A lot of IMSA’s 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona field is already set

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There’s a lot of lineups that have already been announced for next year’s 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona, the opening round of the newly renamed IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It’s only one month out from the Roar Before the Rolex 24, Jan. 8-10.

A high volume of entries is expected, particularly in the GT Daytona class, which will see a move to FIA GT3-spec machinery replacing the GTD-specific machinery we have seen the last two years.

Here’s a quick summation of what has already been formally announced for the Rolex 24:

PROTOTYPE

5 – Action Express Racing – Corvette DP – Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Albquerque/Pruett
31 – Action Express Racing – Corvette DP – Cameron/Curran/J. Adam/Pagenaud
10 – Wayne Taylor Racing – Corvette DP – J. Taylor/R. Taylor/Angelelli
90 – Visit Florida Racing – Corvette DP – Dalziel/Goossens/Hunter-Reay
60 – Michael Shank Racing – Ligier JS P2 Honda – Negri/Pew/Allmendinger (fourth driver TBA)
0 – DeltaWing Racing Cars – DeltaWing DWC13 – (Lineup TBA; Legge/Meyrick/Rayhall tested)

PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE

8 – Starworks Motorsport – Oreca FLM09 – Van der Zande/Popow/Cumming/Hawksworth
54 – CORE autosport – Oreca FLM09 – Braun/Bennett/Wilkins (fourth driver TBA)
85 – JDC/Miller Motorsports – Oreca FLM09 – Simpson/Goikhberg/C. Miller (fourth driver TBA)

GT LE MANS

3 – Corvette Racing – Corvette C7.R – Garcia/Magnussen (Rockenfeller or Fassler slotted here)
4 – Corvette Racing – Corvette C7.R – Gavin/Milner (Rockenfeller or Fassler slotted here)
24 – BMW Team RLL – BMW M6 GTLM – Edwards/Luhr/Wittmer/Rahal
25 – BMW Team RLL – BMW M6 GTLM – Auberlen/D. Werner/Farfus/Spengler
66 – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – Ford GT – Hand/D. Mueller (endurance drivers due to be named soon)
67 – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – Ford GT – Briscoe/Westbrook (endurance drivers due to be named soon)

GT DAYTONA

22 – Alex Job Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 R – L. Keen/MacNeil
23 – Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 R – M. Farnbacher/James
33 – Riley Motorsports – Dodge Viper GT3-R – J. Bleekemolen/Keating/M. Miller/D. Farnbacher
44 – Magnus Racing – Audi R8 LMS – Lally/Potter
48 – Paul Miller Racing – Lamborghini Huracán GT3 – Sellers/Mad. Snow/B. Miller
63 – Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari 488 GT3 – C. Nielsen (second driver TBA)
69 – O’Gara Motorsport – Lamborghini Huracán GT3 – T. Bell/Sweedler
96 – Turner Motorsport – BMW M6 GT3 – Klingmann/Curtis/Wittmann/Freiberg
97 – Turner Motorsport – BMW M6 GT3 – Palttala/Marsal/J. Krohn/M. Martin
TBA – Black Swan Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 R – Catsburg/Pappas
TBA – Change Racing – Lamborghini Huracán GT3 – TBA; Lamborghini drivers have tested this car
TBA – Stevenson Motorsports – Audi R8 LMS – TBA
TBA – Stevenson Motorsports – Audi R8 LMS – TBA
TBA – Konrad Motorsport – Lamborghini Huracán GT3 – TBA

There are other programs, linked below, which have also been revealed via media reports or are either highly likely to happen or fully expected to continue from 2015 into 2016.

