Day tickets available for all three days of activity; Children up to 12 years FREE
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (January 18, 2022) – With The Roar Before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Presented by INX just days away, the excitement is already at an all-time high. Finally, a massive field of 61 incredible race cars took part in this weekend’s testing sessions (January 21-23), all preparing for the 60e Anniversary of the Rolex 24 at DAYTONA, North America’s most prestigious sports car race on the weekend of January 29-30.
The Roar Before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Presented by INX schedule requires two testing sessions on Friday (starting at 11:15 a.m. ET) and a third on Saturday (10 a.m. ET) before qualifying for the 100-minute qualifying race on Sunday at 2 p.m. :05 a.m., which will set the starting grid for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA. The 61 entries are the most since 2014 and will show a large international field of championship drivers – more than 50 past Rolex 24 at DAYTONA Champions – in five classes in the classic two-round-the-clock Rolex 24 event.
Tickets are available for both The Roar Before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Presented by INX and the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA. Friday and Sunday day tickets are only $15 for adults and children 12 and under are FREE. Saturday day tickets are $20, while kids 12 and under are FREE. To be a part of The Roar Before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Presented by INX or the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, log in to www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
Below is a breakdown of the five incredibly competitive classes participating in the 3.56-mile Daytona tri-oval road course:
Daytona Prototype International (DPi): Seven cars, the same number as in 2021, are in the DPi field this year, in what will be the class’s last season before moving to the LMDh platform in 2023. The #10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 claimed the class and overall win of Rolex 24 a year ago and three of its drivers – Filipe Albuquerque, Ricky Taylor and Alexander Rossi – are back along with newcomer Will Stevens.
the no. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-VR won last year’s qualifying race at the Roar, which proved an important step in the Action Express Racing entry’s route to the season title. Pipo Derani and Mike Conway are back in the number 31, with Tristan Nunez replacing Felipe Nasr as Derani’s new teammate for the entire season.
Other key DPi entries include Chip Ganassi Racing expanding into a two-car Cadillac effort and the No. 48 Ally Cadillac with seven-time NASCAR Cup Series and two-time DAYTONA 500 champion Jimmie Johnson and two-time Rolex 24 winner Kamui Kobayashi return for the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup races. Indy 500 Champions’ Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud are also back for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA.
Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2): The LMP2 field remains the same, 10 cars, as it was a year ago and is once again full of international flair. the no. 18 Era Motorsport ORECA LMP2 07 which won the Rolex 24 2021 returns fully intact with Dwight Merriman, Kyle Tilley, Ryan Dalziel and Paul-Loup Chatin, as does the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA lineup of Ben Keating, Mikkel Jensen, Scott Huffaker and Nicolas Lapierre who won the qualifying race en route to the LMP2 Championship.
Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3): Entries are growing from six to ten this year as the LMP3 class enters its second season of WeatherTech Championship competition. The No. 74 Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320 won the Rolex 24 last year and went on to win the season title for the team and driver Gar Robinson. He is back to defend and will team up with Felipe Fraga, Kay van Berlo and Michael Cooper at the Roar and Rolex 24.
GT Daytona Pro (GTD PRO): The new class replacing GT Le Mans (GTLM) is packed with 13 entries and eight manufacturers. Corvette Racing is watching as always, but especially when it shifts from the GTLM platform to the GT3 spec, the GTD PRO falls under. The No. 3 Corvette won the Rolex 24 last year and the driver trio returns with Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg. The No. 4 Corvette won the 2021 qualifying race and will make a one-time return for the Rolex 24 before starting a full season in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Other manufacturers for the debut of this highly anticipated class include Aston Martin, Ferrari Lamborghini and Lexus.
GT Daytona (GTD): Now with the same specs as GTD PRO, but with the requirement to have Bronze or Silver-rated drivers as part of the line-up, the GTD class continues its unrivaled popularity with 22 entries – three more than a year ago.
