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Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona: Wednesday Paddock Notes

DSC tours the DIS paddock for the first time

Family photo

The entire 50-car field assembled for the traditional family photo at Daytona this morning. Above is a preview of the shot, featuring the front row from ground level.

New colours for various teams

While many of the teams debuted their new colour schemes at the Roar Before The 24, there’s still a few new liveries DSC had yet to see.

Here’s our first sightings of them, below:

BMW Team RLL

SunEnergy1 Racing

BAR 1

Performance Tech

Acura Team Penske

Turner Motorsport

JDC Miller

Daytona history books nears completion

Rolex 24 histoirian JJ O’Malley has told DSC that the latest version of his book “The History Of The Daytona 24 Hours” is nearing completion, its final chapter covering the past 10 years due to be finished soon, before it is re-released later this year.

30th anniversary of the Jaguar win celebrated in the press room

RACER’s Marshall Pruett has brought along his usual disco-ball set up for the Rolex 24, this time with a twist. His ‘disco desk’ features a model of the 1988 Rolex 24-winning Jaguar XJR9, and a Dan Gurney tribute, a nice touch!

Plans coming together for Risi

Risi Competizione’s pair of Ferrari 488s are here, and ready for the big race. The team, DSC understands is hoping to firm up some of its plans for 2018 during this weekend.

As it stands, the team will travel to Sebring with its GTLM car, though there is the possibility that its GTD car will join the entry too. Beyond that, a team spokesperson told DSC, the team is still working hard on the rest of the season.

One year later…

A year on from DSC spotting Ralf Juttner in the paddock at Daytona, he’s back, this time with a factory Mazda deal, pictured below with the head of Mazda Motorsports North America John Doonan.

DSC’s Facebook Live paddock walk

In what’s the first of what we hope will be a new regular feature, DSC’s editor took a stroll down the paddock at Daytona on Facebook live to give those of you at home a flavour of the atmosphere trackside, and a first look at all the cars, liveried up for the weekend.

Corvette names honorary driver

DSC spotted a new name on the top of the two Corvette Racing C7.Rs for this weekend: “TRIPP”.

As it turns out, Tripp is Corvette Racing’s honorary driver for this year’s Rolex 24, and is here as part of a trip organised by the Make A Wish Foundation and Corvette. Gary Pratt explained to DSC that he’s going to have quite a weekend here in Florida as a guest of the team.

All of us at DSC hope he has a whale of a time trackside too!