2016 Roar Before The 24 Entry List

Photo: http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

By: Kobe Lambeth

The IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship has released the entry list for the Roar Before The 24. This annual preseason test will occur January 8th-10th.

Prototype (13 cars)

01 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford DP- Brendon Hartley/Alex Wurz/Andy Priaulx/Lance Stroll

02 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford DP- Scott Dixon/Tony Kannan/Jamie McMurray/Kyle Larson

0 Panoz Deltawing Racing DWC13- Katherine Legge/Sean Rayhall/Andy Meyrick/Andreas Wirth

2 Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier JS P2-HPD- Scott Sharp/Ed Brown/Johannes van Overbeek/Pipo Derani

5 Action Express Racing  Corvette DP- Joao Barbosa/Christian Fittipaldi/Filipe Albuquerque/Scott Pruett

10 Wayne Taylor Racing Konica Minolta Corvette DP- Jordan Taylor/Ricky Taylor/Max Angelelli

31 Action Express Racing Whelen Corvette DP- Dane Cameron/Eric Curran/Simon Pagenaud/Jonny Adam

37 SMP Racing BR01-Nissan- Maurizio Mediani/Nicolas Minassian/Mikhail Aleshin/Kirill Ladygin

50 Highway to Help BMW DP- Byron Defoor/Dorsey Schroeder/David Hinton/Thomas Gruber/Jim Pace

55 Mazda Motorsports P2- Jonathan Bomarito/Tristian Nunez/Spencer Pigot

60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2-HPD- Ozz Negri Jr./John Pew/AJ Allmendinger/TBA

70 Mazda Motorsports P2- Joel Miller/Tom Long/Ben Devlin

90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP- Marc Goossens/Ryan Dalziel/Ryan Hunter-Reay

Prototype Challenge (8 cars)

8 Starworks Motorsport Oreca FLM09- Renger van Der Zande/Alex Popow/Chris Cumming/Jack Hawksworth

20 BAR1 Motorsports Oreca FLM09- Marc Drumwright/Johnny Mowlem/Brian Alder/TBA/TBA

26 BAR1 Motorsports Oreca FLM09- Adam Merzon/Ryan Eversley/Don Yount/TBA

38 Performance Tech Motorsports Oreca FLM09- James French/TBA/TBA/TBA

52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca FLM09- Robert Alon/Tom Kimber-Smith/Jose Gutierrez/Nicholas Boulle

54 CORE Autosport Oreca FLM09- Colin Braun/Jon Bennett/Mark Wilkins/Martin Plowman

85 JDC/Miller Motorsports Oreca FLM09- Chris Miller/Mikhail Goikhberg/Stephen Simpson/Kenton Koch

88 Starworks Motorsport Oreca FLM09- Mark Kvamme/Sean Johnston/Maro Engel/TBA

GT Le Mans (11 cars)

3 Corvette Racing C7R- Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller

4 Corvette Racing C7R- Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fassler

25 Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM- Bill Auberlen/Dirk Werner/Augusto Farfus/Bruno Spengler

62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE- TBA/TBA/TBA

66 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT- Joey Hand/Dirk Muller/Sebastien Bourdais

67 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT- Richard Westbrook/Ryan Briscoe/Stefan Mucke

68 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GTE- Alessandro Pier Guidi/Alexandre Premat/Daniel Serra

72 SMP Racing/AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE- Gimmi Bruni/Andrea Bertolini/James Calado/Viktor Shaitar

100 Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM- Lucas Luhr/John Edwards/Kuno Wittmer/Graham Rahal

911 Porsche North America 911 RSR- Patrick Pilet/Nick Tandy/Kevin Estre

912 Porsche North America 911 RSR- Earl Bamber/Frederic Makowiecki/Michael Christensen

GT Daytona (22 cars)

007 TRG/Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3- Sergio Pérez/Antonio Pérez/Santiago Creel/Ricardo Pérez de Lara/Lars Vilijoen

6 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS GT3- Andrew Davis/Robin Liddell/TBA

9 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS GT3- Lawson Aschenbach/Matt Bell/TBA

11 O’Gara Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3- Townsend Bell/Bill Sweedler/TBA/TBA

16 Change Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3- Spencer Pumpelly/Corey Lewis/TBA/TBA

21 Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3- Emanuele Busnelli/Jim Michaelian/TBA/TBA

22 Alex Job Racing WeatherTech Porsche 911 GT3- Leh Keen/Cooper MacNeil/David MacNeil/Shane van Gisbergen/Gunnar Jeannette

23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3- Mario Farnbacher/Ian James/Alex Riberas/Wolf Henzler

