Cars haven’t turned wheels on the track, but lots of IMSA news coming out of Daytona today. Some exciting, some disappointing. Here we go…
First, the disappointing – for now at least. The new Mercedes AMG GT3 will be at the test, but will not be on the grid for the early part of the 2016 IMSA season. The good news is that there is a lot of interest. Mercedes will deliver cars to existing customers who put in orders early, which means no AMG GT3 at the Rolex 24. The silver lining also may be that Mercedes sounds interested and the issue is just a matter of logistics. The other good news is that DragonSpeed intends to be at Daytona with two Mercedes SLS GT3 cars, so hopefully they’ll make the Rolex 24.
Second, Turner Motorsports will be running to BMW M6 GT3 entries in the GTD class. Turner had an October test at Sebring with the car and will take delivery of its twin M6 models in December.
Third, Corvette Racing is adding some deep talent to its enduro driver line ups in the form of Marcel Fassler and Mike Rockenfeller. Both are more recently known for success with Audi, so it is a little surprising that they haven’t ended up in Audi GTD entries if they were going to spend time in IMSA. However, Fassler has prior Corvette GT experience and Rockenfeller has run with several times in a Corvette DP.
While not connected to the GT class, Starworks announced that Indycar driver Jack Hawksworth will join the team for the Rolex 24 in their PC class entry. Jack has prior PC experience in 2015 with another team and will be in the car during the test at Daytona to get acquainted with the team.
Want to see some photos and read some other odds and ends from Daytona? Check out Sportscar365.com for Monday news and notes. We should expect to see more comprehensive coverage from multiple outlets starting Tuesday.