Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway almost 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

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MAVTV kicks off 2020 with a month full of exciting action geared towards the heart of every avid race fan. The Motorsports Network is bringing a variety of new season premieres starting with Brand New Muscle Car: Classic Bronco and Dirt Knights, both airing on January 1st. Early the following week, January 6th, MAVTV will air new episodes of Max Power at 8 a.m. ET, Speedweek at 9 a.m. ET, and Rally North America at 10 p.m. ET. Rounding out the January debuts is season 10 of On the Edge on January 9th, followed by Icelandic Offroad and Shannons Nationals on January 15th.

January’s schedule also includes a LIVE Broadcast of the 2020 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals from Tulsa, Okla., exclusively on the Motorsports Network. MAVTV subscribers can tune in on January 18th at 8:30 p.m. ET to watch a fantastic roster of the best drivers from stock car, open wheel, late models, and drag racing as they compete for the coveted Golden Driller award.

Race fans eager to get a taste of the adrenaline-inducing action from the Chili Bowl Nationals can indulge in a Tulsa Shootout and Chili Bowl Nationals marathon starting on January 18th at 8:30 a.m. ET followed by a showing of the 2020 Tulsa Shootout at 6:30 p.m. ET. Finally, wrapping up MAVTV’s month of race action is a special airing of Speed Sport: 2019 Super Dirt Week parts one and two on January 23rd at 7 p.m. ET.

 

MAVTV is now available to more viewers than ever before entering the popular summer racing season. With a total of 220 providers across cable, satellite, telco, and digital broadcast platforms, including AT&T U-verse, Charter/Spectrum, DIRECTV, Fios by Verizon, FuboTV, Google, Mediacom, and many more, the country’s premier motorsports network is seen in more than 30-million households.
 
Race fans who don’t have MAVTV should contact their local cable, satellite, or other subscription service provider to get details on how to add it to their channel lineup. A full list of providers, shows, and scheduled broadcasts can be found by visiting www.MAVTV.com.
 
MAVTV January Schedule

Date Series Event / Venue Time (ET)
       
Jan. 1 Brand New Muscle Car   2:00 p.m.
Jan. 1 Dirt Knights   8:00 p.m.
Jan. 6 Max Power   8:00 a.m.
Jan. 6 Speedweek   9:00 a.m.
Jan. 6 Rally North America   10:00 p.m.
Jan. 9 On the Edge   1:30 p.m.
Jan. 15 Icelantic Offroad   2:30 p.m.
Jan. 15 Shannons Nationals   3:00 p.m.
Jan. 18 Tulsa Shootout and Chili Bowl Nationals Marathon   8:30 a.m.
Jan. 18 Tulsa Shootout: 2020 Part 1 River Spirit Expo Center 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 18 Tulsa Shootout: 2020 Part 2 River Spirit Expo Center 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 18 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals: 2020 River Spirit Expo Center     8:30 p.m.
Jan. 23 Speed Sport: 2019
Super DIRT Week Part 1 & 2
  7:00 p.m.
       
Bold indicates a live event.
The full LIVE event broadcast schedule is available at MAVTV.com/schedule/.
 

 

A star-studded field of drivers returns to Daytona International Speedway this weekend for the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona from Friday, Jan. 3 through Sunday, Jan. 5.
 
The three-day test session is mandatory for all teams planning to compete in the 58th Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 23-26, and 40 cars have been entered across the four competing classes. This event has long been recognized as the kick off to the racing season and as a result, attracts superstar drivers from throughout the world of motorsport.
 
Among the luminaries participating in the Roar this weekend will be two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, fresh off his 2019 championship-winning campaign. Busch will get his first taste of the No. 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 that he will share with co-drivers Parker Chase, Jack Hawksworth and Michael De Quesada.
 
Busch and the No. 14 team are participating in the GT Daytona (GTD) class, which is the largest in the field with 18 entries from nine different manufacturers.
 
Other notable GTD entries include the all-female lineup of Katherine Legge, Christina Nielsen, Tati Calderon and Rahel Frey in the No. 19 GEAR Racing powered by GRT Grasser Lamborghini Huracán GT3; the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 led by driver Bill Auberlen – who is tied with Scott Pruett for the most all-time IMSA wins with 60 – and his co-drivers Robby Foley, Jens Klingmann and Dillon Machavern; and a pair of entries from 2019 GTD champions Meyer Shank Racing – the No. 57 Heinricher Racing with MSR Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3 shared by drivers Alvaro Parente, Misha Goikhberg, Trent Hindman and AJ Allmendinger and the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura for Mario Farnbacher, Matt McMurry, Shinya Michimi and Jules Gounon.
 
The lead Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class features eight entries from three different manufacturers and a talented cast of characters from top to bottom. Among them is the defending WeatherTech Championship DPi title-winning Acura Team Penske No. 6 Acura ARX-05 with Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya joined by 2019 Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud. Ricky Taylor, three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and 2016 Indy winner Alexander Rossi are in the No. 7 Acura.
 
Additional Indy 500 winners can be found in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, where 2008 Indy winner and five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon will join Ryan Briscoe and 2019 Rolex 24 winners Renger van der Zande and Kamui Kobayashi; and the No. 55 Mazda Team Joest RT24-P that includes 2014 Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay with the team’s full-time WeatherTech Championship driving duo of Jonathan Bomarito and Harry Tincknell.
 
The factory supported GT Le Mans (GTLM) class features seven entries – including four cars that are making their North American debut this weekend. The new, midengined Corvette C8.R will turn its first public laps this weekend with a pair of entries from Corvette Racing. Team newcomers Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg are joining Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 Corvette, while the longstanding duo of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner again will be joined by Marcel Fassler in the No. 4 machine.
 
