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Daytona December Test Entry List Released

Eighteen cars on provisional entry list for December Daytona IMSA test…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

A total of 18 cars are on the provisional entry list for next week’s IMSA-sanctioned test at Daytona International Speedway, in preparation for the 2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

ENTRY LIST: Daytona December Test

The two-day test, which is mandatory for at least one new or modified car from each manufacturer or constructor, sees the majority of entries in the Prototype class, with ten cars.

It’s headlined by the two-car Acura Team Penske and Mazda Team Joest outfits, which will be making its public debuts with its 2018-spec machinery.

Wayne Taylor Racing and Tequila Patron ESM will also be present with its DPi machinery, along with Oreca 07 Gibson LMP2 cars entered by JDC-Miller Motorsports and CORE autosport.

A Ligier JS P217 Gibson, meanwhile, will be run at the test by Onroak Automotive for Pipo Derani and Will Owen, with BAR1 Motorsports debuting its updated Riley Mk. 30 Gibson.

BMW’s new M8 GTE will officially break cover, with BMW Team RLL, alongside entries from Risi Competizione, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and Porsche GT Team in GT Le Mans.

Three cars, meanwhile, are currently entered in GT Daytona, including the expected rollouts of Evo kits for both the Porsche 911 GT3 R and Lexus RC F GT3.

Alegra Motorsports and 3GT Racing have been tasked with testing duties of the cars, respectively, with Riley Team AMG having also entered its Mercedes-AMG GT3.

The two-day test kicks off on Tuesday.

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  1. Jorvandas

    November 29, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Porsche GTLM on Continentals? Is that a mistake?

    • IMSA Is Drunk

      November 29, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      I noticed that too lol

    • Max

      November 29, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      Maybe they’re joining GTLM to replace their P/GTD Program?

      • Larry

        December 7, 2017 at 11:56 pm

        To my knowledge, no PRO team on the planet runs Contis where they have a choice.

        I might be wrong, but I can’t think of a single team.

    • Slicks in the wet

      December 1, 2017 at 3:17 am

      It is ALWAYS a mistake to be on Continentals!

      • thomas

        December 2, 2017 at 10:10 pm

        been great road tyres for my car…even the eco tyres.

        • Slicks in the wet

          December 3, 2017 at 5:50 am

          Except literally nothing transfers from RACE SLICKS to I-70 lol

        • Larry

          December 7, 2017 at 11:55 pm

          One of my Porsches came on Contis in 2014. Porsche does put Contis on as OEM on a few although I don’t know why.

          I replaced them with Michelins withing two months. Not impressive in the dry and scary as hell in the rain.

          Crap tires.

    • Larry

      December 7, 2017 at 11:53 pm

      It is a mistake. I was there. The GTLM Porsches and all GTLM cars were on Michelins.

  2. Dan

    November 29, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Huh? Are the Ferrari, Porsche, and Ford GTLM’s “new or modified” in 2018? Maybe this test is optional for any entrant but only required for new or modified?

    • Inside-out

      November 29, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      The 488 GTLM I believe is an EVO.

    • tracer

      November 29, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Yes, optional for any entrant but mandatory for new or updated models.

      • tracer

        November 29, 2017 at 10:40 pm

        Actually it’s open to all except for GTD, which only a single updated model is allowed/required.

  3. David Chaste

    November 29, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Looks like ligier is borrowing back Derani from ESM to help gather data for united autosport.

    • tracer

      November 29, 2017 at 10:37 pm

      He’s an onroak development driver and they’ll be testing the evo updated car per the mandatory requirement.

  4. Jason

    November 29, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    I thought there was no GTD for this test?

    • Travis McBee

      November 29, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      Read the bottom of the article, those GTD cars are entertaining evo kits to theirs.

      • jason

        November 29, 2017 at 10:12 pm

        I don’t think there should be exceptions though. Not really fair to the GTD competitors. Should only be a test for cars with red number plates.

        • Billthe3

          November 29, 2017 at 10:16 pm

          They need to get data on the cars to be able to bop them with the rest of the field.

