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From the Marbles

The cars are going around the track, hurrah, hurrah

Nick Bromberg
From The Marbles

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The sand in the offseason hour glass is accumulating more and more at the bottom.

Over the weekend, the Grand-Am Series completed its Roar Before the 24 test, the main test session in preparation for the Rolex 24 hour race at Daytona International Speedway on January 26-27. The Sprint Cup Series takes the track at Daytona for three days of testing on Thursday.

A few notes from the Grand-Am test:

Michael Valiante set the weekend's fastest time in Michael Shank Racing's No. 6 Daytona Prototype. Michael Shank Racing won last year's race in its No. 60 car, which was third on the board with AJ Allmendinger behind the wheel.

Speaking of Allmendinger, he said over the weekend that the Rolex 24 was the only race on his schedule at the moment and that he's looking for other options. Wouldn't you like to see him full-time in the Izod IndyCar Series?

Patrick Long had the fastest speed in the GT class.

Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip will be driving with Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman and Rui Aguas in the GT Class at the Rolex 24. Aguas set the team's fastest lap on Sunday, which was good for fifth in GT.

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