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IMSA Point Standings
After Austin
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Jordan Taylor 226
1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

1 Patricio O'ward 216
1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

1 Jan Magnussen 182
1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

1 Christina Nielsen 203
1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

Prototype Teams
Rank Teams Total
1 #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac 226
2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

1 #38 Performance Tech 216
2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

1 #3 Corvette Racing 182
2 #25 BMW Team Rll 179
3 #66 Ford Chip Ganassi 172
4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
5 #911 Porsche Gt Team 159
6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

1 #63 Scuderia Corsa 203
2 #33 Riley Motorsports - AMG 195
3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
Nasr Leads Cadillac DPi Sweep in Roar Qualifying

1-2-3-4 for Cadillacs
Sunday, January 7, 2018


Nasr in the #31 Cadillac
Nasr in the #31 Cadillac
All Photos by LAT for IMSA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The strong pace shown by Cadillac, which led every session throughout the first two days of the Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona test, carried into Sunday’s inaugural Roar qualifying session. The new-for-2018 qualifying sessions establish the garage and pit locations each team will use during the Rolex 24 At Daytona race weekend on Jan. 25-28.

Leading the way in a back-and-forth 15-minute session for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype class was Brazilian driver Felipe Nasr in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R with a best time of 1 minute, 35.806 seconds (133.764 mph). Nasr was first in a top-four sweep for Cadillac, which is looking for its second consecutive Rolex 24 win after taking its debut race last year.

“All I have to say, is we as a team, Action Express and Cadillac, we brought the car out there to run the most amount of laps,” Nasr said. “We were really getting into it and preparing for the race, because we know this weekend is more a part of what is going to come at the end of the month. We all felt pretty confident. We felt the car was behaving well.

“Today in qualifying, all I have to say, is myself and Filipe (Albuquerque), that was driving our sister car, we gave everything we had. The times were pretty close. There are some cars out there that aren’t showing fully what they can do, but I know we are. I’m pretty happy with what we have right now.”

Nasr is pleased to be back racing in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, a race that put him on the map somewhat when he earned a ride in the 2012 race as winner of what was then the “Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge” by taking the 2011 British Formula 3 title.

His performance in that race, which netted a third-place result, was impressive and paved the way for a career that ultimately took him into Formula 1. This year, he will race full-time in the WeatherTech Championship alongside 2016 Prototype champion Eric Curran in the No. 31 machine. For the Rolex 24, they welcome Mike Conway and this year’s Sunoco Whelen Challenge winner, Stuart Middleton, who is following in Nasr’s footsteps.

“There’s so many other things I got to experience here in a positive way – the racing, the people – it really opened up the doors for me here,” Nasr said. “I became friends since then with everyone. I knew with a phone call to my American friends that I could be coming back to the race and that’s what I thought early on. As soon as I had a brief adventure in F1, let’s put it this way, I had great fun, but I knew this championship was always going to go up.

“I feel this year we have such a strong lineup of teams and drivers and everyone pushing each other that it’s going to be great. For a racing driver to be in an environment like this, and teams pushing each other, there’s nothing better than that. It’s really great to be involved.”

Second quickest in Prototype qualifying was Tristan Vautier in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R with a time of 1:36.037 (133.442 mph). While the team has participated for several years in the WeatherTech Championship Prototype class, it is a newcomer to the Cadillac camp in 2018 after fielding LM P2 race cars last year. Vautier is sharing the car with full-season teammate Matt McMurry and endurance driver Eddie Cheever III.

“It was good,” Vautier said. “All the Caddy teams, we came here with a good spirit. We want to show IMSA what we have and we pushed flat out the whole test, just because we want to maximize everything for the race and we think it is the right thing to do. We all pushed each other. I think it’s good because it helps us all to learn about the car and go get those last tenths we can find in the setups. For us at Spirit of Daytona, it’s been good, because the first time the car hit the ground was January 2. Things have been pretty straightforward.”

Albuquerque was third in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac he shares with Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi with a best lap of 1:36.135 (133.306 mph). Renger van der Zande was fourth at 1:36.481 (132.828 mph) in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac, co-driving with past IndyCar champion and Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, and defending race and series champion Jordan Taylor.

Dane Cameron rounded out the top five in the No. 6 Acura Team Penske Acura ARX-05 DPi car. Cameron’s best lap was a 1:36.988 (132.188 mph) in the car he shares with Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud.

Hand Leads GTLM Roar Qualifying in No. 66 Ford GT

Joey Hand
Joey Hand

In three weeks, Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais will go for their second consecutive Rolex 24 At Daytona victory for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in the No. 66 Ford GT. The title defense got off to a strong start at the Roar, as Hand was the fastest qualifier in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class with a best lap of 1:43.610 (123.688 mph).

“You’re always trying to win practice, but especially trying to win qualifying,” Hand said. “We went for it. We struggled with our balance of the car a little bit this weekend from the December test. We really liked it. Dirk and Seabass (Sebastien Bourdais) and I were just bouncing it all weekend. We got it closer this morning, we think maybe it’s the temperature, and we made a change right between the practice and qualifying.

