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Action Express Cadillac Quickest in Opening Day of Testing at Daytona

No. 31 Cadillac DPi-V.R quickest in opening day of testing at Daytona…

Photo: Brian Cleary/BCPix.com

Photo: Brian Cleary/BCPix.com

Action Express Racing led the way in the opening day of testing at Daytona International Speedway, in preparation for next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The No. 31 Cadillac DPi-V.R of Dane Cameron, Eric Curran, Mike Conway and Seb Morris unofficially laid down a best lap of 1:38.766 late in the day to go quickest of the five Prototypes in action.

It came after a troubled day for all three Cadillacs, which battled electrical issues tied to an overnight software update from Cosworth.

Both the No. 31 entry and the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac didn’t make the three-hour morning session, and turned only a total of 19 and 20 laps, respectively, on Tuesday.

The No. 10 car ran without telemetry and completed short stints in the afternoon. Adding to the issues, the No. 5 Action Express car was seen getting a push start from pit lane.

Action Express, however, managed to get its No. 5 Cadillac running from the late morning through the rest of the day, completing 56 laps with Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Filipe Albuquerque at the wheel.

The pair of Riley-based prototypes from Mazda and VisitFlorida Racing, meanwhile, also battled unrelated teething issues, and were unofficially some two seconds slower than the Cadillacs.

The No. 90 VisitFlorida Racing Riley Mk. 30 Gibson laid down a best lap of 1:40.714, while the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P recorded a 1:41.117 from the morning.

None of the times from the new DPi/LMP2 cars were representative of their true potential, with all teams still at the early phase of development.

Corvette Racing was quickest in GT Le Mans, with a 1:45.442 lap set by the No. 3 Corvette C7.R, while the No. 27 Dream Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 led the way in GT Daytona, thanks to a 1:45.957, also set in the morning.

No major incidents were reported, with teams back on track tomorrow for the second and final day of testing.

RESULTS: Daytona December Test Day 1

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Ron Mills

    December 13, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    New cars,teething issues-It wouldn’t be surprising if a GTLM car won the Rolex 24 this year.Hope they can all run strong and long!

    • Joe

      December 13, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      That is asking alot…like a 15+ prototype field to all bite it. Doubtful.

      • Ovwertake24

        December 13, 2016 at 9:27 pm

        GTLM winners have finished 7th, 4th, and 6th overall last 3 years so not completely out of the question.

        • Joe

          December 13, 2016 at 10:37 pm

          Firstly, never closer than 14 laps down. As I said. Doubtful.

          Secondly, doubtful does not mean completely out of the question, so I really don’t know what point you are trying to make, since no one has yet said it was completely out of the question.

  2. el_gordo

    December 13, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    So I take it the Mazdas are not using the Cosworth?

    • John Dagys

      December 13, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Correct. They are using Life Racing Systems, afaik

      • Prashant

        December 14, 2016 at 9:57 am

        That would be correct. AER and Life Racing are sister companies, so the use of the AER engine essentially mandates the use of Life electronics.

  3. Talking smack

    December 13, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    I suppose the DPIs or better yet, just the Cadillac DPis will smoke the LMP2s. Nothing new here, same bs different year.

    • amlv20

      December 13, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      what are you talking about?there is no more dp vs p2.unless its a European spec p2,they are all dpi’s now.its not cadillacs fault that mazda and visit florida went with riely or using same motor that likes to go kaboom.they are ALL DPI’s now based off P2s!no more us versus them anymore!

      • Steven

        December 13, 2016 at 8:48 pm

        The Visit Florida Riley is the P2…and P2 is not spec, only the engine in ELMS and WEC. there are 4 different manufacturers for the category.

        • amlv20

          December 14, 2016 at 11:49 am

          p2 is spec and has been spec for years now,there is 4 different manufacturers but they all must use the same spec engine now and all 4 chassis must fit within the same spec guidelines with a little freedom in design,but still spec.

  4. southcove

    December 13, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    going to be interesting to try and pick out the various DPis at night – the Caddie has a heck of a LED array of marker and headlights…

  5. pierre

    December 13, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    can imsa not sort their t&s like this please? kthx
    looks like a fun couple of days

  6. Jason

    December 13, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    GT3 cars clearly are going to be quicker this year. GTLM I think will be just fine in terms of speed I think. There is a lot left in them. There is no class where teams sandbag more than them.

  7. B

    December 14, 2016 at 1:49 am

    I would have to say that I think Rebellion Racing has the best shot at this. Only moving down from lmp1 to lmp2 cars. Sure they’re not testing at Daytona but string lineup and the least amount of teething issues I think they’re the best to take it.

  8. Ron Mills

    December 14, 2016 at 5:27 am

    In 2001,Corvette Racing won over a field of 15 prototypes that fell by the wayside.Also the year before,the Oreca Viper pulled off a win,so it’s not out of the question.Daytona is always long and brutal…

    • Homer

      December 14, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Apples and oranges. In 2001, for example, half the P field was outpaced by GT cars. There were only the top 4-5 P cars back then that were setting a pace gap more or less equivalent to what the P-GT gap is today.

      I don’t imagine even the slowest P car getting outpaced by a GT this year. Already the Ps are hitting times that would set them 6 seconds adrift from the fastest GTs last year, and it will no doubt drop another 1-3 seconds by race day.

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