DPi’s musical chairs: changes throughout the class for 2022 and the Rolex 24 at Daytona

No team comes back the same To driver Line-up for last year’s iconic race around the clock, scheduled for January 29-30; Cars on track this weekend during the Roar before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA presented by INX

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida. (January 19, 2022) – It started with a team’s decision, but it didn’t end there.

He continued with a to driver decision to join another team. One by one, the dominoes began to fall, each move affecting another. When everything was sorted and signed, the to driveThe lineups for the final season of the Daytona Prototype (DPi) international class were different than just a few months ago.

Of the 10 full-time to drivers of the class, only five will return to their 2021 seats when the Roar Before the Rolex 24 presented by INX kicks off the 2022 season of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Only one car – the reigning Rolex 24 At Daytona winner – returns with the same two full-time to drivers.

Other queues are different to some extent. One team, Mazda Motorsports, left. Another team, Chip Ganassi Racing, added an entry. Other teams have slightly different rosters with some remaining 2021 elements. A team has a completely different set of to drivers. The song came to a halt in DPi’s ubiquitous musical chairs, and things have been rearranged a bit as the class prepares for its final season.

Wayne Taylor Racing is the only entry that returns its two full-times to drivers from last year at the 60th race of the Rolex 24. Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque also happen to be the reigning winners of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 race. Naturally, they would like to continue.

“We were lucky with how me and Ricky worked with (WTR Technical Director) Brian (Pillar) and Wayne,” Albuquerque said. “It was fantastic. It made sense to continue.”

The Roar Before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Presented by INX this weekend will consist of Friday and Saturday practice before Sunday’s 100-minute qualifying race at 2:05 p.m., determining the lineup for the most prestigious sports car race in North America.

Tickets are available for The Roar Before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Presented by INX and for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA. Single-day tickets for this Friday and Sunday are just $15 for adults, and kids 12 and under are FREE. Single-day tickets on Saturday are $20 while kids 12 and under are FREE. To participate in The Roar Before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Presented by INX or the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, log on to www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

As for the other 2022 DPi ranges (and their modifications from 2021), they are:

  • No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-VR Felipe Nasr has joined Team Penske’s Porsche LMDh program, replaced by Tristan Nunez as Pipo Derani’s new full-time manager. to driver with the Action Express Racing entry that won the 2021 DPi Championship. Mike Conway returns as the endurance specialist.
  • #01 Cadillac V-Performance Academy Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-VR Renger van der Zande remains, while his co-to driveLast year, Kevin Magnussen moved into an endurance role in the team’s new No. 02 entry. Sébastien Bourdais joins van der Zande in n°01, with Scott Dixon and Alex Palou in endurance to drivers.
  • No. 02 Cadillac Accessories Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-VR Chip The new entry for 2022 includes Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn in full-time roles, with Magnussen and Marcus Ericsson filling in for the longer runs.
  • #5 JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-VR Mustang Sampling Tristan Vautier returns to join Richard Westbrook, replacing Loïc Duval, who takes the place of endurance occupied last year by Bourdais. Ben Keating, fresh out of his Le Mans Prototype 2 championship in 21, joins Daytona.
  • No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05. Taylor, Albuquerque and Alexander Rossi return for the Rolex, with Will Stevens in the endurance role. Helio Castroneves, fourth in the team to driver at Daytona last year, moving to a similar role with Meyer Shank Racing.
  • No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05. Complete overhaul here. Dane Cameron, Olivier Pla, Juan Pablo Montoya and AJ Allmendinger disappeared from last year’s Rolex entry, replaced by Oliver Jarvis, who rode the #55 Mazda DPi to victory in its final race, the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. in November. Tom Blomqvist joins Jarvis in the full-time seat, with Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud in endurance roles.
  • No. 48 Ally Cadillac DPi-VR The IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup team returns three of its to drivers from last year – Jimmie Johnson, Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Rockenfeller – with Jose Maria Lopez replacing Pagenaud.

The final season of the DPi format, which will be replaced next year by LMDh, is as busy as ever in terms of to driver movement.

The overall field for the January 29-30 race includes 61 entries across five classes, up from 48 in 2021.

For the team that remains more or less the same, the motivation for the Rolex comes from the disappointment of Petit Le Mans, where the championship slipped away on the last lap.

“It was still a successful year,” Albuquerque said. “Sometimes in racing we just want more and more. We forget that we won Daytona and we won the endurance championship. We just missed the championship by half a second, which would have been the treble. We can’t ask ourselves the same. It’s still very positive.”

In addition to the cars on track this weekend during The Roar Before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Presented by INX, Daytona International Speedway will host Scout Days at DAYTONA, where thousands of scouts from across the country will participate in garage tours, trail rides and STEMWERX Activities. STEMWERX inspires and equips bright young minds to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Their mission is to inspire students to choose careers in STEM fields and become the next generation of innovators.

The Roar Before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Presented by INX kicks off 10 days of on-track activities, culminating with the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA from January 29-30.

Once the checkered flag has fallen on the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, the World Center of Racing will begin to focus on the DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth (February 15-20) and the 64and DAYTONA 500 annual. The week will feature six days of incredible track action with practice, qualifying and a total of six races across four different series. This will provide fans with multiple opportunities to see the NASCAR Cup Series Next Gen car, as well as some of the biggest to drivers around the world in the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, as well as the ARCA Menards Series.

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