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AXR, Cadillac Pace Roar Session 4

Felipe Nasr led a Cadillac sweep of the top four positions in Session 4 at the Roar…

Photo: Action Express Racing

Felipe Nasr continued Cadillac’s dominance of Daytona International Speedway at the Roar Before the 24, topping Session 4 in the No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R.

Nasr’s best lap of 1:36.973 came on his penultimate tour of the circuit and was a mere 0.083 seconds faster than second-place Ryan Hunter-Reay in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac.

Eddie Cheever III was a strong third in the No. 90 Cadillac entry for Spirit of Daytona while Christian Fittipaldi completed the Cadillac sweep of the top four spots in the No. 5 AXR machine.

Alex Brundle, driving the No. 78 Jackie Chan DCR JOTA Oreca 07 Gibson, and Romain Dumas, piloting the No. 54 CORE autosport Oreca, completed the top five overall.

Ryan Briscoe put Ford on top of the GT Le Mans class once again in the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT, 0.142 seconds quicker than Risi Competizione’s Ferrari 488 GTE driven by Alessandro Pier Guidi.

Sebastien Bourdais was third in the No. 66 Ford with the Nos. 912 and 911 Porsche 911 RSR machines completing the top five with Laurens Vanthoor and Fred Makowiecki behind the wheel, respectively.

Mario Farnbacher put Acura atop the time charts in GT Daytona in the No. 93 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 with Sven Mueller close behind driving the No. 59 Porsche 911 GT3 R for Manthey Racing.

The final WeatherTech Championship session of the day is scheduled for 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. ET tonight.

RESULTS: Session 4

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. Russ Adams

    January 6, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    well thats about right now if they can get the corvettes 1 2 imsa will be normal …. I would drop out of this series so fast and this is the norm

    • Facts, not whining

      January 6, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      Corvettes have been relegated to the back rows of qualifying for the last two years. No crying about Multi-Matic dominating qualifying like it has the past two years? Your narrative is not fact based. Your hatred of a car company makes you sound like a cry baby fool. Did you catch your boyfriend doing a reverse cowgirl on the Caddy Limo driver’s lap?

    • Here we go again.

      January 6, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      Old Russ needs to start watching NASCAR again so he can say Chevy dominates, oh wait, Toyota is the champ!

  2. Russ Adams

    January 6, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    It must be your first time here FACTS Been going since 1979 to sportscar races .Sorry your blinded by all the junk you say at the end whatever that is ….

    • once stupid, always stupid.

      January 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      Got you beat by a decade. I have been to more races on more continents than you can dream of pinhead.

  3. Russ Adams

    January 6, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    No I have a chevy plus other cars but I can see and have watched it year after year …I have no favorite but fairness is not there .I do watch nascar on road tracks. Not sure what you have to say worth while Here we go again

    • tracer

      January 6, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      Why do you feel so strongly about the GM favoritism angle? I just haven’t seen that to be the case over the course of the last 3 seasons in IMSA… Not trying to stir the pot at all here, I’m just genuinely wanting to understand where you and others who share your view are coming from.

  4. Amlv20

    January 6, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Wtf,again why don’t you people understand! Daytona is like a long straight,you need torque on the high end to get fast laps.which is what caddy has,remember a few years back in the conti series every one was complaining about the Mustangs and camaros pulling away from BMW,porshe,and Aston Martin.thats because they were torque engines,and again just like last year the caddies are the most sorted prototype with the right torque curve out there.joest just rebuilt a car,and ven though it’s joest…’s still a Riley Mazda.the orecas have been putting on a good show,why esm and Penske are way down I don’t understand quite yet.fuel run/stint length testing I suppose?

    Either way,I won’t be surprised in two weeks if we get another ford & Ferrari Le Mans 2016 situation.i think there’s sandbagging going on to get the caddies bop down.

    • tracer

      January 6, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      Pretty much agree with all of this, and would add that top-down team continuity is also a key factor for the out-of-the-box performance of the Caddy teams. Looking beyond just the headline of Caddies being at the top of each session so far, the lap time spread through the Prototype field is very tight for a test, which indicates to me that everyone is just running to a lap time window while they run through their respective test programs. And finally, I am quite confident that ESM and Penske haven’t come close to showing their hands at this stage… even with the new pre-qualifying session coming tomorrow, I believe there will absolutely be teams that are willing to trade optimal pit lane assignments by sandbagging for BOP purposes.

  5. Russ Adams

    January 6, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Well it took imsa over 5 races to see last year thats way to long all four in the top four there all not that good sorry

    • Matty

      January 6, 2018 at 7:35 pm

      Calm down pal, the pack is only three tenths of a second back… no need for a BoP adjustment. And anyway, a lot can change in 24 hours.

      Normally, the fastest car does NOT win the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

  6. matt

    January 7, 2018 at 1:06 am

    Top 10-12 in LMP2/DPI, separated by less than a sec? What are people’s thought’s on that?
    I mean I know the caddy’s are still the car to beat, but do people find it encouraging, and it’s not top 4 or 5, covered by a sec?

  7. JaymondoGB

    January 11, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Oh dear, surely not what IMSA wanted, more caddy yawn fest, and now there even one more !!. Seriously though, I had hoped the BOP would of solved this once and for all.

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