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PR1 Ligier JS P217 Headlines November Daytona Test Entry

Initial entry list for IMSA November Daytona test released…

Photo: Onroak Automotive

Photo: Onroak Automotive

IMSA has released the preliminary entry list for next week’s two-day test at Daytona International Speedway, with 12 cars currently listed, and more expected over the coming days.

ENTRY LIST: Daytona November Test

PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports will headline the test with the new Ligier JS P217. The Gibson-engined car, an Onroak Automotive development chassis, will be driven by Tom Kimber-Smith, Jose Gutierrez and Mike Guasch.

All three drivers are expected to be part of the Bobby Oergel-led team’s 2017 race program, with three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner the likely full-season pilot.

BAR1 Motorsports will enter an Oreca 09 FLM in Prototype Challenge, while GT Le Mans will see a single BMW M6 GTLM for BMW Team RLL, featuring Bill Auberlen, John Edwards and the team’s two new expected full-season drivers, Kuno Wittmer and ex-DTM ace Martin Tomczyk.

Both drivers are expected to replace Lucas Luhr and Dirk Werner in the full-season lineup, although BMW has yet to announce its 2017 roster.

The majority of the entries in the test will come in GT Daytona, with nine cars currently listed.

It includes a pair of Audi R8 LMS cars from Stevenson Motorsports and German-based Land Motorsport and three Lamborghini Huracan GT3s entered by Dream Racing, Paul Miller Racing and Italian squad Ebimotors.

A single Mercedes-AMG GT3 is listed for the new SunEnergy1 Racing team with drivers Kenny Habul, Boris Said and Tristan Vautier, with two Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 cars set to test with Mark Wilkins and Tom Dyer in addition to its previously announced four full-season drivers.

CORE autosport, meanwhile, will debut its Porsche 911 GT3 R with Colin Braun and Jon Bennett.

The two-day test kicks off on Tuesday. Additional teams from both the P class and GTLM are expected for next month’s test, which is mandatory for all new constructors and manufacturers.

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 Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. jack

    November 9, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    if your at this test john, ill be expecting you to tweet out some times from the stop watch

  2. Weeeeee

    November 10, 2016 at 4:30 am

    The Ligier will go real fast down the Daytona Superstretch. Enjoy it folks before they BoP it for safety purposes!

    • 996corsa

      November 10, 2016 at 10:36 am

      I’m interested in the speed these cars can generate on the banking too.
      Hoping IMSA won’t hold them back too much in the P2/DPi BOP process.
      Would be nice to see, for real, 200mph capable Proto’s running around that place again!
      Daytona is such an oddball track compared to most of the other venues IMSA runs at, so they end up giving them a “special” BOP for there anyway. A flashy debut, with some big speeds to grab some headlines, would be a nice way to start off this new P2/DPi era for all parties involved and popular with fans to boot. They can always regroup in the “post-Daytona” round of BOP adjustments.

    • Andy Flinn

      November 10, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Weeeee, in related news from, the ACO and the FIA are considering slowing down ALL P2s after higher-than-expected speeds and safety concerns that anateurs won’t be able to handle them.

      But I get it dude. If the ACO does it, according to the troll blogosphere, that’s just cool. If IMSA does the same thing, it’s a travesty.

      I’m used to it now.

  3. Douglas

    November 10, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Not much of a entry 1P1 1PC 1GTLM ?

  4. JPK

    November 10, 2016 at 6:59 am

    24 cars tested last year only 12 on this list

    • jack

      November 10, 2016 at 7:44 am

      well, not many lmp2’s are ready to go. and there is another test in december.

      • Juandefoldgit

        November 10, 2016 at 10:02 am

        Agree Jack the December test will be the big one.

    • 996corsa

      November 10, 2016 at 10:24 am

      It’s early days, Mazda (Riley-Multimatic chassis), GM/Cadillac (Dallara) & Nissan/ESM (Ligier) haven’t officially unveiled their cars yet, so no surprise the P turnout is low at this first IMSA test.
      Was hoping to see an ORECA 07 chassis, but I think there probably isn’t one of those cars in the US yet. All the testing reports of the ORECA have been from Europe so far. The December test will be the big one for the P cars, as many others have pointed out. Decent turnout of new & returning GTD cars and teams though…

  5. CJYJ

    November 10, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    No Lexus 3GT cars again.

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