign.
“There’s just a really interesting strategy going on out there,” he told NBC Peacock. “We’ve got a tire allocation this year which is new, so we’re …Keep reading Source

Rolex 24 Hour 3: Ganassi Cadillac leads Acura, Porsche at Daytona

With the first pitstops out of the way, Tom Blomqvist’s Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-06 led the similar car of Wayne Taylor Racing, driven by Ricky Taylor, by 10sec. Taylor had a similar margin over the quintet of #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac (Alex Lynn), #6 Porsche Penske Motorsports 963 (Nick Tandy), #01 CGR Caddy (Sebastien Bourdais), #7 PPM 963 (Felipe Nasr), #31 Action Express …Keep reading Source

Tandy: Sportscar racing’s new era needs to ‘live up to the hype’

Speaking during testing at Daytona, where the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours and Petit Le Mans winner was driving the new 963 ahead of his fulltime IMSA GTP campaign, Tandy believes the coming seasons of unification across both prototype and GT classes can be huge for sportscar racing on both sides of the Atlantic.
Porsche and Cadillac will enter LMDh prototypes in WEC as well as IMSA in 2023, while WEC …Keep reading Source

Giovinazzi joins WEC as Ferrari names 2023 Hypercar drivers

The 29-year-old Italian has been named as part of a six-strong squad for Ferrari’s two entries in the Hypercar class alongside five regulars from its GT roster.
Giovinazzi, who raced for Alfa Romeo in F1 in 2019-21, will drive the #51 499P in the seven-round WEC together with 2022 WEC GTE Pro champions Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado. 
The sister #50 entry will be crewed by …Keep reading Source

NTE/SSR’s Rolex 24 line-up includes two debutants

The #42 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 in new Evo2 form will see Don Yount and Jaden Conwright joined by Kerong Li and Alessio Deledda.
Li of China made his sports car racing debut in 2021 at Road Atlanta with NTE/SSR in the Michelin Pilot Challenge and last year competed in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe’s Pro-Am Cup, and the Hankook 24hr GT Series.
He commented: “Daytona is one of my …Keep reading Source

Isotta Fraschini close to finalising 2023 WEC plans

Isotta is close to deciding between two teams bidding to run a solo four-wheel-drive hybrid LMH for the Italian brand in next year’s WEC, according to new general manager Claudio Berro.
“We have had discussions with four teams: Italian, German, British and Swiss, to work with us in ’23,” said Berro, whose long motorsport career includes running the Maserati MC12 GT1 programme in the 2000s and …Keep reading Source