Daytona Rolex 24 2016
January 29, 2016 by staff
Daytona Rolex 24 2016, • The following was distributed by Continental Tire: Continental Mandates Air Pressure Change for GTD: Both IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practices were rain soaked Friday, requiring teams to move to the Continental wet tire. Following several issues in the GTD class, and due to the increased loads of the GTD platform in 2016, Continental has mandated that all GTD teams up their minimum pressure to 26 psi cold, for wet tires at Daytona.
There were no problems reported at the Roar test in early January while on Continental’s ExtremeContact Dry Race tire. Also of note, this is the same wet tire used in the GTD class since Continental’s entry into IMSA and there have been no issues reported.
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• IndyCar and sports car driver James Davison has been added to the No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage lineup. Davison drove for the team through the first portion of 2015 before exiting the program, and said team owner Kevin Buckler brought him in to add another layer of speed to support Antonio Perez and the other drivers in the car. Davison set numerous poles in the car as the Pro in a Pro-Am lineup, and it’s believed his return could be a foreshadowing of a pairing with Perez, provided Perez’s backers fund a full season program after Daytona.
• Stevenson Motorsports driver Dion von Moltke is in the team’s No. 9 Audi R8 GT3 LMS for Daytona, Sebring, and possibly Petit Le Mans, but continues to search for more opportunities between IMSA’s biggest events. “I want to be here full-time, but there aren’t many seats at the moment, so I’m looking at GRC.” Growing popularity for the Global Rallycross series would certainly boost DvM’s profile, whose career has been defined by sports cars.
• P2 and PC constructor ORECA is expanding its horizons by entering the driving gear market. A line of race suits and the rest of the necessary safety apparel is expected to be launched in America in the coming months.
• The crash by Spencer Pumpelly in the No. 16 Change Racing during FP1 will force the Lamborghini Huracan to miss the 30-minute FP2 as repairs are completed. The team reported some form of brake issue as the possible cause of Pumpelly’s crash, which took place on an out lap.
• Heavy rain is expected for qualifying, which starts at 4 p.m. ET.
• As noted in RACER’s FP2 session report, Continental Tire is looking into the cause of the multiple tire failures that took place in a short span during the 30-minute session. A blown right-rear on the No. 007 TRG-AMR car halted the session due to debris on the front straight, and the team was looking into the extent of the damage with qualifying on the horizon.
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