Sport Brown: United Autosports could “grab shot at podium” at Daytona

15:26  14 january  2018
15:26  14 january  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Nasr fastest in Rolex 24 mock qualifying

  Nasr fastest in Rolex 24 mock qualifying Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr led the Whelen Engineering Racing #31 team to victory in the first competition of the Daytona 24 Hours. Nasr set the only sub-1m36s time of the three day Roar Before the 24 test in the mock qualifying. The session, which took place on the final day of the test, has no impact on grid position, but determined the allocation of pit boxes for the race later this month. Nasr led a Cadillac DPi top four lock out, with Tristan Vautier putting the Spirit of Daytona Racing’s #90 Cadillac second with a 1m36.037s. After topping the times in both of Friday’s sessions, Felipe Albuquerque could only put the Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac in third, ahead of Renger van Der Zande in the Konica Minolta Cadillac and Team Penske’s Acuri DPi, driven by Dane Cameron. Fernando Alonso couldn’t repeat the instant success he found in his Indy500 outing. He finished the session 12th fastest of 20 prototype cars, 1.709s slower than Nasr but a quarter of a second faster than the sister United Autosport Liger. The Chip Ginassi Racing squad led the way in the GTLM class. Ryan Briscoe in the #67 Ford GT was set the pace early in the session, before Joey Hand put the #66 car top with five minutes remaining. Oliver Gavin in the Corvette Racing run Chevrolet knocked Briscoe down to third before the end of the session. In the GTD class, Mirko Bortolotti in the GRT Grasser Racing Team’s Lamborghini was fastest.

Leeds based United Autosports are the UK's fastest growing motorsport team competing in the LMP2 and LMP3 classes in series including ELMS. You can unsubscribe to these at any time.

You can change this preference below. Two-time F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso and the United Autosports driver lineup give their thoughts on the 2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona and what it means to race in this iconic event.

United Autosports co-founder Zak Brown has said that his team has a “shot” for a top-three finish at the Daytona 24 Hours despite describing preparations as “tough”.

Brown gave further insight into its experience of the pre-race events at Daytona on the main stage of the Autosport International show in Birmingham.

His team of Fernando Alonso, Phil Hanson and Lando Norris finished 12th in the mock qualifying session that decided grid boxes, 1.7 seconds adrift of Whelen leaders Mike Conway, Eric Curran, Stuart Middleton and Felipe Nasr.

The other United line-up of Hugo de Sadeleer, Paul di Resta, Will Owen and Bruno Senna completed the session a further three places back.

IndyCar-led teams outshine F1; Nasr claims pole

  IndyCar-led teams outshine F1; Nasr claims pole Qualifying concluded for the 24 Hours of Daytona on Sunday. Former Formula 1 driver, Felipe Nasr came out on top of a tug-of-war between former IndyCar driver Tristan Vautier. Nasr clocked a 01:35.806 in his Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R, a lap record for the marquee event. The 15-minute session had the grand prize of starting position, choice of pit box and garage location on the line. It didn’t come easy for the ex-Sauber pilot. Vautier proved to be a formidable opponent. The two trading positions between 1-2 several times before Nasr claiming the checkered flag all his own. In speaking with RACER Nasr had this to say: “We felt pretty confident,” Nasr said. “We felt the car was behaving well. Myself and Filipe (Albuquerque) in our sister car gave everything we had. The times were pretty close up in front. Some cars are not showing fully what they can do, but I know we are. I pushed 100-percent – nothing to hide here.” Throughout the field, with guest appearances by current and former F1 and IndyCar stars, saw new teams struggle to get up to speed. IndyCar drivers Simon Pagenaud and Juan Pablo Montoya paired up with Dane Cameron in the #6 Acura Team Penske and the Acura DPi factory effort. With Cameron, the #6 was able to muster a 01:36.988, a P5 grid position. While IndyCar aces Graham Rahal and Helio Castroneves are partnered with Ricky Taylor in the #7. The sister Acura was right behind in P6, driven by veteran Taylor.

United Autosports will run 2 cars in the LMP2 class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona 2018. The car can be powered by one of three engines, the Honda HPD V6 double turbo, the Judd HK V8 or the Nissan VK45 V8 and started its life by taking pole position and a podium in the LMP2 category for its Le

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“Testing was tough,” Brown said.

“The DPi [Daytona Prototype] cars were one through eight.

“They need the Balance of Performance, IMSA only got the LMP2 data in December, so we didn’t have much time, it’s a pretty difficult job to get those balanced.

“What we learned from the test is the DPi cars need to be pulled back, and they will, let’s just hope they pull them back enough.”

Brown believes that a streamlined operation will assist their chances, expecting to continue to struggle on pace alone.

“Our particular chassis, compared to the other LMP2s, it’s strength is the more higher-downforce circuits,” he added.

“Le Mans was our poorest qualifying last year, and we finished fourth.

“I anticipate qualifying will be tricky, and ultimate race pace will be a little bit off.

