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BMW boss Rahal says finishing Daytona was "almost like a win"

BMW team boss Bobby Rahal has described getting the two new M Hybrid V8 LMDh prototypes to the finish on debut in last weekend’s Daytona 24 Hours as “almost like a win”.

HPD boss "amazed" by GTP reliability on debut at Daytona 24 Hours

The boss of Honda Performance Developments has expressed his amazement at the high levels of reliability demonstrated by the all-new GTP prototypes in last weekend's Daytona 24 Hours.

Why WTR Acura lacked pace to beat MSR in Daytona 24 showdown

Filipe Albuquerque admits that he knew it would be a tall order for Wayne Taylor Racing to overcome sister Acura squad Meyer Shank Racing in last weekend's Daytona 24 Hours.

How MSR took Acura to the first win of sportscar racing's new era

After much anticipation, the new dawn for sportscar racing got underway with a result that mirrored last year's IMSA SportsCar Championship's season-opener run to the previous DPi rules. Here's how Acura once again took top honours in the Daytona 24 Hours with a 1-2 led by Meyer Shank Racing, as the new GTP class for LMDh hybrid prototypes made its bow

Porsche aims to “learn quick” from Daytona 24 Hours disappointment

Porsche’s director of factory racing Urs Kuratle says his team will gain valuable answers from its disappointing results in the Daytona 24 Hours.

Beating Pro cars at Daytona "cherry on the cake" for GTD-winning Aston team

Beating the GTD Pro entries en-route to winning the Daytona 24 Hours GTD class was "an extra cherry on the cake" for Heart of Racing Aston Martin driver Ian James.

LMP2 winner Allen 'wasn't breathing' in Daytona 24 photo finish

Proton Competition driver James Allen says he wasn't breathing when he drafted past Ben Hanley's Crowdstrike Racing by APR car to steal LMP2 victory in the Daytona 24 Hours.

Winning MSR Acura "super lucky" with Daytona 24 gearbox scare

The Meyer Shank Racing Acura team was "super lucky" to win the Daytona 24 Hours despite its malfunctioning gearbox for most of the race, according to team boss Michael Shank.

Bourdais “surprised” Cadillac was beaten on pace in Daytona 24 Hours

Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac driver Sebastien Bourdais said he was surprised that the victorious Acura ARX-06 outperformed his new V-LMDh in the Daytona 24 Hours IMSA SportsCar Championship season opener.

Daytona 24: MSR Acura opens GTP era with win, Proton snatches LMP2 by 0.016s

Meyer Shank Racing scored its second consecutive victory in the Daytona 24 Hours in the first race for the IMSA SportsCar Championship's new GTP regulations, leading an Acura 1-2 finish.

Daytona 24, Hour 21: MSR Acura back in front with three hours left

The Meyer Shank Racing Acura was back in front with three hours remaining in the Daytona 24 Hours that opens the IMSA SportsCar season.

Daytona 24, Hour 18: Cadillac in command with six hours to go

Chip Ganassi held a commanding net lead in the Daytona 24 Hours as dawn broke, while Meyer Shank Racing recovered to second to set up a Cadillac vs Acura battle.

Westbrook: Tyre strategy as crucial as reliability in Daytona 24 Hours closing stages

Cadillac Racing’s Richard Westbrook says tyre strategy in the closing hours of the Daytona 24 Hours could prove as crucial as reliability in deciding the overall winner.

Daytona 24, Hour 15: Porsche takes lead amid trouble for MSR Acura

Porsche Penske Motorsport moved to the front of the Daytona 24 Hours in the 15th hour after the erstwhile-leading Meyer Shank Racing Acura developed an oil leak issue.

Daytona 24, Hour 12: Acura leads Cadillac at half-distance

The Meyer Shank Racing Acura of Simon Pagenaud had reclaimed the lead of the Daytona 24 Hours as the race reached mid-distance, but its rivals were in hot pursuit.

Daytona 24, Hour 9: Cadillac back in charge, scare for MSR Acura

Chip Ganassi Racing's #01 Cadillac V-LMDh led the Daytona 24 Hours at the nine-hour mark, as the Meyer Shank Racing Acura dropped back following a spin for Helio Castroneves.

Daytona 24, Hour 3: Cadillac leads Acura and Porsche

The #01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac leads the Acuras of Meyer Shank Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing after three hours of action in the 61st Daytona 24 Hours.

Daytona 24, Hour 1: Acura leads, BMW in trouble early

Tom Blomqvist lead the opening hour of the Daytona 24 Hours aboard the Meyer Shank Racing Acura, as BMW became the first of the GTP manufacturers to hit trouble.

Toyota WEC star Conway relishing Lexus Daytona 24 Hours GTD outing

Toyota FIA World Endurance Championship star Mike Conway says he is relishing the chance to pick up "new skills" driving a Lexus GT3 car in this weekend's Daytona 24 Hours.

Tandy: Night pace could fluctuate "dramatically" in Daytona 24 Hours

Porsche driver Nick Tandy is expecting the pace of GTP cars to change "quite dramatically" when they switch to the new cold-temperature Michelin tire in this weekend's Daytona 24 Hours.

Porsche: Daytona 24 Hours will “deliver answers” on GTP’s competitive order

Porsche’s head of motorsport Thomas Laudenbach believes today’s Daytona 24 Hours will deliver a telling verdict on the competitive order of IMSA’s new GTP cars.

Grosjean upbeat ahead of Lamborghini debut in Daytona 24 Hours

Romain Grosjean has expressed his satisfaction with the build-up to this weekend's Daytona 24 Hours, which will mark his first outing as a factory Lamborghini driver.

