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#5907 - 01/18/23 09:10 AM Rolex 2023 this weekend and next  
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Number 3 Corvette C8.R begins another full-season championship challenge in GTD PRO

Corvette Racing is back where it all started a quarter-century ago as the team returns to Daytona International Speedway for its two-week, season-opening event in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

First up is the Roar Before the 24 – three days of official testing that culminates in qualifying for the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The Roar runs from Friday through Sunday, with practice starting for the Rolex 24 on Thursday, January 26.

This season marks the second for Corvette Racing in the GT Daytona (GTD) PRO category. This year’s lineup features the two-time IMSA championship-winning pair of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor challenging for another full-season title, and fellow Corvette Racing veteran Tommy Milner in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R.

While this is the first race together for the trio, one has shared the cockpit of a Corvette with the other on multiple occasions.
While Garcia and Taylor are full-season teammates, Milner was a full-time Corvette driver in 2011 with Garcia as his long-distance teammate.
Coincidently, they went on to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year.

Fast-forward to 2015 and Taylor was the third driver at Le Mans with Milner and Oliver Gavin as the trio won their class in a storybook ending for Corvette Racing.
Daytona was the site of Corvette Racing’s first event in 1999. In its 12 Rolex starts since then, the program has won the race four times, the most recent coming in 2021 when Garcia, Taylor and Nicky Catsburg led a 1-2 Corvette Racing finish in the final Rolex 24 for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) category.

There are eight entries from seven manufacturers in GTD PRO for this year’s Rolex 24. Combined with the regular GTD field, Corvette Racing will be in a fight among 23 production-based cars around the 3.56-mile, eight-turn circuit that combines Daytona’s super-speedway oval with its infield road course.

The Roar Before the 24 is set for Friday-Sunday with GTD qualifying for the Rolex 24 scheduled for 1:25 p.m. on Sunday.
The session will stream live around the world on IMSA.com.

ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:

“Going for the second time in GTD PRO at Daytona will be a little bit different. We have a year of experience now. A year ago, it was hard for us and hard for IMSA to know what to expect from the performance of our car. I hope we are in a better position this time around, especially at Daytona.
We were lacking a ton of performance, and we were not competitive and couldn’t fight for wins.
I hope things change. The team has one year of experience in this category. We know our weaknesses and where we are strong.
I hope we have a chance to win.”

“For Corvette Racing, Daytona is a key part of our season. We’ve been lucky enough to win it a few times. Last year wasn’t a great year for us, but I hope we have a chance to be up there, work for it and maybe win the Rolex again.”

“It’s great to have Tommy back. I was still a third driver when he joined the team, and I was able to be in the car with him for a year. We won Le Mans together, so I think it’s a good moment to get together again and win all the other big races we can win. I haven’t won Daytona or Sebring with him, so this is a good chance to try for that.”

JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:

“Heading into the season, the motivation is winning as much as we can. That starts with the Rolex 24.


Last year we had a tough race in our first event in GTD. Getting an understanding about what the car needs and what the drivers need is a lot to learn. Having done the whole season a year ago, we can take what we learned into practice, and hopefully we can hit the ground running strong at Daytona.” “With the GTD PRO class growing as much as it has, Daytona will be such an important event for us.

We’ve got so many manufacturers from around the world, and it’s a big deal to represent Corvette and Chevrolet on our home turf. We won the race in 2021, and hopefully we can come back with a strong car in GTD after learning what we did a year ago.

Furthermore, we’re definitely hoping for another watch this year.” “It was kind of sad not having Tommy in the IMSA field last year. He’s been a staple in this sport for so many years. I know he enjoyed WEC and exploring the different tracks. For us, it’s nice to have him back home.

The last time we drove the same car, we won Le Mans back in 2015, so we have a lot of good history and good memories. We had a good battle back in 2021 around Daytona. He’s one guy you’d rather have in your car than racing against. Hopefully we can go win some more races together.”

