New liveries, All Star drivers, and of course sportscar drama all happened today at the Roar Before the 24. Seeing Alex Zanardi and Fernando Alonso at the same track was thrilling. Hearing Alonso along with his Wayne Taylor Racing teammates talk was another highlight of the day.
The Ganassi GTLM Fords were white, a departure from their red, white, and blue scheme of the past few years. While it made finding the cars difficult at first, the engines still have that distinctive sound. I like the clean look of the car in white.
Team Penske, on the other chose to leave their cars in unpainted carbon fiber. Could a throwback livery be coming for the Rolex? A Mark Donohue Sunoco car would look nice.
Shank’s All Female Lineup Leads Qualifying
GT Daytona had their pit/garage qualifying this afternoon. The 57 Meyer Shank Racing entry with Ana Beatriz driving, ended the session as the fastest driver. Car 71 had the fastest session time but was disqualified for using a Gold rated driver. Only Silver and Bronze rated drivers may participate in the GTD class.
It was great to have a chance to say hello to Simona this afternoon. Nice to get a chance too watch her race again.
An Improvement – Almost
IMSA has changed the class color system this year. I like 75% of it. In previous years both the prototypes and the GTLM cars had numbers on a red field, while the PC and GTD classes had green behind their numbers. Last year with just three classes, both the prototypes and GTLM carried fields and GTD kept the green. I thought that was confusing for the casual viewer/fan. This each class has its own color.
DPi numbers are on a black background, LMP2 digits have blue, GTLM keeps the red, and GTD remains green. While it’s great that each class has a distinct color, I’m not a fan of the black. There are sweven colors in the spectrum. I think IMSA could have made a better choice for DPi.
Back tomorrow with some photos.