SportsCar Test Wraps Up At Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s November preseason testing concluded on Wednesday at Daytona Int’l Speedway with six GTLM and 19 GTD teams posting competitive laps in preparation for the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona Jan. 25-26.
IMSA and Continental Tire officials decided Wednesday morning to suspend testing for Prototype and Prototype Challenge race cars due to issues that came to light in Tuesday’s sessions. Because of its unique tire and technical package, however, the Elan-powered DeltaWing DWC13 was able to test and Katherine Legge recorded the fastest lap of the day at 1:40.833.
“I did it once before, in 2007, so I’m excited to be back here in the DeltaWing,” Legge said. “I’m excited that the two series have merged into a mega series. We had no idea what to expect in the DeltaWing with the banking, but it’s been good and competitive. We’re excited, both for the series and the car.”
The No. 93 SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R led the GTLM competitors with a lap of 1:46.912, while the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 was fastest in GTD, 1:48.747.
A total of 5,645 laps (20,096.2 miles) were turned over two days of testing on Daytona’s 3.56-mile, 12-turn road course. The Daytona sessions followed two days at Sebring Int’l Raceway on Saturday and Sunday. Since the green flag dropped on the first Sebring session Saturday morning, 30,642.26 testing miles were recorded.