IMSA releases entry list of 26 cars for its July 4 return to racing at Daytona

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There are 26 cars entered in the July 4 race at Daytona International Speedway that will mark IMSA’s return from a five-month layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The race will begin at 6:05 p.m. ET with coverage on NBCSN, the NBC Sports App and, as well as TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.

The IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona will feature three of the series’ four classes. There are eight entries in the Daytona Prototype International (DPi) division, six in GT Le Mans (GTLM) and 12 in the GT Daytona (GTD) class.

With some teams having pulled out because of financial and logistical reasons, the car count is down from the DPi-GTLM-GTD races last year, which typically saw entries in the low 30s for races outside the Rolex 24 and Sebring International Raceway. There will be no LMP2 class at Daytona.

Click here to view the entry list for the July 4 race on the 3.56-mile, 12-turn road course at Daytona.

In January, there were 39 entries in the Rolex 24 at Daytona (down from 47 in 2019), which marked the smallest field in the race’s 58-year history (the previous low was 42 in 1962, the race’s second year).

IMSA has been on hiatus since the Rolex 24 on Jan. 25-26. A crowd of up to 5,000 will be permitted at Daytona for the series’ return July 4. After Daytona, IMSA will race July 18 at Sebring International Raceway, which also will mark the return of LMP2.

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

Pastrana Nitro Rallycross
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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.