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IMSA hails “sensational” Rolex 24, NBC reveals record viewership

IMSA president John Doonan has written to thank WeatherTech SportsCar Championship stakeholders after NBC announced vastly improved viewing figures for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

Garcia on emotional Rolex 24 win after bereavements and COVID

Rolex 24 winner Antonio Garcia was left crying from “emotion and rage” after missing the celebrations due to a positive COVID-19 test, soon after the deaths of his grandfather and former mentor Adrian Campos.

Mercedes started Rolex 24 “average” but became “fantastic”

HTP Winward Racing and Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing were left stunned by their GT Daytona-class triumph in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Era revels in victory on first anniversary of Rolex 24 debut Daytona 24
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Era revels in victory on first anniversary of Rolex 24 debut

Sportscar veteran Ryan Dalziel says he knew there was “something special” about Era Motorsport even before the team won LMP2 in only its second Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, last Sunday.

Bamber: Hardpoint EBM showed "great promise" on debut

Team Hardpoint EBM showed "great promise" on its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, says team co-owner and ex-Porsche factory driver Earl Bamber.

WTR 'had to prove' it could win Rolex 24 without GM

Wayne Taylor says winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona with his eponymous team was important to show it could succeed without long-time partner GM, admitting he was "getting bored" of his previous alliance.

MSR Acura felt "off" during Rolex 24, says Montoya Daytona 24
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MSR Acura felt "off" during Rolex 24, says Montoya

Meyer Shank Racing's Acura ARX-05 felt "off" from the start of last weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona, according to Juan Pablo Montoya.

BMW can be "proud" of third against Corvette - Wittmann

BMW can be "proud" of its third-place finish in the GT Le Mans class of the Rolex 24 at Daytona against Corvette, says DTM star Marco Wittmann.

Mazda lost Rolex 24 victory shot with rear wing issue Daytona 24
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Mazda lost Rolex 24 victory shot with rear wing issue

Mazda lost a shot at victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona with a rear wing issue that robbed its solo entry of downforce in the closing stages. 

Risi Ferrari's lack of Rolex 24 pace "hard to take" Daytona 24
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Risi Ferrari's lack of Rolex 24 pace "hard to take"

The Risi Competizione Ferrari's “large disadvantage” in pace compared to its rivals in the GT Le Mans class of the Rolex 24 at Daytona was "hard to take", says James Calado.

Taylor “super upset” by Garcia missing Corvette celebration

Jordan Taylor says GT Le Mans class victory in the Rolex 24 Hours was made bittersweet by his Corvette Racing teammate Antonio Garcia having to depart the track after testing positive for Covid-19.

Van der Zande on agonizing defeat: “We didn’t deserve this” Daytona 24
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Van der Zande on agonizing defeat: “We didn’t deserve this”

Renger van der Zande says Chip Ganassi Racing deserved a far better reward than fifth place in the Rolex 24 Hours, after a puncture in the closing minutes dropped the Cadillac DPi-V.R out of winning contention.

Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson plan to make Rolex 24 returns Daytona 24
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Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson plan to make Rolex 24 returns

Reigning NASCAR Cup series champion Chase Elliott and seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson have both aired their hopes to return to the Rolex 24 at Daytona in future, following their participation in this weekend’s event.

Albuquerque drove “race of my life” in late-race Rolex 24 duel Daytona 24
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Albuquerque drove “race of my life” in late-race Rolex 24 duel

Wayne Taylor Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque says he had to drive the “race of my life” to keep ahead of Renger van der Zande in the closing stages of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, until the Dutchman was forced to pit with a puncture.

Rolex 24 GTLM winner Garcia tests positive for COVID-19

One of Corvette Racing’s Rolex 24 GT Le Mans winners Antonio Garcia has tested positive for Covid-19, which forced him to miss the most of the race.

Rolex 24: Wayne Taylor Acura wins, heartbreak for Ganassi Daytona 24
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Rolex 24: Wayne Taylor Acura wins, heartbreak for Ganassi

Filipe Albuquerque, Ricky Taylor, Alexander Rossi and Helio Castroneves delivered Wayne Taylor Racing a fourth Rolex 24 at Daytona win in five years, after the pursuing Ganassi Cadillac blew a tire with seven minutes to go.

Rolex 24, H21: WTR Acura leads, Dixon charging for Ganassi

Filipe Albuquerque is holding a 12sec lead for Wayne Taylor Racing with three hours to go, but Scott Dixon is charging the Ganassi Cadillac back into contention as he recovers from a penalty.

Whelen Cadillac knocked out of R24 contention by gearbox failure

The pole-winning Whelen Engineering Action Express Racing Cadillac has been knocked out of contention from the Rolex 24 at Daytona lead fight after suffering a failure in its gearbox.

Van der Zande on R24: “There’s some crazy stuff going on”

Defending Rolex 24 Hours champion Renger van der Zande says there’s some “crazy stuff” happening on track as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s season opener at Daytona goes into its closing stages.

Rolex 24, H18: WTR Acura leads with six hours to go

The Wayne Taylor Racing Acura led the Rolex 24 at Daytona with six hours to go, as Alexander Rossi held a small lead over Kevin Magnussen's Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac at the 18-hour mark.

