|ENDURANCE RACING LEGEND HURLEY HAYWOOD IS GRAND MARSHAL|
|Endurance racers are a breed unto themselves. To drive a race car at speeds approaching 200 mph for hours on end over a challenging circuit such as Daytona International Speedway, home of the iconic Rolex 24 At Daytona, necessitates stamina and a unique skill set. Rarer still are the racers who make it into the history books, and, in the case of Hurley Haywood, his numerous entries in the history books have elevated his status to the stuff of legends. A year ago when Haywood took a step back from driving, he became the natural choice to give the command 'drivers, start your engines' as Grand Marshal for the 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona. 'It is a different role, but it is one that I really enjoy actually,' said Haywood. 'They've also been keeping me so busy with all the duties that I really haven't been able to think about the not driving part of it.' A number of Haywood's cars are on display in the Rolex 24 Heritage Exhibition. 'I walked through and looked at each one and each brings back a wonderful memory,' said Haywood of the cars that span his more than 40-year driving career. 'What I miss most about the driving part is that time right before you get into the car where you have butterflies in your stomach… your stomach is in a knot. You have all these questions about 'is the car up to the test, am I good enough today, am I going to kill myself,' all these things go through your mind, and it's kind of a really wonderful rush kind of feeling. And then, as soon as you get into the car and strap your helmet on and start the car up, you pull up on the pace lap and all that sort of goes by the wayside. You relax and everything comes into focus. I miss that part.' At the briefing shortly before the cars started the gridding process, the five-time Rolex 24 At Daytona Champion spoke to the drivers. 'It feels very strange to be standing here this year. For so many years I sat where you are sitting. Have fun, be safe, and be ladies and gentlemen out there.' Managing the team at Brumos Racing, which is running the #59 Porsche GT3 Cup car, will also keep Haywood busy for the next 24 hours. 'We've got a good team and four really strong drivers (Leh Keen, Andrew Davis, Marc Lieb and Bryan Sellers). When you look at the competiveness of the GT field especially it's really tight, so if I had to pick a year to step aside this was probably a good choice to do it.' Haywood has raced the Rolex 24 At Daytona 42 times and has, since his last win in 1991, held an unbroken five wins record. Along with those wins at Daytona International Speedway, Haywood has three wins of the 24 Heures du Mans and two wins of the 12 Hours of Sebring. As the winner of more endurance races than any other driver, Haywood has rightfully earned the title of legend. How to Follow the Event To receive media features and reports during the event, and to download high-resolution images, copyright free for editorial purposes, register online at www.caracingnews.com Regular updates for media regarding the Rolex 24 At Daytona will be available on the caracingnews Facebook and Twitter feeds. These include significant news, as well as fresh images, text and audio files, which have been posted to the www.caracingnews.com platform. Rolex has been a partner of the Daytona International Speedway since its earliest beginnings, and title sponsor of the Rolex 24 At Daytona since 1992. A Press Pack about the Rolex 24 At Daytona is available to download here and Photo Story highlighting the race's heritage and atmosphere is available to view here. Further information on the Rolex 24 At Daytona may be found at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com and http://www.grand-am.com.|
|IMSA, FERRARI CHALLENGE NORTH AMERICA ANNOUNCE THREE-YEAR EXTENSIONFerrari Challenge North America To Continue Under IMSA Sanction Through 2017|
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2015) – The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and Ferrari Challenge North America today announced a three-year extension of its partnership to continue running the Ferrari Challenge under IMSA sanction in North America through the 2017 season. Established in 1993, and now in its 22nd year, Ferrari Challenge also has series in Europe and Asia Pacific.
|BMW TEAM RLL FINISHES 2ND AND 4TH AT 53RD ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA; NO. 25 BMW FINISHES ONLY .478 SECONDS FROM VICTORYWoodcliff Lake, N.J. – January 25, 2015… BMW Team RLL finished second and fourth in this weekend's 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona on the 40th anniversary of BMW Motorsport's very first race in North America and the start of the 1975 IMSA season for the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL. With car numbers chosen to honor that car, the No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM finished second and the No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM took the checkered flag fourth.|
Bill Auberlen, Augusto Farfus, Bruno Spengler, and Dirk Werner completed 725 laps ....
|ACTION EXPRESS RACING WINS THIRD SEGMENT, PROTOTYPE LEAD TIED AT 18-HOUR MARK OF PATRÓN ENDURANCE CUP AT ROLEX 24◾PC-Leading CORE autosport Captures Third Consecutive Segment|
◾Corvette Racing Leads GTLM, Riley Motorsports Takes Narrow GTD Class Lead
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2014) – Joao Barbosa leapfrogged three competitors shortly before the end of the 18th hour of the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona due to quick work by the Action Express pit crew. That enabled the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP co-driven by Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais to win the five points for leading the T....
|GANASSI ‘STAR CAR' SHINES IN CLUTCH, WINS 53RD ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA◾PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Takes PC Victory In Closing Minutes|
◾Chip Ganassi Racing, CORE autosport Lead Patrón Endurance Cup
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2014) – Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' 'Star Car' lived up to its billing in the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona. With a lineup of IndyCar's Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan joined by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson, the No. 02 Target Ford EcoBoost/Riley prevailed in a hard-fought battle with Action Ex....
|CORVETTE RACING WINS 53RD ROLEX 24 BY LESS THAN ONE SECOND◾Garcia, Magnussen, Briscoe Take GTLM In Corvette C7.R By 0.478 Seconds|
◾TI Automotive/ViperExchange.com Dodge Viper SRT Wins In GTD
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2014) – A 24-hour race came down to a seven-and-a-half minute sprint to the checkered flag in the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona with the No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R beating the No. 25 BMW Z4 GTE from BMW Team RLL to the stripe by a mere 0.478 seconds. The GT Le Mans (GTLM) class win was Corvette Racing's first c....
|ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA RACE REPORTCircuit: Daytona International Speedway (3.56-mile road course), Daytona Beach, Fla.|
Weather: Mostly clear, cool overnight, 62 degrees F at the finish
Honda, Michael Shank Racing Show Speed at Daytona
◾ A.J. Allmendinger claims fastest race lap for Honda
◾Ozz Negri scores first Daytona pole for Honda
◾Tequila Patrón ESM debuts new HPD ARX-04b coupe
Jan 25, 2015 -- Michael Shank Racing and drivers A.J. Allmendinger, Oswaldo 'Ozz' Negri, John Pew and Matt McMurry made their Honda-powered....
|FORD ECOBOOST POWERS CHIP GANASSI RACING TO VICTORY IN ROLEX 24 AT 53RD RUNNING OF DAYTONA ENDURANCE CLASSIC◾Ford EcoBoost® V6 engine powers winning Chip Ganassi Racing car in Daytona 24-hour endurance race, earning victory with true combination of power, endurance and fuel efficiency|
◾Chip Ganassi drivers Scott Dixon, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray and Tony Kanaan earn Ford EcoBoost engine its first win in Rolex 24 in Daytona on Sunday
◾ With this win, Ford EcoBoost technology has captured the two most important endurance races in North America – the 2014 12 Hours of Sebring and 2015 Rolex 24