Racing season kicking off with this weekend with 24-hour Florida race

The racing season is about to start for Audi this weekend with the 24-hour Florida race where there will be two customer teams.

Paul Miller Racing and Flying Lizard Motorsports with their Audi R8 LMS cars will be at the start line of the 53rd running of the 24 hours of Daytona, representing a classic endurance race. It serves as the inaugural race of the 2015 season in the American Tudor United SportsCar Championship (TUSC) which was formed last year by a merger between the American Le Mans Series and GRAND-AM.

The two Audi customer teams battling at the 24-hour Florida race will have to battle other 51 prototypes and GT sports cars. The Audi R8 LMS will take part in the GT Daytona class for production-based sports cars in which there will be 19 competitors and it’s considered as being the most competitive and populous at the same time.

Audi’s R8 LMS was developed specifically for the racing series organized in United States and comes with various aerodynamic upgrades such as the wider rear Daytona Prototype wing as well as new flics up front which boost top speed.

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The Audi customer teams at Daytona

Audi R8 LMS #45 (Flying Lizard Motorsports)
Tomonobu Fujii (J), Satoshi Hoshino (J), Robert Thorne (USA), Markus Winkelhock (D)

Audi R8 LMS #48 (Paul Miller Racing)
Christopher Haase (D), Bryce Miller (USA), Dion von Moltke (USA), René Rast (D)

Schedule (local time, CET +6 hours)

Thursday, January 22
09:25 – 10:25        Free practice 1
13:20 – 13:50        Free practice 2
16:00 – 16:15        Qualifying (GTD)
16:25 – 16:40        Qualifying (GTLM)
16:50 – 17:05        Qualifying (Prototypes C)
17:15 – 17:30        Qualifying (Prototypes)
18:30 – 20:00        Free practice 3

Friday, January 23

11:25 – 12:25        Free practice 4

Saturday, January 24
14:10        Start

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Sunday, January 25
14:10        Finish

Adrian Padeanu

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