66 Entries for Roar Before Rolex 24 (Updated)

Photo: Brian Cleary/bcpix.com

Photo: Brian Cleary/bcpix.com

IMSA has released the entry list for next weekend’s Roar Before the 24, the final official pre-season testing opportunity before the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season-opener at Daytona International Speedway.

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UPDATE: A further revision was issued Monday morning, confirming additional drivers. Among the notable additions include Olivier Pla and Roman Rusinov (OAK Racing), Tom Kimber-Smith (8Star Motorsports), and Scott Tucker, Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler and Jeff Segal (Level 5 Motorsports).

Both Risi Competizione and a second BAR1 Motorsports entry have been withdrawn.

The list features 66 entries, including a class-high 28 cars set to take part in the GT Daytona category.

Seventeen cars from the Prototype class are set to take part, including the debuts of Pickett Racing’s Oreca 03 Nissan and the OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan.

Extreme Speed Motorsports will run both of its HPD ARX-03bs for the first time in pre-season testing, to be driven by its previously confirmed driver lineup of Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel, David Brabham (No. 1) and Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek, Simon Pagenaud and Anthony Lazzaro (No. 2).

Wayne Taylor is set to return to the wheel of his Dallara-chassised Daytona Prototype, joining sons Ricky and Jordan, plus Max Angelelli in the team’s Rolex Series championship-winning Corvette DP, while Justin Wilson and AJ Allmendinger are listed in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Riley-Ford with full-season pilots Ozz Negri and John Pew.

Chip Ganassi Racing will have both of its Ford-powered Rileys at the test, with only Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, its full season drivers, confirmed in the No. 01 car thus far. The same is the case for Spirit of Daytona, which features Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante at the helm of the brand-new No. 90 Corvette DP.

While yet to announce its driver lineup, the two SpeedSource Mazda prototypes has team principal Sylvain Tremblay and rising star Tristan Nunez listed as drivers.

The Prototype class is completed by entries from DeltaWing, Action Express Racing and GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, all with its previously announced driver lineups.

Eleven cars are listed to take part in Prototype Challenge, while the GT Le Mans class features ten entries, following the withdrawal of Risi. Team Falken Tire, a registered full-season entrant, will skip the opening round.

Aston Martin Racing’s Vantage V8 will be driven at the test by Stefan Muecke, Darren Turner, Pedro Lamy, Richie Stanaway and Paul Dalla Lana, while IndyCar star Graham Rahal is listed in one of BMW Team RLL’s BMW Z4 GTE cars, alongside Dirk Mueller, John Edwards and Dirk Werner.

The other BMW Z4 GTE will be driven by Bill Auberlen, Andy Priaulx, Joey Hand and Maxime Martin.

Corvette Racing will debut its new Corvette C7.R with its previously announced driving squad of Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, Ryan Briscoe (No. 3) and Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Robin Liddell (No. 4).

Among the notable drivers in the 27-car GTD field is V8 Supercars ace van Gisbergen, who is listed in the No. 22 Alex Job Racing/WeatherTech Porsche, along with Porsche factory driver Marco Holzer in the Team Seattle-entered 911 GT America.

The AF Corse-run Spirit of Race Ferrari 458 Italia squad will see Piergiuseppe Perazzini, Gianluca Roda, Paulo Ruberti (No. 49) and Matt Griffin, Marco Cioci and Michele Rugolo (No. 51).

Turner Motorsport’s BMW Z4 GT3 features a four-driver lineup, led by BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus, Dane Cameron, Markus Palttala and Dalla Lana.

The Roar Before the Rolex 24 is set for Jan. 3-5.

24 Comments

  1. Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)

    December 29, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Very interesting, this race is going to be epic!

  2. Swarley

    December 29, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Can’t wait to finally see those Flying Lizard Audis in full livery for the first time on Friday.

  3. Jack

    December 29, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    this is probably the first race at daytona where nobody can give a definite answer on who is going to win in any of the classes

  4. Jason

    December 29, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I hope GTLM cars can do way better than the 1 min 47 laps during the November testing.

    • Jack

      December 29, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      i bet they could bring it down to a 45 in qually

      • pdxracefan

        December 29, 2013 at 9:50 pm

        Count on it.

        • Jack

          December 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm

          they prob were sand bagging to get a performance reduction on gtd cuz they were so fast on the straights

          • Bakkster

            December 30, 2013 at 1:52 pm

            Regardless of the reasons, pre-season testing times never match what they turn come race time.

  5. Awesome Joe

    December 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    The TMS entry does not show Maxime. It shows Markus Palttala. I heard Max had a conflict. I think Markus is who they really went with.

    Stoked to see Farfus in the U.S., too. #Farfanator

    • John Dagys

      December 30, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Maxime was never scheduled to drive for Turner. He was always going to be with BMW Team RLL for the 24. Augusto Farfus will be in the Turner Z4 for the test.

      • Jack

        December 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        do you know why Risi pulled out?

        • John Dagys

          December 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm

          Just received word that they will not do Roar since they got enough data/mileage in the November test. They’re still committed to a full-season program.

          • Lyra

            December 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm

            Not running at the Roar also helps them avoiding BoP penalties (which is NASCAR’s main purpose for this weekend, let’s be honest) as it’s unlikely that Krohn Ferrari will show too much of a performance… instead they might get favourable BoP

          • Jack

            December 30, 2013 at 8:54 pm

            …. I guess there confident

          • jack

            January 2, 2014 at 1:29 am

            hey john, where is the nissan right now, avoiding BOP?

  6. Trask

    December 30, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Great to see Farfus in the mix. Maybe that much promised DTM America effort will happen in my lifetime. Or maybe not. Should be a great test session. Is it being streamed?

  7. sukispeed

    December 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    The entry list: lists Paul Dalla Lana / Toronto, Ontario, Canada in the both the number 97 Aston Martin and the number 94 BMW. Is he testing both?

    • Kevin

      December 30, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Most likely, as he is slated to drive both cars in the 24.

  8. Tim

    December 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Interesting that Falken and Core won’t be attending

    • Scott C

      December 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Falken isn’t running in the 24 Hours. They will be attending the rest of the events though.

      • Jack

        December 30, 2013 at 8:52 pm

        I don’t get why they just didn’t run the Frankenstein Porsche that won petit, at least they could have got points.

    • John Dagys

      December 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      CORE is there. They are operating the Porsches run under the Porsche North America banner

  9. Bobke

    December 30, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    John is Brian Johnson (AC/DC)gonna have a one off car at Daytona again this year?

    • Jack

      December 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Prob in the 50 highway to help car if he is doing it

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