The entry list for the Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona has been revealed, it features 40 cars across the four classes. During the meeting, the IMSA WeatherTech teams will hit the track for three days of testing. The Michelin Pilot Challenge teams will also test, while the Prototype Challenge field will again race during the weekend, kicking off their 2020 season with a three-hour encounter.
The Roar is mandatory for all teams planning to participate in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, which means the same cars on the Roar entry list are expected to return for the 58th Rolex 24 At Daytona later in the month. The list, which is down on numbers from last year (which featured 47 cars), reveals teams, vehicles and car numbers; the entry list with drivers included will be released on Monday, December 30th.
There will be eight cars in the lead Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class from three different manufacturers, Acura, Cadillac and Mazda. There are no surprises here, with CORE autosports not back with Nissan, Action Express down to one car and the potential third Mazda not ready for the opener.
In LMP2 meanwhile, as expected, there’s significant growth from last year. In 2019 there were four cars for the opener, this year there are seven cars with two brands represented, ORECA and Multimatic/Riley. Last season’s full-season teams, PR1 (with two cars entered) and Performance Tech are joined by defending Rolex class winner DragonSpeed, Era Motorsports, Rick Ware Racing and Tower Motorsport by Starworks.
Seven cars also are entered in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, representing four different manufacturers: Chevrolet, BMW, Ferrari and Porsche. Gone is Ford, but back is Porsche (with two new 911 RSR 19s), BMW, Ferrari (with Risi) and Corvette Racing with its brand new C8.R that will make its global race debut in the 24 Hours.
The GT Daytona (GTD) class again features the largest field with 18 entries from nine different manufacturers: Porsche, Lamborghini, Lexus, Aston Martin, Acura, Ferrari, Mercedes-AMG, Audi and BMW.
The Roar entry list for the Michelin Pilot Challenge features a strong, 37-car field, including 26 Grand Sport (GS) class entries and 11 in the TCR class. The full list is available here. This test is not mandatory for Michelin Pilot Challenge teams, so look for even more entries when the series returns to Daytona for the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge season-opener on Friday, Jan. 24.
Finally, the IMSA Prototype Challenge will have an 18-car field to kick off its 2020 campaign on Saturday, January 4th.
The three-hour race will be streamed live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. Live Timing & Scoring data and IMSA Radio commentary of the race also will be available on IMSA.com.
The 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona will take place January 25/26th.