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24 Hours of Daytona Begins Today

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The debut of the new Tudor United Sports Car Championship begins today at 2:10 pm ET with the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona. You can follow the action on various TV channels throughout the 24 hour event or watch online. This year’s 24 Hours of Daytona begins a new era in sports car racing as the Grand Am Series and American Le Mans Series combined to form one united series. With 65 entries, this will be one of the largest 24 Hours of Daytona ever.

The new series is comprised is four classes of cars:

Prototype (P): The prototypes are the top tier teams from both the Grand Am and American LeMans Series. Some of the cars in this class include the Nissan DeltaWing, Ford EcoBoost, and the Corvette Daytona Prototype.

Prototype Challenge (PC): PC is a spec class that is a carry over from the American Le Mans Series. The series features cars built by Oreca with engines supplied by Chevrolet and tires from Continental.

GT Le Mans (GTLM): This GT LeMans class is a direct carry over from the American Le Mans Series. Cars in this class include the Corvette C7.R, Ferrari 458, SRT Viper, Porsche 911, and BMW Z4. All cars in this class must follow the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s GTE specification.

GT Daytona (GTD): The GTD class combines the Grand-Am GT & GX classes with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars from the American Le Mans GTC class.  GTD is by far the largest class and features 29 cars.

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I am looking forward to the new series as it allows the best teams of both series to compete against each other for the same championship. For a full run down of all 65 entries, I highly recommend the article posted by RennSport which describes the new series and includes images of each car. You can also follow live scoring here.

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2015 Mustang Prototype Now on Video!

The 2015 Mustang mule that was captured on camera last week is certainly making its rounds. Those images offered the first glimpse of a full bodied Mustang prototype. This week, a stealthy driver was able to capture what appears to be the same prototype on video. While it is impossible to make out any of the body lines due to amount of camouflage and padding, the V8 in this mule sounds great! With this video it is possible to compare the prototype along side to other vehicles (there is a current generation Mustang following it in part of the video), and its smaller size is unmistakable. Check out the video posted on YouTube above.

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In other Mustang news, Road & Track is reporting that the SVT version of the new Mustang will arrive as a 2016 model and will be called the Shelby GT350 instead of the GT500. The original Shelby GT350 was a successful race car in the 1960s, and I think the name will fit better with the car’s updated dimensions. There are also rumors that a Mach 1 is possible for 2016, but nothing is definitive.

The 2015 Mustang is going to be in the news a lot over the coming months as the car continues to be put through its paces. Hopefully some keen spy photographer will get a shot of it with less camouflage before it is unveiled to the public.

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