DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – official series release – Bryan Ortiz Racing photo –
Changing track conditions led to limited track time for Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competitors in Sunday’s third and final day of Roar Before the Rolex 24 practice, the final test before the season-opening BMW Performance 200 at Daytona International Speedway, on Friday, Jan. 23.
Bryan Ortiz put the new Zero Zero Motorsports team atop the chart on Sunday, running a lap of one minute, 57.963 seconds (108.644 mph) in the No. 00 Ford Mustang Boss 302R shared by co-driver and team owner Roly Falgueras.
“It’s good to be here and help shake the rust off,” said Ortiz, a regular in the Continental Tire Challenge before competing in stock cars as part of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program from 2011. “Roly’s last race was here in 2013, and this test will get us off to a good start.”
Jade Buford was second, running 1:58.436 (108.210 mph) in the No. 158 Multimatic Motorsports/Miller Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302R, followed by Timmy Rivers in the No. 57 Racers Edge Motorsports Gary Yeomans Ford Mustang Boss 302R, 1:58.797 (107.882 mph) as Fords took the top four positions.
Overall, Billy Johnson was fastest of the test, running an unofficial track record lap of 1:55.794 (110.679 mph) in the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302R co-driven by Scott Maxwell. Second was Mike McGovern, who ran 1:56.185 (110.307 mph) in the No. 2 Jim Click Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302R.
John Lewis led Street Tuner (ST) on Sunday morning with a lap of 2:06.663 (101.182 mph) in the No. 36 Goldcrest Motorsports Strategic Wealth Racing Porsche Cayman co-driven by Matt Dicken, followed by Dan Rogers in the No. 38 Next Level European Porsche Cayman shared by Seth Thomas, 2:07.607 (100.433 mph). Terry Borcheller was fastest in the afternoon session, running 2:20.347 (91.317 mph) in the No. 23 Burton Racing BMW 128i.
Fastest in ST during the Roar test was defending ST champion and Daytona winner Eric Foss, running 2:05.278 (102.300 mph) in the No. 56 Murillo Racing/Mosing Motorcars Porsche Cayman co-driven by Justin Piscitell.
CREDIT: Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge Release