Bill Kent Roar Before the Rolex 24 Day One Gallery

January 7, 2017 Updated: January 7, 2017
The new mid-engined #911 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR awaits technical inspection before the start or the Roar. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Veteran motorsports photographer Bill Kent offers up this set of images from Day One of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship Roar Before the Rolex 24, Jan. 6–8 at Daytona International Speedway.

The #29 Montaplast by Land-Motorsport Audi R8 LMS was quickest in GTD in the morning session. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)

Five-time Rolex overall winner and five-time class winner Scott Pruett shares this #14 3GT Racing Lexus RCF GT3 with Ian James and Gustavo Menendez as he seeks yet another Rolex class title. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)

Manthey Racing has taken on Brumos Porsche’s old number 59 for its Porsche 911 GT3 R entry. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)

Action Express racing has changed its name to Mustang Sampling Racing, but the three-time series champions are equally quick in their Cadillac DPi V.R. whatever the name. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)

The #33 Riley Motorsports—Team AMG Mercedes AMG GT3 streaks along the banking Friday morning. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)

JDC-Miller Motorsports’ #85 Oreca-Gibson (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)

The driver in the #20 Bar1 Motorsports Prototype Challenge Oreca FLM09 locks up the front brakes. The car, with former Indy 50 winner Buddy Rice at the helm, was quickest in PC in the morning session. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)

The gorgeous #55 Mazda RT24 lost time to mechanical issues but was still only 1.5 seconds off the poace of the class leader. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)

Ricky Taylor in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi V.R. was second-quickest in both Friday sessions. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)

Action Express has split off its second car and crew into the Whelen Engineering team. The cars sports an updated livery for the Roar. (Bill Kent/Epoch Times)