Saturday, January 28, 2017

2017 Daytona 24hr preview: GT Lemans

BMW Team RLL 24: Fast but new lineup at Daytona

BMW Team RLL 19: They have the edge over their teammates, but that's not saying much. They still do not beat the rest of the cars.

Corvette Racing 3: We simply like the #4 car's lineup better. All fast guys but that really doesn't always win the big races.

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing 66: They won LeMans, but Joey hand as the "franchise player", they were expected to outdo Westbrook and Briscoe in the other car.

Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK 68: Given that Mucke and Pla are in the prime of their careers we were rather shocked to see them outmatched by and aging warrior like Priaulx and a young gun like Tinknell,  in the later half of the WEC season. In our opinion they're both making the most of being in the prime of their careers with extra curricular activities. Too much freelancing for other teams can be distracting.

Porsche GT Team 911: Much testing, but it's still a new car among other proven cars by other manufacturers who can spend just as much.

Risi Competizione: Pressure, pressure. The Petit Lemans victory was a much needed gust of fresh air. But expectations are still high. As the only single car team some options on race strategies are simply not available to them, and even a speed advantage won't be enough to regularly be a threat for victory.

Corvette Racing 4: The perfect lineup for endurance racing. Fairly fast and well experienced.

Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK 69; Tony Kanaan might disrupt the chemistry a little bit, or bring something new. But they outclassed their highly touted teammates in the WEC after LeMans.

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing 67: In our humble opinion this is the speediest and bravest of all in Chip Ganassi's stable. In Daytona's customary last stint dash to the flag, there's not many we would pick ahead of Scott Dixon, and Richard Westbrook.