“We wanted to see how aggressive we could get. It was a better car, but it still needs to be a better race car. We’re happy with the progress. To finish out the Roar, I think we’re OK looking to come back. You never know what temperature you’re going to get when you come back, so you don’t want to really tune too much here, but you do want to learn some things that are right and wrong, but yeah, I’ll take it. Somebody’s got to do it, so I guess I can handle it.”

Oliver Gavin posted the second quickest time in GTLM, turning a 1:43.640 (123.653 mph) lap in the No. 4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R he’s sharing with Tommy Milner and Marcel Fassler. Ryan Briscoe was third in the No. 67 Ford GT at 1:43.714 (123.564 mph), followed by Earl Bamber in the No. 912 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR at 1:43.888 (123.357 mph) and defending WeatherTech Championship GTLM champion Antonio Garcia at 1:43.998 (123.227 mph).

The top six GTLM cars qualified within one second.

Lamborghini Maintains Torrid GTD Pace at Bortolotti Qualifies Fastest

Mirko Bortolotti
Mirko Bortolotti

Lamborghini Huracan GT3s have been at or near the top of the time charts throughout the Roar Before the Rolex 24, including the class’ fastest overall lap of the weekend of 1:47.104 (119.653 mph) set in Friday’s first session by Rolf Ineichen in the No. 11 GRT Grasser Racing Team entry.

It was more of the same in Sunday’s qualifying session in which Ineichen’s teammate, Mirko Bortolotti, posted the fastest time of 1:47.374 (119.352 mph), securing prime garage space and pit selections for the No. 11 team that also includes drivers Franck Perera and Rik Breukers.

“It’s good to be back at Daytona,” Bortolotti said. “We are not a regular team for the season, but for me, it’s already the third time coming back to Daytona, so it’s always good to be here. For the team, it’s the second time after the race we did last year. We’ve got a good garage spot for the race. Let’s see what kind of benefit we will have out of it.

“Obviously, the race is in two-and-a-half, three weeks’ time, so we’ve got a lot of work in front of us. Hopefully, we can keep this up and go for a strong result.”

Andy Lally qualified second in GTD in his return to the No. 44 Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 after spending the 2017 WeatherTech Championship season with Michael Shank Racing’s Acura NSX program. Lally posted a best time of 1:47.436 (119.284 mph) in the car he shares with owner/driver John Potter, endurance teammate Andrew Davis and Audi factory ace Markus Winkelhock.

Patrick Long was third in GTD at 1:47.481 (119.234 mph) in the No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R. This lineup includes two-time and defending WeatherTech Championship GTD champion Christina Nielsen, along with Robert Renauer and Mathieu Jaminet. Alvaro Parente was fourth in the No. 86 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3 at 1:47.605 (119.096 mph), followed by Ryan Eversley in the No. 69 HART Acura NSX at 1:47.665 (119.030 mph).

The top 18 cars in GTD – all but one of the 19 to participate in the qualifying session – were covered by less than one second.

