Rolex 24 Entry List, Spotter Guide Links

Just about to head to Daytona. Here are links to the entry list and Andy Blackmore’s fabulous spotter guide.

Entry list:

Spotter guide:

https://spotterguides.com/portfolio/23/imsa/

I will post the weekend schedule this afternoon. Follow my Twiter ab=nd Facebook forphotos all weekend.

Rossi and Rosenqvist Liveries Mirror Each Other

Arrow Mclaren has revealed liveries for cars number six and seven. You need to look closely to tell them apart.

Alexander Rossi’s number 7 has light blue trim while thesix car that Felix Rosenqvist will drive has a darker shade of blue. The cars both retain the papaya orange as the contrasting color.

Both cars are shown with the cr number in blue. The team may change the number decal back to black for visibility. I’m not sur how the blue will show up in bright sunlight. I really like the blue numbers.

Rossi’s car has more a Gulf livery feel to it. Gulf is one of my favorite liveries in the history of racing.

Alexander Rossi’s car has the traditional McLaren look..
Felix Rosenqvist has the darker NTT shade of blue. The blue crown on the aeroscreen will help fans tell the two cars apart.

I assume Pato O’Ward’s car, the number five, will be revealed tomorrow. I hope it has a different look than these two..

I will be En route to Daytona for the Rolex 24 tomorrow. I will have reports when I can get to a WiFi spot, or from my phone.

Blomqvist Puts Meyer Shank Acura on Rolex Pole

Meyer Shank Racing’s Acura had paced the practice sessions, but a red flag with five minutes left in qualifying looked to quash their shot at the pole for Saturday’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona International Speedway.

Nick Tandy crashed in the bus stop, tearing part of the nose off of his Penske Porsche. he drove the damaged car back to the pits, but the cleanup on track took most of the remaining time in the 20 minute session. IMSA allowed the GTP cars one more flying lap.

Blomqvist was last on track and turned a lap of 1:34. to take the pole from Ricky Taylor in the Wayne Tayor with Andretti Acura. Taylor had the fastest time before the red flag. He finished third.

Pole winners for each of the five classes:

Notes

Kevin Magnussen has withdrawn from the race. He needs surgery on his hand. Will Power withdrew earlier/

A friend of mine who was at the Roar last weekend. thinks the Porsches will be very strong in the race.

Attrition in the GTP class might be high. it’s the first race for the new cars and engines.

Ricky Taylor will have an Indycar test with Andretti Autosport. I hop eit leads to at least a ride in the 2024 Indianapolis 500.

The 2023 Indycar Grid-27 Cars Makes Every Point More Valuable

Indycar’s 27 car grid, 28 on ovals, is the largest field in12 years. The competition should be as close as it was in 2022, but the two to three extra cars mean points are at more of premium. Finishing positions from 25th or worse are worth only 5 points each, and in 2023 there will be more chances for a driver to earn the fewest possible points each race. Traffic at some of the shorter road courses and the street courses will be a constant issue for the leaders. I like that possibility.

The field has only three rookies- Benjamin Pedersen, Agustin Canapino, and Marcus Armstrong. Armstrong will have a difficult time winning Rookie of the Year since he is only running 12 races. I think Pedersen has the best shot at rookie honors.

There are five former series champions in the field- Will Power, Josef Newgarden, Scott Dixon, Simon Pagenaud, and Alex Palou. Palou is the only under the age of 30. the champions represent 11 titlesw, with Dixon holding six of them.

Seven Indianapolis 500 winners are in the 2023 grid. Takuma sato is running an oval only schedule, but the others- Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, Marcus Ericsson, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, and Alexander Rossi. The group represents 11 500 victories. Only Castroneves with four and Sato with two have won multiple 500s.

For the first time since 2014, Andretti Autosport will not have a former 500 winner in their lineup.

The Grid

Team Penske (Chevrolet)

Will Power

Josef Newgarden

Scott McLaughlin

Arrow McLaren (Chevrolet)

Pato O’Ward

Felix Rosenqvist

Alexander Rossi

Ed Carpenter Racing (Chevrolet)

Rinus VeeKay

Conor Daly

Ed Carpenter- ovals only

A. J. Foyt Racing (Chevrolet)

Benjamin Pedersen (Rookie)

Santino Ferrucci

Juncos Hollinger Racing (Chevrolet)

Callum Ilott

Agustin Canapino (Rookie)

Andretti Autosport (Honda)

Colton Herta

Romain Grosjean

Devlin DeFrancesco

Kyle Kirkwood

Chip Ganassi Racing (Honda)

Scott Dixon

Alex Palou

Marcus Ericsson’

Marcus Armstrong (Rookie) (road/ street courses); Takuma Sato (ovals)

Meyer Shank Racing (Honda)

Helio Castroneves

Simon Pagenaud

Dale Coyne Racing (Honda)

David Malukas

Sting Ray Robb (Rookie)

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (Honda)

Graham Rahal

Christian Lundgaard

Jack Harvey

Robb Joins Coyne to Complete 2023 Grid

Sting Ray Robb signed with Dale Coyne Racing to drove the 51 car in 2023. Robb has shown great progress through the Road to Indy and had a career season in Indy Lights last year. The release from Coyne:

Plainfield, IL (Wednesday, January 18, 2023) – Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing has signed the 2022 INDY NXT by Firestone driver Sting Ray Robb to pilot its No. 51 Honda powered entry for the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.

