JANUARY 24, 2015

14.10 EST marked the start of the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona, North America’s premier endurance sports car race taking place this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway, the “World Center of Racing” in Daytona Beach, Florida.

53 cars with drivers representing 26 countries are competing. It is a simple test on a 3.56-mile racecourse that combines a superspeedway with high banked turns and tight, twisting infield section. The team whose car that travels the farthest in the 24 hours is the winner.

But it is more than just two tours around the clock. To succeed at the Rolex 24 At Daytona the teams know you cannot afford to leave anything to chance, or to leave anything behind. “If you have one ounce of energy left then you haven’t done your job properly,” advises Hurley Haywood who won Le Mans three times, the Rolex 24 At Daytona a record five times and Sebring twice.

After a wet morning, the race started on a dry track under blue skies and bright sunshine. With sunset at 5.56PM, it is only a short stretch before darkness shrouds the circuit. The sun is then not scheduled to rise until 13 hours later at 7.16AM on Sunday morning. The night is forecast to be clear, and the temperature will drop dramatically.

#60 Michael Shank Racing driven by Brazilian Oswaldo Negri Jr led the field off the line. The first of the lead changes occurred within the first lap, as #02 Chip Ganassi racing driven by New Zealander Scott Dixon leapt to the front. There is still plenty of racing to come.

 

A partner of track racing in Daytona Beach from its beginnings in the late 1950s, Rolex has been Title Sponsor of the Rolex 24 At Daytona since 1992. All winning drivers are presented with a Cosmograph Daytona, the chronograph Rolex dedicated to racing drivers on its launch in 1963, and which marks brand’s longstanding connection with the Daytona International Speedway.

 

 

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