No. 14 Lexus and No. 46 Lamborghini. Photo courtesy of IMSA

Here’s the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona entry list, so far

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Because there’s been an avalanche of announcements ahead of next year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, which is barely more than a month away, you might have lost track of who’s all driving where and what driver lineups are set.

Luckily, we’re keeping track on our end.

Here’s what we know, via a mix of team releases and news reports. Lineups that have yet to be formally confirmed, but have participated in Daytona testing, have an asterisk by them.

PROTOTYPE (13-14 expected)

Most of the Prototype field is already set. Mazda is due to announce their full lineups before the end of the year and it’d be a surprise if it didn’t feature some familiar faces as the extra drivers.

PR1/Mathiasen and JDC/Miller, which step up from PC, also are due formal reveals of their lineups, expected to feature similar names. Starworks’ Peter Baron has a habit of pulling some incredible lineups out for the Rolex 24 and he would figure to do so with at least one of his entries in 2017.

Full season

2, Tequila Patron ESM, Ligier JS P217 Nissan, Dalziel/Sharp/Derani
22, Tequila Patron ESM, Ligier JS P217 Nissan, E. Brown/van Overbeek/B. Senna/Hartley
5, Action Express Racing, Cadillac DPi-V.R, Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Albuquerque
31, Action Express Racing, Cadillac DPi-V.R, Cameron/Curran/S. Morris/Conway
10, Wayne Taylor Racing, Cadillac DPi-V.R, J. Taylor/R. Taylor/Angelelli/J. Gordon
55, Mazda Motorsports, Mazda MRT24-P, Bomarito/Nunez (extra driver to be announced)
70, Mazda Motorsports, Mazda MRT24-P, T. Long/J. Miller (extra driver to be announced)
52, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, Ligier JS P217 Gibson, Kimber-Smith/Gutierrez/Guasch*
85, JDC/Miller Motorsports, Oreca 07 Gibson, TBA
90, VISIT FLORIDA Racing, Riley Mk. 30 Gibson, van der Zande/Goossens (extra driver to be announced)
TBA (7, 8 or 88 expected), Starworks Motorsport, Riley Mk. 30 Gibson, TBA

Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup/Daytona only

TBA (21 or 81 expected), DragonSpeed, Oreca 07 Gibson, Lapierre/Hanley/Hedman/Duval
TBA (12 or 13 expected), Rebellion Racing, Oreca 07 Gibson, Heidfeld/Buemi/Jani/Sarrazin

GT LE MANS (10-13 expected) 

Corvette, BMW and Porsche have formally revealed all their full lineups. Ford’s is expected in the next couple weeks. Risi is traditionally the latest of the bunch, and often revolves around what Ferrari factory drivers are available.

Per Sportscar365, Ford is planning a four-car run at Daytona for its GTLM program. Proton Competition has reportedly planned a one-car outing for Daytona and Scuderia Corsa ran a Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup GTLM program last year with a 488 GTE.

Full season

3, Corvette Racing, Corvette C7.R, Magnussen/Garcia/Rockenfeller
4, Corvette Racing, Corvette C7.R, Gavin/Milner/Fassler
19, BMW Team RLL, BMW M6 GTLM, Auberlen/Sims/Farfus/Spengler
25, BMW Team RLL, BMW M6 GTLM, Edwards/Tomczyk/Wittmer/Catsburg
62, Risi Competizione, Ferrari 488 GTE, Vilander*
66, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, Ford GT, Hand/D. Mueller*
67, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, Ford GT, Briscoe/Westbrook/Dixon*
911, Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR, Pilet/D. Werner/Makowiecki
912, Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR, Vanthoor/Estre/Lietz

Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup/Daytona only

TBA, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, Ford GT, TBA
TBA, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, Ford GT, TBA
TBA, Proton Competition, Porsche 911 RSR, Ried

GT DAYTONA (Widest range: 22-30-plus possible) 

Of the teams that have announced a full-season program for 2017, Stevenson, TRG and Turner Motorsport haven’t put out their full-season lineups. It’d be a surprise if Stevenson shifts from its 2016 lineup. At least eight extra entries will join the fun at Daytona, likely with more to follow.

