Pair of IndyCar-related wins, interesting laptimes at Rolex 24

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Sebastien Bourdais will have got all the glory of the overall Rolex 24 at Daytona win, and Townsend Bell, NBCSN’s IndyCar analyst, also was in the headlines as his Level 5 Motorsports team bagged the GT Daytona class win after a review by IMSA.

They weren’t alone in putting up interesting times or storylines from this year’s Rolex 24.

More than 20 drivers who competed in one or more IndyCar race in 2013 took to the grid at this year’s Rolex 24, as well as the top two from Indy Lights and new 2014 rookie Mikhail Aleshin.

Here’s a breakdown of their results, and additionally, their best lap times and average lap times.

The data was compiled by Mike Hedlund, a Co-Founder & CTO at Social Concepts who also races full-time in the Pirelli World Challenge championship with the DragonSpeed Ferrari team. Hedlund’s full data breakdown from all drivers can be found here; in the meantime, here’s the results and times breakdown for the IndyCar contingent below.

Race results, 2014 confirmed drivers:

Driver Team Class/Class Result  Best Time/ Avg. Lap
Sebastien Bourdais Action Express Racing P/1st, overall win  1:39.2/1:41.96
Simon Pagenaud Extreme Speed Motorsports P/7th  1:40.8/1:42.93
Scott Dixon/Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing P/8th  1:40.2/1:41.96;1:40.2/1:42.22
Justin Wilson Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian P/12th  1:40.9/1:42.71
Ryan Hunter-Reay SRT Motorsports GTLM/3rd  1:45.2/1:47.04
Graham Rahal BMW Team RLL GTLM/4th  1:45.5/1:47.51
Mikhail Aleshin SMP/ESM Racing GTD/4th  1:47.5/1:49.71
James Hinchcliffe SpeedSource P/14th  1:53.1/1:54.1
Ryan Briscoe Corvette Racing GTLM/10th  1:46.0/1:48.24 

Race results, Other 2013 drivers (IndyCar/Indy Lights): 

Driver Team Class/Class Result  Best Time/ Avg. Lap
Lucas Luhr Muscle Milk Pickett Racing P/5th  1:40.9/1:43.09
Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing P/11th  1:41.2/1:43.14
AJ Allmendinger Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian P/12th  1:40.6/1:42.65
Tristan Vautier SpeedSource P/13th  1:49.6/1:52.15
Katherine Legge/Gabby Chaves DeltaWing Racing Cars P/16th  1:41.0/1:44.39;1:41.5/1:43.92
E.J. Viso/Sebastian Saavedra Starworks Motorsport P/17th  1:40.7/1:42.92;N/A
Alex Tagliani/Conor Daly RSR Racing PC/8th  1:43.7/1:45.74;1:43.7/1:45.77
Townsend Bell Level 5 Motorsports GTD/1st  1:48.2/1:49.52
James Davison TRG-AMR GTD/22nd  1:47.6/1:50.44

F1 2017 driver review: Esteban Ocon

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Esteban Ocon

Team: Sahara Force India
Car No.: 31
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: P5 (Spain, Mexico)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 87
Championship Position: 8th

A shining star in Mercedes’ junior programme, Esteban Ocon vaulted fellow youngster Pascal Wehrlein in the pecking order to secure a seat at Force India for 2017 – and boy, did he live up to the hype.

Ocon arrived at Force India with half a season of racing under his belt after his outings with Manor late in 2016, but wasted little time in settling in, scoring points on debut in Australia after winning a thrilling three-way fight with Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso.

The Frenchman spent much of the year close to teammate Sergio Perez – even if things did get a little too close in Canada, Baku and, finally, Spa, prompting the team to introduce team orders – and impressed the entire paddock with his displays.

While no podium was forthcoming, Ocon was often leading the midfield fight, enjoying three straight finishes ahead of Perez from Japan to Mexico. Given how well Perez is rated on-track in the paddock, to have convincingly beaten him in such fashion did a lot for Ocon’s reputation.

The term ‘Oconsistency’ also came into F1’s dictionary as he set a new record for consecutive finishes from his first race, with his retirement in Brazil ending the streak at 27 grands prix. It was also his first retirement in a single-seater race since the 2014 Macau Grand Prix.

The highlight moment arguably came at Monza, though, when Ocon stuck his Force India third on the grid through torrential rain in qualifying. While he would drop to P6 at the checkered flag, the display nevertheless cemented his place as one of F1’s rising stars.

Mercedes rates Ocon very highly, and with Valtteri Bottas’ future beyond 2018 already being questioned by the paddock, a good season could see the youngster move on up to the top table of F1 for 2019. His progression in the next 12 months will be fascinating to keep track of.

Season High: Lining up P3 on the grid at Monza after a rainy qualifying.

Season Low: Clashing with Perez in Baku, costing Force India a possible podium.