The new-for-2020 Porsche 911 RSR also makes its first public laps at Daytona with defending WeatherTech Championship GTLM champions Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor sharing the No. 912 Porsche GT Team entry with Mathieu Jaminet. The new full-season driver lineup in the team’s No. 911 RSR includes Nick Tandy and Frederic Makowiecki with Matt Campbell serving in the role of endurance specialist.
 
The LMP2 class has grown substantially since the 2019 Motul Petit Le Mans season finale with a total of seven entries for the Roar. DragonSpeed, which won last year’s Rolex 24, returns with an impressive lineup in its No. 81 ORECA LMP2 07 that includes full-season drivers Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman alongside the ultra-fast Colin Braun and rising star Harrison Newey.
 
Another strong lineup can be found in the No. 8 Tower Motorsport by Starworks ORECA with 2010 Rolex 24 overall winner Ryan Dalziel and season-long teammate John Farano being joined by David Heinemeier Hansson and Nicolas Lapierre. And PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, which won the 2019 WeatherTech Championship LMP2 title returns with a pair of entries – the No. 51 ORECA with Gabriel Aubry as the only listed driver so far and the No. 52 ORECA for co-drivers Ben Keating, Simon Trummer and Aubry.
 
In addition to the WeatherTech Championship machines, a 38-car field for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge will partake in three days of testing.
 
Notables in that field include rising NASCAR stars Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe and Hailie Deegan in a pair of Ford Mustang GT4 entries from Multimatic Motorsports; defending Grand Sport (GS) class champions Tyler McQuarrie and Jeff Westphal in the No. 39 CarBahn with Peregrine Racing Audi R8 GT4 and two Hyundai Veloster N TCR class entries from the defending champion Bryan Herta Autosport team, which plans to unveil its 2020 driver lineup in a press conference Friday afternoon.
 
The IMSA Prototype Challenge kicks off its 2020 season with a three-hour race Saturday afternoon and features an 18-car field. That race starts at 12:15 p.m. ET and will be streamed live in the U.S. on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. Live IMSA Radio commentary and timing and scoring data – as well as a live video stream for international viewers – is available on IMSA.com.
 
The Roar Before the Rolex 24 is open to the public from Friday through Sunday with tickets available at the gate. More information is available at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.
 
The entire JEGS.com drag racing team can look back at 2019 with great pride as they collectively brought home two championships and a pair of runner-up finishes, making the past season one of the best ever for the famous family from central Ohio.
 
Troy Coughlin Jr. led the charge as the third-generation driver collected his second straight regional championship in Top Alcohol Dragster. Close behind was his Uncle Mike Coughlin, who won his third Division 3 title, this time in Top Dragster. Mike's brother Jeg Coughlin Jr. finished second in the national Pro Stock points for the second consecutive year, and Troy Jr.'s sister Paige managed to earn the No. 2 ranking in Division 3 in Super Comp despite carrying a full load at Miami (Ohio) University.
 
Driving the same JEGS.com Top Alcohol Dragster out of the McPhillips Racing camp that carried him to the North Central Region Championship in 2018, Troy Jr. rolled into 2019 with a lot of momentum. He was certainly challenged along the way, most notably from his good friend Josh Hart, but his five victories and six runner-up results through the course of the season added up to the East Region title.
 
 
"Without question, I owe everything to Rich and Richie (McPhillips), Duke Roney, John Flenard, Andy Goode, Charlie Wroten and Charlie Greco," Troy Jr. said. "They inspired me all year with their incredible work ethic and desire to win. They are true professionals in every sense of the word and I'm humbled to be their driver."
 
Troy Jr. plans to continue his journey with McPhillips Racing in 2020 and hopes to add to his 17 wins at the national and divisional level. Aside from a third regional title, Troy Jr. has eyes on a national championship. He finished third nationally in 2019 and fourth overall in 2018.
 
A decade removed from his last D3 title, Mike credits an early summertime switch to a new power-adder for his success in 2019, which added a Top Dragster crown to the two Top Sportsman championships he collected in 2007 and 2009.
 
"We had a fast but kind of finicky car to start the year," Mike said. "My crew chief Greg Cody, with input from Tony Collier, Dave Raurk, and my Dad (Hall of Famer Jeg Coughlin Sr.), decided to make the switch to a Fowler F12 roots-style blower made by a local machinist named Jeff Fowler and our fortunes pretty much changed overnight. It married so well with our ComSYNC EFI that Ryan Micke put together for us and we were off and running."
 
Soon after the switch, Mike tallied divisional wins in Indianapolis and Chicago, which convinced the group to add more events to their schedule, including a great swing out west. Although he didn't add another win, Mike was such a consistent late-round finisher down the stretch he was able to close out the D3 championship over Danny Nelson, who went on to win the national title.
 
Mike will launch a concerted title defense in the early spring. "The only thing we're changing is the number on the car," he said. 
 
Six-time world champion Jeg Jr. used another late-season surge to climb from eight-place to second during the six-race Countdown to the Championship, missing what would have been a seventh title by just 21 points. Two wins, one in Phoenix early in the year and another at the season-ending Winternationals, pushed his career win total to 82, and a pair of runner-up finishes in Dallas and Las Vegas during the playoffs kept things interesting until the end. 
 
"Just a phenomenal year for Elite Motorsports all the way around," Jeg Jr. said. "I'm so proud of Rickie Jones (crew chief) and the rest of the yellow-and-black crew. We didn't win the championship but we came close behind our teammate Erica Enders, who absolutely killed it in the playoffs to get her third world title. 
 
"Naturally, you want to win it all every year but realistically you know that can't happen. What you really want as a driver is to have a chance and we certainly had a car capable of winning, as we proved down the stretch."
 
Once again in 2020, Jeg Jr. will charge into another season of top-notch Pro Stock competition with Elite Motorsports.
 
