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Luca Mars, Chad McCumbee and Scott Andrews Top ROAR Pilot Challenge Sessions

Chad McCumbee exits the infield during the ROAR Before the 24, 1/22/2023 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Session No. 3

Saturday morning saw KohR Motorsports’ Luca Mars replicate the strong pace from Friday morning. He was fastest overall in the session with a lap at 113.243 mph in his Ford Mustang GT4.

Mars’ lap was .122 seconds faster than McCumbee-McAleer Racing with Aerosport’s Chad McCumbee. PF Racing’s Zane Smith completed a Ford 1-2-3. BGB Motorsports’ Spencer Pumpelly was fourth in his Porsche, while CarBahn Motorsports with Peregrine Racing’s Jeff Westphal was fifth.

Lone Star Racing’s Scott Andrews was sixth in his Mercedes, while Automatic Racing’s Tom Long was seventh. TeamTGM’s Owen Trinkler was eighth, while NOLAsport’s Elliott Skeer and TeamTGM’s Matt Plumb rounded out the top 10.

In TCR, Road Shagger Racing’s Jon Morley, driving a first-generation Audi RS3 LMS TCR, was quickest with a lap at 108.572 mph, good for 30th overall. Morley’s lap was nearly a full second faster than the Alfa Romeo of KMW Motorsports with TMR Engineering’s Tim Lewis Jr. LA Honda World Racing’s Mike LaMarra was third, then Bryan Herta Autosport’s Harry Gottsacker. HART’s Mario Farnbacher was fifth.

Three teams did not go on track during the session. Rennsport One’s Porsche for defending BMW M Endurance Challenge winners Eric Filguerias and Stevan McAleer were one of them.

VGRT’s Honda for Victor Gonzalez Jr. and Karl Wittmer, who were fastest in TCR in both sessions on Friday, did not practice, along with LA Honda World Racing’s No. 37 for Ryan Eversley and Mat Pombo. In Eversley and Pombo’s case, a pesky oil leak kept the car off the track for the majority of the three sessions to this point of the weekend.

Session No. 4

Saturday afternoon saw rain showers move into Daytona. With next to no precipitation in the forecast for next weekend at the moment, 20 of the 43 teams in Daytona chose to skip the session.

There was some trouble in the session as well. The red flag was displayed with 20 minutes to go when Ave Motorsports’ Alfredo Najri crashed his Toyota GR Supra GT4 EVO.

The wet weather slowed the pace by more than 10 seconds. Andrews ended up fastest with a lap at 104.301 mph to top the session.

Andrews’ lap was .558 seconds faster than Winward Racing’s Daniel Morad. Jensen Altzman was third in the McCumbee Ford, then Mars and Turner Motorsport’s Cameron Lawrence.

Robby Foley was sixth in the second Turner BMW, followed by PF Racing’s Ben Rhodes. Rebel Rock…

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