Daytona 24: Ganassi Cadillacs top final GTP practice at Daytona

Renger van der Zande produced the fastest lap for Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac in the new GTP class’s final systems check before tomorrow’s 61st Daytona 24 Hours.

Taylor: Reset button will be "worn out" but better than limp mode in Daytona 24

Ricky Taylor has zero worries over the pace of the new Acura ARX-06, but believes the new GTP cars will encounter several sensor issues over the course of the Daytona 24 Hours.

Daytona 24: Cadillacs lead BMW in fourth practice

In the GTP teams’ penultimate practice ahead of the Daytona 24 Hours, Alexander Sims put Action Express Racing Cadillac on top from Ganassi, while Nick Yelloly lifted his BMW to third.

Winward Mercedes replaces injured Auer with Morad for Daytona 24

Lucas Auer will sit out the Daytona 24 Hours after suffering back injuries in practice and will be replaced by GT4 racer Daniel Morad at Winward Mercedes.

The big question concerning IMSA's new LMDh cars on their debut

The new LMDh era finally begins in earnest this weekend with the IMSA SportsCar Championship curtain-raiser at Daytona. The prospect of multiple marques going all guns blazing for victory over 24 hours is a salivating one for fans of sportscar racing, but what are the chances of the new hybrid machines (known as GTP cars Stateside) proving reliable enough to win on debut?

Podcast: Daytona 24 Hours – the dawn of a new era

Whenever we see drivers climbing into the race seat of a new set of cars at the start of a new season, the atmosphere is filled with anticipation. And that’s the prospect this weekend.

Daytona 24: Porsche leads Acura in night practice

Matt Campbell put the #7 Penske Porsche on top in third practice for the Daytona 24 Hours, just 0.172s ahead of Filipe Albuquerque in the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura.

Daytona 24: Westbrook’s Ganassi Cadillac tops second practice

Richard Westbrook ensured Cadillac’s new V-LMDh snagged top spot in second practice for the Daytona 24 Hours, ahead of the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Andretti Autosport Acura.

Auer suffers back injury in Daytona 24 practice shunt

Mercedes driver Lucas Auer has suffered a back injury and been taken to hospital following a violent crash in opening practice for this weekend's Daytona 24 Hours.

Daytona 24: WTR Acura tops heavily interrupted FP1

Five red flags disrupted the first practice session for this weekend's Daytona 24 Hours, while Filipe Albuquerque put the Wayne Taylor Racing Andretti Autosport Acura on top.

LMP2 drivers question move to slow class for Daytona 24 Hours

Leading LMP2 drivers have questioned the need for the secondary class to be slowed ahead of this weekend's Daytona 24 Hours, given that the new top-class GTP cars are running similar lap times to their DPi predecessors.

Inside BMW's long-awaited prototype racing return

Much like German OEM rival Porsche, BMW's absence from sportscar racing’s top flight will be ended this weekend when a pair of M Hybrid V8 prototypes make their debut in the Daytona 24 Hours. A programme focused on the IMSA SportsCar Championship for now will expand to the World Endurance Championship and Le Mans next year, in a sign of both its ambition and pragmatism

Porsche "miles off" compared to Daytona 24 GTD rivals, says Tincknell

Harry Tincknell believes the lack of pace Porsche demonstrated in qualifying for this weekend's Daytona 24 Hours is genuine and the German manufacturer is "miles off" its GT Daytona class competitors.

Westbrook: New Cadillac GTP “puts emphasis on the driver”

Cadillac Racing driver Richard Westbrook says the new GTP cars in IMSA’s top class place more emphasis on the driver, and believes they will be more raceable than the Daytona Prototypes that went before.

Brumos birdstrike at 50: How Porsche beat adversity to win 1973 Daytona 24 Hours

This weekend’s Daytona 24 Hours sees the dawn of a new era as Porsche returns to top-flight prototype sportscar racing in America. But 50 years ago it witnessed another milestone event that helped craft its 911 RSR legend.

Tandy didn’t do “too much damage” in Daytona 24 qualifying shunt

Factory Porsche driver Nick Tandy says he was lucky that his 963 LMDh car didn’t sustain “too much damage” in his qualifying crash for the Daytona 24 Hours.

Magnussen ruled out of Daytona 24 Hours after surgery

Haas Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen will not take part in the Daytona 24 Hours after undergoing a surgery on his left hand last week.

Power withdraws from Daytona 24 due to wife’s ill health

Two-time and reigning IndyCar champion Will Power has decided to pull out of next week’s Daytona 24 Hours due to ongoing medical issues for his wife Elizabeth.

Cadillac shows off new liveries for LMDh cars of Ganassi, Action Express Racing

Cadillac has revealed the colour schemes for the three Cadillac LMDh cars set to make their competition debut at the Daytona 24 Hours.

Conway to race Vasser Sullivan Lexus in Daytona 24 Hours

Mike Conway will join Jack Hawksworth and Ben Barnicoat in the #14 Lexus RC F in this month’s Daytona 24 Hours.

IndyCar champion Power to make IMSA debut in Daytona 24 with SunEnergy

Reigning IndyCar champion Will Power will make his IMSA SportsCar Championship debut in the Daytona 24 Hours later this month after signing to race a Mercedes-AMG GT3 for SunEnergy1 Racing.

Fittipaldi, Lux join Rick Ware in IMSA, Cindric gets Daytona drive

Pietro Fittipaldi and Eric Lux will drive for Rick Ware Racing in the LMP2 class of the IMSA SportsCar Championship campaign in 2023.