***IMSA teams are en route to Daytona for this weekend’s Roar Before the Rolex 24. A total of 53 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams are due to take to the Florida high banks beginning on Friday, along with nearly two-dozen Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge cars. Click Here for the latest entry list and schedule.
***GDL Racing has confirmed its driver lineups for its five-car effort in next weekend’s Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai. It includes an all-Dutch lineup for its Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 with drivers Renger van der Zande, Daniel de Jong and father-and-son Ivo and Rik Breukers.
***Additionally, the team has acquired a Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo, which will debut in the second round of the 24H Series at Mugello in March.
***Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell are poised to return for a full season of Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competition with the Multimatic Motorsports Ford Shelby GT350R-C. No word has been given on a possible second entry for the Canadian squad, which is playing a significant role in the development and European operations of the Ford GT program.
***Patrick Dempsey has filed a lawsuit against Spyder, alleging the Colorado-based activewear company owes him nearly $1.5 million in sponsorship from the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship. According to TMZ, Dempsey says he received $270,000 of a supposed $1.9 million from the company.
***Dayvtec has announced plans to run a Ligier JS P3 in the European Le Mans Series and Dutch-based Supercar Challenge this year. The team, run by former Racing For Holland team manager Davy Lemmens, competed in the Supercar Challenge last year.
***Chris Dyson will make his second consecutive start in the Chili Bowl, as the sports car ace will take to the dirt in a car fielded by two-time champion Cory Kruseman. Dyson took part in last year’s event, finishing 5th in the M Feature 1.
***Filipe Albuquerque heads to Daytona as a new father, with his wife having given birth to a girl on Monday. The Audi factory driver makes his Daytona Prototype debut in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP alongside Christian Fittipaldi, Scott Pruett and countryman Joao Barbosa.
Marcel ten Caat contributed to this report