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2014 Rolex 24 + Preseason Testing

Post by Alpineopossum on Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:01 am

The 2014 "Roar Before the 24" is underway and there's been a lot of major news stories coming from the test.

Prototype Entry List
0 - Meyrick/Legge/Rossi - DeltaWing - DeltaWing
1 - Daizel/Sharp/Brabham - Extreme Speed Motorsports - Honda ARX 03b
2 - Brown/van Overbeek/Pagenaud/Lazzaro - Extreme Speed Motorsports - Honda ARX 03b
5 - Barbosa/Fittapaldi/Bourdais - Action Express Racing - Corvette DP
6 - Graf/Luhr/Brundle/Dyer - Muscle Milk Pickett Racing - Oreca 03
9 - Giroux/Johansson/Burt Frisselle/Brian Frisselle/Martin - Action Express Racing/Delta ADR - ???
01 - Pruett/Rojas/Karam/McMurry - Chip Ganassi Racing - Ford Riley
02 - Kanaan/M. Franchitti/Larson/Dixon - Chip Ganassi Racing - Ford Riley
07 - Nunez/J. Miller/Vaultier - SpeedSource - Mazda Skyactiv-D SDR14
10 - R. Taylor/J. Taylor/Angelelli/W. Taylor - Wayne Taylor Racing - Corvette DP
31 - Curran/Said/Papis/Smith - Marsh Racing - Corvette DP
42 - Pla/Rusinov/Yacaman - Oak Racing - Morgan Nissan
50 - ??? - Highway to Help - BMW Riley
60 - Negri/Pew/Wilson/Allmendinger - Michael Shank Racing - Ford Riley
70 - Tremblay/Long - SpeedSource - Mazda Skyactiv-D SDR 14
90 - Valiante/Westbrook/Rockenfeller - Spirit of Daytona - Corvette DP
99 - Fogarty/Gurney/Gidley/Law - Bob Stallings Racing - Corvette DP


For GT Le Mans the Entry List is:
3 - Garcia/Magnussen/Briscoe - Corvette Racing - Corvette C7-R
4 - Gavin/Milner/Liddell - Corvette Racing - Corvette C7-R
55 - Prialux/Auberlan/Hand/Maxime Martin - BMW Rahal Letterman Racing - BMW Z4
56 - Muller/Edwards/Werner/Rahal - BMW Rahal Letterman Racing - BMW Z4
57 - Krohn/Jonsson/Bertolini/Dumbreck - Krohn Racing - Ferrari 458 Italia
62 - ??? - Risi Competizone - Ferrari 458 Italia
91 - Farnbacher/Goossens/Hunter Reay - SRT Motorsports - SRT Viper GTS-R
93 - Wittmer/Bomarito/Bell - SRT Motorsports - SRT Viper GTS-R
97 - Turner/Mucke/Lamy/Stanaway/Dalla Lana - Aston Martin Racing - Aston Martin V8 Vantage
911 - Lietz/Tandy/Pilet - Porsche North America/Core Autosport - Porsche 911 RSR
912 - Christenson/Long/Bergmeister - Porsche North America/Core Autosport - Porsche 911 RSR

Falkan is skipping Daytona.

I don't have time to type out the other entry lists but they are available here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_United_SportsCar_Championship_season

Notable entrants from GTD
- The TRG Astons finally appear.
- Flying Lizard is running Audis now, as is Paul Miller Racing
- Shane van Gisbergen is driving for Alex Job Racing, who has returned to Porsche
- There's a pseudo-factory Viper with Jeroen Bleekemolen, Ben Keating, Sebastian Bleekemolen, and Emmanuel Collard.
- Pierregiuseppe Perrazini is in the race with Gianluca Roda (I misread that at first) as his co-driver.
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Re: 2014 Rolex 24 + Preseason Testing

Post by BWard on Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:08 am

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/112104

IndyCar driver Graham Rahal will race a BMW for his father's team in the Rolex 24.
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Re: 2014 Rolex 24 + Preseason Testing

Post by Alta on Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:17 pm

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Re: 2014 Rolex 24 + Preseason Testing

Post by navycook75 on Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:31 am

Gabe Newell (yes THE Gabe Newell) is backing Team Seattle (aka The Heart of Racing) for the 2014 season. 

http://www.geekwire.com/2014/gabe-newell-reddit/

Another reason for me to like Gabe Newell.
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Re: 2014 Rolex 24 + Preseason Testing

