Action Express Corvette posts quickest time to open 3-day test session
By: Steven Cole Smith on January 3, 2014
Rick Dole – Corvette Racing’;s C7.R led the GT Le Mans class velocity chart in the first of 2 practice sessions at Daytona on Friday.
Florida will not get a lot sympathy from the rest of the country for obtaining temperatures that struggle to attain the high 40s, but for the sports automobile teams at the “Roar Just before the Rolex 24” at Daytona Worldwide Speedway on Friday, it seemed frigid.
As the initial near-total gathering of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship series because Grand-Am and the American Le Mans Series mixed, considerably of the day was invested finding a baseline for the 4 classes of automobiles, and — according to several of the drivers — acquiring utilised to the truth that there are 4 lessons of autos that will be competing in the Rolex 24 on January 25 and 26.
The quickest lap of the day — one minute, 38.630 seconds — was turned by the Action Express Corvette Daytona Prototype in the day’;s first session, which began at 10:15 a.m. Driver Christian Fittipaldi, who is partnered with Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourtdais, said he was struck by the different speeds the 4 lessons have been working. In the initial practice, speeds ranged from 129.940 mph to 114.103 mph in the 2nd session, 129.588 mph to 114.852 mph.
The 5 fastest cars in the initial session had been Corvette DPs, and Corvettes had been the 3 fastest automobiles in the second session. The quickest of the Le Mans-variety prototypes was the Severe Pace Honda ARX-03b of Ryan Dalziel, Scott Sharp and David Brabham with a lap of 1 minute, 40.006 seconds, and 128.152 mph. That was great for the 4th-fastest time in the second session.
In Prototype Challenge, a chilly Colin Braun — Pc is the only open-cockpit class — set the quickest time in his CORE Autosport car at one minute, 42.468 seconds, at 125.073 mph. “We’;re striving to get utilized to the automobile,” he mentioned, given that this is the first time this class has run on a higher-banked “roval” like Daytona. “We’;ve never accomplished this.”
In GT Le Mans, which are the GT autos from the ALMS, the factory Porsche 911 RSR set the quickest lap in the class with a time of 1 minute, 45.564 seconds, at 121.405 seconds. Driver Nick Tandy gave a whole lot of credit score to his Michelin tires — this class is the only 1 in the TUSCC that can decide on a tire producer. Every single other class runs on Continentals. That lap was sent in the 2nd session — the 2 new Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs were the 2 quickest automobiles in the class in the very first session.
In GT Daytona, which are the GT autos from the Grand-Am series, the Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS was quickest with a lap of 1 minute, 47.981 seconds, and 118.688 mph. Driver Spencer Pumpelly has lots of laps about Daytona, but most of them in a Porsche, and stated the Audi is “definitely distinct.”
There had been no critical incidents. Saturday and Sunday are anticipated to be warmer, and we will very likely see faster times for that cause, and as the teams modify their automobiles.
IN OTHER News: The 2 usually-dominant Chip Ganassi-owned Ford Riley DP autos will be driven in the 24 Hours by typical drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, joined by NASCAR’;s Jamie McMurray and Indy Lights champ Sage Karam. The group car will be driven by Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon, NASCAR’;s Kyle Larson and Marino Franchitti. Dario Franchitti, on crutches, was in the paddock supporting his younger brother.
SRT announced that Ryan Hunter-Reay and Rob Bell would fill out the Daytona lineup in the 2-automobile Viper crew, joining Jonathan Bomarito, Kuno Wittmer, Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens.
TUDOR Roar Daytona Practice one by AutoweekUSA
TUDOR Roar Daytona Practice 2 by AutoweekUSA
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