Full season

6, Stevenson Motorsports, Audi R8 LMS, Liddell/A. Davis*
9, Stevenson Motorsports, Audi R8 LMS, Aschenbach/M. Bell (U.S.)*
14, 3GT Racing, Lexus RC F GT3, Karam/Pruett/I. James/Menezes
15, 3GT Racing, Lexus RC F GT3, Hawksworth/Alon/Cindric/D. Farnbacher
27, Dream Racing, Lamborghini Huracán GT3, Sbirrazzuoli/DeGeorge/Ruberti/Giammaria*
48, Paul Miller Racing, Lamborghini Huracán GT3, Sellers/Mad. Snow/B. Miller/Caldarelli
33, Riley-Team AMG, Mercedes-AMG GT3, Keating/J. Bleekemolen (extra drivers to be announced)
50, Riley-WeatherTech Racing, Mercedes-AMG GT3, Jeannette/MacNeil/van Gisbergen (extra driver to be announced)
75, SunEnergy1 Racing, Mercedes-AMG GT3, Vautier/Habul/Said (extra driver to be announced)
54, CORE autosport, Porsche 911 GT3 R, Braun/Bennett (extra drivers to be announced)
73, Park Place Motorsports, Porsche 911 GT3 R, J. Bergmeister/Lindsey/McMurry
TBA, TRG, Porsche 911 GT3 R, TBA
63, Scuderia Corsa, Ferrari 488 GT3, Balzan/Nielsen/Cressoni (extra driver to be announced)
86, Michael Shank Racing, Acura NSX GT3, Segal/Negri/Dyer/Hunter-Reay
93, Michael Shank Racing, Acura NSX GT3, Lally/Legge/Wilkins/Rahal
96, Turner Motorsport, BMW M6 GT3, TBA
97, Turner Motorsport, BMW M6 GT3, TBA

Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup/Daytona only

11, GRT Grasser Racing Team, Lamborghini Huracán GT3, Engelhart/Ineichen/Bortolotti/E. Companc
TBA, GRT Grasser Racing Team, Lamborghini Huracán GT3, Engelhart/Ineichen (extra drivers to be announced)
21, Konrad Motorsport, Lamborghini Huracán GT3, Basseng/Mapelli/Willsey (extra driver to be announced; Trebing has tested)
28, Alegra Motorsports, Porsche 911 GT3 R, Morad/Lazare/M. de Quesada (extra driver to be announced)
29, Montaplast by Land-Motorsport, Audi R8 LMS, De Phillippi/Mies/Gounon/Schmidt
46, Ebimotors, Lamborghini Huracán GT3, Babini/E. Busnelli (extra drivers to be announced)
59, Manthey Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 R, Reimer/Renger/Proczyk/S. Smith* (testing only thus far)
98, Aston Martin Racing, Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda (extra driver to be announced)

PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE (5-7 expected)

No PC team has yet announced a driver for next year other than Performance Tech Motorsports running James French in its No. 38 Oreca FLM09. Despite CORE’s absence and PR1/Mathiasen and JDC/Miller both stepping up to Prototype, PC should field anywhere from five to seven cars at Daytona between Starworks Motorsport, JDC/Miller, Performance Tech and BAR1 Motorsports.

ADDITIONAL TEAMS OF NOTE

There are still several teams that raced in 2016 are yet to reveal their full 2017 intentions and scale of program. Some may turn up at Daytona and others may have turned their final wheel in IMSA for the time being.

Of note, the GTD programs of Magnus Racing, Alex Job Racing (and Team Seattle), Black Swan Racing, Change Racing and Lone Star Racing are a festival of TBD.

The above list is always subject to change, and only figures to expand from what’s already listed.

Vettel in no rush to sign new Ferrari F1 contract

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Sebastian Vettel is in no rush to sign a new Formula 1 contract with Ferrari despite his current deal expiring at the end of the season.

Vettel joined Ferrari in 2015 on a three-year deal, and currently leads the F1 drivers’ championship for the Italian marque ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel’s future has been subject to much speculation as part of the annual ‘silly season’ driver rumor mill, but the four-time world champion has shown few signs of wanting to leave Ferrari.

In order to focus on his bid for a fifth title, Vettel is not looking to sign a new contract with Ferrari any time soon, believing there to be no need for an immediate decision.

“We have other things to do. In the summer there’s a bit more time, there’s a couple of weeks rest where there’s no race,” Vettel said in Thursday’s FIA press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“But for now, focus is extremely high on working on the car. A piece of paper can be signed fairly quickly, so that’s not a problem.

