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Nasr Quickest in Night Session at Roar

Felipe Nasr has the fastest overall time so far of the Roar Before the 24…

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Felipe Nasr set the fastest overall time so far of the Roar Before the 24 in Session 5 under the lights of Daytona International Speedway.

The Brazilian put the No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R at the top of the combined session sheets with a lap of 1:37.322.

Cadillac DPis have led each of the first five sessions this weekend.

Jordan Taylor came close to surpassing Nasr’s mark late in the night practice, ultimately setting the second fastest time just 0.055 seconds shy of the AXR entry in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac.

Christian Fittipaldi checked in with the third-fastest mark in the No. 5 AXR car, followed by Eddie Cheever III in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Cadillac, and Fabian Habsburg in the No. 78 Jackie Chan DCR JOTA Oreca 07 Gibson.

Sebastien Bourdais was quickest in GT Le Mans for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing.

The Frenchman’s best time of 1:43.798 was 0.555 seconds faster than Gimmi Brunni’s No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR in second place.

Grasser Racing Team’s Session 1 time still stands as the fastest lap in GT Daytona so far at the Roar in the No. 11 Lamborghini Huracan GT3, while Dominik Baumann was best in class in the No. 14 3GT Racing Lexus RC F GT3.

Manthey Racing checked in second on the combined class time charts in its No. 59 Porsche 911 GT3 R, with the sister No. 19 GRT Lamborghini third.

Testing resumes Sunday morning with Session 6 at 10:45 a.m. ET, followed by qualifying for pit box and garage locations.

RESULTS: Session 5

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. Steven

    January 6, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    So the Weathertech team was near the bottom of the GTD grid in the Ferrari…Cooper MacNeil ready for a car switch already ?

  2. Mike S

    January 6, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Funny but looks like all GTD Ferraris are next to each other in combined results if I am comprehending the results correctly. Who knows what programs or goals these teams are setting out to complete this early on.

  3. 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?

    • Rainbow52

      January 7, 2018 at 3:04 am

      My thought is that still there is a fair amount of sandbagging. Everybody is above the 2017 lap times, but Mazda Joest, who improved of about 2”. Maybe they are all hoping for BoP adjustments before the Rolex 24. For sure IMSA knows better…

      • Steven

        January 7, 2018 at 8:24 am

        I have a feeling Cadillac is also sandbagging just like last year. Run just fast enough to pretend that everyone is within their times and come the first practice session of the Rolex, they will be 2 seconds/lap faster again. IMSA will have no time to do a BoP.

  4. JG

    January 7, 2018 at 2:04 am

    I sure hope Mazda Team Joest is sandbagging…

    • Matt M

      January 7, 2018 at 5:03 am

      Being there this weekend, I really don’t think they are…

    • Greg

      January 7, 2018 at 9:44 am


  5. The Fisherman

    January 7, 2018 at 6:19 am

    So what we’ve glistened so far from the weekend:

    The Cadillac is still the car to beat, thanks to the engine change and the aero upgrades from Dallara’s joker package.
    The Oreca still looks better than the Ligier in global spec.
    Penske are definitely holding something back.
    The Riley chassis, in global and Mazda spec, is still a dog, and the upgrades if they ever come will make no difference.

  6. Kurt

    January 7, 2018 at 10:38 am

    It’s the Roar. This happens every year, we won’t know who’s truly quickest until the wee hours of the morning during the race. Also, Penske knows they don’t have to flex their muscles with ultimate lap time, they will know what times they can do from all the testing. It’s average lap that will matter. Cadi’s still looking good. ESM should be quicker, and United being slower than PR1 doesn’t make sense either.

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