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2017 Anthem Annual February

ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL 233 to create the new Cadillac built by Dallara Automobili. “The studio embraced the opportunity to interpret the Cadillac form language, line work and graphic signature for this premier prototype racing application. Every detail of the final design was selected to support the car’s on-track performance and unmistakable Cadillac presence.” It has been a process to bring the different parts together for the various teams. John Doonan, the director of Mazda Motorsports North America, has been the point man for the development of the Mazda RT24-P, which was built by Riley Technologies and Multimatic, Inc. “Leading into a process like this, you can imagine the nerves of the staff,” said Doonan. “Engaging designers, who are essentially artists, along with engineers who are trying to develop a race car that integrates brand design language while also being aerodynamically efficient, effective and competitive — it can be interesting. However, based on all of our testing and simulations, we believe we have achieved that.” Mazda’s two-car factory team, fielded by SpeedSource will have regulars Jonathan Bomarito, Tristan Nunez, Joel Miller and Tom Long behind the wheel with additional co-drivers for the Rolex 24. The new cars are longer and more narrow than the preceding Daytona Prototypes and are expected to be faster due to better aerodynamics and suspensions to match. “It just feels so predictable,” said Bomarito, who reported the car to handle better than previous prototypes right out of the box. Mazda’s RT24-P will be powered by a new version of the MZ 2.0T, a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter twin turbo. The Tequila Patron ESM team, the defending Rolex 24 champs, is returning with two new Ligier-Nissan DPi cars. Last year, Scott Sharp, Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek and Pipo Derani edged the Wayne Taylor team by 26 seconds to win the coveted Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watches with a stellar closing stint by Derani on board a Ligier LMP2. This year’s car is a collaboration between the builders of the Ligier chassis and Nissan, which supplies the power from a 3.8 liter V-6 twin turbo. The new 2017 Ligier, built by the French firm Onroak Automotive, first broke cover in France in September 2016. And, the ESM team spent last season racing its Nissan-powered LMP2 Ligier in the World Endurance Championship. The veteran team, which works in conjunction with Oak Racing, will arrive well prepared at Daytona to defend its title. “Tequila Patrón ESM has had an incredible experience over the last 24 months going to some amazing racetracks, but we are very excited to return to the IMSA WeatherTech Championship,” said team owner Sharp, whose team also won the 2016 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring The South Florida-based SpeedSource Race Engineering will manage the two-car program on behalf of Mazda Motorsports. The pair of Mazda RT24-P race cars will be driven by Jonathan Bomarito, Tristan Nunez, Tom Long and Joel Miller. Mazda Motorsports New entry Ebimotors with Italian drivers Emanuele Busnelli and Fabio Babini put the No. 46 Ebimotors Lamborghini Huracan GT3 through October testing at Daytona International Speedway. Brian Cleary


2017 Anthem Annual February
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