NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers are set to attempt in yet addition celebrated offseason motorsports accident with this week’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, the top U.S. sports car alley chase at Daytona International Speedway.
Just canicule afterwards three NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers competed in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the alternation will be represented by six above alternation champions and bristles Indianapolis 500 winners in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s season-opening race.
Scott Dixon, a five-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES best and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner, account the Indy car accidental at the Rolex 24, and he appreciates drivers aggravating altered disciplines, as Conor Daly, Santino Ferrucci and James Davison did in aftermost week’s Chili Bowl, a midget chase on dirt.
“It shows their versatility and it shows some drivers accept opened the eyes of others to about-face beyond categories,” Dixon said. “But it’s boxy because the akin of antagonism these canicule is through the roof no amount what chic you are activity to.”
Dixon will drive for Wayne Taylor Racing, the Rolex 24’s ascendant all-embracing champion. Dixon and Ryan Briscoe are allotment of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. in the event’s top chic (DPi). Dixon is a backstab accident champion, but he is active the faster prototypes for the aboriginal time in four years.
“It’s nice to attending advanced and not attending in the mirrors the accomplished time like I did with the GT cars,” said Dixon, who competes for Chip Ganassi Racing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
Among the added alternation audience aggressive in Daytona Beach are Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport, Simon Pagenaud of Aggregation Penske and Colton Herta with Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport, additional Aggregation Penske, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian, Vasser Sullivan and DragonSpeed.
Full television advantage of the 58th anniversary accident begins Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The NBC Sports Network will air the chase from 2:30-6 p.m. and from 11 p.m.-3 a.m., abiding at 6 a.m. Sunday. The final 90 account of the chase affectedness on NBC on Sunday alpha at noon.
Hunter-Reay, who won an NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship in 2012 and an Indianapolis 500 in 2014, has abutting the No. 55 Mazda Aggregation Joest access that won aftermost year’s pole. This team, forth with Acura Aggregation Penske, are amid the top candidates to be the all-embracing champion.
The top two finishers in aftermost year’s Indianapolis 500 – Pagenaud and Rossi – are allotment of the Acura Aggregation Penske’s entries. Rossi, who won the 500 in 2016, will drive with three-time Indianapolis 500 champ Helio Castroneves and sports car adept Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi. Pagenaud, the 500 champ and 2016 alternation champion, will aggregation with backstab 500 champ Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron, a three-time IMSA champion, in the team’s No. 6.
“All the drivers in the apple appetite to be here,” Pagenaud said. “We accept a absurd aggregation actuality at Aggregation Penske, and I absolutely appetite to add this to the bays list. That would be fantastic.”
Team Penske aftermost was the all-embracing best of Daytona’s 24-hour chase in 1969.
Said Rossi: “Obviously, for Simon and I this isn’t our full-time job but at the aforementioned time there’s a lot of alertness and charge that goes into these (endurance) circuit and we accept an obligation to the aggregation and the architect to represent them and get results. We accept a big ambition this year to go out and assuredly get a Rolex 24 win.”
Four-time Indy car best Sebastien Bourdais has abutting Mustang Sampling Racing/JDC-Miller MotorSports and will co-drive the No. 5 Cadillac DPi. Matheus Leist, who collection for AJ Foyt Racing aftermost season, will be in the team’s added Cadillac, No. 85 which includes above NTT INDYCAR SERIES disciplinarian Tristan Vautier.
The Rolex 24 has 38 entries amid four classes. Ben Hanley, who is accepted to drive for DragonSpeed in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 15, will co-drive the team’s LMP2 No. 81 Oreca 07.
Herta, a two-race NTT INDYCAR SERIES champ as a amateur and a Rolex 24 chic best aftermost year, is a co-driver of the BMW Aggregation RLL No. 25 entry, a BMW M8 GTE co-owned by Bobby Rahal, in the GT Le Mans chic (GTLM).
The GT Daytona chic (GTD) has the better acreage with 18 cars. Townsend Bell, a anchorperson of NTT INDYCAR SERIES contest on NBC, will co-drive the No. 12 Lexus RC-F GT3 entered by AIM Vasser Sullivan, which is endemic by 1996 Indy car best Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan. Ascendant NASCAR Cup best Kyle Busch will accomplish his Rolex 24 admission active the team’s No. 14 car.
Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian is aggressive in the Rolex 24 for the 17th year. The event’s all-embracing champ in 2012 with AJ Allmendinger and Justin Wilson active has won three poles and denticulate four podiums over the years. This year, MSR is fielding the Nos. 57 and 86 Acura NSX GT3s in the GTD class.
The chase can be heard on Sirius 138 and XM 202.
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