Final entry list for 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona


DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — The official 61-car entry list has been released for the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona, which will begin a new hybrid prototype era of sports car racing Saturday (1:30 p.m. ET, NBC).

Tom Blomqvist is on the pole position for defending race winner Meyer Shank Racing after the No. 60 Acura ARX-06 qualified first in the debut of the new Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) category. There are nine cars in the top division of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Porsche and BMW joining Cadillac and Acura, the existing holdovers from the DPi era of 2017-22.

The field for the 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona was capped at 61 cars across five division because the LMDh cars of GTP required larger garage and pit stalls. IMSA officials have said at least 70 entry applications were submitted.

OFFICIAL ENTRY LIST: Click here for the final driver and team configurations in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona

Four of the five class-winning teams return from last year’s Rolex 24, and there are 62 drivers with Rolex 24 class wins in the field (led by Andy Lally with five).

In addition to the nine cars in GTP, there are 10 in LMP2, nine in LMP3, 10 in GTD Pro and 23 in GTD.

The field also features 10 active drivers from the NTT IndyCar Series, including Colton Herta, Simon Pagenaud, Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves racing in the top class. Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin will be making their sports car debuts in LMP2, which also will feature Rinus VeeKay and Devlin DeFrancesco. Kyle Kirkwood returns in the GTD class, and Romain Grosjean will make his Rolex 24 debut in GTD Pro in the Iron Lynx Lamborghini.

After winning the Daytona 500 as a rookie last year, Austin Cindric will try to become the fifth driver to win the Rolex 24 along with NASCAR’s biggest race.

Click here for the official entry list for the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona.


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Motocross: Chase Sexton to miss Hangtown after midweek practice crash

Sexton Hangtown practice crash
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Chase Sexton announced on Instagram he will sit out this weekend’s Pro Motocross race at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California after a practice crash on Tuesday left him with a concussion.

Sexton’s crash on Tuesday happened during a test session at Fox Raceway.

“Bummed to make this post but I’ll be sitting out this weekend,” Sexton said. “As you guys saw I had a big one during qualifying at Pala, then another one on Tuesday this week that banged me up pretty good. Nothing broken just need a few days to get back to 100%.”

Despite his crash in the first qualification session in Pala, California, Sexton mounted up for both motos and finished second in each race behind his teammate Jett Lawrence, who was making his Motocross debut and won with a pair of first-place finishes. Sexton padded his SuperMotocross points’ lead over the injured Eli Tomac, who is still second in the combined Supercross and Motocross standings despite missing the SX finale at Salt Lake City and the outdoor opener with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Sexton has an advantage of 78 points over Cooper Webb and cannot give up his SMX lead by missing this round.

At stake, however, is the risk of losing ground to Lawrence in the Pro Motocross championship. Sexton currently trails his teammate by six points and is liable to lose significant ground this weekend.

In addition to his concussion, Sexton has also been diagnosed with mononucleosis and the combination of the two conditions caused the team to make the difficult decision to keep him out of the lineup at Hangtown.

“I’m super-bummed to miss this weekend’s race,” Sexton said in a press release. “I feel like I rode well at Pala, and I was really looking forward to Hangtown because it’s a good track for me. Unfortunately, I was already pretty banged up from my qualifying crash on Saturday, and now with mono and Tuesday’s concussion on top of it, I want to do the right thing and hopefully be back on the track soon.”

A return date for Sexton has not yet been announced.

Other 2023 Injury News

450 riders
Eli Tomac, Achilles tendon | It was just a freak deal
Justin Barcia,
collarbone and shoulder
Jason Anderson, vertebrae
Christian Craig, elbow
Marvin Musquin, wrist
Malcolm Stewart, knee | Signs two-year extension
Aaron Plessinger, hip | returned at Salt Lake City
Dylan Ferrandis, concussion | Will not return until Motocross
Cooper Webb,
concussion | returned at Pala

250 riders
Nate Thrasher, hip
Stilez Robertson, leg
Cameron McAdoo, shoulder
Seth Hammaker, arm and wrist
Austin Forkner, knee | Injury isn’t the hardest part
Jo Shimoda, collarbone | returned at Atlanta
Jalek Swoll, arm | returned at Pala