Follow along with the Rolex 24 2017.

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The 55th running of the Rolex 24 from Daytona International Speedway is only a couple of hours away – This is how you can follow along at home. 

Coverage

In the USA, the race is live on the FOX Sports family of channels. The opening hours are on the main FOX network. Alternatively FSGO has lights to flag coverage with FS1 authentication according to IMSA’s website. Coverage is set to start at 2PM ET on FOX.

TV coverage elsewhere – IMSA.com live streaming, MotorsTV also have coverage in the UK. IMSA Radio audio accessible everywhere. Also please do check out IMSA’s app. 

FBC Podcasts regarding the Daytona 24 Hours (Rolex24)

Todd, Paul and Ian James did a fantastic FBC Downshift episode on the Rolex24 available here 

Also Doug, John and myself spoke about the Indycar drivers competing this weekend at the Rolex24 in the latest FBC Indi podcast available here 

Recap of the class structure for 2017

The ‘P’ prototype remains the premier class in the IMSA Weathertech sportscar championship. This year the class is made up of Daytona Prototype International (DPI) entrants and the LMP2 2017 cars. Basically the difference between them is the DPI cars from Cadillac (Based on the LMP2 2017 Dallara) Mazda (Based on the LMP2 2017 Riley-Multimatic) and ESM Nissan (Based on the LMP2 2017 Ligier)  have manufacturer specific bodywork affixed to one of the four LMP2 2017 chosen chassis constructors. Currently no OEM has developed a DPI package for the Oreca 07, although the base LMP2 2017 Oreca’s are represented on the grid.

The other difference is that the DPI cars have engines developed by their individual manufacturers, whereas the LMP2 2017 cars all run a spec Gibson 4.2l V8 unit. All of the cars in the class are performance balanced. 

PC is the FLM09 spec cars, which are expected to be retired at the end of the current season. The GT LM cars share technical regulations with the GTE PRO class in WEC and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, so those should be familiar to anyone who follows Le Mans. The GTD class features GT3 specification cars, with some technical specifications for IMSA competition. These are the type of cars you would see racing at the Spa 24 Hours, and other GT3 events around the world.

Event resources

Starting order
Entry list 

 

I’ll be here throughout the race, so if anyone has any questions or wants to discuss the race, post your comment below and I’ll try to answer it.

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Rapierman
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Rapierman

So, who are the favorites this year (overall and per class)?

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

That’s a million dollar question for the overall win… Reliability is likely to be a huge factor as all of those cars are effectively brand new in the ‘P’ class. Some of them have less test miles than others but none have completed a 24 Hour race yet. The Cadillac DPI’s of Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express appear the strongest but there’s opposition from Rebellion and the Oreca and really anyone could win the overall class, as we just don’t know how well the cars will last. PC, I reckon Starworks will take it. The GTLM class, Ford look… Read more »

Johnpierre Rivera
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hey Tom

thanks for the reminder…. ;-)

Tim C.
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Tim C.

The Rolex 24 . . . what a way to kick off a new season of racing!

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

Indeed, not to mention that next weekend, there’s 12 Hours of GT cars on Mount Panorama down under. I do love this off season lark ;-)

The Weight Transfer
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The Weight Transfer

What happened to the 70 Mazda, missed the first half of the race

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

Everything heh, here’s the list

Jeff Gordon ran into it, didn’t damage Gordon’s car but light/medium contact to the Mazda. Then the rear brake lights failed and they had to replace the whole rear panel, the clutch broke and finally the gearbox is broken.

New Mazda is pretty but still unreliable.

The Weight Transfer
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The Weight Transfer

Oh dear.

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

The other one became a toasty mess.

The Weight Transfer
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The Weight Transfer

The Visit Florida #90 is lookin racey

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

Slowly being creeping up then the issues for the #31 and the #22 have assisted. It’s also got Rast behind the wheel who is brilliant in these conditions.

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

The Cadillac DPI’s are hugely successful though, BOP complaints to come!

The Weight Transfer
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The Weight Transfer

At this rate the BoP will be they have to run a 2013 spec Corvette DP.

The Weight Transfer
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The Weight Transfer

The 70 is back, all the prototypes are up and running.

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

So I blame the rain and prolonged safety car for this, but admittedly I fell asleep for 30 minutes. Dave (MIE) will never let me forget! ;-)

The Weight Transfer
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The Weight Transfer

I wonder what the guys in the PC cars are thinking right now.

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

Probably I wish we had a roof, followed by lots of words i can’t type.

The Weight Transfer
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The Weight Transfer

They had to let us run one more year.

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

Why couldn’t we have LMP3 already!

The Weight Transfer
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The Weight Transfer

Would a fiberglass boat pass tech?

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

It’s as legal as the deltawing was ;-)

MIE
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It’s a sign of getting old Tom…. :-)

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

Good morning :-)

Rapierman
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Rapierman

….and Angelelli (sp?) retires. I hear he had a great carreer.

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

Yes he announced his retirement last week. Max the Axe has had a great career.

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So how exactly was Porsche allowed to compete in the series with a mid-engine 911 knowing that there’s no such thing to be found at my Porsche dealership?

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

Well that was a bit controversial. Watching the replay back several times, I don’t know where Taylor was meant to go, except for into Alberquerque. That’s my view though, what’s yours?

The Weight Transfer
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The Weight Transfer

Hmmm, he wasn’t as far up beside him as the #66 Ford was on the #62 Ferrari earlier.
I lean towards he should have yielded the spot, but I prefer them doing nothing rather than accessing a time penalty post race.comment image

Tim C.
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Tim C.

I would venture to say that earlier in the race Taylor wouldn’t have attempted such a move. But with the end of the race closing in, he saw a door open, went for it, and the door closed before he could complete the pass. Alberquerque would have probably done the same thing if the roles were reversed. We are talking about one of the biggest prizes in motorsports. I’m just pleased that he tried a racing move instead of just hitting him in the rear and just dumping him on purpose. Great race . . . can’t wait for Sebring… Read more »

Daniel Johnson
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Daniel Johnson

A couple of things. The line through 1 is a double apex so saying the the 5 blew the corner isn’t really correct. My thoughts on the 5 are two fold. 1. Alberquerque was losing time under braking for the laps leading up to that incident. Taylor was closing a lot in turn 1. Knowing where he was closing means that Alberquerque should have been leaving less than a car width at the widest point between the apex thereby preventing a pass there. 2. Once Taylor was on the inside (I blame the spotter here) he shouldn’t have turned back… Read more »