Drivers that tested at the recent November test are below in italics, but are not officially confirmed:

PROTOTYPE

70 – Mazda Motorsports – Mazda Prototype – Nunez/J. Miller/T. Long/Pigot/Bomarito/Tremblay
07 – Mazda Motorsports – Mazda Prototype – (TBA, but drawing from Mazda pool)
01 – Chip Ganassi Racing – Riley Ford – (TBA, and car not confirmed yet, but if it runs would likely feature CGR NASCAR/IndyCar drivers)
02 – Chip Ganassi Racing – Riley Ford – (TBA, and car not confirmed yet, but if it runs would likely feature CGR NASCAR/IndyCar drivers)
TBA – Tequila Patron ESM – Ligier JS P2 Honda – Sharp/Brown/JVO (fourth driver TBA)
TBA – SMP Racing – BR01 Nissan – Minassian/Mediani/A. Ladygin (fourth driver TBA)

PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE

20 – BAR1 Motorsports – Oreca FLM09 – Mowlem/Alder/Merzon/Eversley
26 – BAR1 Motorsports – Oreca FLM09 – (TBA on drivers, did not test)
38 – Performance Tech Motorsports – Oreca FLM09 – (TBA on drivers, did not test)
52 – PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports – Oreca FLM09 – (TBA on drivers, did not test)
88 – Starworks Motorsport – Oreca FLM09 – Kearby/Alon/Freiberg

GT LE MANS

62 – Risi Competizione – Ferrari 488 GTE – (TBA on drivers)
911 – Porsche North America – Porsche 911 RSR – (TBA on drivers, expected this month)
912 – Porsche North America – Porsche 911 RSR – (TBA on drivers, expected this month)

GT DAYTONA

18 – DragonSpeed – Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 – Montecalvo/Mancuso (entry subject to approval)
19 – DragonSpeed – Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 – Gomez (entry subject to approval)
24 – Autometrics Motorsports – Porsche 997 GT3 R – Toussaint/Friedman
73 – Park Place Motorsports – TBA – Lindsey/TBA
80 – Lone Star Racing – Dodge Viper GT3 R – Knox/TBA
93 – Riley Motorsports – Dodge Viper GT3-R – TBA
007 – TRG-AMR – Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 – TBA (entry subject to approval)
TBA – AMR – Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 – Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda/Stanaway

Other entries may arise; this is a tentative list and is likely going to grow in the days and weeks leading up to both the Roar and the Rolex 24.

The “entry subject to approval” note pertains to potential entries from manufacturers who are reportedly not yet committed to becoming one of IMSA’s official Automotive Partners.

Many of the not-as-yet-set driver situations also come down to driver ratings; lineups within the pro-am PC and GTD classes require at least one Silver in the full-season lineup and a maximum of two Platinum/Gold-rated drivers in a four or five-driver lineup for the Rolex 24. In a three-driver lineup, that maximum is one.

Chase Sexton wins Triple Crown Anaheim 2 Supercross: Levi Kitchen unseats Jett Lawrence in 250s

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Chase Sexton won two of the three races in the Monster Energy Supercross Anaheim 2 Triple Crown, which was enough to overcome a fifth-place finish in Race 2 and give him the overall victory. It was the second Supercross win of his career.

“Super big night for me,” Sexton told NBC Sports’ Will Christien. “After last weekend with that being a struggle, I just need to come out here and stop the bleeding a little bit and I did that tonight.”

Sexton suffered a crash on Lap 1 of his heat, sending him into Last Chance Qualifier. The bad gate pick put him in a difficult position to start the race and he was able to climb to only fifth at the checkers.

At Anaheim 2, three riders entered the final race of the Triple Crown in a winner-take-all scenario. Sexton, Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac each had a shot at victory. It raised the intensity level for all riders in an evening that featured a lot of comers and goers.

Jason Anderson took the early lead in Race 3, which set him up for the overall victory. Sexton stalked and passed him midway through the race and then a minor mistake late allowed Webb to slip around as well. Anderson’s 5-1-3 gave him second overall.

“I had a tough couple of rounds, getting off that Anaheim 1 crash and then last week weekend I fumbled a little bit, but I’m excited to get back on the box and start moving forward,” Anderson told Jason Thomas.

Anderson finished seventh in the first two rounds of 2023.

