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Rolex 24 Entry List Released

Fifty cars on entry list for next weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

IMSA has released the entry list for next weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, featuring only minor changes since the Roar Before the 24 earlier this month, which was mandatory for all teams.

A total of 50 cars are due to take part in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener, headlined by a 20-car Prototype field.

ENTRY LIST: Rolex 24

It includes European entries from both United Autosports and Jackie Chan DCR JOTA, featuring superstars such as Fernando Alonso, who joins an already star-studded field of drivers.

Acura Team Penske and Mazda Team Joest will debut its new and updated DPi machinery, joined by the returning Cadillac and Nissan efforts from Wayne Taylor Racing, Action Express Racing, Spirit of Daytona and Tequila Patron ESM.

There’s also a strong contingent of LMP2 machinery for the race and WeatherTech Championship season, including entries from CORE autosport, Performance Tech Motorsports and the newly named AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports effort.

Marc Drumwright and Eric Lux are so far the only confirmed drivers for BAR1 Motorsports’ Riley Mk. 30 Gibson, with Joel Miller having moved to Performance Tech as its fourth driver, having tested with BAR1 at the Roar.

Nine cars are set to do battle in GT Le Mans, including the competition debut of the BMW M8 GTE, while GT Daytona features a 21-car field field, represented by eight different GT3 manufacturers.

Of note, Davide Rigon has been added to the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE as a fourth driver and Matt Griffin as a fifth driver in the team’s GTD entry.

In addition to the remainder of the BAR1 lineup, a few TBA slots remain, including a fifth driver in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3.

The Rolex 24 is set for Jan. 27-28.

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43 Comments

43 Comments

  1. Nick

    January 17, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Woo! Bring on the Rolex! Cannot wait for race weekend next week.

    • Paul France

      January 17, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      Yeah baby. Let the racing season begin.

  2. Josh

    January 17, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    What a fantastic lineup! The prototype field is absolutely stacked this year too. Cannot wait for next week!

  3. Kirk

    January 17, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    And the beauty of it is you could make an argument for pretty much any one of the 20 prototypes winning the race. Stay out of trouble, have good reliability, and you could find yourself winning one of the most prestigious sports car races in the world.

    • jason

      January 17, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      The full course yellow format that IMSA utilizes is to thank for it, but it damages the integrity of the endurance aspect of the race.

      • Andy Flinn

        January 17, 2018 at 8:09 pm

        Jason, did Interscope winning by almost fifty laps, despite other Porsche 935 teams being permitted by the rules to CHANGE ENTIRE ENGINES DURING THE RACE “damage the integrity” of the 1979 24 Hours of Daytona? Second place overall that year was a GTO class Ferrari Daytona.

        Brumos won the 1978 24 Hours of Daytona by 30 laps (almost one hour).

        I like the way things are now better.

        Oh, 50 laps around Daytona in 1979 means Interscope’s lead at the end of the race was about an hour and a half.

        Let’s not repeat that again.

        • Mike D.

          January 18, 2018 at 12:21 am

          > despite other Porsche 935 teams being permitted by the rules to CHANGE ENTIRE ENGINES DURING THE RACE

          Not sure what you’re really implying here. You act as if they’d have a win chance after needing to do an engine change. The time in the garage would make them a non-factor.

          • Andy Flinn

            January 19, 2018 at 12:28 pm

            Mike D., you missed my point entirely. In 1979, every other car on the track was a non-factor – whether they did a complete engine swap or not.

            Interscope won by almost 50 laps.

      • Grand Am Fan

        January 18, 2018 at 2:34 pm

        I wish we had stage racing. Like 12-16 stages and each stage winner gets reset on the lead lap for a last hour Saturday Night short track style shoot out to the finish

        • Principal

          January 18, 2018 at 3:33 pm

          What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

          • thomas

            January 19, 2018 at 5:09 am

            Struth…way to miss the plain obvious sarcasm

        • Matt

          January 18, 2018 at 11:49 pm

          I really hope this was an attempt at trolling.

        • Andy Flinn

          January 19, 2018 at 5:05 pm

          Don’t feed the “Grand-Am” troll!

    • Steven

      January 17, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      Personally, I don’t see the prestige in the Rolex 24 compared to the other 12 or 24hour races. It’s not a very demanding course unlike Lemans, Spa, Nurburgring, or Sebring. The track is 100% lit now so night racing so visibility is slightly hindered but not much. Then add that IMSA is very trigger happy with FCY’s that the results get artificially close.

      This race comes down to which manufacture was sandbagging the most at the Roar and how many prototypes can stay on the lead lap in the final hour. Each team has pretty much an ace driver that can hustle anything around the track.

      • Kirk

        January 17, 2018 at 9:51 pm

        I guess if it’s so easy I’ll be seeing you in the winners circle.

      • Kirk

        January 17, 2018 at 9:58 pm

        Not demanding? LeMans is eight miles long and has VERY little traffic compared to Daytona. Daytona is run in January and sees more that 13 hours of darkness while LeMans takes place in late June with maybe 6 hours of darkness. Daytona definitely has it’s own challenges compared to LeMans.

        • Steven

          January 18, 2018 at 3:58 pm

          13 hours of darkness on a 100% lit track makes no difference. And Le mans still gets about 10 hours of darkness just like everyone else during summer time.

          Daytona is merely a small infield section with 2 hairpin corners and a kink, a bus stop, and the rest is flat out on the oval.

          • Matt

            January 18, 2018 at 11:54 pm

            Yeah the lighting is overkill. I hate seeing this night race turned into broad daylight.

