Rolex 24 At DAYTONA – Daytona International Speedway

The GTLM class in this year’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona is hot, hot, hot, and the Ford GT’s new livery is making it even hotter. The American racing outfit wowed fans and media alike as it unveiled the new look for the 2018 IMSA and FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns ahead of the iconic race.

 

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Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona

Rolex 24 at Daytona
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Saturday, Jan. 27
2 p.m.-5 p.m., FOX
5 p.m.-10 p.m., FS2
10 p.m.-11 p.m., *FSGO
11 p.m.-1 a.m., Sunday, FS1
Sunday, Jan. 28
1 a.m.-8 a.m., *FSGO
8 a.m.-10:30 a.m., FS1
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., *FSGO
1 p.m.-3 p.m., FS1

The opening race of this IMSA WeatherTech Sports-car Championship and also the Tequila Patrón United States Endurance Cup starts on FOX at two p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 27.As the newest design is not even close to a radical shift, it symbolizes the ease that is always adorned with the state Ford Performance vehicles, in addition to the minimalist approach shared with many Chip Ganassi Racing rate machines. As this video shows the new colors worn on front and back endings are somewhat darker than previously and show a metallic finish, which coupled with IMSA’s Leader Light System, may actually “light” since the race proceeds to the evening time.

The 2018 IMSA WeatherTech sports-car Championship commences the new year with 13.5 hrs live television coverage of this 56th Rolex 24 in Daytona on Jan. 27.
This season’s race will commence IMSA’s three-class age, together with rushing from Prototype, GT lemans and GT Daytona paths.
Fox Sports will telecast the very first two weeks of the Rolex 24 (after a one-hour pre-race series), and buffs are going to have the ability to see an overall full of 13.5 of those twenty four hours of this race live television around FOX, FS1 and FS2. Fans desperate to stick to along with other 10.5 hrs, for example seven hours between 1% and 7%, will want hitting on the FOX Sports GO program.
The Fox Sports GO program could possess 25 successive hours of Rolex 2 4 programming — for example all of the hours never scheduled for live television — beginning two pm, Jan. 27.

This weekend, that the 2018 motor sport season commences with all an Rolex 24 in Daytona, that promises to become a nightmare of a race. Together with 50 cars entered at the 24hour primary event and also an extra 43 at Friday’s Continental Tire sports-car Challenge, it may be difficult to check out who is driving what car.

Blackmore will upgrade the guide from the runup into the race just as needed. You can get an upgrade on Thursday if BMW shows the liveries because of its GTLM entrance, the M-8 GTE.

Fernando Alonso was astonished by his own performance in qualifying to the Daytona 24 hrs, out-pacing LMP2 regulars for example World Endurance winner Bruno Senna.

Formula 1 celebrity Alonso lapped 0.925S-off rod to accommodate 13th with the weekend’s race together with his United Autosports-run Ligier demonstrably not owning top-10 pace, but he had been satisfied with his or her performance.

“I had been pleased with the laps, even pretty much pleased with all the balance,” Alonso said.

“We believed competitive, and also we achieved the max. We must improve somewhat to discover a little more speed.

“very happy to be speediest Ligier, with a fantastic margin, we’ve got top guys in we – Bruno Senna may be your world winner in LMP2 – he is at the other vehicle.

“A number of the greatest guys around the world, best drivers at LMP2 this past calendar year, they’re a bit behind us so it had been a surprise for all of us to become quite speedy, quite pleased.

“It had been fine to get some laps in the automobile free of traffic, at no training there clearly was lots of traffic and also a great deal of things proceed, but [in qualifying] that you are able to place some laps together and become accustomed to the car just a tiny bit longer”

Alonso said he failed to put much significance on qualifying beforehand of the first endurance.

“Recognizing it is really a 24hour race, so it was most likely the most crucial qualifying of my own life before now,” he explained.