Somewhat buried under all the hype for IMSA's WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's public debut at the Roar Before the 24 is the opening of the 2018 version of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. According to IMSA a total of 28 series contenders will be making an appearance this weekend at Daytona. That number includes seven different manufacturers and the first year with all race cars using international GT4 technical regulations.
Last year's GS class champions, RS1, returns with two Porsche Cayman GT4 MRs. Also returning is Motorsports In Action with two McLaren GT4s piloted by Jesse Lazare, Corey Fergus, Rod Randall and Kenny Wilden. C360R also is planning to field a McLaren with drivers Matt Plumb and Paul Holton. VOLT Racing is back with a Ford Mustang GT4 with Trent Hindman, who brings a previous series championship to the table. Automatic Racing, which scored a win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in September, also returns with two Aston Martin Vantages. Ford is also represented with four cars between KohR Motorsports, long time partners Roush Performance and Multimatic Motorsports with series veteran Scott Maxwell.
This weekend will also be the first showing for teams making the jump from ST to GS, including BimmerWorld Racing in the new BMW M4 GT4 and Murillo Racing in a Mercedes-AMG GT4. New teams on the scene include Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport with two Mercedes-AMG GT4s, Classic BMW/Vess Energy Group with a BMW M4 and AWA with a Ford Mustang. Filling out ST class are five cars and all from returning teams. Murillo Racing has a car in each class and will be racing alongside two MINI JCWs from the MINI JCW Team, Bodymotion Racing and BimmerWorld Racing in the class.
TCR class finally debuts. The class slots in between GS and ST in performance and will have seven cars in the field. Volkswagen arrives for the first time represented with one Golf GTI while the remaining teams are each fielding an Audi RS3 LMS. Murillo Racing, JDC-Miller Motorsports and C360R, eEuroparts.com Racing, RS Werkes Racing and Rumcastle LLC are all fielding entires.
The Continental Tire Challenge kicks off the Roar weekend with a morning and afternoon practice session on Friday, followed by two additional sessions per day on Saturday and Sunday.
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