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:

The team had a pretty tough year last year. They won at Sebring and were competitive at some places, but for the most part the first year bringing a GTLM car down to GTD was challenging, for sure. I would say expectations for Daytona, we go there to win. That’s why we race
. Last year was a big challenge for us. We were very slow in a straight line, hopefully that will be better. The goal is to win the race and winning a championship.

“Daytona itself is a huge part of the IMSA championship and endurance racing around the world. It kicks off the racing season around the world.
The track itself is not crazy difficult, but the race itself is challenging. You have to have a car that is good in all kinds of conditions.

It can get pretty hot in the daytime and also freezing at night. The oval itself poses its own challenges. It’s one car from each manufacturer and great driver lineups with great teams. So it’s a challenge for all of us as drivers and a team to compare ourselves to some of the best in the world. It’s a challenge that Corvette Racing is always up for. No matter what hand we’re dealt, we’ll work our magic to get our Corvette up front.”

“I enjoyed my time last year in WEC to go all around the world and represent Corvette Racing. To go around the world and show off this Corvette to a lot of fans who have never seen the car before was special. As an American kid, being at home is quite nice, and the chance to race the three major races in the IMSA championship is fantastic.”



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Antonio Garcia is hopeful that Corvette C8.R Racing will be able to fight for the GTD Pro class win in next weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona in the second year of the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R GTD program.

The Pratt Miller-run squad, which celebrates its 25th year in IMSA competition this year, will again field a solo full season GTD Pro entry for Garcia and co-driver Jordan Taylor, who finished third in the championship last year with only single win at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring to their credit.
Garcia and Taylor will team up with fellow factory driver Tommy Milner for this year’s long-distance races, beginning with Daytona as well as Sebring and Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

“Going for the second time in GTD Pro at Daytona will be a little bit different,” said Garcia. We have a year of experience now.
A year ago, it was hard for us and hard for IMSA to know what to expect from the performance of our car.
I hope we are in a better position this time around, especially at Daytona. We were lacking a ton of performance, and we were not competitive and couldn’t fight for wins.
“I hope things change. The team has one year of experience in this category. We know our weaknesses and where we are strong. I hope we have a chance to win.”
Garcia, Taylor and Nicky Catsburg recorded a sixth place class result in the 2022 season opener after struggling for pace with its GTE-spec car adapted to GT3 regulations, which included the use of customer Michelin S9M tires.

It proved to be a common trend over the course of the season, with the team unable to mount a championship fight to the Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“Heading into the season, the motivation is winning as much as we can,” Taylor said. That starts with the Rolex 24.
Last year we had a tough race in our first event in GTD.

Getting an understanding about what the car needs and what the drivers need is a lot to learn.
“Having done the whole season a year ago, we can take what we learned into practice, and hopefully we can hit the ground running strong.”
Taylor said the increased field of GTD Pro entries at nine cars for Daytona will present an even greater challenge.

Unlike last year’s two-car effort at Daytona, only the No. 3 Corvette C8.R has been entered, with GM sports car racing program manager having cited supply chain challenges and chassis availability as the reason to focus on a single car.
The class is represented by eight manufacturers, although that number is expected to be reduced to five manufacturers and teams that are committed to the full season.
“With the GTD Pro class growing as much as it has, Daytona will be such an important event for us,” Taylor said.

We’ve got so many manufacturers from around the world, and it’s a big deal to represent Corvette and Chevrolet on our home turf.
“We won the race in 2021, and hopefully we can come back with a strong car in GTD after learning what we did a year ago. We’re definitely hoping for another watch this year.”

Garcia added: “For Corvette Racing, Daytona is a key part of our season,” he said. We’ve been lucky enough to win it a few times.
“Last year wasn’t a great year for us, but I hope we have a chance to be up there, work for it and maybe win the Rolex again.”


