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ROLEX: Top ROLEX, NASCAR, and IRL drivers test the newly repaved track at Daytona for the Rolex 24 later this month.
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-- assure rite of spring is the arrival of sports cars at Daytona for the annual twice around the clock endurance classic. This weekend 48 grand am Rolex series team spent three days testing. In preparation for the forty ninth Rolex 24 at Daytona coming up January 20 ninth and thirtieth. The pre race favorite have to be the Chip Ganassi bunch past Rolex winners -- true all star line up from NFC's NASCAR Indy and Rolex regulars. Scott Pruitt dominated the speed charts in the early sessions will be -- one Riley BMW. -- -- AJ all the -- return to Michael shank racing's the last report and -- and posted the fastest time on Saturday and Justin Wilson and Michael McDowell will partner the stringer. Cup champ Jimmie Johnson tested for his fourth attempt on the 44 hours with the -- -- teammate Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney. What Ryan Briscoe -- Macs until early in the suntrust entry. Last year's winners action express about a the second car plus driver is max Pappas of Christian Fittipaldi the partners out Barbosa and Terry more Chela. You're the top Daytona prototypes -- from the test ride the -- officially broke the track DP record. With a lap at one minute 39 point nine seconds 128 miles per hour plus on average and that in the final hour on Sunday Scott Pruitt also beat the old mark. Speech league defeat Calvin fish were on hand. For the test and filed this report. Guys the role before the 24 is big -- final hit out. -- be suitable all of sports count rising importance -- new drivers new teams because new combinations and let's not forget that you're continental control top. But that's cal one of the biggest stories of the wake him as the white the defending champion -- this final ten. Well Chip Ganassi racing a back with a two key entry for the Rolex 24 hour race and I am a super stock driver lineup once again tying. But I haven't might any of these offseason tests in preparation getting ready with -- -- continental title did that really affect them. They gladly of recession here at Daytona that once you're on the time season may easily subtly ominous for the rest of the paddock. You know I mean very very for us and been very fortunate no one car has just -- tremendous. We finished every lap. For the last four years sounds -- last two years aside -- second son. Hoping Internet -- on the sharing and go back to victory lane with the -- one. We get the same team the save Carson now I think that -- -- to Dorgan pretty good. I think the motors before generating good as well so -- not the team I think it's very pleased but -- he's a classy enough something editing and let you down. While Darren daytime not a fresh spice has not Calvin all right it is of course the racing surface it has -- resurfaced. Cal fessed up that looks magnificent. Drivers seem -- like it how's that gonna impact the Rolex 24. Well first of all is very Smith this billion tables noted that allows the teams around the 'cause a lot closer to the grand what does that do for the -- makes him much faster through the corners the transition from the backing down onto the infield. And from the infield back come to the banking is much quick get. I think the bus stops -- is really the place to look got four in the race this year the DP cars -- flying through there now GT traffic that could be a problem it's been in the real talking point here at the world set our -- let's -- the drivers think. I seems really see. I mean it it instead of like before where he had the really big choppy banging balls for your car bottomed out seems like there's just a little bit chops and India. Palin -- feel there's a lot of. Grip everything looks nuclear cities it's good to look at and that just ditch drive -- the visual cues. Are so different you wouldn't anticipate the change would do that red. I tend not to look at actual signs -- I was -- the pavement and nothing's there I am I feel like I'm lost out there a little bit. I don't know I -- doesn't delegates don't anymore you know ways to beat and -- around the all in the car moving. Inning I kind of enjoyed that more because the middle more difficult especially coming up the banking let -- it's an easier that's for certain. Thanks guys here the GT class times which also sold the off track record broken unofficially. -- drove a Porsche 9/11 GT three cup and -- callers to a 149329. The 416 plus miles an hour on average forces swept the top GT positions. Several teams picked up packed up early to head home amid reports of becoming winter storm moving him. The putting 11 grand am Rolex sports car took off on speed is almost upon us we'll have live coverage -- -- 49 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Beginning Saturday July 20 ninth 3 PM eastern mark your calendar now.