Motul will serve as the title sponsor for the world-renowned Petit Le Mans 10-hour endurance race at Road Atlanta, as well as the Official Lubricant Partner of Road Atlanta and Petit Le Mans, track officials announced today.
A long 24 hours, made even longer by 12 hours of cold temperatures, steady rain and 21 caution flags – though not even close to a record, actually – combined to make the night hours of the most prestigious sports car race in North America miserable for drivers and crew. But the 55th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona was one of the most exciting, and certainly most important endurance races in recent memory.
With a brand-new car for one of the top manufacturers in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans class, and three new manufacturers in the GT Daytona class, handicapping the GT cars in the 55th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona would be tough.
In the end, it was impossible.
The new GT Le Mans car was the Porsche 911 RSR for the two-car Porsche GT Team. It may look familiar, but the traditionally rear-engine 911 became a mid-engine race car, and Daytona was the world track debut of the car. Would it be fast? Would it last 24 hours on its first time out?
The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R team showed once again why it is a three-time Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup championship-winning team in the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona as it took the lead just prior to the six-hour mark, earning the maximum five points for leading the first segment of the season.
Daytona International Speedway (DIS) is where it all begins for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and it plays host to the biggest event of the year, the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge also kicks off its new season at Daytona with the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge.
The Rolex 24 At Daytona has always been a special race, but the reason why varies greatly depending on who you ask. So that’s what we did – we caught up with a variety of people involved in some way with the Rolex 24 to find out what makes it special to them, from one of the race’s most successful drivers, to a special guest driver from the past, to up and comers dreaming of participating, to the dedicated fan. Join us for just a sample of why the Rolex 24 rules the day and night.
Scott Pruett – Driver, No. 14 3GT Racing Lexus RC F GT3