Robb finished second in the INDY NXT by Firestone championship last year on the strength of 11 top five finishes, eight podiums, two poles and 99% of laps completed in 14 races, which included the win at Laguna Seca. He made his first unofficial outing with Dale Coyne Racing earlier this month during an impressive one-day test at Sebring international Raceway.

“This is an opportunity – a dream – that has been long in the making,” expressed Robb, who hails from Payette, Idaho. “I’m honored to join forces with Dale Coyne, Rick Ware and the whole organization. I am excited and grateful to be on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES grid for 2023. We had a great first test together in early January and I was very impressed with the efficiency of the DCR with RWR team and how well we worked together on our first day.

“Dale Coyne Racing has a historically distinguished program that has seen success with many drivers and most recently, with young, talented drivers. I’m looking forward to continuing in that trend and expecting some strong results as we enter my rookie season. My heroes are all those who have come alongside to make it possible for me to follow God’s calling in my life; and to them I say, ‘Thank You’. All the glory goes to God.”

The 21-year-old driver entered his first year of INDY NXT racing in 2021 after four years in the Road to Indy ladder system, which included winning the 2020 Indy Pro Championship thanks to seven wins, five poles, 11 total podium finishes and was the only driver to complete all 485 laps in the season.

With the addition of Robb as a teammate to David Malukas in the No. 18 HMD entry, the Dale Coyne Racing team will have the youngest driver lineup in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, with both drivers born in September of 2001.

“We’re very excited to have Sting Ray join our team,” shared Dale Coyne, Team co-Owner. “He is coming off a very strong INDY NXT season and he impressed us and performed very well earlier this month at our test. I think he and David will make a great pairing. With David continuing where he left off last year, and Sting Ray wanting to do well in his rookie season, we have two young and eager drivers who, I think, are a force to be reckoned with.”

Rick Ware Racing also shares Coyne’s views regarding the team’s new driver, and potential for the 2023 season.

“Dale and I have spent a lot of the off season testing and discussing driver options,” said Rick Ware, Team co-Owner. “Getting Sting Ray Robb on board to compete for the INDYCAR Rookie of the Year championship, as well as the Indy 500 Rookie of the Race honors, is pretty incredible. He’s young and already has multiple years in the IndyCar ladder system.

“I am really looking forward to another fresh driver and personality to the No. 51 team and partnership platforms. With Sting Ray’s road course experience, and Dale’s oval-track program, we are very optimistic.”

After receiving his first go-kart at the age of five, Sting Ray started running nationally when he was eight years old. He entered Cadet division events from 2010 to 2013 and finished second in America during his first season in the Junior ranks. In 2015, Robb won the Triple Crown of International Karting Championships; the Can-Am Karting Challenge, the Challenge of the Americas and the Florida Winter Tour. In 2016, he switched from go-karts to car racing and moved up the Road to Indy ranks through the years.

“I’ve had the privilege to work with Sting Ray and his family since 2017, when he transitioned from karting to formula cars. His development through the Road to Indy has been awesome to watch; both on and off track,” said Pieter Rossi, Principal, One Motorsports Marketing and Management. “As a rookie entering IndyCar, he has another opportunity to display his abilities as he takes the next step in his career. He will be a great ambassador and professional for IndyCar. He fully understands the responsibility of this opportunity.

“Working with Dale and Rick to secure Sting Ray Robb was enjoyable these past few months, and quite the silly season, I believe DCR’s youthful line up with Sting Ray and David will be very exciting for IndyCar.

“Last year we brought on Jonny Baker, a well-known industry professional to work with our young drivers. He’s a racer and gets it and we’re excited that our relationship with him is continuing in 2023. He will be handling trackside support for us working directly with Sting Ray and DCR at test and race events. The season cannot begin soon enough!”

Sting Ray will be making his official NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut when the 2023 season kicks off on the Streets of St. Petersburg March 3 to 5, 2023, but first he will be back in the #51 entry at The Thermal Club Open Test February 2 and 3.

Power Withdraws from Rolex 24

Will Power has withdrawn from driving in the Rolex 24 next weekend due to a family health issue. His wife, Liz has had complications from a recent surgery. According to power, she will have “a long recovery time.”

Power was slated to drive the number 75 Mercedes AMG in the GTD class with his firend and fellow Ausie Kenny Habul.

The Pit Window sends good thoughts to the Powers and asks that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.