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Pruett Runs Away With Rolex And Into Record Book
Sunday, 27 Jan, 2013 – 15:43 | One Comment
Pruett Runs Away With Rolex And Into Record Book

Last Thursday, driver Scott Pruett quickly and emphatically waived off a couple of questions about tying the legendary Hurley Haywood as the all-time prototype winner at this year’s Rolex 24. If the racing gods meant it to be, he said, then it would be.
On Sunday, it be.
Pruett co-drove his Chip Ganassi Racing BMW-powered Riley to [...]

Pruett: The 24 Is Still Cool At 52
Saturday, 26 Jan, 2013 – 9:10 | Comments Off
Pruett: The 24 Is Still Cool At 52

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In 1984 Scott Pruett was a rookie in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Now, at age 52, the pole winner for this year’s around-the-clock event still “absolutely loves” competing in the race that kicks off the new motorsports season.
“Ever since I can remember, even as a kid, being part of the Rolex [...]

Flat Spot On: Daytona Needs Faster Prototypes
Saturday, 26 Jan, 2013 – 9:01 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Daytona Needs Faster Prototypes

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – On the eve of this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, count me among those lamenting the passing of the American Le Mans Series at the end of the season and one who appreciates the future of a single unified endurance racing series in America under the Grand-Am. [...]

Ganassi DPs Appear To Be The 24 Hour Power
Friday, 25 Jan, 2013 – 10:55 | Comments Off
Ganassi DPs Appear To Be The 24 Hour Power

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Racing team owner Chip Ganassi can do sarcasm. He may be one of his biz’s top practitioners of the art, in fact. He let go with a classic after last year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. That baby occurred when, in the wake of his two cars being podium-skunked, [...]

Ganassi DPs Tear Up Rolex 24 Qualifying
Thursday, 24 Jan, 2013 – 20:25 | Comments Off
Ganassi DPs Tear Up Rolex 24 Qualifying

The Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend began Thursday with qualifying for the 51st anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona, which is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.
The GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge also qualified on Thursday for Friday’s BMW Performance 200 with 64 GS and ST class cars [...]

Bowyer Is Proud Owner Of New Ferrari Ride
Friday, 18 Jan, 2013 – 8:26 | Comments Off
Bowyer Is Proud Owner Of New Ferrari Ride

Some news and notes from sports car racing:
A year ago at about this time, Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer turned up his nose – almost literally – when asked if he had any interest in driving a Ferrari 458 Italia GT car for/with his then-new NASCAR team owner, Michael Waltrip.
“Nah,” the Kansas native said with [...]

The 2013 Rolex 24 Will Have Designated Villain
Thursday, 10 Jan, 2013 – 10:11 | 5 Comments
The 2013 Rolex 24 Will Have Designated Villain

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Some random racin’ thoughts:
Juan Pablo Montoya may want to give the safety equipment in his BMW Riley prototype some extra attention before he takes to the track in this year’s Rolex 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway.
Montoya, the former Formula 1 bad boy, has morphed neatly into being the Grand-Am [...]

2013 Gets Off to Roaring Start At Daytona
Monday, 7 Jan, 2013 – 9:09 | Comments Off
2013 Gets Off to Roaring Start At Daytona

RacinToday.com
News and notes from the weekend’s Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series’ three-day Roar Before the 24 practice at Daytona International Speedway:
Michael Shank Racing matched its results from the 2012 Rolex 24 by placing first and third at the test.
Michael Valiante posted the fastest lap of the “Roar” in Sunday’s final session in the team’s No. [...]

Merged Sports Car Series Unveils 2014 Classes
Friday, 4 Jan, 2013 – 12:06 | Comments Off
Merged Sports Car Series Unveils 2014 Classes

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón announced the initial concept for the organizations’ unified competition class structure that will debut in January 2014 at the 52nd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The lineup, unveiled during a teleconference Friday,  will be in effect [...]

IndyCar Champ, NASCAR’s Bowyer Going Shopping For A Rolex
Friday, 4 Jan, 2013 – 10:11 | Comments Off
IndyCar Champ, NASCAR’s Bowyer Going Shopping For A Rolex

There is no one, single starting date for the American auto racing season. Instead, there are several key events that combine to mark the start. Like this week’s Roar Before the 24 at the Daytona International Speedway infield road course.
The Roar is an open practice for teams and drivers planning to compete in the historic [...]