Nissan: Nissan sets sites on Rolex 24 after Daytona test

Posted on 09. Jan, 2018 by in Nissan Canada

Daytona Beach, Florida – The ESM group kicked off a second IMSA deteriorate with Nissan energy during a Roar before a 24 exam – a final run before this year’s season-opening Rolex 24 during Daytona.

The No. 2 and No. 22 Nissan-powered Onroak machines finished 333 laps over a three-day exam during Daytona International Speedway, that enclosed a night use and a subordinate eventuality to establish array positions and garage locations for a Rolex 24 during Daytona.

Teams will lapse to Daytona on Jan 25 when a initial use sessions for a annual IMSA deteriorate opener are run.

The IMSA DPi foe reaches new heights in 2018 with 20 cars entered for this year’s Daytona event.
The Nissan-powered ESM group debuted during final year’s Rolex 24, heading a foe before being taken out of row by hit with a lapped car. The group went on to measure dual victories in 2017 – winning during Road America and a season-closing Petit Le Mans.

The ESM entries are powered by Nissan’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine – formed on a championship-winning powerplant used in a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.

“It looks like it’s going to be greatly rival here in WeatherTech,” motorist Scott Sharp said. “It’s been really cold, substantially distinct what it will be here in a few weeks for a race, so we’re perplexing not to let ourselves get too distant out of a window.”

Added Sharp: “We’ve recently updated all of a wiring and are operative out some tiny teething gremlins with those. All of that has kept us utterly busy, though I’m assured we’ll come behind with both guns installed for a race.”

ESM enters a 2018 deteriorate with a same motorist combinations – Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel aboard a No. 2 entry, and Pipo Derani and Johannes outpost Overbeek in a No. 22.

2016 FIA WEC P2 champion Nicolas Lapierre will expostulate a No. 22 entrance for a continuation races while Nissan welcomes behind Olivier Pla to a No. 2 car. Pla formerly gathering for Nissan in 2015 during a 24 Hours of Le Mans and a Blancpain GT Series.

“It’s a good event for me. we adore entrance here and racing here in America,” Pla said. “It’s a really good team, a good car, and we consider we have a lot of expectations. The foe has never been so tough and a turn so high. It will be engaging we think. But we will see what we can do! We have a good package so we will try to remove a best.”

The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, a opening foe in a 2018 IMSA WeatherTech series, is scheduled for Jan 27-28. Teams take a immature dwindle during 2:40 p.m. EST.

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NISMO Calendar

January 13-14

  • Asian Le Mans Series, Chang International Circuit, Thailand

January 27-28

  • IMSA Rolex 24 during Daytona, Daytona International Speedway

 

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Nissan
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