Monday, January 25, 2016

Nissan Entry at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona

Yup...not exactly a common thing these days but there is a Nissan powered entry at the 24 Hours of Daytona this coming weekend.

The #37 of SMP Racing running in the top "Prototype" class against the Panoz Deltawing and the new Ford GTs is running a naturally aspirated Nissan VK45DE V8.  While it finished third in the speed tests at Daytona in early January, no result of that nature should be expected.  The SMP team will have to play a cautious game of wait and see, hoping for breakdowns of the "virgin" Ford GTs and experimental Deltawing to have any shot at a podium.  Truth is that while this team and exact car have run exceptionally well in Europe (also known as Russian Bears Motorsport) in the LMP2 class there, it is not designed for the unique characteristics of Daytona like the Daytona Prototype cars are.

Still, it will be good to have someone to root for other than your typical NASCAR drivers slumming it up in endurance racing.

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