2018 Daytona 24 Hours entry list: Fifty cars in three classes


January 21, 2018
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Marijan Malcevic


  • IMSA SportsCar Championship, Daytona
  • IMSA SportsCar Championship, DPi Prototypes
  • IMSA SportsCar Championship, Daytona 24 Hours

Fifty cars are on the entry list for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the greatest North American endurance race and the opening round of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, scheduled for January 27-28.

Twenty machines in Prototype class will fight for the overall victory in an endurance classic at 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway’s combination of a road course and oval circuit. In the #10 Cadillac DPi, the last year’s winning car operated by Wayne Taylor Racing, there will be just one driver from 2017’s triumph – IMSA Prototype champion Jordan Taylor. His brother and reigning co-champion Ricky Taylor joined Team Penske to drive all-new Acura DPi.

Four Cadillacs and two Acuras on the Prototype grid will be joined by two Nissan DPi cars, two Mazda DPi cars and ten LMP2 prototypes (6 Orecas, 3 Ligiers and one Multimatic/Riley).

Daytona 24 Hours, GT grid

GT grid for 2018 Daytona 24h features thirty cars

Thirty cars on the GT class grid

GT cars grid features nine entries in the GTLM (GT Le Mans) class and twenty-one entries in the GTD (GT Daytona) class. Joey Hand, Dirk Muller and Sebastien Bourdais will defend last year’s GT victory in the #66 Ford GT. Among nine GTLM cars, there will be two Ford, two Porsches, two Corvettes, one Ferrari and two brand new BMW M8s.

There are no new cars on the  GTD grid which features eight manufacturers from Europe, US and Japan – Audi (2), Mercedes (3), BMW (1), Porsche (3), Ferrari (4), Lamborghini (3), Acura (3) and Lexus (2).

