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News & Notes Roundup: 1.6

The latest news and notes in the world of sports car racing…


***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

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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