Connect with us


WTR Fastest in Roar Session 3

Jordan Taylor turned in the fastest lap of Session 3 of the Roar Before the 24…

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

Jordan Taylor set the pace in the third IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship test session of the Roar Before the 24 in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R.

The defending Rolex 24 at Daytona and series champion’s best lap of 1:37.188 is the fastest lap of the Roar so far and was 0.196 seconds clear of Tristan Vautier’s Spirit of Daytona Cadillac which was second quick in the session.

CORE autosport’s strong showing at the Roar continued with Romain Dumas clocking the third-fastest overall time in the team’s Oreca 07 Gibson, followed by Mike Conway in the No. 31 Action Express Cadillac and Stephen Simpson in the No. 99 JDC-Miller Motorsports Oreca.

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon led the way in GT Le Mans in the No. 67 Ford GT, edging this sister No. 66 entry at the top of the class.

Risi Competizione’s Ferrari 488 GTE came in right behind the Fords with Alessandro Pier Guidi at the controls, while Oliver Gavin piloted the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R to the fourth fastest time in the class.

GT Daytona honors went to the No. 59 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R of Matteo Cairoli who had the fastest lap in the class by a full 0.428 seconds.

Rolf Ineichen was second for GRT Grasser Racing in the No. 11 Lamborghini Huracan GT3, with Andrea Caldarelli third fastest in the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini

No major incidents occurred during the 90-minute session. Session 4 is schedule for 3:30 p.m. ET this afternoon.

RESULTS: Session 3

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. Dave

    January 6, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    CORE could be a spoiler! They are flying! GTLM and GTD are so damn close. This race is going to be amazing! Cannot wait!

    • Steven

      January 6, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      Seeing how the restart procedures are. As long as you are one the lead lap in the final hour, its anyones race. Core has Duval and Dumas as 2 very solid, fast drivers who can push a car to the limit when needed.

  2. Jj

    January 6, 2018 at 12:59 pm


    • Andy Flinn

      January 6, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      The Cadillacs are not Orecas.

      • Slicks in the wet

        January 6, 2018 at 9:34 pm


        How are they both not dominating Flinn? 4 Cadillac, 5 Oreca in the top 10 on this session?

  3. Haskellb

    January 6, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Who wants to be Penske is sandbagging?

    • Haskellb

      January 6, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      Damn auto-correct. I meant bet.

      • Jenner

        January 6, 2018 at 1:46 pm

        On the 23rd hour, Roger’s engineer’s are gonna go to their key boards and click “S-I-R-O-N-A-R-A”, Enter. Then watch them go from mid-pack to the front. HA!!!

        This is gonna be my 1st trip ever to the Rolex 24 at Daytona. So looking forward to it, hope it warms up a bit, never been to Florida in the winter. Been to Sebring b4(2012), weather was warm that wk end.

        How many fans attend this race? January is not typically Florida’s tourist season. Are the pits pretty wide open for fans?

        • Mgo

          January 6, 2018 at 3:31 pm

          It’s hard to say for sure how many. Infield is always sold out,but you can still move around pretty well. Plenty of open seats in grandstands thruout race. You can move around as you please for different vantage points. That’s what makes this race so appealing to us as fans. Plus the surrounding area is a rolling car show all weekend long!

          • Jenner

            January 6, 2018 at 4:01 pm

            Thanks for the info.

            Is there a good, up close vantage point going into the Bus Stop chicane? I wanna see some long disc-brake glowing action going into the chicane. I don’t think TV’s head-on camera view does that complex justice.

            I’m flying in from California. Hope the temps warm up and my flights don’t get delayed. Packing my ski jacket and long johns, just in case.

          • Jason M Thompson

            January 6, 2018 at 5:31 pm

            You’ll love the access to the rest of the track and the garages. Go for a 3 a.m. stroll around the track, it’s almost like you have the place to yourself. The cars never stop roaring by but its so peaceful in the early morning. Make sure to go to the garages after someone breaks their car. Watch the crews scramble to patch it up. Daytona is amazing/grueling for fans.

        • Jason M Thompson

          January 6, 2018 at 5:25 pm

          There is no access to the bus stop but there should be.

          • Jenner

            January 7, 2018 at 1:09 am

            That’s a shame. And weird too. Why would fans not have access to all points of a race course?

            My two nearby tracks, Laguna Seca and Sears Point, have access to every inch of the circuit. Isn’t that the essence of road racing? Oh well, I’m sure Daytona is still a whole better LIVE than watching it on TV.

            Sorry, japanese is not my primary language.

          • thomas

            January 7, 2018 at 5:57 am

            Isn’t Lake Lloyd kind of in the way?

        • Slicks in the wet

          January 6, 2018 at 9:35 pm

          They might want to hit SAYONARA instead.

    • Ian

      January 6, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      There is no question

    • Steven

      January 6, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      Or the Honda engine is either garbage or detuned. The Acura is basically a Spec Oreca LMP2 with a boomerang on the front which should help with aero at a track like Daytona. No reason it should be that low in the charts.

  4. Fernando Martins

    January 6, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    There’s no question that Penske and Extreme speed are sandbagging, Mazda might be as well. After all the testing that they have done I can’t believe that they are so far off the pace. Last year at Petit they were contenders, especially Extreme Speed had a clear car advantage! I have a feeling that the race will be spoiled by these teams suddenly disappearing at the front.

  5. David Chaste

    January 6, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    They’re not sandbagging but it’s just that turbos work better in cool air because it’s denser (more packed). So indeed they will start to creep up in the night sessions and during the race at night time they will pick up pace. Ditto for ESM.

    So all the teams will know to get their fastest drivers in at night to help negate the pace of the turbo cars.

  6. David Chaste

    January 6, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    So much for the aero update given to the other p2 builders. it seems the Oreca is still the car to have.

    At least in terms of lemans aero configuration it seems they still reign supreme.

  7. David Chaste

    January 6, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    How come Paul Dalla Lana had AF Corse run a GTD car for him instead of asking Aston Martin to do it? They’re prettymuch competitors

    Or he wanted the latest GT3 car and it wasn’t ready

    • gtgianlu

      January 6, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      He should have to wait for ’19 for the new Vantage Gt3,a bit too much…

  8. Slicks in the wet

    January 6, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Mazda sandbagging. They can totally go in the 34s. And the engine can run at 9k RPM for twenty eight days straight. JOEST is magic.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

More in IWSC