In honor of the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship’s return to the track after over a month off, now is as good of a time as ever for some Rolex 24 Hours appreciation. The series met a downpour at Sebring International Raceway this weekend, but let’s reminisce in the times of better weather and longer racing.
IMSA announced today that BAR1 Motorsports' #16 car, a hilariously liveried "SpongeBob SquarePants" Prototype Challenge entry, failed to meet the minimum drive time required for one of their amateurs at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. IMSA isn't cutting them a break on it, either.
Turns out, the Wayne Taylor Racing team actually did go over the maximum time allowed for team member Jordan Taylor to drive in the last hours of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. IMSA announced today that they will move WTR to last place in the Prototype class results for the violation.
Oh, you got to sleep in a nice warm bed during the Rolex 24? That's nice. When did your car break? In overnight endurance races, if your team isn't awkwardly passing out in the paddock, there's a good chance that you've already lost. Here's our mega-gallery of folks who couldn't make it back to an RV.
I was having a wonderful time shooting pictures of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, perched on the side of the berm beside the International Horseshoe for the fireworks show. That is, until I hit my eyeball with my camera. Contact popped out. Lots of pain. Oh, cool, I only have the use of one eye.
Getting a yellow flag right when you need it and charging back from behind is the ultimate moment for a driver, and that's maybe what would have happened at Daytona this weekend if a simple miscalculation hadn't forced a leading team out of contention for the overall win in the last twenty minutes of the 24-hour race.
What did you miss early this morning? Sportscar365 featured this handy recap, just in case you also finally passed right out after watching fourteen hours straight of racing. Enjoy.
Several racing drivers at the Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend, such as Magnus Racing's Andy Lally, care deeply about animal welfare. Of course, Andy's the one who hits a possum with his team's #44 Porsche 911 GT America. [Fair warning: race car roadkill below.]
While part of me is a little disappointed that folks are just going back to their RVs to nap like normal, boring human beings instead of passing out at random spots in the paddock, I can't be disappointed in these pajamas. Are your pajamas this cool? The motorsports nap game just got pwn'd.
Oh, bless your 458-racing hearts. Is it just me, or is it all too often a Ferrari's fault when things go wrong? They're the Camry of the motorsports world like that. I spotted a Ferrari 458 getting flat-towed while I was waiting for the fireworks to start with damage that looks like it hurt. Here's how that happened.
Driver Mike Hedlund captured a rare close-up of a race car's engine after it done blow'd up. This is Starworks' unlucky number 8 car in the Prototype Challenge, a gorgeous Martini-sponsored Oreca FLM09.
I seem to recall posting something about how amusingly aggressive the CORE Autosport/Porsche works team's 911 RSR drivers were at this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona. Well, they just took each other out.
Hey, guys, do you like watching motor racing? On TV? When the schedule says there's going to be motor racing? Too bad, there's college basketball or something else to show. Hey, this sounds familiar.
Bill Auberlen, driver of the #25 BMW Z4 GTE, let the nice folks on television know exactly what he thinks of #911 Porsche 911 RSR driver Nick Tandy. Tandy collided with Auberlen early in today's race, forcing the BMW to fall behind in order to make repairs to the car.
This weekend is the legen— wait for it—dary Rolex 24 at Daytona, and I'll be there covering it for Jalopnik. Fifty-three entries will be battling for wins in four classes, with 196 drivers from 27 different countries—and that's just in the feature United SportsCar race.
Drivers who don't currently have a ride for the Rolex 24 at Daytona often hang around the paddock looking for open seats. There's a decent chance of this being successful, too, given the fact that drivers are totally human and get sick, come up short on funding, have family emergencies to tend to, and the like.
Marshall Pruett's selection of his own favorite images from the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona and the events building up to it.
Controversial (ex) GTD winner... (Paul Webb/LAT)