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

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

Kyle Busch interests McLaren for Indy 500, but team is leaning toward experience

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With Arrow McLaren SP heavily weighing a fourth car for the Indy 500 next year, Kyle Busch is a candidate but not at the top of the IndyCar team’s list.

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown addressed the possibility Wednesday morning during a video news conference with Gavin Ward, the team’s newly named racing director.

“I have not personally spoken with Kyle Busch, but you can read into that that someone else in our organization has,” Brown said. “We want to make sure if we run a fourth car, we’re in the mindset that we want someone that is experienced around the 500. It’s such an important race, and from a going for the championship point of view, we’ve got three drivers that we want to have finish as strong as possible, so if we ran a fourth car, we’d want to be additive, not only for the fourth car itself, but to the three cars and so bringing in someone who’s not done it before potentially doesn’t add that value from an experience point of view.”

Busch will race the No. 8 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing next season in NASCAR under a new deal that will allow the two-time Cup Series champion to make his Indy 500 debut. Busch, who had a previous deal to run the Indy 500 nixed by Joe Gibbs Racing, openly courted Chevy IndyCar teams to contact him during his introductory news conference with RCR last month.

After Team Penske (which has given no indications of a fourth car at Indy alongside champion Will Power, Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin), McLaren is the second-best Chevy organization, and it’s fielded an extra Indy 500 car the past two years for Juan Pablo Montoya. The Associated Press reported last month that McLaren was in “serious conversation” about running Busch at Indy with Menards sponsorship.

But with its restructured management, the team is in the midst of significant expansion for 2023. AMSP is adding a third full-time car for 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi to team with Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist, and a massive new shop also is being built in the Indianapolis area.

“(It’s) not because of him but purely because of experience,” Brown said of Busch. “He’s an awesome talent and would be huge, huge news for the speedway. But yeah, I think everyone is under consideration if we decide to do it, but experience is right at the top of the list as far as what’s going to be the most important to us.”

And it seems likely there will be a veteran joining Rossi, O’Ward and Rosenqvist at the Brickyard.

“A fourth car at the 500 is very much under consideration,” Brown said. “I wouldn’t even want to get ahead of ourselves, but we wouldn’t be ruling out a fourth car in the future on a full-time basis. That definitely wouldn’t be for ’23. But as we expand the team and get into larger facilities and things of that nature, it’s something that Gavin and I have spoken about.

“I think we would be in a position to run a fourth car at the 500 this upcoming year. If we do decide to do that, we’ll make that decision soon for maximum preparation, and I would say we’re open minded to a fourth car in ’24 and beyond and probably will make that decision middle of next year in time to be prepared if we did decide to do that.”

Brown also addressed the future of Alex Palou, who will be racing for Chip Ganassi Racing next season after also signing a deal with McLaren. Though Brown declined to get into specifics about whether Palou had signed a new deal, he confirmed Palou will continue to test “our Formula One car from time to time.

“Everyone has reached an amicable solution,” Brown said. “We’ve now had Alex in our Formula One car as we have Pato. That will continue in the future, which we’re quite excited about. At this point we’re laser-focused on 2023 and glad to have the noise behind us and now just want to put our head down and get on with the job with the three drivers we have.”