Friday Notebook: IndyCar pit stop rulebook update, Filippi’s solid day

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Some additional Friday news and notes from around the media center and paddock in Baltimore:

  • Several rules updates in the wake of the Sonoma pit dust-up between Scott Dixon and Will Power. First, INDYCAR officials have added point-of-reference “courtesy zones” to the outside of each pit box to aid in monitoring pit stop conduct; said zones are defined by 45-degree dotted lines.
  • New Rule 7.9.17 has been added to reinforce the pit stop code of conduct: “Any participant who, in the opinion of the officials, positions a car, equipment and/or personnel so as to create a hazard or disruption of the event or to interfere with the activities of another competitor may be penalized.
  • Rule 7.2.5.2 has been amended to read: “When displayed from the starters stand to a lapped car, as ordered directly by the Race Director, the blue flag is a command to immediately give way. During the race, any car failing to give way within one lap of the display of the blue flag will be penalized.”
  • Not much came out of the Andretti Autosport morning media availability, nor would you really expect it to. James Hinchcliffe’s contract status didn’t come up as it could have. Ryan Hunter-Reay said of any potential lineup changes – it’s him, Hinch, Marco Andretti and E.J. Viso with Carlos Munoz rumored in the works – “hopefully there are no subtractions.”
  • Barracuda Racing rookie Luca Filippi’s first day on a North American street course has been a solid one. The chicane on the front straight, Filippi compared to the one at the Singapore Grand Prix. “The chicane is very similar. You jump on the curb about the same way, but here it is funny with the exit on the rails. It makes the transition not so easy, and it is quite slow exiting that corner. It’s nothing dangerous; it just affects traction.” He ended the second practice session an impressive 11th.
  • Justin Wilson’s latest charity featured (one of the others was Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson’s Clarky’s Corner, at Toronto) on his No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda is the Dempsey Challenge, Patrick Dempsey’s charity presented by Amgen that celebrates its five-year anniversary this year. More information on the charity can be found at www.dempseychallenge.org.

Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, stats

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.