The official start to the IMSA Calendar is here in the form of the first official IMSA sanctioned test. Teams have descended on the road course at Daytona to test out their machines. It also marks the first time that all the brand new DPi cars are testing on the same track at the same time (aside from Nissan who is set to debut their car at next weeks Roar Before the 24.) As is the case so often with new machines teething issues arose for both Cadillac and Mazda.
Cadillac was given a last min software update from Cosworth and it led to the #31 Action Express and #10 Wayne Taylor Racing cars missing the morning session. Both cars made the afternoon session but the #31 only ran 19 laps. The #10 ran 20, but did so without telemetry. Not to be out done the #31’s sister car, #5 needed to be push started from pit lane. That said the #5 completed 56 laps which was by far the most run by any Cadillac.
The brand new Mazdas had their own, totally separate issues with their new car. Running their 2017 spec motor for the first time Mazda experienced overheating issues related to the gear box. According to Mazda this was easily fixed and they went about their business. Unfortunately for Mazda they were unofficially 2 seconds slower than the Cadillacs.