Post by Alpineopossum on Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:53 pm

Entry List Notes
Drivers From Other Series:
- Sebastien Bourdais for Action Express Racing
- Alexander Rossi in the DeltaQWing
- Jamie McMurry, Sage Karam, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, and Kyle Larson are getting runs for Ganassi
- Mike Shank Racing has AJ Allmendinger and Justin Wilson
- Simon Pagenaud is in the Extreme Speed (Patron) Car #2.
- SpeedSource has James Hinchcliffe and Tristan Vaultier
- Rob Huff (from WTCC) is driving the 8Star Motorsports car in LMPC.
- Graham Rahal is driving one of the factory BMWs
- Ryan Briscoe is driving for Corvette Racing
- Ryan Hunter Reay is driving a factory Viper.
- DTM driver Augusto Farfus is driving the Turner Motorsports BMW
- Shane van Gisbergen is driving for Alex Job (and he might do more than just Daytona)

Other Notes
- Paul Dalla Lana is listed in both the #97 Aston Martin and the Turner Motorsports BMW. Huh?
- Wayne Taylor is coming back from retirement to join his sons and Max Angelelli
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Re: 2014 Rolex 24 + Preseason Testing

Post by bsoyuz on Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:59 pm

Alpineopossum wrote:Entry List Notes
Drivers From Other Series:
- DTM driver Augusto Farfus is driving the Turner Motorsports BMW

YES  . I didn't know that Turner would run with SportsCars

EDIT: There'll be a full Brazilian team in the Daytona 24hrs:

Scuderia Corsa: The team will race with the following drivers:

Francisco Longo: He's the official representative of Ferrari and Maserati here on Brazil.
Xande Negrão: Drives on StockCar Brasil. Races part-time on FIA GT1
Marcos Gomes: Also StockCar Driver, is the son of the first champion of the series.
Daniel Serra: Another StockCar driver. Runner-up in the 2013 season. Also races part-time on FIA GT1
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Re: 2014 Rolex 24 + Preseason Testing

Post by Milan655 on Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:14 pm

Fisi will move from AF Corse in the WEC to Risi in the USCC too, after having been bumped to the second AF Corse car in the Bahrain 6 Hours last year losing him the title to his original co-driver Gimmi Bruni.
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Re: 2014 Rolex 24 + Preseason Testing

Post by Spannerhead29 (Nelson) on Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:35 pm

Alpineopossum wrote:- Shane van Gisbergen is driving for Alex Job (and he might do more than just Daytona)i
He's doing the Bathurst 12 Hour.
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Re: 2014 Rolex 24 + Preseason Testing

Post by flyingturns89 on Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:31 pm

I don't know why this is a thing, but IMSA has just announced a driver rankings list which will determine what cars a driver can and cannot compete in. This uses a system based off of a drivers experience and is used by the FIA. Here's a basic rundown of the system.

Spoiler:
- All drivers will be given a rating at the start of the season based off of their experience. The rankings are, in order from highest to lowest, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

- Platinum is assigned to a professional driver under the age of 55 who has had success in the highest levels of racing. This includes F1, Grand-Am, ALMS, NASCAR, IndyCar, CART, and other regional racing series.

- Gold is assigned to anyone that meets Platinum criteria, but is between the ages of 55 and 59. It also works for any driver who has had success in a lower tier series in one of the above racing divisions.

- Silver is assigned to anyone that meets Platinum criteria, but is 60 years of age or older. Silver also applies to amateurs who have had success in minor league series.

- Bronze is assigned to amateurs, along with anyone who was assigned their first racing license over the age of 30.

- Driver rating will have no effect of the Prototype (P) or the GT Le Mans (GTLM) classes.

- Driver rating will determine who can and cannot be a teammate for the Prototype Challenge (PC) and the GT Daytona (GTD) classes.

- During normal races this year, only one Platinum or Gold driver will be allowed in each PC and GTD entry. However, a combination of two drivers will be allowed in 24 hour events.

In addition, new rules have been announced regarding all races this year.

- Every car must have at least two, but no more than three drivers during normal races in the year. The only exceptions are 12 hour races, which will allow up to four drivers, and 24 hour races, which will allow up to five.

- Minimum and maximum times in the car will be determined by number of drivers in the car, along with driver rankings. For the average team, minimum time will take up about 30% of a race.
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