Mercedes-AMG finished 1-2 in last year’s Rolex 24 and both teams are back, winning No. 57 Winward Racing with half the drivers (Russell Ward and Philip Ellis) returning and No. 75 Sun Energy 1 bringing back three (Kenny Habul, Luca Stolz and Raffaele Marciello).
With nine manufacturers registered in GTD, competition is wide open as usual. Never forget the all-time leading IMSA winner Bill Auberlen and Turner Motorsport co-drivers Robby Foley, Michael Dinan and Jens Klingmann. The number 96 won the qualifying race last year and this season, like BMW Team RLL in GTD PRO, will race in a new BMW M4 GT3.
Andy Lally has the most Rolex 24 wins of all registered drivers (five). Are No. 44 Magnus Racing team awaits the switch to the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 this year. Others to watch are Crucial Motorsports and Inception Racing, both of which are bringing the McLaren 720S GT3 back to the Roar and Rolex 24.
WeatherTech Championship Course Records
DPi: Oliver Jarvis, Mazda DPi, 1:33.685 / 136.799 mph, January 2019
LMP2: James Allen, ORECA LMP2, 1:35.904/133,633 mph, January 2019
LMP3: Moritz Kranz, Duqueine D08, 1:42.384 / 125.176 mph, January 2021
GTD PRO: New Class for 2022
GTD: Marcos Gomes, Ferrari 488 GT3, 1:44.541 / 122.593 mph, January 2019
Rolex 24 2021 at Daytona Qualifying Race Winners:
DPi: Felipe Nasr/Pipo Derani, No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-VR
LMP2: Ben Keating / Mikkel Jensen, No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsport ORECA LMP2 07
LMP3: Moritz Kranz/Laurentz Hoerr, No. 6 Muehlner Motorsports America Duqueine D08
GTD PRO: New Class for 2022
GTD: Bill Auberlen/Robby Foley, No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3
In addition to cars on the track this weekend during The Roar Before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Presented by INX, Daytona will host International Speedway Scout Days at DAYTONA, where thousands of scouts from around the country participate in garage tours, trackwalks and STEMWERX activities. STEMWERX inspires and equips bright young minds to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Their mission is to inspire students to choose careers in STEM fields and become the next generation of innovators.
The Roar Before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Presented by INX kicks off 10 days of activity on the track, culminating in the Rolex 24 at DAYTONA from January 29-30.
Once the checkered flag falls on the Rolex 24. At DAYTONA, the World Center of Racing will focus on DAYTONA Speedweeks presented by AdventHealth (February 15-20) and the 64e Annual DAYTONA 500. The week will feature six days of incredible on-track action with practice, qualifying and a total of six races in four different series. It offers fans several opportunities to see the Next Gen car of the NASCAR Cup Series, plus some of the best drivers in the world in the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, as well as the ARCA Menards Series.
For ticket information on Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events, log on to www.DAYTONA500.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP. To buy or sell reserved seats for the DAYTONA 500, fans should visit SeatGeek, the DAYTONA 500 Preferred Ticket Exchange, and Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth.
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About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is a state-of-the-art motorsports facility and was awarded the prestigious Sports Business Journal’s Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year in 2016. Daytona International Speedway is home to The Great American Race – the DAYTONA 500. Although the season-opening NASCAR Cup Series event draws the most attention – as well as the largest motorsport crowd – the 500-acre motorsport complex, also known as the World Center of Racing, has the most diverse racing schedule in the world. In addition to at least nine major event weekends, the Speedway site is also used extensively for events such as concerts, civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training. The iconic venue will host a host of motorsport events in early 2022, starting with AHRMA Classic Motofest and the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA in January, and the 64e DAYTONA 500, which will debut the first points race for NASCAR’s “Next Gen” car in February as part of Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth. The traditional 81st Annual Bike Week At DAYTONA returns in March, with DAYTONA Supercross and the DAYTONA 200, and in May with the Heroes Honor Festival. Later in the summer, over the Independence Day weekend, the track, in partnership with Torneos, will host the football feast before the NASCAR Cup Series returns for the final race of the regular season with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on August 27.