Monday
Jan062014

It' On!!!

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After a year of anticipation, IMSA’s new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship kick of a new era of sports car racing in North America. The long awaited merger of the Grand American Road Racing Association and the American Le Mans Series became an on-track reality with 66 cars testing on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the inaugural race, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, January 25-26.

The official testing session ran Friday through Sunday on the 3.5 mile Dayton International Speedway road course, a combination of the famed speedway’s high banked NASCAR oval and a technical road course section that winds through the speedway infield. The test showcased the series’ four classes… Prototype, Prototype Challenge, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona.

With competitors from around the world and every form of racing, the Rolex 24 is one of sports car racing’s premier endurance events. With the combined Grand Am and ALMS fields, the 52nd running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona will attract a large number of “name” drivers and a record spectator turnout.

With names like Scott Pruett, Lucas Luhr, Patrick Long, Boris Said and celebrity racer, Patrick Dempsey, the field of teams including Target Chip Ganassi Racing and ALMS prototype champions’ Pickett Racing, the IMSA sanctioned event promises to bring all the ingredients together for a truly international star studded event.

This weeks test also saw announcements of new Series partners, Tully Coffee and the return of Tequila Patron as the title sponsor of the North American Endurance Championship… a championship within the championshipThe 2014 Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup encompasses the four iconic endurance races in the TUDOR Championship:  the Rolex 24 At Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 25-26; the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida at Sebring International Raceway on March 15; the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International on June 29; and the 1,000-mile or 10-hour Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta on Oct. 4.

The Tequila Patr¤în North American Endurance Cup rewards the top-performing teams, drivers and manufacturers over 52 hours of endurance racing. This prestigious endurance competition will feature an additional purse of $300,000, with $100,000 going to the Prototype (P) and GT Le Mans (GTLM) championship-winning teams and $50,000 for the Prototype Challenge (PC) and GT Daytona (GTD) team champions.

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