Perhaps no one did more with less than Paige, who managed to finish second in the D3 Super Comp points despite racing only during summer break from university and a few holiday weekends. Paige also finishes the year leading the JEGS Allstars points in her division, something she'll continue to work towards in 2020.
 
Paige moved to Super Comp part-time in 2017 and has since became a regular in the later rounds of a class that almost always boasts the most competitors at each meet. She even tried her hand at bracket racing in 2019, reaching the final five in a lady's-only contest during an SFG event in Martin, Mich.
 
"I have a lot of faith in the JEGS dragster and in my crew chief Justin Beaver," Paige said. "I think we showed we are capable of winning rounds and races. I'm so thankful for everything. It was a great year. We won rounds at every race and we lead the JEGS Allstar points going into 2020. We're having fun."
 
The 2010s may rival the 1980s as the most significant decade in the history of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).
 
As the decade comes to an end, IMSA is firmly established as a world leader in sports car racing and the undisputed premier sports car sanctioning body in North America. There have been countless memorable moments over the past 10 years, and we’ll take a look at the top 20 in a four-part series.
 
Our final installment brings us the top five moments of the decade. No. 1 was a no-brainer, but there’s four more good ones in here.
 
5. 50th Rolex 24 At Daytona is Memorable One as Shank Team Scores Overall Victory
Daytona International Speedway – Jan. 29, 2012
 
As we saw throughout the IMSA 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2019, there’s something inherently special when it comes to golden anniversaries.
 
Back in 2012, the 50th Rolex 24 At Daytona brought a huge crowd of race fans to Daytona International Speedway to relive five decades of amazing history and enjoy fantastic on-track action. The 50th Rolex 24 At Daytona goes down as one of the most memorable ever, with the driving quartet of Ozz Negri, John Pew, AJ Allmendinger and Justin Wilson steering the No. 60 Ford Riley Daytona Prototype into victory lane on the ninth attempt for Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian team owner Mike Shank.
 
“I feel like we deserved it, to be honest,” said Shank. “I think we’ve worked hard. I don’t make any excuses for that. We paid our dues, for sure, and I hope it can take us to new cool places in the coming years.”
 
The intense battle for the victory came down to the final hours between the No. 60 MSR entry and the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Ford Riley shared by Ryan Dalziel, Lucas Luhr, Allan McNish and Enzo Potolicchio. A door-banging battle for the lead on the high banks between Allmendinger and McNish with just over two hours remaining remains an iconic piece of video footage from this race.
 
The GT class featured a popular victory as well. The No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche team of John Potter, Andy Lally, Richard Lietz and Rene Rast brought home not only the team’s first Rolex 24 victory, but first IMSA premier series victory as well.
 
4. Dyson Mazda Beats Pickett Honda to Win Closest ALMS Race Ever
Road America – Aug. 20, 2012
 
It came down to a final, uphill drag race.
 
In the No. 16 Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda, it was Guy Smith. In the No. 6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03a-Honda, it was Lucas Luhr.
 
Both teams had been here before, just one year earlier. On that day, Smith got close but was unable to pull off a last-lap pass of Luhr’s co-driver, Klaus Graf, who went on to win by 0.112 seconds in what was then an Aston Martin-powered LMP1 prototype for the Muscle Milk team.
 
This time, it was even closer. Smith took the white flag as the leader in the No. 16 Mazda, with Luhr right in his tire tracks aboard the open-cockpit HPD machine. In fact, Luhr stayed tucked underneath the Mazda’s rear wing all the way to the 14th and final turn before diving to the inside to take the lead coming out of the corner.
 
But Smith carried more momentum coming out of the corner and shot to the inside of Luhr. The German made a slight attempt to block Smith’s run coming up the hill, but the Mazda was too fast. Smith crossed the finish line 0.083 seconds ahead of Luhr to claim the closest overall victory in American Le Mans Series (ALMS) history.
 
“It was too close for comfort,” said Smith. “Last year was really close. I never expected something to beat that.”
 
3. 0.034 Seconds Separates Corvette Racing Teammates After 24 Hours of Racing at Daytona
Daytona International Speedway – Jan. 31, 2016
 
There are two opposing axioms when it comes to racing against your teammate depending upon your perspective.
 
If you’re the team owner or principal, the rule is, don’t hit your teammate. If you’re a driver, the first car you must beat is your teammate.
 
That scenario played out as the clock wound down in the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona in an epic battle for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class victory between Corvette Racing teammates Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R and the No. 4 machine of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fassler.
 
Once the final pit stops were completed on both cars, the drivers – Gavin in the No. 4 and Garcia in the No. 3 – were given the go-ahead from atop the pit box to decide the winner between themselves. For the final half hour, Garcia intensely pressured Gavin and the two cars were nose-to-tail with 10 minutes to go in the race.
 
Garcia very briefly claimed the lead coming off the banking and into Turn 1, but Gavin reclaimed the position exiting that same turn. Garcia made one final lunge to the outside coming to the checkered flag, but Gavin had just enough to hold off his teammate and win by a Rolex 24-record 0.034-second margin.
 
“On the last lap, I was thinking I had just enough on him, but he towed up behind me,” Gavin said. “It was like the (finish) line was just going away from me. I couldn’t get to the line fast enough. I’ve just seen a picture of it, actually, and it was pretty close.”
 
2. Nielsen Becomes First Woman to Win Major Sports Car Championship… Then Repeats
2016 and 2017
 
In 2015, Christina Nielsen’s first full season of WeatherTech Championship competition, she narrowly missed winning the GT Daytona (GTD) championship. She wound up second in the standings that year driving the No. 007 TRG Aston Martin.
 
