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Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R: Rolex 24 At Daytona Qualifying Report

Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Qualifying Report

55th Rolex 24 At Daytona

Date: Jan. 26, 2017

Event: 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona (Round 1 of 10)

Series: Prototype division of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (3.56-mile, 12-turn road course)

Pole Winner: Joao Barbosa of Action Express Racing (1:36.903 at 132.2 mph)

Wayne Taylor Racing: 4th by Ricky Taylor (1:37.169 at 131.8 mph)

The brand new No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R – making its first official race appearance this weekend – will start the 55th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona from the outside of the second row after IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying Thursday afternoon at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Ricky Taylor, who’s sharing the cockpit with his brother and full-time co-driver Jordan Taylor, as well as veteran Italian Max “The Ax” Angelelli in his final career sportscar race and four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, drove a fast lap of 1 minute, 37.169 seconds at 131.8 mph around the 3.56-mile, 12-turn superspeedway road course layout. It was good for fourth overall among 55 car-and-driver combinations that will take the green flag Saturday for traditional 24-hour season opener.

“I think we’ve got a really good car for the race,” said Ricky Taylor, who also qualified fourth here last year en route to the team’s third runner-up finish in the last four Rolex 24s. “It’s disappointing to not get the pole, but it’s nice to see Cadillacs one, two and four in their debut – so strong. I think we’ve got a proven team and crew and driver lineup for the race and I’m very optimistic. We know we have a fast car, but being a brand new car, the only question left on the minds of our fans and followers, I guess, is how the new Cadillac is going to hold up for 24 hours. I can say that I don’t think we could’ve done any more than we’ve done in terms of preparation. I’d go so far as to say we’re the most prepared of all the teams here, knock on wood. We’ve worked out a lot of bugs during all the testing, and I think we’ve got all the confidence we can expect. So, anything that happens from this point forward is out of our control.”

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Lockrow Competing for Holman Racing at Motor Mile

La Plata, MD – As the start to the 2017 racing season draws closer with each passing day, drivers and teams continue to finalize their plans.  Holman Racing of Abingdon, Virginia and Kyle Lockrow have partnered together to compete at the Motor Mile Speedway in the Super Street Division for an undetermined number of events in the #7 Chevrolet.

“The opportunity to compete for Caleb, his father Darrell, and the entire Holman Racing team at Motor Mile Speedway in the newly formed Super Street division is extremely gratifying.  Everyone welcomed me with open arms when I competed for their Chump Car program at VIR in 2016 and learned a lot in the process, so I look forward to another positive experience in 2017,” said Kyle.

This will be Kyle’s first time competing at Motor Mile Speedway.  He finished 5th in the 2014 “Garden State Classic” Late Model Event held at the Wall Stadium Speedway in Wall Township, New Jersey.

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Airborne, Freedom and Utica-Rome Speedways Join DIRTcar Northeast as Sportsman Modified Home Tracks in 2017

CONCORD, N.C. – Jan. 26, 2017 – DIRTcar Northeast officials are proud to announce the additions of Airborne Speedway, Freedom Raceway Park and Utica-Rome Speedway as Sportsman Modified home tracks for the 2017 season. The addition of the trio of New York facilities increases the number of DIRTcar Sportsman Modified sanctioned tracks to 17 for the upcoming season.

Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY returns to a dirt surface in 2017 with promoter John Walker leading the conversion. The track will host the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds on a weekly basis as well as a North Region tour event in September. Airborne is also the newest track to the Super DIRTcar Series tour. It will host the Big-Block Modifieds at the half-mile oval on Thursday, July 6.

Freedom Motorsports Park, located in Delevan, NY, provides a home track to drivers in the southwestern area of the state under the guidance of Bob Reis. The 1/3-mile clay oval hosts Friday night racing from May to September less than one hour southeast of Buffalo.

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McCumbee, Rowe, and Berry Head Next Round of Entries for Meltdown at Dillon

CHARLOTTE, NC (January 26) – Prominent names from the North and South head the ever growing list of drivers for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model season opener at Dillon Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon, February 4.  The “Original” Winter Meltdown will be headlined by the 200 green flag lap South Carolina Clash and will pit the best short track racers in North America against one another for the first race of the 2017 PASS National Championship series.  The 12th Annual Clash at the Winter Meltdown will also double as the first race for the PASS South Super Late Models.

Ocean Isles, NC’s Chad McCumbee has done nearly everything you can think of when it comes to auto racing.  From a successful career in Late Model Stocks at Myrtle Beach Speedway to nearly winning in the Camping World Truck Series, McCumbee even played Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in an ESPN production based on his father.  In recent years, McCumbee has honed his road racing skills driving the ModSpace Mazda and will compete this weekend in the preliminary events at Daytona International Speedway leading up to the Rolex 24.  But, with all that on his resume, the Winter Meltdown at Dillon will be his first start in a PASS Super Late Model.

“Super Late Models are somewhat of a step I skipped coming up through in the early 2000’s,” says McCumbee, who will pilot the Elliott Trucking #16 at Dillon.  “Last year we decided to try something different and got a Fury Super.  Dillon will be my second race in a Super Late Model and our test went pretty well a couple of weeks ago.  I am in Florida now so I was very limited with my time leading up to the race.  I don’t really have any expectations but feel confident we will be competitive.”

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