New DPis Highlight December Daytona Test Entry List

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

The provisional entry list for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pre-season December Test has been released, with 28 cars set to run at Daytona.

ENTRY LIST: December Test

A five-car field of new machinery will make up the Prototype class, consisting of three Cadillac DPi-V.Rs run by Action Express Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing, as well as a Mazda RT24-P and the Visit Florida Racing Riley Mk. 30 Gibson.

Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Filipe Albuquerque will run laps in the No. 5 Action Express Cadillac, while Dane Cameron, Eric Curran and a third TBA driver will drive the sister car.

Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli are listed in the WTR entry, with Visit Florida Racing planning to run Marc Goossens and Renger van der Zande.

Meanwhile, Mazda Motorsports has chosen to run a total of five drivers in just one RT24-P: Joel Miller, Tom Long, Tristan Nunez, Jonathan Bomarito and Spencer Pigot.

An eight-strong entry for GT Le Mans sees a pair of cars each for Corvette Racing and Ford Chip Ganassi Racing with expected lineups, as well as a single car each for Risi Competizione and BMW Team RLL.

Toni Vilander is the only driver listed in the Risi Ferrari 488 GTE, while the BMW M6 GTLM is set to be driven by John Edwards, Bruno Spengler and Martin Tomczyk.

Two Porsche 911 RSRs are listed under the Porsche GT Team banner, with new recruits Dirk Werner and Laurens Vanthoor joining Patrick Pilet and Michael Christensen.

The remaining 15 entries come from the GT Daytona class, including a pair of Audi R8 LMS run by Stevenson Motorsports and Land-Motorsport.

Four Lamborghini Huracan GT3s will also run, with cars entered by Ebimotors, Dream Racing, Konrad Motorsport and, following its announcement on Tuesday, Grasser Racing Team.

The two Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3s will be present, as will the SunEnergy1 car. CORE autosport and Manthey Racing will each test a Porsche 911 GT3 R, while Michael Shank Racing’s pair of Acura NSXs are also on the list.

In addition, Scuderia Corsa will bring the only Ferrari 488 GT3 in the field, while 3GT Racing returns with its new Lexus RC F GT3.

Prototype Challenge cars are not permitted to take part in the upcoming test, which runs from Dec. 13-14.

33 Comments

  1. Not Nick

    December 7, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Umm… did Nissan not get the memo here?

    • Mark - Toronto

      December 7, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Has anyone heard if the proposed Nissan (ESM) custom bodywork has been approved by IMSA yet? Or even completed? I’m wondering if Daytona is even still on the plan. Hopefully this doesn’t fall through completely…but it did come out of left field.

      • Andy

        December 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm

        Seconded. John, have you heard anything from ESM about this? Will we still have 2 Nissan-Ligiers at the 24? *fingers crossed*

        • welp

          December 7, 2016 at 8:08 pm

          They presented a couple weeks ago, and IMSA told them to change it because it wasn’t custom enough from the Ligier.

          Then we got the Caddy last week that had almost no changes to it sooo whatever that tells you.

          • Sae

            December 7, 2016 at 10:18 pm

            I’m assuming they threw some Nissan logos on a Ligier (a la the Signatech Alpine in WEC) and asked IMSA if that was enough, like when your mom tells you to eat one more bite of dinner and you eat one green bean.

          • Bakkster

            December 8, 2016 at 9:08 am

            You can see the changes in the Cadillac. They obviously don’t need to be massive (changing the air extractor shape worked for the Caddy, and well IMO), but maybe ESM tried to do just headlights.

          • kv

            December 8, 2016 at 12:29 pm

            TO keep costs down the Dallara/Cadillac solution was to have as many common bodywork pieces as possible , and still discern between the two brands !

          • kv

            December 9, 2016 at 3:02 pm

            IN the case of Caddy they studied the lmp 2 regs and built the DPi as close to them as possible and let styling cues visually define the brand !ORECA,DID THIS WITH ALPINE,LOLA DID IT WITH MG AND OTHERS,AND TO KEEP COSTS DOWN !

        • Helmuth

          December 8, 2016 at 6:11 am

          Just a rumor

      • Bakkster

        December 8, 2016 at 9:09 am

        It came together relatively late. I don’t think anyone with a good idea of the timeframes required was expecting them at a public test before the Roar.

        • Not Nick

          December 8, 2016 at 9:29 am

          I thought they said that this was a mandatory test for all DPi manufactures?

  2. You

    December 7, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Heard Manthey Porsche is Brumos affiliated, awesome

    • Larry

      December 7, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Details?

      • You

        December 7, 2016 at 6:52 pm

        I just read it on racer

    • Me

      December 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      The number is 59…interesting…

    • Candy Man

      December 7, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Ooooo, yes please!

      • NO BRUMOS

        December 7, 2016 at 9:54 pm

        No brumos affiliation

        • jack

          December 9, 2016 at 2:49 pm

          besides them wanting to use the name….

  3. Jim

    December 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    With a small prototype field, it’s possible for a GTLM victory come January…

    • You

      December 7, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      How is it small?

      • Jim

        December 7, 2016 at 7:51 pm

        It’s so small even the GS series looks big. 😉

    • Olly

      December 7, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      That’s not even the full season capacity.

    • Ryan

      December 7, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      At the Rolex there will be 3 Cadillac’s, 2 Mazda’s, 2 Nissan’s, 1 Rebellion, JDC will be entering and maybe Rielly with his P2. That’s plenty.

      • Marco

        December 8, 2016 at 6:12 am

        Bare in mind that at least one of the new Oreca’s has to attend the December test. It’s mandatory per IMSA John told me.
        As they (or 1) are not yet in the provisional list i’m sure they’re now working franticly to get it ready. Deadline getting closer.

    • Jack

      December 7, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      1 rebellion
      2 AXR
      1 WTR
      1 Visit Florida
      2 Mazda
      2 esm nissans
      1 JDC
      1 PR1
      1 starworks
      Dragonspeed
      Confirmed^^^
      Maybe
      Sean Galel’s kfc sponsored team.
      An additional Dallara from a team whose name escapes me

      So where is this small grid you were speaking about?

  4. Frank

    December 8, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Do you guys think Derani was happier at ESM than G Drive or the other way around?

    • Jack

      December 8, 2016 at 9:11 am

      He wasn’t with g-drive or esm, he was with oak racing, who ran both those teams.

  5. Helmuth

    December 8, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Remember my prediction a month ago still say about 35 cars at Daytona

    • Jack

      December 8, 2016 at 9:12 am

      13 prototypes so far, guessing around 5 pc’s. 10 gtlm and around 30 gtd.

  6. Kid29

    December 8, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Is the Dec. 13-14 test open to the public?

    • Larry

      December 8, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Nope, not open to the public but I will be there next Tuesday and Wednesday working the corners.

      I am stoked to see some of the new cars.

  7. juneracer

    December 8, 2016 at 9:15 am

    strange Scuderia is coming with there GT3 (D) 488. maybe hoping to show poor pace and get some BoP? the test is only mandatory for new GT3s, all DPi’s and at least one of each GTLM.

    • jack

      December 9, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      the 488 gt3 has never been to Daytona, for an official test.

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