For the 2016 season, Nielsen moved to Scuderia Corsa, where the Dane was teamed with Alessandro Balzan in the No. 63 Ferrari. She picked up her first series win in one of the biggest races on the schedule, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, alongside Balzan and endurance teammate Jeff Segal.
 
She and Balzan then went on an incredible run of consistency, scoring four straight podiums, including another victory in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. In the second half of the season, she and Balzan added three more podiums – running their season total to seven in 11 races.
 
In the season finale at Motul Petit Le Mans, Nielsen drove a monster, three-hour and eight-minute stint to open the race and clinch the title, making her the first woman to win a major, full-season professional sports car championship in North America. And just for good measure, she, Balzan and Segal also went on to take the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup season title as well.
 
In 2017, Nielsen and Balzan proved their 2016 campaign was no fluke. That year featured a run of six consecutive podiums from Round 2 at Sebring through Round 7 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and a victory in the penultimate race of the season at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, powering them to a second straight WeatherTech Championship GTD title.
 
“You win the championship performing the best you can and getting the most out of a race weekend when it’s not your race weekend,” said Nielsen after her second title. “When you have everything going against you and nothing seems right, and it’s really hard mentally but you still create a decent or good result. That’s when you know you’re a strong contender for the championship. That’s when you know you’re a champion.”
 
1. The Merger
Daytona International Speedway - Sept. 5, 2012
 
It was hailed at the time as the most significant development in the history of sports car racing in North America, and in the seven-plus years since, it has proven to be true.
 
The blockbuster announcement that the GRAND-AM Road Racing Association and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) was announced at Daytona International Speedway and was televised live on the SPEED network. It featured GRAND-AM founder Jim France and ALMS founder Don Panoz, as well as GRAND-AM President/CEO Ed Bennett and ALMS President/CEO Scott Atherton and was the first official step in unifying professional endurance sports car racing in North America.
 
“Today’s announcement will transform sports car racing on this continent, along with having world-wide industry implications,” said Bennett, who became CEO of the new IMSA post-unification. “Aside from the organizations involved, everybody wins: drivers, teams, manufacturers, sponsors, tracks – and most of all, fans.”
 
Prophetic words that still ring true today, as we open a new decade.

Contingency registration is now open with partners pledging support for 2020 SCCA U.S. Majors Tour® and Regional Road Racing competitors through contingency sponsorship programs. The group of corporate partners includes automakers, tire manufacturers, brake manufactures and other companies that make and sell motorsports-related equipment.

A full rundown of contingency offerings can be found at  https://www.scca.com/pages/main-contingency.  Many contingency opportunities require pre-registration with SCCA and/or with the sponsoring company. Details and instructions to register for each of these programs are available at the SCCA contingency webpage.  It is the responsibility of each competitor to make sure they are in compliance with each program for which they would like to enroll.

U.S. Majors Tour/Hoosier Super Tour Contingency Partners (Updated 12/27/19):

- Hawk Performance, Official Brake Products of SCCA (Select Classes)
1st: $100 Product Certificate     2nd: $75 Product Certificate     3rd: $50 Product Certificate

- Honda Performance Development (Select Cars & Classes)
TBA

- Summit Racing Equipment  (All Classes)
1st: $100 Product Certificate      2nd: $75 Product Certificate      3rd: $50 Product Certificate

- Ford Performance  (Select Cars & Classes)
1st: $500         2nd: $300        3rd: $200

SRF3 Hoosier Super Tour Sun.- 1st: $275   2nd: $250   3rd: $225   4th: $200   5th: $175  
Formula F Conf. Points Champs: 1st: $1,000

- Goodyear Tire (Select Classes)
1st: 2 tires       2nd: 1 tire

- Nissan (Select Classes)
TBA

- Pirelli Tire (Select classes)
1st: 2 tires       2nd: 1 tire

- Hoosier Racing Tire  (Select Classes)
Hoosier Super Tour
(Spec Miata) - 1st: 4 tires       2nd: 2 tires      3rd-8th: 1 tire

U.S. Majors Tour (non-Super Tour events)
(Spec Miata) - 1st: 2 tires       2nd-3rd: 1 tire

All U.S. Majors Tour Events
(All other eligible classes) - 1st: 2 tires       2nd: 1 tire

- Carbotech Performance Brakes  (Select Classes)
1st: $100 Product Certificate       2nd: $75 Product Certificate         3rd: $50 Product Certificate

- G-LOC Brakes  (Select Classes)
1st: $100 Product Certificate      2nd: $50 Product Certificate     Highest Finisher: $100 Product Certificate

- Mazda North American Operations (Select Cars & Classes)
(EP, FP, HP, GT1, GT2, GT3, GTL, T1, T2, T3, T4, STU, STL)
1st: $600   2nd: $350   3rd: $150   4th: $125   5th: $100

(Spec Miata, B-Spec, FA, P1, P2)
1st: $525   2nd: $250   3rd: $150   4th: $125   5th: $100

(FX, FE2)
1st: $250   2nd: $175   3rd: $140   4th: $125   5th: $100 
For complete program requirements and payout information including Points Championship and STL Majors Bonus payouts please click here.

- SCCA Enterprises (Select Classes)
Hoosier Super Tour SRF3, FE2 Sunday Only
1st: $250 PCV   2nd: $225 PCV   3rd: $200 PCV   4th: $175 PCV   5th: $150 PCV

- Toyota Racing Development (Select Cars & Classes)
TBA

Regional Road Racing Contingency Partners (Updated 12/27/19):

- Hoosier Racing Tire  (Spec Miata Class)
1st: 2 tires       2nd: 1 tire

- Mazda North American Operations  (All Classes)
Divisions with 8 or fewer races: 1st: $500   2nd: $300   3rd: $175   4th: $125

Divisions with 9-13 total races: 1st: $550   2nd: $350   3rd: $200   4th: $125
Divisions with 14-19 total races: 1st: $650   2nd: $425   3rd: $225   4th: $150
Divisions with 20 or more races: 1st: $750   2nd: $500   3rd: $250   4th: $175
For complete program requirements and payout information including Points Championship and Penske Shocks Bonus payouts please click here.

