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IMSA: Rolex 24 at Daytona, Wednesday Paddock Notes

Heavy rain hit Daytona throughout the early part of Wednesday, with further rainfall throughout the day and another dousing set for Thursday before things improve towards the weekend.

There was no track action on Wednesday for the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship but the Continental Tire Sportscar Championship and Ferrari Challenge fields had rather damp free practice sessions both without any major incidents.

With the official opening of the new $400 million Daytona International Speedway Stadium, the result of the HUGE Daytona Rising programme 100,000 new, wider and more comfortable seats have been added to the main stands capacity with much improved spectator facilities also included.

The first ever programme from the newly completed broadcast studios in the facility came from Radio Le Mans with Wednesday evening’s Midweek Motorsport -available on podcast on www.radiolemans.com with Joh Hindhaugh and the full Daytona IMSA Radio team discussing the week’s motorsport news.

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DSC’s Editor Graham Goodwin will be part of the IMSA Radio crew throughout the meeting in Daytona.

The view from the new booth has changed dramatically since last year after the demolition of the back straight grandstands, a clear view of the runways at Daytona International Airport is likely to offer some rather different photographic opportunities too!

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Brendan Gaughan has been added to the driver line up for BAR1’s PC effort here – the NASCAR veteran last raced in the Rolex 24 Hours in 2011 in a TRG Porsche.

Some of the last open slots in the entry were filled yesterday by Joe Toussaint and Philip Bloom whose names have now been added to the #21 Konrad Lamborghini Huracán GT3 joining Emanuele Busnelli and Jim Michelin.

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Rubens Barrichello was here throughout Wednesday acquainting himself with the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP.

Track action for the main event starts on Thursday Morning with the first Free Practice session.