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IMSA 24 Hours of Daytona


  • Daytona International Speedway 1801 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 Daytona Beach FL 32114 USA (map)

Not Corvette’s day - Record crowd at Daytona 24-hour IMSA season opener curtailed by rain

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Check out reigning GTLM Champ # 3 Corvette pictured in front row celebrating IMSA’s 50th anniversary at the world-class Daytona International Speedway.

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The Corvette Racing Team won a choice pit spot at the Roar before the 24.

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That advantage was short-lived by time lost to repair the # 3 from a collision in the pits.  

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Another mistake was reportedly running out of gas, blamed on faulty telemetry.  Proves that a human on standby with spiral notebook and pen is a good precaution.  

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Rain forecast for Sunday turned into an all-day affair.  Aquaplaning was common.  A slide into the tire barrier and repairs set back the # 4.  Standing water, scant visibility, long caution periods and mercifully a red flag ended the action.   

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On the bright side, these Corvette Racing Team special driver edition Corvettes were a popular display.

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This # 17 IMSA Corvette driven at Daytona in 1973 by Jerry Thompson HOF was also displayed for sale.

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# 62 Risi Ferrari & # 911 & 912 Porsche in Brumos retro livery were fastest in GTLM regardless of the lousy weather.

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Ford also went retro and led GTLM at times.

The Corvettes finished 6th and 8th in the 9-car GTLM class.

Results compiled by Wayne Ellwood.

Bonus:  Doug Fehan holds court before the Corvette faithful (42 min)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYndvc2QPvE

Bonus: 20 years of Corvette racing at Daytona (4 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTBMSQf4qRQ

Thanks to Mark Windecker, Larry VanScoy, Jim Rij and Johnny Lightning Och for photos and being on the spot.

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This Corvette race report reflects opinions, observations and information from a variety of sources in the moment and in good spirit.  Readers advised to consult additional sources for greater accuracy and completeness.  

Sebring next hosts IMSA 12 hours and the WEC 6 hours on March 15-17.

Earlier Event: November 17
WEC Shanghai China
Later Event: March 1
SVRA Sebring
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