- Toyota Racing Development (Select Events, Cars & Classes)
TBA

Again, it is the responsibility of each driver to make sure they are eligible to receive any contingency awards in which they are interested. Be sure to check each requirement for each program by clicking here.

Additional information on the entire SCCA U.S. Majors Tour program can be found at SCCA.com/majors.

Photo Credit: Jay Bonvouloir

The 2010s may rival the 1980s as the most significant decade in the history of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).
 
As the decade comes to an end, IMSA is firmly established as a world leader in sports car racing and the undisputed premier sports car sanctioning body in North America. There have been countless memorable moments over the past 10 years, and we’ll take a look at the top 20 in a four-part series.
 
In this third part of the series – moments 10 through six – we put the spotlight on speed records, a heartwarming story and a couple of other historical moments.
 
10. Colin Braun Sets World Records at Daytona In Shank-Prepared Ford EcoBoost/Riley DP
Daytona International Speedway – Oct. 9, 2013
 
Colin Braun long has been considered one of the fastest prototype drivers in the world, and he’s got a record to prove it. On Oct. 9, 2013, Braun set two world speed records and turned the fastest lap in history on the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway oval.
 
The record runs came aboard the then-Michael Shank Racing-prepared Ford EcoBoost/Riley Daytona Prototype. Braun’s first record, a lap of the DIS oval at 40.364 seconds (222.971 mph), broke Bill Elliott’s record of 210.364 mph set in qualifying for the 1987 Daytona 500.
 
Next up were a pair of FIA-sanctioned world speed records – for 10 kilometers and 10 miles from a standing start both previously held by Hans Liebold. Braun’s 10-kilometer speed was 202.438 mph and his 10-mile speed was 210.018 mph, topping Liebold’s 10-km speed of 199.101 mph and his 10-mile speed of 208.316 mph set in a Mercedes-Benz Turbo in Nardo, Italy on May 5, 1979.
 
The record runs were administered and timed by IMSA.
 
“It was a very special, exciting day to be able to set the track record with a Daytona Prototype,” said IMSA Chairman Jim France. “I think it was very appropriate and very exciting. For Ford with their new EcoBoost engine, for Mike Shank and everybody involved at Ford Motor Company and their engineers and everybody who worked on the project, it’s wonderful to come to a great conclusion like this.”
 
9. Nasr Edges Jordan Taylor to Win Closest Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in History
Sebring International Raceway – March 17, 2019
 
There have been 67 runnings of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts and the closest one of them all was the 67th. Driving the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R, Brazilian Felipe Nasr edged Jordan Taylor in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi by just 1.030 seconds to win the 2019 rendition.
 
“Those last 20 minutes were super intense trying to hold off the 10 car, they were pretty fast,” said Nasr after delivering the victory for Action Express Racing and his co-drivers Eric Curran and Pipo Derani. “I’m so happy we got the victory and nailed every hour for the endurance championship as well. A perfect day for racing.”
 
That victory would help to propel Nasr, Derani and Curran to the 2019 IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup. And it also put Derani in the record books as the first driver since Phil Hill to win the Twelve Hours in three out of his first four appearances.
 
8. 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona Ushers in New Era for North American Sports Car Racing
Daytona International Speedway – Jan. 26, 2014
 
A dream was realized when the green flag dropped on the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona, as it was the first race of the new Tudor United SportsCar Championship – the product of the historic merger between the American Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.
 
A huge field of 67 cars participated in the twice-around-the-clock race, which included four classes of competition – Prototype (P), Prototype Challenge (PC), GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD).
 
At the end of the race, the driving trio of Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais went down in the record books as the first overall winners of the combined series. They co-drove their No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP to a 1.461-second victory over the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP of Wayne, Ricky and Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli.
 
The No. 911 Porsche North America 911 RSR shared by Nick Tandy, Richard Lietz and Patrick Pilet were GTLM class winners, with the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA quartet of Colin Braun, Jon Bennett, James Gue and Mark Wilkins taking the PC class win.
 
The GTD class win went to the No. 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari of Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Scott Tucker, Jeff Segal and Alessandro Pier Guidi following a late-race incident between Pier Guidi and the No. 45 Audi of Markus Winkelhock while battling for the victory.
 
7. USMC Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer Wins on Memorial Day Weekend
Lime Rock Park – May 24, 2014
 
Nearly three years to the day after he lost his left leg after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer claimed his first career victory in what is known today as the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut.
 
Dwyer co-drove the No. 27 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 to the Street Tuner (ST) race victory with Tom Long. The victory came two days after what Dwyer and many other members of the military referred to as his “Alive Day” – the day on which they narrowly escaped a fatal injury.
 
Fittingly, the victory also came on Memorial Day Weekend in a car that carried a patriotic, camouflage livery. And it was at Dwyer’s home track. He grew up in nearby Litchfield, Connecticut.
 
“Home track, Memorial Day, my Alive Day… surreal does not describe the jubilation I’m feeling right now,” said Dwyer after the victory. “Memorial Day is not a day that I take lightly. I know exactly what it means to myself and to my fellow service members. To be here in Connecticut, at Lime Rock, at my home track, a place I’ve camped at before … I can’t explain how awesome this feels right now.”
 
A year later, Dwyer was back in victory lane – this time at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. That victory came alongside co-driver Andrew Carbonell, who took the lead on the last lap of the two-hour, 30-minute race. That victory came in the presence of another Marine sergeant, Aaron Denning, who saved Dwyer’s life on that fateful day in Afghanistan.
 