      • Haskellb

        January 18, 2018 at 10:25 am

        The lighting is there for the TV audience so we can see race cars instead of headlights.

        • Andy Flinn

          January 19, 2018 at 5:21 pm

          Yeah Matt, it was much better at Sebring in the seventies and eighties watching drivers steer off course and wander around aimlessly in the darkness.

          The best part of Sebring 1982 was when James Brolin ran over a wild boar in a Porsche 924 Carrera Turbo and the crew brought it back to the paddock for a barbecue feast.

          That’s much better than watching night racing under the lights at DIS

          • Anthony Thomas

            January 24, 2018 at 8:31 pm

            Every time somebody post about the good old days reaffirms the problems with motorsport and the age of it’s fan base.

            While I won’t bring up the whole racing as you know it is dead it just doesn’t know it apparently rant.

            Let’s just say you are wrong if you want staged events, total darkness or the course isn’t challenging enough.

            If you want total darkness, I guess we can turn off the cameras, Rooftop Ray and just listen to Hindy? Though he couldn’t see either so only the lighted number plates would make it possible for everybody to see.

            Staged events happen in a series called the WRC, try watching that.

      • Grand Am Fan

        January 18, 2018 at 2:47 pm

        The Rolex 24 between 2004 and 2008 was arguably the greatest race in the world. You had names like Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Terry Labonte, Bobby Labonte, Casey Mears competing against names like Scott Pruett (GOAT), Memo Rojas, Andy Wallace, Wayne Taylor, Max the Axe, Andy Lally and Hurley Haywood.

        • Steven

          January 18, 2018 at 4:01 pm

          Greatest event in the world? maybe in the eyes of Grandam fans. Outside of the USA, no one really cares about Nascar or its drivers. I don’t see 100-150K of people coming in to see the Rolex 24 like Lemans gets.

      • Matt

        January 18, 2018 at 11:54 pm

        I don’t either. It’s prestigious because it has occured for awhile, but the track is garbage. Sebring is the most prestigious American endurance race by far.

      • Andy Flinn

        January 19, 2018 at 5:15 pm

        Steven, have you ever BEEN inside DIS?

        For the past 55 years, the 24 Hours of Daytona has been the only sports car endurance race to be run on a superspeedway and infield (“roval”) road course.

        That makes the Rolex 24 a truly unique motorsports experience and something you’ll never see at Le Mans or Sebring.

        If you don’t think that’s true, just go ask Fernando Alonso.

        I like Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans. I guess I’m just weird.

  4. Matt

    January 17, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Oh yeah. Bring in he Benjamins!
    XD

    • Matt

      January 17, 2018 at 3:22 pm

      The*

  5. jason

    January 17, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Now all of the AF Corse Ferrari WEC drivers are in the race. Rigon (71), Pier Guidi (51), Calado (51) are all in the #62 Risi car. Bird is in GTD with someone.

    So yeah, the Risi 62 car is a full-on AF Corse driver line up. Watch out for them.

    • Barber

      January 17, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      Hasn’t Risi’s line up been all Ferrari factory driver for a while now?

      • Dan

        January 17, 2018 at 4:20 pm

        Yes it has, Risi has had ferrari factory drivers for the past several years. Its just Jason hoping they will win overall.

  6. NaBUru38

    January 17, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Prototypes: 24 Platinum and 20 Gold drivers
    GTLM: 25 Platinum and 5 Gold drivers.
    GTD: 12 Platinum and 25 Gold drivers.

    Nice!

  7. fernando martins

    January 17, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Having Alvaro Parente and Come Ledogar, two (ex?)McLaren drivers racing in the same team (MSR)tells me that McLaren has parked his drivers with another team so they can get experience in other cars until McLaren’s new GT3 car is ready…

    • David Chaste

      January 17, 2018 at 11:03 pm

      Well mclaren and honda had a tie in. So these deals might have been getting worked out much earlier.

      Maybe it wad planned before the split…

    • Ug-Min Lahk

      January 18, 2018 at 10:11 am

      McLaren changed its racing organisation and that meant releasing some of their current drivers. Parente is not a McLaren driver anymore and I think the same applies to Ledogar.

  8. Pierre

    January 17, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Rolex 1hr actually.

    In all seriousness though, excited to see it.

    • Slicks in the wet

      January 21, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      Every race consists of just crossing a line.

      If you really want to be pedantic.

  9. David Chaste

    January 17, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    No one in that red dragon 99 car is a silver. They’re all gold level driving talent.

    And graham rahal gold rated??? Multiple race winner in indycar.

    • thomas

      January 18, 2018 at 5:07 am

      Platinum is pretty much only F1 drivers and factory sportscar drivers

      • Matt

        January 18, 2018 at 11:59 pm

        That’s insane. Being a professional multi-race winning Indycar driver should easily be considered Platinum. The whole ratings medal system is unbelieving stupid. It should be Pro and Am.

  10. Mike D.

    January 18, 2018 at 12:23 am

    As stacked as this lineup is, somewhere IMSA is very disappointed that they did not at the very least hit their very questionable “entry limit.” 50 is a disappointment when there was at least the outside chance of a full grid if not more.

    • KW

      January 18, 2018 at 5:28 am

      I do prefer 50 entries with this awesome quality to 60 including entries just to fill up the field!

  11. jeff

    January 18, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I suppose if IMSA wanted more entries they could lower the fees they charge new GTD manufacturers. I’ve heard that is what keeps some GT3 cars out of the series.

    The 20-car prototype field is not bad for the second year of the class.

    • Slicks in the wet

      January 18, 2018 at 9:19 pm

      I got $10 and a 16 year old Miata I will enter if IMSA lets me….

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