Rick Ware Racing won’t be making the Rolex 24 at Daytona 2020, scheduled to run this weekend on the oval in Daytona.
The plan was to enter the only Multimatic Mk30 in the LMP2 field, but they have a major crash during the ROAR test, so the car was so severely damaged, that it can’t be repaired in time for the race.
That has left the team with the only option to pull out of their Daytona adventure this time.
But two of their drivers will be racing anyway.
Jonathan Hoggard won the seat in the car, after participating in the British Formula 3 Championship. He will jump into the Precision Performance Motorsports Lamborghini #47 in the GTD category, with Mark Kvamme going the same way.
That car already had Brandon Gdovic and Eric Lux scheduled to drive, but lacked the two final drivers for the 24 hours race in Daytona. Cody Ware and James Davison haven’t found a seat for the race.
PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports originally had a plan to run two cars at the Daytona race, but they were not able to find enough drivers (read, with the necessary budgets) for their second car. So they will only run one car, being raced by Ben Keating, Robert Masson, Kyle Masson and Don Yount.
So that has reduced the Daytona field to 38 cars, which is the lowest number for years. But it’s a very high quality field, with only very few cars not being candidates for a podium position, let alone a class victory.
The racing activities for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starts on Thursday, with three practice sessions, and the qualifying for the race. Friday has a single practice session, before the race starts on Saturday 13.40 local – 19.40 CET. The qualifying and race can be streamed live and free on IMSA.tv outside the US.