28 Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3- Franz Konrad/Rolf Ineichen/Lance Willsey/Fabio Babini/Marc Basseng

30 Frikadelli Racing Porsche 911 GT3- Klaus Abbelen/Sabine Schmitz/TBA

33 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3- Jeroen Bleekemolen/Ben Keating/Dominik Farnbacher/Marc Miller

44 Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3- Andy Lally/John Potter/TBA/TBA

45 Flying Lizard Motorsports/Krohn Racing Audi R8 GT3- Tracy Krohn/Nic Jonsson/Christopher Haase/Pierre Kaffer

48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3- Bryan Sellers/Madison Snow/Bryce Miller/Mirko Bortolotti

51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 458 GT3- Peter Mann/Raffaele Gianmaria/Matteo Cressoni/Marco Cioci

63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3- Alessandro Balzan/Christina Nielson/Jeff Segal/Robert Renauer

73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3- Jorg Bergmeister/Patrick Lindsey/Matt McMurry

93 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3- Ben Keating/Gar Robinson/Jeff Mosing/Eric Foss/Damien Faulkner

96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3- Bret Curtis/Jens Klingmann/Ashley Freiberg/Marco Wittman

97 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3- Markus Palttala/Michael Marsal/Maxime Martin/Jesse Krohn

98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3- Paul Dalla Lana/Pedro Lamy/Mathias Lauda/Richie Stanaway

540 Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3- Nick Catsburg/Tim Pappas/Patrick Long/TBA

News & Notes

*54 cars are entered for the Roar Before The 24. Look for additional entries in the Rolex 24 as we have seen in years past.*

*The newly renamed “Panoz Deltawing Racing” looks to have a successful test session as they hope to have a strong outing. It is believed that Legge and Rayhall will run the Deltawing full-time but nothing has been announced.*

*Chip Ganassi Racing is going to have a busy January as they have four cars entered in the Rolex 24. Two Ford Daytona Prototypes and two Ford GT’s. They look to debut the highly anticipated Ford GT’s, along with defending their overall victory in the Number 02 Ford DP.*

*Pipo Derani will make his IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship debut as he joins Tequila Patrón ESM before a full assault on the FIA World Endurance Championship.*

*SMP Racing’s BR01 LMP2 car will make it’s highly anticipated debut on US soil. How do you think it will fare against the mighty Daytona Prototypes?*

*A team reportedly bought the ex Starworks BMW Daytona Prototype chassis. No word if this team will be on the grid for Rolex 24 or later on in the season.*

*After a quiet offseason, the Number 50 Highway to Help Daytona Prototype returns for possibly the final time. No word if the team will pursue an LMP2 chassis for 2017.*

*Michael Shank Racing expects to name a fourth driver for the Rolex 24 soon. Could it possibly be Stefan Wilson?*

*The Prototype Challenge Class will see a healthy 8 cars on the high banks of Daytona for the Roar. There were a few concerns of having less than five cars in this class but everything appears to be alright.*

*Although they have not taken delivery of their new Ferrari 488 GTE car, Risi Competizione is still on the Roar’s entry list. It looks like Toni Vilander might join Giancarlo Fisichella in the Ferrari full-time. An official announcement is expected to come in the immediate future.*

*Stefan Mucke is listed as the third driver for the Number 67 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT. Nothing has been announced but it is expected that he has departed from Aston Martin Racing.*

*One of Team RLL’s BMW teams will run Number 100 as a tribute. It is unclear if this will be season long.*

*Big news as Sergio Pérez is listed to drive the TRG-Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3. It was previously announced that Pérez would not be driving, but I know how quickly things change in the racing world. Do not be surprised if Pérez changes his mind and we see him on the grid in January.*

*Stevenson Motorsports has not announced their endurance drivers yet. Dion von Moltke would be a good choice for one of those seats.*

*Andy Pilgrim will join Black Swan Racing but he is not on the Roar entry list.*

*Autometrics Motorsports had the intentions of competing for the North American Endurance Cup with their previous generation Porsche 997 GT3 car. However, they are not on the Roar Entry List. They could potentially show up for the Rolex 24.*

*It will be interesting to see how two generations of GT3 cars compete against one another. We will see the Audi R8 GT3 vs the Audi R8 LMS GT3, and the Ferrari 458 GT3 vs the Ferrari 488 GT3. Hopefully, Autometrics Motorsports will show up for the Rolex 24 so we can compare two generations of Porsches.*

*GT Daytona is stacked with talent this year. 22 high-quality cars filled with high-quality drivers. This might be the most talented class that we have ever seen at the Rolex 24.*

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