6. Rolex 24 At Daytona Sets New All-Time Distance Record
Daytona International Speedway – Jan. 27-28, 2018
 
Many longtime fans and observers will point to the 1980s as one of the most significant decades in IMSA history, for a variety of reasons. The sports cars of that era were lightning fast, setting speed records that lasted for decades.
 
That is, until the late 2010s and the introduction of the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) race car. These new machines, which debuted in 2017, had the muscle to challenge longstanding records, along with the raceability of their predecessors.
 
In the 2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R traveled a total of 2,876.48 miles in the hands of co-drivers Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Filipe Albuquerque, totaling 808 laps around the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course.
 
In the process, the No. 5 team shattered the previous Rolex 24 mileage record of 2,760.960 miles set by John Paul Jr., Rolf Stommelen and John Paul Sr. in a Porsche 935 that completed 719 laps around what was then a 3.84-mile circuit. The car also broke the previous record of 762 laps completed in a Rolex 24 set in 1992 by Masahiro Hasemi, Kazuyoshi Hoshino and Toshio Suzuki in a Nissan R91 prototype.
 
“This is a great endurance achievement and story,” said IMSA CEO Ed Bennett. “We are extremely proud of all the drivers, teams, manufacturers and IMSA officials who played important roles to achieve this together.”
 
Another longstanding Daytona record fell a year later when Oliver Jarvis qualified the No. 77 Mazda Team Joest RT-24P DPi car at one minute, 33.685 seconds (136.792 mph) to take the pole for the 2019 Rolex 24. It eclipsed PJ Jones’ previous record of 1:33.875 (136.521 mph) set in 1993 aboard the No. 98 Toyota Eagle Mk III for Dan Gurney’s All American Racers.
The 2010s may rival the 1980s as the most significant decade in the history of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).
 
As the decade comes to an end, IMSA is firmly established as a world leader in sports car racing and the undisputed premier sports car sanctioning body in North America. There have been countless memorable moments over the past 10 years, and we’ll take a look at the top 20 in a four-part series. In this second part of the series, here are moments 15 through 11.
 
15. IMSA Teams Sweep GTE Pro Podium, Win GTE Am Class in 24 Hours of Le Mans
Le Mans, France – June 19, 2016
 
The middle of June each year is always left vacant on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule to enable those teams with the desire and wherewithal to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Over the years, IMSA teams have enjoyed tremendous success on the world stage at the Circuit de la Sarthe, but the 2016 event was a truly standout performance by the North American contingent.
 
In the much-ballyhooed return to Le Mans 50 years after Ford triumphed over Ferrari, the race came down to the Ford GTs fielded by Ford Chip Ganassi Racing USA and another group of WeatherTech Championship regulars, the Risi Competizione Ferrari team.
 
In the end, all three teams stood on the podium with Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais emerging victorious in the No. 68 Ford GT ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander and Matteo Malucelli in the No. 82 Risi Ferrari 488. Rounding out the podium was the No. 69 Ford GT of Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon.
 
On top of that, the GTE Am class also was won by an American IMSA team, the No. 62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GTE and its driving trio of Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell and Jeff Segal.
 
14. Bill Auberlen Ties Record with 60th IMSA Victory at Motul Petit Le Mans
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta – Oct. 12, 2019
 
If you’re going to a tie an all-time win record, the best way to do it is on the last lap of a 10-hour race.
 
That’s exactly what Bill Auberlen did in the 2019 Motul Petit Le Mans, closing out the season and the decade in the most dramatic fashion. Driving the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, Auberlen doggedly stalked race leader Felipe Fraga in the No. 33 Wynn’s Mercedes-AMG GT3 as the clock sped toward expiration.
 
Auberlen’s moment finally came just after the white flag signified one lap to go in the race and the season. Fraga’s fuel ran short just as Auberlen began to make his move and the Californian rocketed past to seal the victory. It was the 60th of his IMSA career, tying him with Hall of Famer Scott Pruett for the most all-time.
He’s in the catbird seat to become the all-time wins leader all by himself as the next decade begins.
 
13. Pruett Sets All-Time IMSA Wins Record with 60th Victory at Lone Star Le Mans
Circuit of The Americas – Sept. 19, 2015
 
We didn’t know it at the time, but when Scott Pruett and Joey Hand won the 2015 Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas in the No. 01 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing EcoBoost-powered Riley Daytona Prototype, it would be the last win of the eventual Hall of Famer’s career.
 
On that Saturday, the race played out like so many before in Pruett’s storied career with the Ganassi team. He and co-driver Hand benefited from a perfect mix of speed and team strategy to beat brothers Jordan and Ricky Taylor in the No. 10 Corvette DP by nearly 17 seconds.
 
It gave Pruett a nice, round 60 career victories in IMSA competition. At the end of that 2015 season, Pruett moved on to join the new Lexus RC F GT3 squad in the GT Daytona (GTD) class, where it was expected he would add to his win total.
 
However, after two seasons with that program, Pruett retired from the sport following one final appearance in the 2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Since then, Pruett has seen his win record tied by Bill Auberlen – who ironically picked up the 55th win of his IMSA career at COTA in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class on the same day as Pruett won his 60th.
 
12. Chip Ganassi Racing’s “Star Car” Delivers Team’s Record Sixth Overall Rolex 24 At Daytona Victory
Daytona International Speedway – Jan. 25, 2015
 
Chip Ganassi Racing’s history in sports car racing only dates back to 2004, but the team has left an indelible mark on IMSA competition. Its seven team championships and eight Rolex 24 At Daytona class victories place it near the top of the all-time IMSA charts.
 
But it’s the team’s six overall victories in the Rolex 24 At Daytona where it stands alone as the winningest team ever in Florida’s annual twice-around-the-clock classic. The team achieved that sixth overall victory the year before moving to the GTLM class to field the Ford GT program.
 
