The off-season is over and the MINI JCW Team is ready to get back to business. Round one of the 2018 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season takes place at Daytona International Speedway.
For the second year in a row the season will begin with a four-hour event, the BMW Endurance Challenge. All three MINI JCWs will be hitting the pavement again, looking to defend last season's historic victory at the track. Derek Jones and Mat Pombo, the duo that drove the 73 to victory lane twice last season, will be returning to the team this season, although this time around they will be driving in separate cars.
Jones will be joined by Nate Norenberg for the entirety of the season in the 37 MINI JCW. Pombo will be joined by former class champion Mike LaMarra in the 73 for the full season as well. The 52 will feature a three driver lineup for Daytona. MINI JCW Team regulars Mark Pombo, Jared Salinsky, and Tyler Stone will perform driving duties for the event.
The competition will be tough as the MINIs will take on the likes of Porsche and BMW in their attempt to repeat. The team's Roar Before The 24 results showed that they haven't slowed down a bit and will be up to the challenge.
You can watch the race live Friday January 26th at 12:50pm EST on IMSA.tv, the IMSA Roku app, or on the IMSA mobile app. Qualifying will be on IMSA radio and you can keep track of timing and scoring for all events at scoring.imsa.com.
About the MINI JCW Team
The MINI JCW Team, operated by LAP Motorsports (@lapmotorsports), drives MINI's most powerful Hardtop ever in the two-door John Cooper Works. The team competes in the fiercely competitive IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. For additional information please visit minijcwteam.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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