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The Roar Before the 24, the qualifying event for the 2023 Rolex 24 At Daytona, runs January 20th-22nd culminating in qualifying.
This year, IMSA reverts to the traditional form of class-by-class qualifying as featured at other rounds of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, rather than the sprint race we’ve seen at the Daytona road course for the last two years.

Still, it’s worth noting who the defending pole-winners are:

DPi (now GTP) – Wayne Taylor Racing Acura
LMP2 – PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports
LMP3 – Andretti Autosport
GTD Pro – TR3 Racing (Lamborghini) – not present this year
GTD – Winward Racing (Mercedes)

And it’s worth noting, too, that none of the polesitters went on to win their respective class.

The first two days of practice at The Roar, which features a total of five practice sessions, will not be broadcast, although the VP SportsCar Challenge can be watched on both IMSA.TV and on Peacock. IMSA.TV will then broadcast qualifying live on Sunday afternoon at 1.20pm ET.

Practice for the Rolex 24 starts on Thursday, January 26th, with four further practice sessions – the last on Friday evening is for GTP class only – but none of these will be broadcast. As for the race beginning Saturday afternoon, live coverage is available on Peacock for the full 24-hour cycle, while NBC will provide 10 mins build-up and then the first 50 minutes of the race, and then the final 1hr40mins and 20 mins of post-race, while the USA Network covers 13.5 hours of the race.
For details, see below:

When is the Roar Before the 24?
Friday, January 20 – Sunday, January 22

When is qualifying for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona?
Sunday, January 22 at 1.25pm ET

How can I watch qualifying for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona?
IMSA TV, with coverage beginning at 1.20pm ET.

How can I watch the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona?
Peacock will broadcast all 24 hours
IMSA TV will broadcast all 24 hours
Saturday, 1.30-2.30pm – NBC
Saturday, 2.30-8.00pm – USA network
Saturday, 10.00-11.59pm – USA network
Sunday, 6.00am-12.00pm – USA network
Sunday, 12.00-2.00pm – NBC

What type of track is Daytona?
The Daytona International Speedway road course is a 3.56-mile layout that incorporates all three turns of the banked tri-oval but inserts a fiddly infield section and a ‘Bus Stop’ chicane to create a total of 12 turns?

What’s the average lap speed?
Driving a Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R last year, the 2021 IndyCar champion Alex Palou set a new race lap record around the course of 1min33.724sec, an average speed of 136.74mph.


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First IMSA event of the year and C8.R gets BOP as always,

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With that BOP C8.R is no better than last year :-(


1 of 2 practice sessions for today is completed, and C8.R was 1 second slower on best lap, worse brought out 1 of the red flags mad

Three red flags interrupted the session,
the first two for LMP3 cars stuck on track,
the third for the No. 3 GTD PRO Corvette stopped, possibly with a loose wheel or suspension problem.



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Second Practice, even worse blush

The No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R GTD of Jordan Taylor suffered steering failure in the opening session, which resulted in the GTD Pro entry slamming into the wall on the exit of the Le Mans Chicane. It returned to action in Friday afternoon’s session, having set only the sixth-quickest time in the GTD Pro class.

Taylor said of the incident:
“We left the Bus Stop and didn’t have many options. There isn’t a lot of room for error there, and we had some contact.
It’s definitely unfortunate to kick off the week that way, but we’d rather do it now than later this week or next week during the Rolex.”


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One of three practice sessions completed and C8.R even did worse than yesterday sick

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Fourth practice completed
One more night practice today and then qualify tomorrow to see how they line up for the Rolex 24 hour race next weekend


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The first green flag of the 2023 racing season at Daytona International Speedway will drop this weekend, as IMSA fans will descend upon the track in preparation for the Roar Before the 24 weekend at Daytona.

The following weekend will be the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona.

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After qualify was completed, here is how the GTD-Pro cars line up for the start for the 2023 IMSA Rolex 24 hour race

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