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CTSC Daytona Post-Race Notebook

Ryan Myrehn’s Continental Tire Challenge notebook from Daytona…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

***Murillo Racing’s Justin Piscitell made the most of his only scheduled start of the season, finishing on the podium in both the ST and TCR classes. Piscitell started the race in the team’s rear-engined ST class Porsche Cayman, which was making its final race appearance, before switching into the front engined Audi RS3 LMS TCR which debuted at Daytona. Both cars finished third in their respective classes.

***It was the last planned outing for Murillo in ST this year as the team expects to take delivery of its second Mercedes-AMG GT4 ahead of the next round at Sebring.

***Piscitell, meanwhile, said his racing plans are uncertain but he will continue coaching Tim Probert and Jeff Mosing and could drive for the team again this year if there is an opening.

***Sunoco 240 Challenge winner Rick Parfitt Jr. told IMSA Radio that he wants to come back to Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competition, saying he has “unfinished business” after misfortune relegated his GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4 to a 19th-place result.

***Aurora Strauss impressed in her first stint in the GS class for Automatic Racing. Despite having only 40 previous minutes of experience in a GT4 car before the race, Strauss moved to 18th to 8th on the grid before relinquishing the seat to co-driver Steven Phillips.

***Phillips was later caught up in an accident that brought out the race’s third full course caution and the team was forced to retire the car after completing 55 laps. Strauss, Phillips, and Al Carter were credited with a 26th place finish.

***Britt Casey Jr. and Tom Long were a late addition to the entry list at Daytona this weekend, with the duo’s Compass Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR only being formally announced on the Monday before the race. They went on to win the first TCR race in series history over teammates Kuno Wittmer and Rodrigo Sales.

***Compass Racing’s GS drivers Paul Holton and Matt Plumb came home a hard-earned 13th after a late night engine repair in the buildup to the race. Holton told IMSA Radio that with the help of parts and tools from McLaren Tampa, the team was able to get the car ready in time to race.

***Devin Jones and Nick Galante’s ST class win was the first victory for BimmerWorld Racing in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competition since 2013, and the first in Jones’ career in the series. “It’s awesome,” said Jones. “I couldn’t imagine a better place to win than Daytona.”

***The BMW Endurance Challenge broadcast will air Sat, Feb 10 at 8 a.m. ET on FS1.

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based broadcaster and reporter. In addition to his work covering primarily domestic sports car racing for Sportscar365, he is the lead announcer for SRO America's TV coverage as well as a pit reporter for IndyCar Radio. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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