“I’m not in a rush, I don’t think the team is in a rush as far as I understand. I think they would tell me otherwise.

“There’s no problem. Nothing’s wrong.”

Vettel is currently paired at Ferrari with Kimi Raikkonen, whose contract is also up at the end of the year.

‘Dinner with Racers’ rides again for third season

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Spencer Pumpelly killing a guy… allegedly. Johnny O’Connell attempting to run over Dario Franchitti… again, allegedly. Copious mentions of Bill Riley. Chicken sandwiches.

All these inside jokes, along with awesome stories and food selections, are staples of the “Dinner with Racers” podcast series, which is presented by Continental Tire, and will roll on once again this fall for a third season.

The key addition to this year from co-creators Sean Heckman, PR veteran and partner in TMB Creative, Inc. (The Media Barons) and Ryan Eversley, Acura factory driver for RealTime Racing in the Pirelli World Challenge, is the launch of an official guest submission contest (fans can submit their guest recommendations here), as well as other fan contests to be revealed as they get closer to hitting the road.

Quotes from both Eversley and Heckman in the official release go true to form if you know both individuals, their styles and sense of humor, and if you’ve listened to any of the podcasts from seasons one and two.

“I can’t believe we’re doing this again,” stated co-host Eversley. “It’s honestly a lot of fun to do this, and in many ways very refreshing. The enthusiasm we find in every guest we meet, no matter how accomplished, is incredible, and something that reminds us both how great it is to work in this sport. The only thing more satisfying is the tremendous fan response we’ve had over the years. We honestly had no clue how many people would not only listen, but respond so positively, and for that we couldn’t be more grateful. This year we’re trying to do a little more to include our fan-base, we hope they enjoy it.”

“I agree, it’s a lot of fun,” continued Heckman. “For the first week.”

The cross-country trip will occur this fall and episodes are generally released around the holidays, either on the front side or back side of Thanksgiving but before Christmas.

Ferrucci steps up to Formula 2 with Trident for rest of season

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American racer Santino Ferrucci will make the step up to FIA Formula 2 for the remainder of the 2017 season, linking up with Trident.

Ferrucci, 19, made his GP3 debut in 2016 and has raced in the series ever since, balancing development duties with the Haas Formula 1 team.

The native of Woodbury, Connecticut will make his F2 debut this weekend in Hungary, securing a seat with Trident for the rest of the season.

“We are really proud to announce the agreement reached between Team Trident and the American racer Santino Ferrucci for the final five rounds of the FIA Formula 2 season,” Trident team manager Giacomo Ricci.

“The 19-year-old already had the chance to test one of our GP3 Series cars in last November’s collective postseason test at Abu Dhabi.

“Back then, he impressed the team’s staff, bringing home great results and keeping his name among the top-5 at all times.

“He is now set to make his Formula 2 debut at Budapest, on the same track where he led the way in GP3 Series testing.

“I am sure that Santino has all the skills needed to adapt to a Formula 2 car very quickly. Also, thanks to his Formula 1 experience, he will not have problems in managing more power and carbon fiber brakes.”

Pirelli confirms Brazil, Abu Dhabi tire selections to finish 2017

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Pirelli has confirmed the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix tire selections for the final two races of the season, which brings to a conclusion all the selected sets for the rest of the way.

Pirelli will have the supersoft, soft and medium compounds on offer at Sao Paulo in Brazil with the ultrasoft back for Abu Dhabi with the supersoft and soft compounds.

The Abu Dhabi selections will match those at Austin and Mexico City for that back-to-back in October.

Here are the remaining tire selections for after the summer break. At Hungary this weekend, teams can run the supersoft, soft and medium.

  • August 27: Belgium, Ultrasoft, Supersoft, Soft
  • Sept. 3: Italy, Supersoft, Soft, Medium
  • Sept. 17: Singapore, Ultrasoft, Supersoft, Soft 
  • Oct. 1: Malaysia, Supersoft, Soft, Medium
  • Oct. 8: Japan, Supersoft, Soft, Medium
  • Oct. 22: USA, Ultrasoft, Supersoft, Soft 
  • Oct. 29: Mexico, Ultrasoft, Supersoft, Soft
  • Nov. 12: Brazil, Supersoft, Soft, Medium
  • Nov. 26: Abu Dhabi, Ultrasoft, Supersoft, Soft