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Roar Before 24 Thursday Notebook

Tony DiZinno’s Thursday notebook from Roar Before the Rolex 24…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

***Park Place Motorsports will have a fourth driver for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, with Norbert Siedler joining the previously announced Patrick Lindsey, Joerg Bergmeister and Matt McMurry in the team’s No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R, Lindsey told Sportscar365. Additionally, Bergmeister, who was initially announced by Porsche just for the Rolex 24 with Park Place, is set for the full season in that car.

***Stevenson Motorsports is in the process of re-adapting back to a Rolex 24 entry, in the team’s first crack at the race in three years. The team’s No. 9 chassis is the previous new Audi R8 LMS chassis that tested in Daytona November (was No. 76) and was taken home by the team; the new No. 6 chassis will turn its first laps this weekend, according to team manager Mike Johnson.

***While Magnus Racing named its extra drivers today, Stevenson has not finalized its lineup for its two cars. The No. 6 car, however, showed both Lawson Aschenbach and Matt Bell – the full-season No. 9 pairing – on the driver door alongside Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell this evening. The No. 9 car was in the process of getting a new livery and a potential new partner.

***Scuderia Corsa unloaded both a brand-new Ferrari 488 GTE and last year’s Ferrari 458 GT3 car, with the team not expected to debut the 488 GT3 car in the Rolex 24 as originally planned. Memo Rojas has been added to the lineup of the GTLM class car, with Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan, Jeff Segal and Robert Renauer will pilot the 458 GT3 this weekend.

***The chassis Flying Lizard Motorsports is using for the Roar is the previous chassis used by Compass360 Racing for several events last year but returned to the team after its final start at Circuit of The Americas. The team’s Toyo Tire-shod chassis, used for the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, remains in livery and with the team following several appearances in December (PRI Show).

***Flying Lizard program manager Darren Law told Sportscar365 the team could announce its Pirelli World Challenge drivers for their McLaren 650S GT3s as early as next week, possibly in conjunction with McLaren. If an announcement is delayed, those drivers could be revealed within the next month.

***Frikadelli Racing, the European entrant that is competing in the Rolex 24 in a one-off, will have three of its drivers testing this weekend. Connor De Phillippi and Frank Stippler are unavailable this weekend but will join Klaus Abbelen, Sven Mueller and Patrick Huisman as planned for the Rolex 24.

***O’Gara Motorsport will confirm its Rolex 24 extra drivers on Friday at a press conference. O’Gara’s Lamborghini takes on the bright yellow scheme of its Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America effort.

***Change Racing, meanwhile, has confirmed Justin Marks as its third driver of its No. 16 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 for the Rolex 24. Marks drove for the Robby Benton-led team in Super Trofeo last year. The Change Lamborghini is adorned with partial Monster Energy support, with the black and green draped on the back of the primarily light green car owning to full-season driver Corey Lewis, a Monster Energy athlete.

***Performance Tech Motorsports will see the father and son team of Dr. Jim and Josh Norman, as well as Brandon Gdovic, test alongside James French in the team’s new No. 38 Oreca FLM09 chassis. Both Normans and Gdovic competed in the Super Trofeo series last year.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony


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