Only 12 cars are entered for next week’s Nov. 15-16 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship test at Daytona, which owes a lot to the fact the new Daytona Prototype international (DPi) cars haven’t been revealed yet (that will come next week in Los Angeles) and a number of new GT cars haven’t yet arrived to teams.
Nonetheless there’s a handful of key entries among those 12 running. One car apiece comes from Prototype, Prototype Challenge and GT Le Mans, with the debut of PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ new Ligier JS P217 running alongside a single BAR1 Motorsports and BMW Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM in the other two classes.
In GT Daytona, there’s nine cars. The pair of Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s make their public debut; Mark Wilkins and Tom Dyer join the four announced drivers of Andy Lally, Katherine Legge, Jeff Segal and Ozz Negri. Lally and Segal are paired in the No. 93 Acura with Legge and Negri – who shared Shank’s No. 60 Ligier JS P2 Honda at Detroit this year.
The Montaplast by Land Audi and EBIMotors Lamborghini are also on the grid, along with the No. 6 Stevenson Audi, Dream and Paul Miller Lamborghinis, and Sandown GT Racing’s USA Mercedes (the test chassis pictured above from 2015) make up the numbers.
Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.
Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.
The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.
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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.
In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.
Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.
“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”