Qualifying Results

131P1Eric Curran
Mike Conway 
Stuart Middleton 
Felipe Nasr 
Whelen Engineering Racing
Cadillac DPi
290P2Matt McMurry
Tristan Vautier
Edward Cheever 
Spirit of Daytona Racing
Cadillac DPi
35P3Joao Barbosa
Christian Fittipaldi
Filipe Albuquerque 
Mustang Sampling Racing
Cadillac DPi
410P4Jordan Taylor
Ryan Hunter-Reay 
Renger van Der Zande
Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R
Cadillac DPi
56P5Simon Pagenaud 
Dane Cameron
Juan Pablo Montoya 
Team Penske
Acura DPi
67P6Ricky Taylor
Graham Rahal 
Helio Castroneves 
Team Penske
Acura DPi
722P7Johannes van Overbeek
Luis Felipe Derani
Nicolas Lapierre 
Tequila Patron ESM
Nissan DPi
855P8Spencer Pigot 
Jonathan Bomarito
Harry Tincknell 
Mazda Team Joest
Mazda DPi
978P9Alex Brundle 
Ho-Pin Tung 
Antonio Felix da Costa 
Ferdinand Habsburg-Lothringen 
Jackie Chan DCR JOTA
1085P10Robert Alon
Austin Cindric 
Simon Trummer 
Devlin DeFrancesco 
JDC-Miller Motorsports
1199P11Misha Goikhberg
Chris Miller 
Gustavo Menezes 
Stephen Simpson
JDC-Miller Motorsports
1223P12Fernando Alonso 
Lando Norris 
Phil Hanson 
United Autosports
Ligier LMP2
1337P13Lance Stroll 
Felix Rosenqvist 
Daniel Juncadella 
Robin Frijns 
Jackie Chan DCR JOTA
1438P14James French
Patricio O'Ward
Kyle Masson
Performance Tech Motorsports
1532P15Bruno Senna 
Will Owen 
Hugo de Sadeleer 
Paul Di Resta 
United Autosports
Ligier LMP2
162P16Scott Sharp
Ryan Dalziel
Olivier Pla 
Tequila Patron ESM
Nissan DPi
1752P17Gustavo Yacaman 
Sebastian Saavedra 
Nicholas Boulle
Roberto Gonzalez 
AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports
Ligier LMP2
1820P18Marc Drumwright 
Joel Miller
Ryan Cullen 
BAR1 Motorsports
Multimatic/Riley LMP2
1954P19Jonathan Bennett
Colin Braun
Romain Dumas 
Loic Duval 
CORE autosport
2077P20Tristan Nunez
Oliver Jarvis 
Rene Rast 
Mazda Team Joest
Mazda DPi
2166GTLM1Dirk Mueller
Joey Hand
Sebastien Bourdais 
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing
Ford GT
224GTLM2Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Marcel Fassler 
Corvette Racing
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
2367GTLM3Richard Westbrook
Ryan Briscoe
Scott Dixon 
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing
Ford GT
24912GTLM4Gianmaria Bruni 
Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche GT Team
Porsche 911 RSR
253GTLM5Jan Magnussen
Antonio Garcia
Mike Rockenfeller 
Corvette Racing
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
2662GTLM6Alessandro Pier Guidi
Risi Competizione
Ferrari 488 GTE
2725GTLM7Bill Auberlen
Connor De Phillippi 
Philipp Eng 
Alexander Sims
Colton Herta 
2824GTLM8Augusto Farfus 
John Edwards
Jesse Krohn 
Nicky Catsburg
Colton Herta 
2911GTD1Rolf Ineichen 
Mirko Bortolotti 
Franck Perera 
Rik Breukers 
GRT Grasser Racing Team
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
3044GTD2Andy Lally
Andrew Davis
John Potter
Markus Winkelhock 
Magnus Racing
Audi R8 LMS GT3
3158GTD3Patrick Long 
Christina Nielsen
Robert Renauer 
Mathieu Jaminet 
Wright Motorsports
Porsche 911 GT3 R
3286GTD4Trent Hindman
Katherine Legge
AJ Allmendinger 
Alvaro Parente 
Michael Shank Racing
Acura NSX GT3
3369GTD5Sean Rayhall
Ryan Eversley 
Chad Gilsinger
John Falb 
Acura NSX GT3
3415GTD6David Heinemeier Hansson 
Dominik Farnbacher 
Scott Pruett
Jack Hawksworth 
3GT Racing
Lexus RCF GT3
3563GTD7Jeff Segal
Cooper MacNeil
Gunnar Jeannette
Alessandro Balzan
Scuderia Corsa
Ferrari 488 GT3
3629GTD8Christopher Mies 
Jeffrey Schmidt 
Sheldon van der Linde 
Kelvin van der Linde 
Montaplast by Land Motorsport
Audi R8 LMS GT3
3719GTD9Christian Engelhart 
Ezequiel Perez Companc 
Christopher Lenz 
Louis Machiels 
Max van Splunteren 
GRT Grasser Racing Team
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
3882GTD10Santiago Creel
Martin Fuentes 
Ricardo Perez
Miguel Molina 
Risi Competizione
Ferrari 488 GT3
3933GTD11Jeroen Bleekemolen
Ben Keating
Luca Stolz 
Adam Christodoulou 
Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports
Mercedes-AMG GT3
4093GTD12Mario Farnbacher
Lawson Aschenbach
Justin Marks 
Côme Ledogar 
Michael Shank Racing
Acura NSX GT3
4175GTD13Maro Engel 
Kenny Habul
Thomas Jaeger 
Mikael Grenier 
Riley Motorsports - Team SunEnergy
Mercedes-AMG GT3
4251GTD14Paul Dalla Lana 
Pedro Lamy 
Daniel Serra
Mathias Lauda 
Spirit of Race
Ferrari 488 GT3
4364GTD15Bill Sweedler
Townsend Bell
Sam Bird 
Frank Montecalvo 
Scuderia Corsa
Ferrari 488 GT3
4414GTD16Kyle Marcelli
Bruno Junqueira 
Dominik Baumann 
3GT Racing
Lexus RCF GT3
4573GTD17Jorg Bergmeister
Patrick Lindsey
Timothy Pappas 
Park Place Motorsports
Porsche 911 GT3 R
4696GTD18Don Yount
Mark Kvamme
Mark Kvamme
Jens Klingmann
Turner Motorsport
4771GTD19Kenton Koch
Robby Foley
Juan "JC" Perez
Loris Spinelli 
P1 Motorsports
Mercedes-AMG GT3
4848GTD20Bryan Sellers
Bryce Miller
Madison Snow
Andrea Caldarelli 
Paul Miller Racing
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
4959GTD21Sven Muller 
Randy Walls 
Harald Proczyk 
Steve Smith 
Matteo Cairoli 
Manthey Racing
Porsche 911 GT3 R
50911GTLM9Nick Tandy
Patrick Pilet
Frederick Makowiecki
Porsche GT Team
Porsche 911 RSR

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