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IMSA News & Notes, 11.18

Off-season news and notes from drivers, teams in the IMSA paddock…

Photo: Don Bok

Photo: Don Bok

***A number of IMSA regulars enjoyed success in last weekend’s HSR Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, including Cooper MacNeil and Leh Keen, who took a fully restored 1997 Alex Job Racing 993 RSR to the D4 class victory (pictured, above). Enzo Potolicchio claimed E2 class honors in his 8Star Motorsports Corvette DP, while James Sofronas and Alex Welch captured the E4 class victory in a GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS.

***Other notable results included Patrick Long and Hurley Haywood teaming in a 1967 Porsche 911 to finish third in the A5 class, while J.C. France finished second in E2 with a Chevrolet-powered Doran DP. A number of other DPs were also present, including a Gen 1 Riley from RG Racing, which plans to make its TUDOR Championship debut with an ex-Michael Shank Racing Riley-Dinan in next year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

***TRG-AMR will host a partner’s summit at IMSA/NASCAR’s headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla. this week, which will feature sponsors, drivers and professionals from the motorsports industry for a series of seminars, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities. FOX Sports’ Bob Varsha will be the Master of Ceremonies for the event, which gets underway on Wednesday evening.

***Following its event in Daytona, the Kevin Buckler-owned squad will be testing at Sebring on Friday through Sunday with its GT3 and GT4-spec Aston Martin Vantages. Newly signed full-season driver pairing James Davison and Christina Nielsen are expected to be in attendance.

***Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating are in Daytona for a two-day test with the Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R. While the factory SRT Motorsports program announced its withdrawal after Petit Le Mans, Keating’s customer Viper GT3-R is likely to continue into 2015, potentially as a two-car effort.

***Jordan Taylor is producing another music video, after several released last year. It’s expected to go live later this week; Taylor has released a couple teaser images on social media already.

(Tony DiZinno contributed to this report)

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John


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