2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona Preview - Prototype Class

  2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona Preview - Prototype Class With 20 entries in the Prototype class, including Acura Team Penske and Mazda Team Joest’s return to the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship alongside a surprise cameo from Fernando Alonso, the fight for the overall win on January 26-27 at the Rolex 24 looks set to be an all-time classic tussle of titanic proportions. The #10 Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing team that won this race a year ago may have a mostly changed driver line-up, but with Renger Van Der Zande joining Jordan Taylor in the car for the full season, and Ryan Hunter-Reay joining for Daytona and three other rounds, they should be a real threat to take the chequered flag at the end of 24 hours in their all-conquering Cadillac DPi. Action Express Racing and its two Cadillacs are probably the biggest contenders to Wayne Taylor’s squad as they look to make up for last year’s crushing defeat in the final minutes of the race. With Dane Cameron moving to Acura Team Penske, former Sauber Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr will join the returning Eric Curran for the full IMSA season in the #31 Whelen Engineering machine with Mike Conway and Stuart Middleton completing that car’s Daytona lineup. The #5 Mustang Sampling car has an unchanged lineup from last year’s race with Joao Barbosa, Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi. Spirit of Daytona Racing completes the Cadillac DPi assault on Daytona, with its #90 entry being piloted by Matt McMurry, Tristan Vautier and Eddie Cheever III. The former VisitFlorida.

Zak Brown says his United Autosports entries will be aiming for a final spot among the top five in this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona . Miami GP seen as risk to COTA, but event could be in jeopardy. Verstappen still sees Renault engine as Red Bull's big problem.

United Autosports is a well-known GT and sports car race team, based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK. Founded in 2009 by businessman, Zak Brown and racing driver, Richard Dean, United Autosports have raced in a number of different championships, with a vast range of cars and drivers.

“We need to do what we did at Le Mans, be the faster team in the pits, spend the least amount of time there, have the drivers do an awesome job – there’s a lot of traffic at Daytona, trickier to navigate than Le Mans because of the short in-fields.

“I think if we’re there at the end we’ll grab a shot at the podium.

“As far as out-and-out pace, the DPi cars have us covered.”

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Alonso ‘feels welcomed’ by United States

Brown also described how Alonso continues to take the attention of American paddocks and a role of ‘team leader’ while working with Hanson and Norris.

It will be the Spaniard’s second non-F1 race in the country following last year’s Indianapolis 500 attempt, and his first at the Daytona circuit.

“They all get their photo with him and meet him,” he added.

“That’s what great, especially about the US racing, they don’t hide their emotions, they don’t have this tough pitlane image.

Norris hints at triple crown aspirations

  Norris hints at triple crown aspirations McLaren Formula 1 test and reserve driver Lando Norris has stated his desire to explore different disciplines during his career, which could include a bid for motor racing’s triple crown. Norris won the European Formula 3 championship in 2017 and will contest Formula 2 with Carlin this season, alongside duties as McLaren’s newly appointed test and reserve driver. Seemingly destined to reach F1, Norris would need to combine victory at the Monaco Grand Prix along with winning the Indy 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours, in order to claim the unofficial triple crown. Norris will have his first taste of endurance racing this weekend. Racing for United Autosports, he will compete alongside Alonso and regular sportscar driver Phil Hanson at the Daytona 24 Hours. Despite the event being Norris’ first high profile race outside of single-seaters, he has already outlined that he would like to continue to explore other disciplines alongside future F1 duties. “I am definitely one of the drivers who would want to do Daytona, Le Mans, Indy 500,” he stated. “I’m sure after the race in Daytona, it’s going to make me want to do more of this kind of stuff.” For Alonso, his appearance at Daytona is being made with one eye towards his likely attempt at securing victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours. In 2017, he stated his own ambition to become only the second driver in history to achieve the triple crown.

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“When they see Fernando, they admire what he’s done, they are all F1 fans, so there’s a lot that want to get pictures with him, get his Kimoa hats, and things of that nature.

“It’s one of the things he likes about the States, he feels so welcomed.

“He’s enjoying it, he’s never raced with team-mates.

“He’s quickly become team leader which isn’t a surprise.

“He’s settled into the whole endurance format and, in traffic, his race pace is where he’ll really stand out.”

The Daytona 24 Hours takes place between January 25 and 28, with racing underway on January 27.

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Action Express secures 1-2 finish in a historic Daytona 24 .
Action Express Racing has secured victory in a historic Daytona 24 Hours, with the #5 car leading home team-mates in the #31 entry for a one-two finish. The #5 car, piloted by Filipe Albuquerque, Juao Barbossa and Christian Fittipaldi, dominated the closing quarter of the race after assuming the lead when team-mates in the #31 Whelen entry lost time in the pits. The Whelen car driven by Felipe Nasr, Mike Conway, Stuart Middleton and Eric Curran had led the race overnight. An issue with water pressure meant that the squad sacrificed a two lap lead in the pitlane while resolving the issue. Despite showing impressive pace and returning to the lead lap late on, the team was unable to overturn the deficit. The recovery effort of the #31 was unquestionably hindered by a significant lack of caution periods during the race. Full course cautions appeared only twice during the entire race. Subsequently, the race surpassed the previous record for distance covered during the 55-year history of the Daytona 24. Albuquerque recorded his record breaking 2760th mile with 55 minutes remaining. The first non-Cadillac DPi across the line was Colin Braun in the #54 ORECA. The third-placed squad exchanged positions with the #31 throughout much of the final quarter. Ligier was led home by the #32 in fourth place. Rookie Will Owen completed the final stint, while former Formula 1 drivers Paul di Resta and Bruno Senna also starred. It was a frustrating result for the Acura Penske DPi’s.

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