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Action Express Tops Session 1 at Roar

Action Express Racing topped a Cadillac 1-2-3-4 at Daytona International Speedway…

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Action Express Racing topped a Cadillac DPi 1-2-3-4 in the first on track session for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

Joao Barbosa set the benchmark time with a lap of 1:37.266 in the No. 5 Cadillac DPi V.R, 0.262 seconds clear of the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac in second, followed by Spirit of Daytona and No. 31 AXR entry in fourth.

CORE autosport was the fastest of the non-Cadillac powered entries in fifth.

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing swept the top two positions in GT Le Mans with the No. 67 Ford GT edging the No. 66 by 0.320 seconds. Risi Competizione’s Ferrari 488 GTE was the third-fastest in class.

The No. 11 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 topped the charts in GT Daytona, with Manthey Racing’s No. 59 Porsche 911 GT3 R and the No. 19 Grasser Lamborghini close behind.

The session was halted with less than three minutes remaining and did not restart.

The second and final session of the day is scheduled to run from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. ET.

RESULTS: Session 1

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based journalist and sportscaster, covering IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.



  1. TailsLeMans722

    January 5, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Second verse, Same as the first…

  2. Kyle

    January 5, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Caddy trying too hard.

    • David Chaste

      January 5, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      Good thing they are. Now no one can say they were sandbagging. They’ve layed their cards down.

      • Jack

        January 5, 2018 at 3:18 pm

        Or they have so much pace in hand that this still isn’t even they trying.

  3. Tom Sawyer

    January 5, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Did Mazda run any time laps?

    • Johannes275

      January 5, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      I’m afraid not. They’re probably saving for the 2nd session.

      • N8

        January 5, 2018 at 12:57 pm

        Seriously, does anyone know why neither car got out?

        • Overtake24

          January 5, 2018 at 1:32 pm

          I’m sure today’s notebook would be explain it and everything else that happens today.

        • Ug-Min Lahk

          January 5, 2018 at 2:39 pm

          I read somewhere else that their track absence was related to the delivering delay of some parts coming from Japan.

      • Bradshaw

        January 5, 2018 at 1:44 pm

        Can not see not going out serve any purpose

  4. Haskellb

    January 5, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    I hope they BOP faster this year.

  5. WBrowning

    January 5, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Wow, all of the GTLM cars are separated by less than 8 tenths of a second.
    Are the Corvettes running the downsized engines like the Cadilacs in DPi?

    • pdxracefan

      January 5, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      The Corvettes are/have been running the 5.5L small block.

      • fourloko

        January 5, 2018 at 3:12 pm

        7.0L block reduced to 5.5L

    • Bob

      January 5, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      They’ve been running 5.5 liter engines since the original GT2 C6.R. But they are different than the DPi engines.

  6. tracer

    January 5, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    None of the Riley/Multimatic chassis make it out? Guessing there’s a story to come on that… hopefully we’ll see em in the second session.

    • Johannes275

      January 5, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      Well to be fair, at last year’s Roar, in the first session six cars didn’t set a timed lap at all in the first session, and they were all ready to go and worked well for the second session. So it’s probably nothing.

      • tracer

        January 5, 2018 at 4:57 pm

        Very good point.

    • Grand Am Fan

      January 5, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      It would be awesome if they could switch to the Riley MkXI or the MkXX.

  7. Dave

    January 5, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Mazda parked again. Time to dump that chassis and AER. Seriously, Riley is a piece of crap. If Joest can’t get it right then no one will. What a joke. Unreal. No excuses can be made now.

    • Jack

      January 5, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      They didn’t seem in a rush to do anything, they put the cars through tech shortly after the first session so it looks like both will go out in session 2.

      • Slicks in the wet

        January 5, 2018 at 7:10 pm

        Not being in a rush is fine.

        It doesn’t negate that it is still a garbage package.

        And I actually want them to do well. But….it sure didn’t quell any apprehension by them sitting out.

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