        • Jack

          November 30, 2017 at 2:37 pm

          It’s a test for new or modified cars, nowhere said was this a pro only test.

      • gtgianlu

        November 30, 2017 at 3:57 pm

        Bmw M6 Gt3 has a new evo kit but there isn’t

  5. ACDelco Battery

    November 30, 2017 at 3:14 am

    This is one of the best articles I have come across. Keep up the good work.

  6. Jason

    November 30, 2017 at 6:23 am

    What’s up with the Speed Source team any news?

    • tracer

      November 30, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Closed up shop immediately after the Mazda program went to Joest.

    • Ron

      November 30, 2017 at 9:38 am

      I think they still run the MX-5 in the Conti Series.

      • Slicks in the wet

        December 1, 2017 at 3:12 am

        I dont think SpeedSource was running in Conti for YEARS.

        Freedom Autosport, Alara Racing, and a few others did though.

        • Ron

          December 4, 2017 at 11:17 am

          You’re right! I was thinking SpeedSource was involved with the team because of Tom Long. He is a SpeedSource guy right?

          • Slicks in the wet

            December 5, 2017 at 4:58 pm

            Negative. He is the son of Long Road Racing..who have prepped Spec Miatas for years. And developed the new MX-5 Global Spec race car.

            Tom seems to have been a sorta Mazda USA “factory” driver since around 2012?

            He got dropped from the prototype team this year tough, it seems.

    • David Chaste

      November 30, 2017 at 9:50 am

      They had a good run. I loved Sylvain dicing it up against all commers in the RX8. The good days with Raphael Matos annilating the competition, and Jordan Taylor, Jeff Segal darting those rotaries around. And then they became so dominant everybody wanted an RX8, except for the Porsche backed teams.

      But the move to diesel engines threw them off and pegged them back. And even when they became fast again with the regular engines they were out of the limelight for so long that their strategy game was rusty. And then Riley sold them a dud.

      Good to have joest but sad to see Speedsource missing. Very bittersweet.

      • Slicks in the wet

        December 1, 2017 at 3:17 am

        You know, I havent heard a THING about this from anyone involved other than Mazda in the typical lame PR release saying they were going to Joest. Come to find out they possibly were trying this change for about a year behind the scenes.

        You think someone from the team would have been like, “Hey it has been great. A true struggle at times, but, Mazda is awesome and it was cool to build cars and engines for them. We cant really continue our racing efforts as SpeedSource anymore but thanks for everyone supporting us for so long. We will see you all out on the track!”

        Unless they did. Please link if so.

        AFAIK, Sylvain/SpeedSource just nuked the website, the social media sites, all contact with the outside world and moved to Key West or Baja or something. Like. WTF? SpeedSource wasnt owned by Mazda were they? Did Mazda have so much financial leverage on them that they forced them to break apart? Even then, why not address the fans?

        • racer

          December 2, 2017 at 1:14 pm

          I agree. SpeedSource was a good Mazda rep and were always so friendly in the paddock. I was hoping to get some word from them after this mess, but I guess there was bad blood.

          • Slicks in the wet

            December 4, 2017 at 2:10 am

            Well. Another forum suggests that after getting on the podium, SpeedSource made Nunez clean the toilets to keep him “grounded.”

            Aaaand..all the SpeedSource equipment is going to auction Dec 19th.

            So. That’s that. I got $500 on the LMP2..anyone wanna join?

  7. K T

    November 30, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Is this test open to the public?

    • Slicks in the wet

      December 1, 2017 at 3:19 am

      My only concern is if two people can get in there.

      Lanky Turtle and FansOfThe12Hours. So we can get some sweet sweeeeet YouTube footage and sound…

    • Jean-Marc Poitras

      December 1, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Trying to get an answer from my friend here in Daytona who is involved involved in a team racing at the speedway…….I will be glad to provide you with an answer as soon as I get an answer..

      • zoop a doop

        December 1, 2017 at 10:48 pm

        I am 99% sure this test is NOT open to the public.

        Only time they allow people in will be at the actual ROAR.

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