Continental Responds to Rolex 24 Prototype Tire Punctures
The #10 Cadillac sustained no less than 5 tire punctures
Increased competition in the Prototype class and the ability for some cars to successfully double stint tires has led to a series of tire punctures for selected Prototype teams in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, according to Continental’s Kevin Fandozzi.
No fewer than eight cars in the Prototype class have sustained right-rear tire punctures so far in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener, which has impacted the running for several pre-race favorites.
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NASCAR Holds Media Day For West Coast Swing Coming In March
Phoenix Raceway President Bryan Sperber
Several members of the NASCAR industry gathered in Scottsdale, Ariz., yesterday for the annual West Coast Media Day.
The event featured a panel with Phoenix Raceway President Bryan Sperber, Auto Club Speedway President Dave Allen and Las Vegas Motor Speedway President Chris Powell. FOX Sports NASCAR reporter Kaitlyn Vincie moderated the festivities.
The main theme of the event was NASCAR's three straight weeks of races on the West Coast that includes March 4 in Las Vegas, March 11 in Phoenix and March 18 in Fontana, Calif. NASCAR PR
The #5 Cadillac has broken all the Rolex 24 records but it's not over yet.
LAT for IMSA
With 1-hour to go the #5 Action Express Cadillac in the hands of Felipe Albuquerque is stroking their unhealthy car to the finish. As a result the sister #31 Action Express Cadillac with Mike Conway at the wheel has made up almost two laps and is now just under 2 laps behind and closing at 5-seconds per lap. At the same time the #31 has to hold off the #54 Oreca driven by Colin Braun.
The #5 Cadillac has a new all-time distance record for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The previous record of 2,760.960 miles was surpassed on the No. 5 car’s 776th tour of the 3.56-mile circuit.
Sebastien Bourdais leading Scott Dixon with 3 hours remaining.
LAT for IMSA
With 3 hours to run in the Rolex 24, the race in prototypes is fairly boring with the #5 Cadillac now almost 4 laps ahead of the #31 sister Action Express Cadillac. The only thing that could turn the borefest into an exciting finish is if the forecast rain hits the track before the finish.
Barbosa and his co-drivers Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi No. 5 Cadillac DPi-V.R have led overall for the better part of the last five hours.
Lois Duval has the #54 Oreca in third place over 4 laps behind the leader.
Dani Pedrosa tops the standings on day 1 test in Sepang
Dani Pedrosa fastest for Honda
Dani Pedrosa set the fastest time of the opening day of the Sepang test, with a mark of 1’59.427” on his 55th lap (out of 56), while teammate Marc Marquez was not trying hard and ended seventh overall with a best time of 2’00.290” on his 50th lap (out of 51).
Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, the pole lap record holder at the track, ended the day more than three tenths clear of 2017 runner up Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). Dovizioso’s teammate Jorge Lorenzo was third quickest, just 0.032 in arrears.
With just over four hours remaining in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Action Express Racing team remains 1-2. Currently, the No. 5 Cadillac DPi piloted by Joao Barbosa has a three-lap lead over Eric Curran in the No. 31 Cadillac DPi.
Of course, in the last couple hours, there has been some drama with the Action Express squad as both cars made trips to the garage to treat over-heating issues. However, those issues have, for now at least, appeared to stabilize as the both cars have been turning strong lap times and maintaining their gaps over the competition.
Rolex 24 Hour 19 - Action Express Still 1-2, but.....
Heating issues have begun to plague the No. 31 Cadillac
LAT for IMSA
As you know from the previous update, the No. 5 Action Express Cadillac went to the garage about a hour ago with apparent heating issues. The trip to the garage combined with the caution period allowed the sister Action Express No. 31 to gain a lap back and close on the No. 5.
And early in the hour, with Mike Conway at the helm, the No. 31 was beginning to threaten the No. 5 for the lead. However, midway through the hour the No. 31 began losing time and ultimately was forced to make a brief trip to the garage similar to the No. 5 last hour. Currently, Conway sits three laps behind Fittipaldi with the No. 54 CORE autosport Oreca third two laps behind Conway.
Rolex 24: Hours 18 Standings - Action Express still in control - Update UPDATE
Could there be a problem for the No. 5 Cadillac?
LAT for IMSA
And literally just as I posted the Hour 18 standings, the first-place No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac made a very brief trip to the garage area. The team apparently has been losing water throughout the evening, and came to the garage under caution to check something. The car then went back to the pit area, where it topped off on fuel, before heading back to the track. The No. 5 remains in the lead with the sister No. 31 Action Express Cadillac back on the lead lap.
We will obviously monitor this situation, as what was looking to be something of a processional race has obviously had a degree of drama injected into it.
Rolex 24: Hour 17 Standings - Action Express still 1-2
Last year's winner, the #10 Cadillac has just retired from the race.
LAT for IMSA
With 7 hours to go in the Rolex 24 the Action Express Cadillacs still run 1-2 but the #5 now has a 2 lap lead over the #31. The #31 had contact with the #7 Penske Acura driven by Helio Castroneves earlier and the car has not been as fast since.
The #23 United Autosport Ligier runs 3rd five laps behind. The sister #32 Ligier runs 18th some 26 laps behind after Fernando Alonso ran the car into the ground trying to catch the Cadillacs. Orecas run 4-5-6-7-8-9 with no chance to win unless the top-3 run into issues.
Rolex 24: Hour 16 Standings - Cadillac 1-2 at 2/3rd mark
The #5 Cadillac holds a 1-lap lead in the Rolex 24
LAT for IMSA
The No. 7 Acura ARX-05 with Helio Castroneves at the wheel has gone behind the wall to repair damage from contact with the No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R with eight hours of the Rolex 24 at Daytona left to run.
Helio Castroneves was driving the No. 7 Acura at the time of the incident, battling with Felipe Nasr for second place and the car has left-side tub, bodywork and radiator damage.
With sunrise less than 1-hour away Felipe Albuquerque is holding a 15-second lead in the #5 Cadillac over the #7 Penske Acura with Helio Castroneves at the wheel. The #31 Cadillac of Eric Curran runs third but they have fallen a lap behind. Bruno Senna (#23 Ligier) and Daniel Juncadella (#37 Oreca) round out the top-5 but too far back to win now.
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