The Upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona is the inaugural event of the Tudor UnitedSportsCar Championship (TUSCC). A championship formed as a result of the American Le Mans Series and Grand Am Rolex Series merger at the end of 2013.
Four Audi Sport customer racing teams are due to compete in the upcoming during the race on January 25 2014 from customer teams Flying Lizard Motorsports, GMG Racing, Fall-Line Motorsports and Paul Miller Racing.
The Audi R8 GT Daytona (GTD) entrant is based on the R8 LMS GT3 with some modifications due to GTD homologation for use within the Tudor United SportsCar Championship including no traction control and the GTD standard rear wing.
The class will feature rival manufacturer competition including Ferrari, Porsche, SRT (Viper), Aston Martin and BMW.
Audi dominated the GT class at last years Rolex24 with a 1-2 for Audi Customer Racing entrants – Alex Job Racing and APR Motorsports using the previous Audi R8 Grand-Am.
Audi have also additionally confirmed its customer teams driver lineup for the upcoming Rolex 24.
GMG Racing – Audi R8 LMS
#32 Marc Basseng / Frank Stippler / James Sofronas / Alex Welch
Flying Lizard Motorsports – Audi R8 LMS
#35 Filipe Albuquerque / Seth Neimann / Alessandro Latif / Dion von Moltke
#45 Nelson Canache Jr. / Tim Pappas / Spencer Pumpelly / Markus Winkelhock
Fall-Line Motorsports – Audi R8 LMS #46
Charles Espenlaub / Oliver Jarvis / Charlie Putman / James Walker
Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS #48
Matt Bell / Christopher Haase / Bryce Miller / René Rast
The Audi R8 LMS GTD will be in action at this coming weekend with the ‘Roar Before the Rolex 24’ test with all five-customer entrants scheduled to take part.
For those a little unfamiliar with the Tudor United SportsCar Championship (TUSCC) in the USA, The class structure is as follows
Prototype – Daytona Prototypes / LMP2 / Deltawing
Prototype Challenge – Oreca FLM09’s that previously ran in the American Le mans pre-merger
GTLM – GT technical regulations with some minor modifications to those previously run in the American Le mans series based on regulations set out by the ACO for the Le mans 24 and other ACO championships
Grand Am Daytona – Cars with similar technical regulations to those run in the former Grand-Am Rolex series in the GT class additionally effectively including entrants from the ALMS GTC and Rolex GT class.