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The Roar Before the Rolex 24 Gets Us All Excited 6
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Chevrolet, Events, Jacksonville, FL, Motorsports, Rolex 24 At Daytona, Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona, Rolex 24 Hour Race on 01 6th, 2014
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Over the weekend AutomotiveAddicts.com took a trip to Daytona Speedway to check out the practice and testing sessions leading up to the Rolex 24 Hour race. I have to say, we are truly excited and patently waiting for the Rolex 24 Hour race, which takes place in just a few weeks.

With the kickoff of the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona quickly approaching, we thought it would be a good time to start things off right in lower gear as we prep for a highly anticipated race between GRAND-AM Rolex Sport Car Series and the American Le Mans Series race cars. At the practice sessions we had sensory over-load as the roaring sounds of many re-worked Prototype and Grand Touring style cars left the garages to acclimate their fresh rubber with the familiar pavement of Daytona Speedway.

Some of the highlights during the test runs was us catching the all-new Corvette Stingray C7.R make its rounds on the road-course leading the decibel race alongside of Ferrari 458s, Aston Martin Vantage V8s, Porsche GT3s, Audi R8 V10s, Viper GTS-Rs, BMW M3s and 328i to name some of our favorites.

We look forward to some of our avid readers and fans attending the Rolex 24, which kicks off January 25th and lasting through the night into the morning for some magical and thrilling endurance racing.

Be sure to check out some of our quick garage and pit shots below and a short video clip of the camouflaged Corvette C7.R Racecar.

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The Roar Before the Rolex 24 Gets Us All Excited 6
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Chevrolet, Events, Jacksonville, FL, Motorsports, Rolex 24 At Daytona, Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona, Rolex 24 Hour Race on 01 6th, 2014
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Over the weekend AutomotiveAddicts.com took a trip to Daytona Speedway to check out the practice and testing sessions leading up to the Rolex 24 Hour race. I have to say, we are truly excited and patently waiting for the Rolex 24 Hour race, which takes place in just a few weeks.

With the kickoff of the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona quickly approaching, we thought it would be a good time to start things off right in lower gear as we prep for a highly anticipated race between GRAND-AM Rolex Sport Car Series and the American Le Mans Series race cars. At the practice sessions we had sensory over-load as the roaring sounds of many re-worked Prototype and Grand Touring style cars left the garages to acclimate their fresh rubber with the familiar pavement of Daytona Speedway.

Some of the highlights during the test runs was us catching the all-new Corvette Stingray C7.R make its rounds on the road-course leading the decibel race alongside of Ferrari 458s, Aston Martin Vantage V8s, Porsche GT3s, Audi R8 V10s, Viper GTS-Rs, BMW M3s and 328i to name some of our favorites.

We look forward to some of our avid readers and fans attending the Rolex 24, which kicks off January 25th and lasting through the night into the morning for some magical and thrilling endurance racing.

Be sure to check out some of our quick garage and pit shots below and a short video clip of the camouflaged Corvette C7.R Racecar.

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Audi Nearly Sweeps The GT Class In The Rolex 24 At Daytona 28
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in audi, Automotive, Kurt, Motorsports, News, Rolex 24 At Daytona on 01 28th, 2013
The GT Class winning Audi R8 of Alex Job Racing
The GT Class winning Audi R8 of Alex Job Racing

The GT Class winning Audi R8 of Alex Job Racing

Consider this: 18 of the 33 GT Class cars that started last weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona were Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, either running the new 4.0-liter flat-six engine (with a restrictor on the intake) or the proven (and unrestricted) 3.8-liter flat-six. Seven entrants were Ferrari 458 Italias, followed by four Audi R8s, followed by a Camaro, a Corvette, a BMW M3 and a Dodge Viper.

In terms of percentages, nearly 55-percent of the cars on the GT Class starting grid were 911s, which have long been the dominant car at Daytona. Blame it on rule changes or blame it on Audi’s sheer will to win, but the first Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car to cross Daytona’s checkered finish line did so in fifth place (13th overall), behind a pair of Ferraris (taking third and fourth spots) and a pair of Audi R8s (taking first and second).

The second-place Audi R8 of APR Motorsports

The second-place Audi R8 of APR Motorsports

Filipe Albuquerque drove a near-perfect stint race to bring the #24 Audi Sport Customer Racing / Alex Job Racing R8 across the finish line first in class, despite transmission problems at the end of the race. It was the driver’s first visit to Daytona, making the win that much more impressive. Rene Rast brought the #52 Audi Sport Customer Racing / APR Motorsport R8 across the line in second place, after holding off the #69 AIM Autosport Team FXDO With Ferrari 458 Italia in the closing laps.

Had the #13 Audi Sport Customer Racing / Rum Bum Racing Audi R8 not run short of fuel in the closing laps, it almost surely would have been a clean podium finish for Audi. The Audi R8 Grand Am has come a long way since last year, when two cars were entered and finished a disappointing 44th and 45th overall.

Rum Bum Racing's R8 hits the International Horseshoe

Rum Bum Racing’s R8 hits the International Horseshoe

Aside from the Audi R8s and Ferrari 458 Italias, the GT class is in danger of becoming a Porsche 911 spec series, as the Camaros, Corvettes and Vipers have all been rendered non-competitive by rule changes. Let’s hope that changes before too much longer, since the world already has all the Porsche 911 spec series it needs.







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