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47 Cars for Roar; 37 Full-Season Entries Confirmed

Forty-seven cars set for next month’s Roar Before Rolex 24 at Daytona…

Photo: Michelin

A total of 47 cars are set to take part in the Roar Before the Rolex 24, with 37 of them being confirmed full-season IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship entrants.

IMSA released the entry list on Friday for the mandatory Jan. 4-6 test at Daytona.

While currently featuring team name and cars only, a complete list with driver lineups will be made available on Jan. 2.

As expected, 11 DPi cars are set to do battle for overall honors, alongside four LMP2 cars, including the two DragonSpeed Oreca 07 Gibsons, which are currently confirmed for the Rolex 24 at Daytona-only.

The GT Le Mans class features nine entries in the returning factory efforts from Corvette Racing, BMW Team RLL, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and Porsche GT Team, plus the single Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE.

Twenty-three GT3-spec cars, meanwhile, are entered between eight manufacturers in GT Daytona.

Among the confirmed entries include a Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R, Via Italia Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 and NGT Motorsport Porsche, which as revealed by Sportscar365, will receive support from Herberth Motorsport.

Due to the test being mandatory for all teams, no additional entries are expected for the Jan. 26-27 race, which will open the 2019 WeatherTech Championship season.

A total of seven sessions will be on tap for the DPi, LMP2 and GTLM classes, with a reduced two-day, five-session format for GTD.

As was the case for the 2018 event, qualifying for garage allocations and pit lane assignments will again take place.

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

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