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On Friday, January 8th, the 2016 IMSA season began with the three-day practice session at Daytona International Speedway known as The Roar Before the Rolex 24. And, MINI is there in preparation for the pre-24 Continental race.

On Saturday, both cars were running well and posting good times - ahead of some of the Porsche Caymans and all but one of the BMW 328's.

Two Ford GTs are preparing for their inaugural race, posting good times as well - 2nd and 4th in class during one practice session. Some new and different cars were atop the fast time board - Honda first in Prototype with Mazda in second - Lamborghini posting fast time in GTD. May see some new faces on the podium in two weeks.

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Many Things to See in the Pits

The Roar at the Rolex 24 has many new sights in the garage.

Seems that diffusers work for creating down force, if you make them big enough and you are traveling fast enough. Steering wheels have changed a bit in race cars since the day of aluminum spokes and wood rims. I like the drink button so you don't have to take your hands off the wheel to enjoy your favorite beverage. Ganassi also has mechanics that are easy on the eyes. A lot of innovations in one garage.

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More Thoughts at Daytona

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Rear brakes on a Corvette Daytona Prototype. Like the carbon fiber rotors. Would be nice if they could be squeezed inside the front wheels on the MINI. This team must have something new in the transaxle as they kept it covered with a blanket.

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One of the cars in the Rolex 24 is more Not Normal than a MINI. The DeltaWing, powered by a 2.0 L engine, posted the fastest and second fastest times in a number of the practice sessions. These were overall fastest times in a class with the Corvette prototypes and the Gannasi Ford prototypes. The new Turner BMW M6 is behind the DeltaWing in this shot.

Should be a very interesting race this year and the MINI Hospitality Patio will make the event more enjoyable this year.

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The Deltawing's new livery is a bit clever in at least one respect. I assume those are just reflective stickers.

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Great pics!! LAP Motorsports were posting times and pics on Facebook. I hoping to go down for the race.
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All that money on the CF steering "wheel" with all the fancy switches and the grips are cheap rubber wrap held on the electrical tape.
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The technology and innovation of racing is one aspect that makes the sport interesting. With so much of racing moving to identical cars with the only difference in the paint job, it can get a bit boring.

Dr. Panoz and the DeltaWing team are trying a very different approach to car design and are running an engine they design and build.
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