Jan 23

SportsCars: Porsche’s 911 RSR ‘Evo’ Debuts At Rolex 24

Porsche 911 RSR “Evo” (Photo: John Dagys)

Porsche 911 RSR “Evo” (Photo: John Dagys)

This weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona marks a number of firsts, including the highly anticipated debut of Porsche’s all-new factory GT Le Mans team, as well the first outing of the German manufacturer’s 911 RSR “Evo” on U.S. soil.

Having completed a successful rollout in last year’s FIA WEC season-ending Six Hours of Bahrain, the newest evolution 911 is now set to take on the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship as part of the factory two-car CORE autosport-run effort.

The new 911 RSR features a number of updates over the 2013 Le Mans class-winning model, including a revised front bumper and radiator placement, a 1 inch wider rim on the rear axle and a 85mm wider rear wing, the latter two thanks to waivers from the ACO.

Jan 23

SportsCars: Priaulx Set For New Chapter With BMW Team RLL

BMW Motorsport, Andy Priaulx BMW Works Driver. (Photo: BMW)

Andy Priaulx has a new racing home. (Photo: BMW)

After making his mark in touring cars, Andy Priaulx is set to begin a new chapter in GT racing, as the three-time WTCC champion shifts to racing full-time in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship this year.

The 40-year-old BMW factory driver, who is coming off a two-year stint in the German manufacturer’s DTM program, has joined BMW Team RLL, teaming with Bill Auberlen in the No. 55 BMW Z4 GTE for the entire 11-round championship.

It all begins with this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, where the accomplished Brit will be chasing top honors in the GT Le Mans class.

Jan 23

SportsCars: Rolex 24 Preview — Prototype Class

Rolex 24 At Daytona Prototype Class. (Photo: John Dagys)

Rolex 24 At Daytona Prototype Class. (Photo: John Dagys)

It’s a dawn of a new era for sports car racing, as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship kicks off this weekend on the famed Florida high banks for the 52nd annual Rolex 24 at Daytona.

To gear up for the history-making event, FOX Sports SPEED previews the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic with a team-by-team look at the 67 cars that are set to compete in the season-opening round.
Following looks at the GTD, PC and GTLM categories, check out the preview of the Prototype (P) class.

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FOX has all your coverage of Rolex 24 at Daytona!

TV Schedule (Saturday, Jan. 25-26):

  • 1:30 p.m. ET Pre-Race begins on Fox Sports 2
  • 2-4 p.m. ET on FOX
  • 4-9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2
  • 9 p.m.-7 a.m. ET on IMSA.com
  • 7 a.m.-3 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

A one-of-a-kind experience will also be available by viewing multiple on-board cameras during the action!

You can also stream the full race by now using the new FOX Sports Go Mobile App!

Click HERE to download the FOX Sports GO Mobile App.

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Prototype (18 Entries)

Chip Ganassi Racing (Riley-Ford DP): The five-time and defending race winners head into the Rolex 24 as favorites again, despite some question marks hanging over the reliability of the debuting Ford EcoBoost engine. Stacked with a star-studded lineup of Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Jamie McMurray, Sage Karam (No. 01) and Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Marino Franchitti and Kyle Larson (No. 02), both will likely be fast, but can they last?

Jan 22

SportsCars: Inside IMSA’s New Pit Stop Regulations

IMSA have developed new pit stop regulations for the 2014 season. (Photo: John Dagys)

IMSA has developed new pit stop regulations for the 2014 season. (Photo: John Dagys)

One of the many new elements to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will be pit stops, as IMSA has implemented a procedure that takes a combination of rules from both the American Le Mans Series and GRAND-AM.

Under the new system, four crew members, including one refueler, will be allowed over the wall, with a maximum of two air guns. Additionally, refueling will occur at the same time as the driver and tire changes.

Previously, up to three air guns were permitted in GRAND-AM for GT teams with multi-lug wheels, while ALMS prohibited any work to be done to the cars while refueling.

Jan 22

SportsCars: Rolex 24 Preview — GT Le Mans Class

2014 GT Le Mans action will begin at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. (Photo: John Dagys)

This season’s GT Le Mans action will begin with the Rolex 24 at Daytona. (Photo: John Dagys)

It’s a dawn of a new era for sports car racing, as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship kicks off this weekend on the famed Florida high banks for the 52nd annual Rolex 24 at Daytona.

To gear up for the history-making event, FOX Sports’ SPEED Blog previews the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic with a team-by-team look at the 67 cars that are set to compete in the season-opening round.
Following looks at GTD and PC, check out a preview of the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class.

FOX has your coverage of this exciting event!
TV Schedule (Sat. Jan 25-26):
1:30pm ET Pre-Race begins on Fox Sports 2
2pm-4pm ET on FOX
4pm-9pm ET on FOX Sports 2
9pm-7am ET on IMSA.com
7am-3pm ET on FOX Sports 1

A one-of-a-kind experience will also provided by viewing multiple on-board cameras during the action!

You can also stream the full race by now using the new FOX Sports Go Mobile App!

Click HERE to download the FOX Sports GO Mobile App.

GT Le Mans (11 Entries)

Corvette Racing (Corvette C7.R): The defending class champions roll out with the all-new Corvette C7.R, one of two GTE-spec cars to be making their full-season U.S. debuts. With significant developments over its predecessor, including a 40 percent stiffer chassis and direct injection, Pratt & Miller’s latest creation could be the car to beat. Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia are joined by new recruit Ryan Briscoe in the No. 3 car, while Robin Liddell reinforces the lineup of the No. 4 Corvette with full-season drivers Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner.