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Ford GT Wins Rolex 24 At Daytona with Ganassi, Young Porsche Racers Score in GTD

With a brand-new car for one of the top manufacturers in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans class, and three new manufacturers in the GT Daytona class, handicapping the GT cars in the 55th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona would be tough.

In the end, it was impossible.

The new GT Le Mans car was the Porsche 911 RSR for the two-car Porsche GT Team. It may look familiar, but the traditionally rear-engine 911 became a mid-engine race car, and Daytona was the world track debut of the car. Would it be fast? Would it last 24 hours on its first time out?

No. 10 Cadillac DPi Leads After Three Patrón Endurance Cup Segments In 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona

The No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DPi-V.R, which has run inside the top three throughout the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona, held the lead after three Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup segments.

Cadillac DPi Teammates Lead Opening Segment Of Patrón Endurance Cup, Porsche Paces GTLM In Rolex 24 At Daytona

The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R team showed once again why it is a three-time Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup championship-winning team in the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona as it took the lead just prior to the six-hour mark, earning the maximum five points for leading the first segment of the season.

Daytona International Speedway: The World Center of Racing

Daytona International Speedway (DIS) is where it all begins for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and it plays host to the biggest event of the year, the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge also kicks off its new season at Daytona with the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge.

A Matter of Perspective: What Makes The Rolex 24 Special?

The Rolex 24 At Daytona has always been a special race, but the reason why varies greatly depending on who you ask. So that’s what we did – we caught up with a variety of people involved in some way with the Rolex 24 to find out what makes it special to them, from one of the race’s most successful drivers, to a special guest driver from the past, to up and comers dreaming of participating, to the dedicated fan. Join us for just a sample of why the Rolex 24 rules the day and night.

Scott Pruett – Driver, No. 14 3GT Racing Lexus RC F GT3

2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona Qualifying

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Cadillac DPi-V.Rs Sweep Front Row for Rolex 24 As Barbosa Takes Pole

Despite a test in December followed by the Roar Before the Rolex 24 after the New Year, it wasn’t clear who would be fastest in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s premier class, Prototype (P), when they hit the track this weekend.

Ford, Ferrari Take GT Class Poles for Rolex 24 At Daytona Thanks to Hand, Pier Guidi

The world debut of the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT race car came at the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona, but it was a race Ford would rather forget, as both cars suffered from mechanical issues that ruined their chances for a solid finish.

Of course, the team made up for that with a class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the 50th anniversary of the race victory of the original Ford GT, and put together a solid 2016 season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

IMSA Season Kicks Off This Weekend At Daytona With Unprecedented Manufacturer Participation

With the eyes of the racing world focused on the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona this weekend, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) prepares for a weekend highlighting an unprecedented amount of official automotive partners.

Between the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, IMSA now has 17 official automotive partners, including five that are new for 2017: Acura, Cadillac, Lexus, McLaren and Mercedes-AMG. The complete list is as follows:

Lexus Chronicles IMSA Entrance with Video Series

The Lexus RC F GT3 will make its IMSA race debut in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the manufacturer has chronicled its journey back to sports car racing with a three-part video series that can be viewed on the LexusVehicles YouTube page. The videos include on-track footage and interviews as the manufacturer, TRD (Toyota Racing Development) and team partner 3GT Racing prepare for the Lexus GTD entries to take their maiden voyages on the Daytona road course, and as Lexus prepares to learn racing technologies that can transfer to its F and F SPORT production vehicles.

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