IMSA: Roar Before the Rolex 24 kicks off at Daytona

One of Chip Ganassi Racing's Ford EcoBoost Prototype entries sits in the garage at Daytona International Speedway.

John Dagys

Thursday kicked off the first day the Roar Before the Rolex 24 – a three-day test session at Daytona International Speedway for drivers and team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

From Jan. 8-10, cars will be on the 3.56-mile road course in preparation for the Rolex 24.

Chip Ganassi Racing is looking to defend their 2015 Rolex 24 overall victory, as they will field two Prototype class entries in 2016. The No. 01 Ford EcoBoost Prototype will be driven by reigning Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon, IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray.

In a second Prototype entry for CGR, the No. 02 car will be piloted by former Formula One driver Alex Wurz, FIA World Endurace Championship LMP1 Champion Brendon Hartley, FIA WEC Ford Performance driver Andy Priaulx and FIA European Formula 3 Championship driver Lance Stroll.

Scott Pruett, in his first year with Action Express Racing, has joined their No. 5 Corvette DP Prototype effort along with drivers Christian Fittipaldi, Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque.

On track shortly. So excited. #rolexdaytona

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IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay will also be behind the wheel of the No. 90 Corvette DP Prototype for VisitFlorida Racing, along with drivers Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goosens.

Blue rocket. Ready for takeoff. More pics soon. @spiritofdaytona90 @visitflorida @disupdates #daytona24 #rolex24

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The Rolex 24 at Daytona will be held on Jan. 30, with live coverage of the event beginning at 2 p.m. on FS1.

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