By Tarek Ramchani
The 2014 international sportscar season will kick off at Daytona. TUDOR United SportsCar Championship teams will be in Florida for three official test days known as the ROAR Before the Rolex 24.
The Audi teams will be there as well with five Audi R8 LMS cars.
The Audi squad performed very well last time out in Daytona, during the official TUSC test days in November. The Audi R8 LMS was among the best in the field within the GT Daytona (GTD) class. All four regular TUSC Audi teams will be present at this final tests before the big race.
Flying Lizard Motorsports will enter their two Audi R8 LMS cars, the #35 and the #45 machines. The three other teams, GMG Racing (#32 Audi), Fall-Line Motorsports (#46 Audi) and Paul Miller Racing (#48 Audi), will field a single Audi R8 LMS each. The Audi teams will face strong rivals with cars from Ferrari, Porsche, SRT, BMW and Aston Martin.
On Thursday the Audi Sport customer racing driver line-ups were announced.
#32 Audi R8 LMS
James Sofronas, Alex Welch, Frank Stippler and Marc Basseng
Flying Lizard Motorsports:
#35 Audi R8 LMS
Seth Neiman, Dion von Moltke, Alessandro Latif and Filipe Albuquerque
#45 Audi R8 LMS
Nelson Canache Jr., Spencer Pumpelly, Tim Pappas and Markus Winkelhock
#46 Audi R8 LMS
Charlie Putnam, Charles Espenlaub, James Walker and Oliver Jarvis
Paul Miller Racing:
#48 Audi R8 LMS
Bryce Miller, Matt Bell, Rene Rast and Christopher Haase
We will keep you updated about the Audi teams' performances throughout the ROAR Before the Rolex 24 test days with daily reports.
Photo credit: Flying Lizard Motorsports