Action Express Cadillacs pace first two Roar practice sessions for Rolex 24 Hours

AUTO: JAN 26 IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona
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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — Mike Conway turned the fastest lap in the Friday afternoon session of the Roar Before the Rolex 24 at Daytona test as Action Express Racing Cadillacs led the way at Daytona International Speedway.

Conway’s lap of 1 minute, 36.225 seconds in the No. 31 nipped the 1:36.231 lap turned by Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 60 Acura of Meyer Shank Racing.

Six-time and defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon was third fastest (1:36.502) with the No. 01 Cadillac of Chip Ganassi Racing in the afternoon session, and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi (1:36.662 in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing) and Loic Duval (1:36.788 in the No. 5 Cadillac of Mustang Sampling JDC Miller) rounded out the top five.

SPEED CHARTSClick here for Session II results l Click here for fastest lap by class and driver l Click here for fastest by class

Conway turned 12 laps in the session, and teammate Chase Elliott, who is making his Rolex 24 debut, also made 10 circuits. The Cup Series champion’s final lap was his fastest, ranking him 16th on the road course where he won last August in NASCAR’s premier series.

Elliott, who turned the most laps (17) in the first session, was about a second behind the pace of seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who made 12 laps in the session.

“It’s a whirlwind. It’s like trying to drink water through a fire hose right now, just trying to learn,” Elliott said in a team release. “It’s obviously a high-performance vehicle – especially through the braking zones and through those sections of the track where they like speed. The faster you go through some of these sections the better it drives.

“I’m trying to get that through my head a little bit. I felt like every lap I was getting better, pushing my limits and trying to figure out how fast I could get through those fast sections. It’s a lot of fun for sure. I’ll keep working at it and go from there.”

Said Johnson in a release: “This is a ton of fun. It’s an awesome race car. We have an amazing teaming and amazing driver lineup. The camaraderie amongst the team, the professionalism, and the focus on winning is the great combination of all those things. So, I’m really excited and enjoying myself.

“We were in a different car when we tested so I’m getting used to this specific car. Of course, we’ve made some changes since the last time we were here and there’s a lot more traffic on the track. So, we’re trying to understand where the track is going and what the set up needs to be was the bulk of [what we did] today.”

Here were the fastest drivers in other classes for Session 2:

LMP2: Giedo van der Garde, Racing Team Nederland

LMP3: Moritz Kranz, Muehlner Motorsports America

GTLM: Tommy Milner, Corvette Racing

GTD: Marcos Gomes, Scuderia Corsa

Action Express Racing’s No. 48 Cadillac of Kamui Kobayashi, Simon Pagenaud, Johnson and Mike Rockenfeller paced the earlier session Friday.

Saturday’s schedule will feature another morning practice and then qualifying for Sunday’s Motul 100, the first time a qualifying race has been used to set the starting grid of the Rolex 24.

The IMSA season opener will be held Jan. 30-31 at Daytona with coverage on NBC and NBCSN.

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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