The crew of the TRG-AMR team adds fuel to and changes tires on the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (007) during a pit stop in the IMSA 24-hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
The traditional start to the American racing season has arrived with 54 cars across four classes set to battle for 24 hours to claim victory in one of the world’s great endurance races. Welcome to Rennsport’s live blog of the big event, covering every minute from start to finish.
You there! What are you doing this weekend? The answer had better be “watching the ENTIRE Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona without sleeping, duh” or else we can’t be friends anymore. And with this handy guide from our friend Andy Blackmore, now you know who to look for.
The Roar Before the 24 is an important event in American endurance racing. It’s the first opportunity to test new cars for the the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. IMSA uses data from the event to equalize the cars, which only really works if teams run to their full potential. Of course they didn’t.
If you’ve ever wondered where some of the spectacular motion shots of race cars on track come from, chances are, it’s from a photographer hanging out the back of an open van. Sound nuts? Looks nuts. A simple yet meaty harness is the only thing keeping the photographer out of the car’s grille behind him.
Both NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway officials wasted no time on analyzing every aspect of the horrifying last lap crash at the end of the Coke Zero 400. The question of the moment is, what can we do to make this entire experience safer for fans and drivers alike?
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won last night’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, but most coverage of the race today has rightly focused on the devastating wreck that pulverized the #3 Chevy, yet miraculously left driver Austin Dillon unharmed. Here’s uncensored audio of Dale Jr.’s raw reaction to seeing the wreck in his rearview mirror…
Four spectators were treated for injuries as a result of the massive wreck at the end of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400, with one fan transported to a local hospital in stable condition. Austin Dillon’s car became airborne in the pile-up, smashing through the part of the catch fence that separates fans from the…
Formula One may be throwing sparks with its titanium skid plates this year, but let’s not think that the pinnacle of stock car racing doesn’t have its own car-mounted fireworks display. When the second “big one” hit at Daytona, Kyle Larson and Carl Edwards put on a spectacular show as they scraped the track.
Do you hate restrictor plate track NASCAR pack racing with a vengeance? Are you That Guy? Like, are you really, really especially That Guyish now that it’s sort of late at night and NASCAR is just starting the Coke Zero 400? Congratulations, they just had a “big one” on Lap 4.
A “big one” during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400 collected a ton of cars, including the one driven by Carl Edwards. So, what does he do? He hops in and starts helping his crew wrench on the car, duh.
Even NASCAR semi-admitted that its qualifying format for the Daytona 500 this year was a mess, saying that the sanctioning body was "open to discussions" on how to improve it. Personally, I think Clint Bowyer said it best. Anyway, they just changed their superspeedway qualifying format, hopefully for the better.
Kyle Busch found one of the remaining hard barriers on a NASCAR track that isn't covered by an impact absorbing SAFER barrier during today's Xfinity Series race at Daytona. Busch hit the concrete wall inside Turn 1, suffering a right lower leg compound fracture and left mid-foot fracture from the impact.
The DeltaWing's race ended in disappointment today after qualifying fifth for the start. Transmission issues after only an hour and 23 minutes halted the car, forcing it to be towed behind the wall.
Wait, why is a 700 horsepower, 241 mph prototype so... easy?
NASCAR has recently announced its new rule package for 2015, which - among many - includes rain tires and all sorts of accessories to be deployed in case of wet conditions at road courses. Sounds great on the surface, but the ultimate question is: why?
Daytona International Speedway is undergoing its first major renovation in 55 years. Its first ever, really. On a recent visit, we found out just how far 40 million tons of steel, miles of fiber, and an eye towards the future will take an aging behemoth—one that can swallow 14 football stadiums whole.
There were cars at Daytona International Speedway—cars that Editor Zach Bowman and the 330k-mile Miata he drove over from Utah shared the banking with—that use more horsepower to turn their superchargers than our eyesore made new. Like an AMX that looked like it might run on boiled-down Miatas.
Every year, some company with more ambition than experience puts out a press release and a rendering and a litany of promises about revolutionary, all-electric performance. Then silence. It's the cult of ego and vaporware. Renovo is not a member, and it's out to prove it with an electric Shelby Daytona with 1,000…