2018 Daytona 24h entry list

ClassCar NumberTeamCarDrivers
Prototype2Tequila Patron ESMNissan DPiScott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel, Olivier Pla
5Action Express/Mustang Sampling RacingCadillac DPiJoao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque
6Acura Team PenskeAcura DPiDane Cameron, Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud
7Acura Team PenskeAcura DPiHelio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor, Graham Rahal
10Wayne Taylor Racing/Konica MinoltaCadillac DPiJordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande, Ryan Hunter-Reay
20BAR1 MotorsportsMultimatic/Riley LMP2Alex Popow, Marc Drumwright, Eric Lux, Tomy Drissi, Brendan Gaughan
22Tequila Patron ESMNissan DPiJohannes van Overbeek, Pipo Derani, Nicolas Lapierre
23United AutosportsLigier LMP2Phil Hanson, Lando Norris, Fernando Alonso
31Action Express/Whelen Engineering RacingCadillac DPiEric Curran, Mike Conway, Felipe Nasr, Stuart Middleton
32United AutosportsLigier LMP2Will Owen, Hugo de Sadeleer, Paul di Resta, Bruno Senna
37Jackie Chan DC JOTAOreca LMP2Lance Stroll, Felix Rosenqvist, Robin Frijns, Daniel Juncadella
38Performance Tech MotorsportsOreca LMP2James French, Pato O'Ward, Kyle Masson, Joel Miller
52AFS/PR1 Mathiasen MotorsportsLigier LMP2Sebastien Saavedra, Gustavo Yacaman, Roberto Gonzalez, Nicholas Boulle
54CORE AutosportOreca LMP2Jon Bennett, Colin Braun, Romain Dumas, Loic Duval
55Mazda Team JoestMazda DPiJonathan Bomarito, Harry Tincknell, Spencer Pigot
77Mazda Team JoestMazda DPiOliver Jarvis, Tristan Nunez, Rene Rast
78Jackie Chan DC JOTAOreca LMP2Ho-Pin Tung, Alex Brundle, Ferdinand Habsburg, Antonio Felix da Costa
85JDC-Miller MotorsportsOreca LMP2Simon Trummer, Robert Alon, Devlin DeFrancesco, Austin Cindric
90Spirit of Daytona RacingCadillac DPiMatthew McMurry, Tristan Vautier, Edward Cheever
99JDC-Miller MotorsportsOreca LMP2Misha Goikhberg, Gustavo Menezes, Chris Miller, Stephen Simpson
GT Le Mans (GTD)3Corvette RacingChevrolet Corvette C7.RJan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, Mike Rockenfeller
4Corvette RacingChevrolet Corvette C7.ROliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Marcel Fassler
24BMW Team RLLBMW M8 GTLMJesse Krohn, John Edwards, Nicky Catsburg, Augusto Farfus
25BMW Team RLLBMW M8 GTLMAlexander Sims, Connor de Phillippi, Bill Auberlen, Philipp Eng
62Risi CompetizioneFerrari 488 GTEToni Vilander, James Calado, Davide Rigon, Alessandro Pier Guidi
66Ford Chip Ganassi RacingFord GTJoey Hand, Dirk Muller, Sebastien Bourdais
67Ford Chip Ganassi RacingFord GTRyan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook, Scott Dixon
911Porsche GT TeamPorsche 911 RSRPatrick Pilet, Nick Tandy, Frederic Makowiecki
912Porsche GT TeamPorsche 911 RSRLaurens Vanthoo, Earl Bamber, Gianmaria Bruni
GT Daytona (GTD)11GRT Grasser Racing TeamLamborghini Huracan GT3Rolf Ineichen, Mirko Bortolotti, Franck Perera, Rik Breukers
143GT RacingLexus RC F GT3Dominik Baumann, Kyle Marcelli, Philipp Frommenwiler, Bruno Junqueira
153GT RacingLexus RC F GT3Jack Hawksworth, David Heinemerier Hansson, Scott Pruett, Dominik Farnbacher
19GRT Grasser Racing TeamLamborghini Huracan GT3Max van Splunteren, Ezequiel Perez Companc, Christian Engelhart, Christoph Lenz, Louis Machiels
29Montaplast by Land MotorsportAudi R8 LMS GT3Sheldon van der Linde, Kelvin van der Linde, Jeffrey Schmidt, Christopher Mies
33Mercedes-AMG Team Riley MotorsportsMercedes-AMG GT3Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Adam Christodoulou, Luca Stolz
44Magnus RacingAudi R8 LMS GT3John Potter, Andy Lally, Andrew Davis, Markus Winkelhock
48Paul Miller RacingLamborghini Huracan GT3Bryan Sellers, Madison Snow, Andrea Caldarelli, Bryce Miller
51Spirit of RaceFerrari 488 GT3Paul dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda, Daniel Serra
58Wright MotorsportPorsche 911 GT3 RChristina Nielsen, Patrick Long, Robert Renauer, Mathieu Jaminet
59Manthey RacingPorsche 911 GT3 RSteve Smith, Randy Walls, Hari Proczyk, Sven Muller, Matteo Cairoli
63Scuderia CorsaFerrari 488 GT3Cooper MacNeil, Alessandro Balzan, Gunnar Jeannette, Jeff Segal
64Scuderia CorsaFerrari 488 GT3Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Frank Montecalvo, Sam Bird
69HARTAcura NSX GT3Chad Gilsinger, Ryan Eversley, Loris Spinelli, John Falb
71P1 MotorsportsMercedes-AMG GT3Kenton Koch, Robby Foley, Loris Spinelli, JC Perez
73Park Place MotorsportsPorsche 911 GT3 RPatrick Lindsey, Jorg Bergmeister, Norbert Siedler, Timothy Pappas
75SunEnergy1 RacingMercedes-AMG GT3Kenny Habul, Thomas Jager, Maro Engel, Mikael Grenier
82Risi CompetizioneFerrari 488 GT3Miguel Molina, Ricardo Perez de Lara, Martin Fuentes, Santiago Creel, Matt Griffin
86Michael Shank Racing with Curb-AgajanianAcura NSX GT3Katherine Legge, Alvaro Parente, Trent Hindman, AJ Allmendinger
93Michael Shank Racing with Curb-AgajanianAcura NSX GT3Justin Marks, Lawson Aschenbach, Mario Farnbacher, Come Ledogar
96Turner MotorsportBMW M6 GT3Jens Klingmann, Martin Tomczyk, Mark Kvamme, Don Yount

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