RESULTS: How they finished for the 450 Main in Anaheim 2

Ken Roczen was the model of consistency in the opening rounds and at Anaheim 2. In three races so far this year, he’s gotten progressively better each time with a fifth in A1, a fourth last week in San Deigo and a third this week.

With results of 2-3-4, he earned his first podium of the season, which lands him fourth in the standings.

“This was hard earned,” Roczen said after the race. “I completely botched the start and then to have to work my way up. I only happen on the very last lap to step up here on the podium.”

Webb’s solid second-place finish in the third race allowed him to leapfrog several riders and finish fourth overall, but a seventh in Race 1 kept him off the podium. He improved in each race in Anaheim, however, with a 7-4-2.

With a 4-6-5, Dylan Ferrandis rounded out the top five.

The intensity of the race was a little too much for Tomac.

While battling side-by-side with Webb in Race 3 at the one-third mark, Tomac jumped wide and crashed hard. He fell to 14th, doing some damage to his bike in the process. He advanced only one position in that race to 13th. His first two races, a third and second, were strong enough to give him sixth overall. He retains the points lead, but it has shrunk to a gap of only four over Sexton and Webb.

Malcolm Stewart injured late in the week and was not able to mount.


Levi Kitchen became the first rider to unseat Jett Lawrence in the Triple Crown format at Anaheim 2 and won the overall with consistency. In his three races, Kitchen finished 4-2-2 to narrowly edge the winner of the first two races.

“This whole day; this is unbelievable. I took a few good slams in practice and I was down on myself,” Kitchen told NBC Sports Jason Thomas afterward. “The first moto I got a good start and got shuffled back, then I knew I just needed to be consistent.”

Jett Lawrence saved his best for last – which wasn’t hard given the struggles he experienced in the first two races.

Despite those problems, he entered Race 3 of the Triple Crown three points behind Kitchen after suffering a pair of disappointing races by his personal measuring stick. In the first and second 250 races of the night, Lawrence hit the ground. He dropped to the final rider in the running order in Race 2 with a Lap 1 fall. But in both races, he was able to overcome his mistake and close the gap so that he had a chance to take his first Triple Crown win of his career.

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Lawrence rode to third in Race 1 and sixth in Race 2. In the final race of the night, Lawrence did all he could. He earned the holeshot, but when Kitchen fell in behind him, Lawrence’s fate was sealed. His 3-6-1 tied him in points with Stilez Robertson, but the tiebreaker goes to the final round and his win secured second-place.

“I can definitely say Triple Crowns are not my thing,” Lawrence told NBC Sports Will Christien. “We have one more to try and fix this, so hopefully we can get that done.”

Lawrence will move into the 450 class for the Lucas Oil Motocross outdoor season and his 250 record book will be closed.

The best news for Lawrence is the other riders who entered this round in the top three had a worse night, so Lawrence leaves Anaheim with a 16-point gap on Cameron McAdoo and 17 over RJ Hampshire.

Roberston finished 6-1-3 to take the final step of the podium.

“Getting that win in the second Main meant a lot,” Roberston told Thomas. “I wish I could have done a little better in the third one, but we’re still up here on the box.”

Mitchell Oldenburg used consistency to earn fourth in the overall. He finished 5-4-6.

After missing the Main last week in San Diego, Max Vohland finished 7-8-4 to round out the top five.

RJ Hampshire set himself up as the early favorite with his Race 1 win. In Race 2, it all fell apart. He fell in the sand section and damaged his bike, finishing last in that race. The final event of the night for the 250s provided only a 13th-place finish, leaving Hampshire deep in the points.

Cameron McAdoo hard crash in qualification, which was scary news for a team that has seen three of their riders sidelined with injury. McAdoo was never quite able to get his rhythm with an 8-7-5.

2023 Race Recaps

San Diego: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence double down
Anaheim 1: Tomac wins opener for the first time

Anaheim 2 coverage

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