DAC Motorsports' No. 18 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 completed the 55th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on the final weekend in January to kickoff the first round of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
After receiving the brand new Lamborghini Huracan GT3 just one week prior to the Roar, the new team used every minute available to ensure their drivers had a well prepared car to bring to the test.
Led by the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT team that won the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class in last weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona and the GTE Pro class in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, a total of eight full-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams have confirmed entries for the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona likely will be remembered as a watershed moment in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship history.
On the racetrack, the event saw the competition debut of 12 brand-new Daytona Prototype international (DPi) and LM P2 race cars in the series’ top Prototype class, as well as a new car from Porsche in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class and the WeatherTech Championship debut for Mercedes-AMG, Lexus and Acura in the GT Daytona (GTD) class.
When the checkered flag dropped on Sunday afternoon after the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona, two drivers found themselves breaking a race record that dates back more than 30 years.
Michael de Quesada, co-driver of the No. 28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, and Patricio O’Ward, in the No. 38 Performance Tech ORECA FLM09, won in GT Daytona and Prototype Challenge, respectively. De Quesada is 17 years, 92 days old, while O’Ward is 17 years, 268 days old, and both smashed the record for the youngest driver to win the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Alegra Motorsports, run by Carlos de Quesada, was a class winner of the Rolex 24 At Daytona 10 years ago. The veteran Porsche-owner decided to return his team, a consummate championship contender in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama series in both the USA and Canada, back to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to celebrate that anniversary in style. The five-driver lineup in the No.
On top of winning the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona overall, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DPi-V.R, also leads the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup after the opening round of the competition encompassing the four IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance races.
Patrón Endurance Cup points in the Rolex 24 were awarded at six-hour intervals with five points for the leader at the end of the segment, four points for second place, three points for third and two points for every car running from fourth place on.