Doing the honors was the team’s No. 02 Ford EcoBoost Riley DP “Star Car” shared by IndyCar champions and Indy 500 winners Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan alongside NASCAR stars Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray. Dixon delivered the victory for the team, finishing a scant 1.3 seconds ahead of the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP of Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais. The No. 5 trio was looking for its second consecutive Rolex 24 win.
 
11. Scott Atherton Retires After 20 Years as IMSA President
Sept. 19, 2019
 
Ending a professional motorsports career that spanned more than 34 years, Scott Atherton announced his retirement as IMSA President effective at the end of 2019.
The last 20 years of Atherton’s career were spent as President of IMSA, including 13 years as the President and CEO of Panoz Motor Sports Group which operated the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Atherton co-led the ALMS merger with GRAND-AM Road Racing, which led to his role as president of the merged IMSA for seven years. Atherton’s retirement came at the end of the IMSA 50th Anniversary season.
 
“Scott is a racer at heart, but also a businessman and his dedicated, thoughtful leadership has positioned IMSA for continued growth as we begin the next 50 years of our racing heritage,” said Jim France, IMSA Chairman. “We are very grateful for all that he has done for the sport and wish him the absolute best during his well-deserved retirement.”
 
Atherton will continue to serve on the IMSA Board of Directors. He was replaced as IMSA President by former Mazda motorsports boss John Doonan, who takes the helm to start the 2020 season.
 
The 2010s may rival the 1980s as the most significant decade in the history of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).
 
As the decade comes to an end, IMSA is firmly established as a world leader in sports car racing and the undisputed premier sports car sanctioning body in North America. There have been countless memorable moments over the past 10 years, and we’ll take a look at the top 20 in a four-part series beginning with Nos. 20-16.
 
20. Taylor Brothers, Angelelli, Gordon Win Debut Race for Daytona Prototype international (DPi)
Rolex 24 At Daytona - Jan. 28, 2017
 
There was so much historical significance to the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona and its outcome. It was the debut race for the new Daytona Prototype international (DPi) race car, ushering a new era for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The race came down to a thrilling and somewhat controversial late-race lead change in which Ricky Taylor, driving the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R for his father’s Wayne Taylor Racing team, and Filipe Albuquerque in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi made contact in Turn 1. The contact sent the No. 5 off course and the No. 10 into the record books.
 
It made brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor first-time Rolex 24 winners. It made co-driver Max Angelelli a two-time Rolex 24 winner in what was the final race of his illustrious driving career. And it also added another crown jewel to the trophy case of four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon.
 
19. WeatherTech Becomes New Entitlement Partner in Surprise Announcement
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin – Aug. 8, 2015
 
The midsummer IMSA event weekend at Road America has become synonymous with the annual State of the Series presentation over the past several years. It’s when schedules for the following season are revealed along with the announcement of other significant news and developments.
 
In 2015, the State of the Series was not held onsite at Road America, but instead at the Osthoff Resort a few miles away in Elkhart Lake. And while that year’s presentation did include schedule announcements, the big news was the introduction of automotive accessories leader, WeatherTech, as the new entitlement partner of what would be known as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in a multiyear agreement effective with the start of the 2016 season. In a sport where secrets are rarely kept, this news managed to stay under wraps right up until its announcement.
 
18. Porsche 911 RSR Takes Overall Victory in Rain-Shortened Motul Petit Le Mans
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta – Oct. 4, 2015
 
Mother Nature played a starring role in the most improbable overall victory in WeatherTech Championship history. It happened on the first weekend of October 2015 in the finale of the second WeatherTech Championship season at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
 
Torrential rains plagued what was scheduled to be a 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans race around the 2.54-mile Georgia road course. Conditions were treacherous from the drop of the green flag, leading to multiple and lengthy full-course caution periods. As a result, the Prototype class cars that normally finished many laps ahead of the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class could not pull away from the field.
 
With conditions continuing to deteriorate and nightfall rapidly approaching, the call for the checkered flag came from race control with seven hours and 51 minutes completed. And crossing the finish line first was the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR GTLM entry co-driven by Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Richard Lietz.
 
17. One and Only GRAND-AM/ALMS Combined Weekend Provides Glimpse Into #TheFuture
Road America – Aug. 10-11, 2013
 
 #TheFuture became a trending hashtag in sports car circles in 2012 and 2013 as the historic merger between the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and American Le Mans Series approached. When the merger was announced in September 2012, company officials declared both series would run one final season separate from each other before combining at the start of 2014.
 
The GRAND-AM series had a 12-race season in 2013 while the ALMS contested a 10-race campaign. Three racetracks – Circuit of The Americas, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta – hosted both GRAND-AM and ALMS races on separate weekends that year.
 
Road America, meanwhile, put both series on the same weekend for the only time and provided a glimpse into #TheFuture on Aug. 10-11, 2013. The history-making event was commemorated in a photo opportunity featuring cars from both series intermingled with each other.
 
The GRAND-AM race that Saturday was won overall by Brendon Hartley and Scott Mayer in the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Ford-Riley DP, with Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana winning the GT race in the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 and Joel Miller and Tristan Nunez taking the GX class win in the No. 00 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8.
 
The next day, Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf piloted the No. 6 Muscle Milk Racing HPD prototype to the LMP1 and overall victory in the ALMS race, with Simon Pagenaud and Scott Tucker winning in LMP2, Bruno Junqueira and Duncan Ende winning in PC, Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens scoring the maiden GT victory for the factory Dodge Viper program and Spencer Pumpelly and Nelson Canache Jr. winning the GTC class.
 
