This week’s two-day test at Daytona International Speedway is featuring a wide variety of drivers either set to be publicly confirmed for new roles, actually confirmed for 2016 rides, or pounding the pavement in search of seats. Here’s what Sportscar365 has been able to see thus far beyond what we’ve already reported:
***Scott Pruett has joined Action Express Racing for this test, and was in Sebastien Bourdais’ firesuit from last year. Pruett is yet to formally confirm a program beyond his F Performance Racing effort with Lexus, but has been strongly linked to a race drive in the team’s No. 5 Corvette DP for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
***Contrary to Monday’s expectations that the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP would feature only its race drivers, Marc Goossens and Ryan Dalziel, for this test, it actually has a different lineup entirely. Dalziel is missing this test as he’s en route to Bahrain for the FIA World Endurance Championship finale, and Peter Dumbreck and Tristan Vautier are joining Goossens over these two days.
***Sean Rayhall is the “surprise driver” in the DeltaWing coupe alongside Katherine Legge and Andy Meyrick; the young Georgian has starred in both Indy Lights and Prototype Challenge machinery in the past and adds the radical prototype to his array of cars he’s driven.
***AJ Allmendinger has arrived today, and will turn laps later on in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda.
***Dion von Moltke, who is the most experienced driver in North America for running the previous generation Audi R8 LMS (ran it full-time in 2012, 2014 and 2015 sports car seasons and won the 2013 Rolex 24 in class with that car), is on site surveying the new Audi R8 LMS. His 2015 teammate from Paul Miller Racing, Christopher Haase, is suited up with plans to drive the new one today, as is Rahel Frey.
***Mark Wilkins, one of CORE autosport’s endurance drivers in the past, is also testing this week in that team’s No. 54 Oreca FLM09 with team regulars and PC class champions Colin Braun and Jon Bennett.
***Veteran drivers such as Damien Faulkner and David Empringham are among those on site, with Faulkner seeking to return to the fray for the first time since two races with GB Autosport to open this year.
***Young guns pounding the pavement include Stefan Wilson, Alec Udell, Colin Thompson and Josh Hurley, among others. All four are Silver-rated.
***Fall-Line Motorsports’ two Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS class drivers from this season, Trent Hindman and Ashley Freiberg, have both made appearances at Daytona this week. Fall-Line is known to have an interest in a BMW M6 GT3 program for 2016, but time is of the essence in order for it to fall into place.
***Richard Antinucci, one of O’Gara Motorsport’s drivers in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America series, is also here today.
***While not on site due to a business commitment, Venezuelan Nelson Canache is also seeking to return to racing in North America. He made a last-minute appearance with Park Place Motorsports at this year’s Rolex 24.