Rolex 24, H15: Chip Ganassi Cadillac back in front

The Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac led the Rolex 24 at Daytona with nine hours to go, taking advantage of a caution period to take the lead away from the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura.

Rolex 24, H12: WTR Acura holds narrow lead at halfway

The Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 held a narrow advantage at the halfway point of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, with Filipe Albuquerque just clear of Mike Rockenfeller's Action Express Racing Cadillac.

Rolex 24, H9: Jimmie Johnson leads but under pressure Daytona 24
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Rolex 24, H9: Jimmie Johnson leads but under pressure

Jimmie Johnson’s Ally Action Express Racing Cadillac is leading the Rolex 24 at Daytona after nine hours, but is under intense pressure from the Chip Ganassi Racing machine of Renger van der Zande.

Rolex 24, H6: Bourdais leads Dixon at quarter-distance

Sebastien Bourdais in the JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac heads IndyCar rival Scott Dixon in the Chip Ganassi Racing Caddy after six hours of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, while Corvette continues to dominate GT Le Mans.

Chase Elliott beats himself up over “terrible” first Rolex 24 stint Daytona 24
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Chase Elliott beats himself up over “terrible” first Rolex 24 stint

Reigning NASCAR Cup champion and Rolex 24 at Daytona debutant Chase Elliott says his first race stint in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar series opener was “terrible” and fears that he damaged his car by hitting a curb.

Rolex 24, H3: JDC-Miller Cadillac leads, Corvette heads GTLM

Tristan Vautier in the JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac is leading the 59th Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona after three hours, while the Corvette C8.Rs are running 1-2 in GT Le Mans.

Spengler denies blame for “weird” Rolex 24 startline shunt Daytona 24
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Spengler denies blame for “weird” Rolex 24 startline shunt

BMW’s Bruno Spengler has refuted the blame for the bizarre GT Le Mans crash before the startline of the 2021 Rolex 24 at Daytona that forced the majority of the GT field to make a panicked avoidance.

Rolex 24: Nasr leads at start, trouble strikes key runners Daytona 24
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Rolex 24: Nasr leads at start, trouble strikes key runners

Polesitter Felipe Nasr took his Action Express Racing Cadillac into the lead at the start of the race, but there was trouble for both the Mazda Prototype and the sole GT Le Mans-class Porsche.

Packed Rolex 24 grid gives race "a survival feel" - Cameron

Former IMSA SportsCar Championship title winner Dane Cameron is predicting this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona season opener will be a "wild one". 

Rolex 24: Duval leads Magnussen in final Rolex 24 practice

Loic Duval’s JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac edged to the top of the times by 0.012sec ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Chip Ganassi Racing in the final practice for the Rolex 24 Hours.

Nine things to watch at the 2021 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona Daytona 24 Prime
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Nine things to watch at the 2021 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona

After a 100-minute sprint race to whet the appetite, the 2021 IMSA SportsCar Championship gets underway properly this weekend. With plenty of significant changes during the winter, here are the key points you need to keep an eye on

Tincknell: Off-season stability may be key to Mazda win

Mazda driver Harry Tincknell believes that the Japanese marque is "in a strong place" in its bid for a first win in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend.

Rolex 24: Ganassi Cadillac leads night practice at Daytona

Chip Ganassi Racing's Renger van der Zande set a startling lap time to head the field by 0.313sec at the end of a 105-minute third practice session for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Rolex 24: Allmendinger leads FP2 in Meyer Shank Acura

A.J. Allmendinger proved he hasn’t lost his sportscar chops, topping second practice for the Rolex 24 at Daytona by more than a quarter second in the Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05.

Rolex 24: Ganassi Cadillac leads very close first practice

Renger van der Zande’s Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac went fastest in opening practice for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, but the top four cars were covered by less than 0.2sec.

Heylen says Wright Porsche is a Rolex 24 victory contender

Wright Motorsports’ Porsche can fight for IMSA GT Daytona-class honors in the Rolex 24 Hours, according to the team’s Michelin Endurance Cup ace, Jan Heylen.

COVID knocks Jaminet out of RWR Eurasia’s Rolex 24 lineup

Mathieu Jaminet will be replaced by Sven Muller in this weekend’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona after the Frenchman tested positive for COVID-19.

Jimmie Johnson has “made a big step” says co-driver Kobayashi

Kamui Kobayashi says seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson is getting on the pace in the IMSA Prototype class and expects further progress next week.

IMSA Roar: Action Express Cadillac wins qualifying race

Overcoming a grid penalty, Action Express Racing's Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani landed pole for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, beating Mazda by 3.66sec in the wet-dry 100-minute qualifying race.

Rolex 24: Chase Elliott explains challenge of Prototype switch

NASCAR Cup champion Chase Elliott says that adapting to an IMSA Prototype’s rolling speed through turns was the trickiest part of his simulator preparation for the Rolex 24 Hours.

Era to run Rolex 24 livery designed by six-year-old

The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona will see Era Motorsport’s Oreca-Gibson running a livery inspired by six-year-old contest winner Owen.