16. 60th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Brings ALMS/FIA WEC Together
Sebring International Raceway – March 17, 2012
 
The milestone 60th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts was doubly intriguing, as the 2012 event featured not only the American Le Mans and its five classes but also was the debut race for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and its four classes.
 
A total of 64 cars competed in the race on that St. Paddy’s day across the nine classes. The overall victory went to the No. 2 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 TDI shared by Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello in the WEC LMP1 class, while Ryan Dalziel, Enzo Potolicchio and Stephane Sarrazin won the WEC LMP2 class.
 
Level 5 Motorsports co-drivers Scott Tucker, Joao Barbosa and Christophe Bouchut were the highest-finishing ALMS team (fourth overall) and won the ALMS P2 class in the Level 5 Motorsports Honda ARX-03b prototype. Chris Dyson, Guy Smith and Steven Kane won the ALMS P1 class in the Mazda-powered Lola, with CORE autosport and co-drivers E.J. Viso, Alex Popow and Burt Frisselle taking ALMS PC class honors.
 
Dirk Mueller, Joey Hand and Jonathan Summerton were in the highest-finishing GT car in the race, winning the ALMS GT class in the No. 56 BMW Team RLL M3 GT2. Andrea Bertolini, Olivier Beretta and Marco Cioci claimed the WEC LMGTE Pro class in the No. 71 Ferrari, with Christian Ried, Gianluca Roda and Paolo Roberti winning WEC LMGTE Am in the No. 88 Porsche. The ALMS GTC win went to Alex Job Racing Porsche co-drivers Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell and Dion von Moltke.
 
Word is, the podium celebrations are still continuing at Sebring even as we speak.
 
The first annual Colorado River Medical Center Needles River Rat Off-Road Poker Run will come to Jack Smith Memorial Park on March 14, 2020. Registration is now open for the inaugural event, which will welcome off-road vehicles of all types to a 35-mile course that runs to Park Moabi and back.
 
The Colorado River Medical Center Needles River Rat Off-Road Poker Run is presented by the Needles Chamber of Commerce. The event will feature a full day of off-road driving for UTVs, Jeeps, pre-runners, and more, followed by an afterparty with food vendors and live entertainment at Jack Smith Park.
 
Event registration for the first annual Colorado River Medical Center Needles River Rat Off-Road Poker Run is open now. Early registration costs $60, with a discount for the first 50 entries received, and runs through March 1. Each registration includes one T-shirt and one goodie bag. Payment is accepted by mail or via Square.
 
The Colorado River Medical Center Needles River Rat Off-Road Poker Run would like to thank the Colorado River Medical Center, The Healing Center, Pirate Cove, Tri State Community Healthcare, and St. Vincent de Paul for their support. For sponsorship inquiries, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (760) 326-2050.
 
For more information, visit www.needleschamber.com, like the Needles Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, or follow the event itself on Instagram at @riverratpokerrun.
It’ll be here before you know it.
 
As soon as the holidays are over, the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will get under way with the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona on the weekend of Jan. 3-5. It’s three days of open testing for both the WeatherTech Championship and the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, while the IMSA Prototype Challenge kicks off its six-race season with a three-hour battle on Saturday, Jan. 4.
 
The Roar is mandatory for all teams planning to participate in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, which means the same cars on the Roar entry list released today are expected to return for the 58th Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 23-26. Today’s 40-car entry list revealed teams, vehicles and car numbers; the entry list with drivers included will be released on Monday, Dec. 30. The complete entry list is here.
 
A total of 40 cars from 12 different manufacturers have been entered for the Roar. There will be eight cars in the lead Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class from three different manufacturers – Acura, Cadillac and Mazda. Among the entries is the 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona-winning No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R and the 2019 WeatherTech Championship DPi title-winning No. 6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05.
 
Substantial year-over-year growth is found in the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class, where seven cars from three different constructors – ORECA, Ligier and Multimatic/Riley – have been entered. Included among these entries is last year’s WeatherTech Championship LMP2 champion team, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, with a pair of ORECAs and the No. 81 DragonSpeed USA ORECA that won last year’s Rolex 24.
 
Seven cars also are entered in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, representing four different manufacturers: Chevrolet, BMW, Ferrari and Porsche. The 2019 Rolex 24-winning No. 25 BMW Team RLL M8 GTE is returning to defend its victory, as is the No. 912 Porsche GT Team that won the 2019 WeatherTech Championship title. Porsche will be introducing its new-for-2020 911 RSR to GTLM competition at the Roar, while the new, mid-engined Corvette C8.R will be debuting as well.
 
The GT Daytona (GTD) class again features the largest field with 18 entries from nine different manufacturers: Porsche, Lamborghini, Lexus, Aston Martin, Acura, Ferrari, Mercedes-AMG, Audi and BMW.
 
The GRT Grasser Racing Team – which won both the Rolex 24 and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts in 2019 – will prepare for its first full season of WeatherTech Championship competition in 2020 supporting three Lamborghini Huracán GT3 entries. The 2019 WeatherTech Championship GTD champion Meyer Shank Racing team also returns with a pair of Acura NSX GT3 machines.
 
The Roar entry list for the Michelin Pilot Challenge features a strong, 37-car field, including 26 Grand Sport (GS) class entries and 11 in the TCR class. The full list is available here. This test is not mandatory for Michelin Pilot Challenge teams, so look for even more entries when the series returns to Daytona for the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge season-opener on Friday, Jan. 24.
 
Speaking of season openers, the IMSA Prototype Challenge will have an 18-car field to kick off its 2020 campaign on Saturday, Jan. 4. That entry list is available here.
 
The three-hour race starts at 12:15 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold which is available at nbcsports.com/gold/trackpass. Live Timing & Scoring data and IMSA Radio commentary of the race also will be available on IMSA.com.
The 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona will take place January 25-26. Tickets are available at www.DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com
 
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