67 Entries for Rolex 24 at Daytona

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

IMSA released Wednesday the entry list for the 52nd annual Rolex 24 at Daytona, the opening round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Featuring 67 entries, between the four classes (Prototype, Prototype Challenge, GT Le Mans, GT Daytona), the list reflects some notable changes seen from the Roar Before the Rolex 24 earlier this month.

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There are now a total of 18 Prototype entries, including the addition of the No. 78 Starworks Motorsport Riley-Dinan for drivers Alex Popow, Scott Mayer and newly signed Porsche factory driver Brendon Hartley.

The Peter Baron-led squad’s DP, which was the second car on the Prototype reserve list, gains a race entry as a result of the withdrawal of both Level 5 Motorsports Prototype Challenge entries as well as the second BAR1 Motorsports Oreca FLM09.

As a result, Level 5’s No. 556 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, which was second on GTD reserve list, also gains a race entry, along with the previously confirmed No. 64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari, which was third on the list of GTD alternates.

The remaining reserve entries, in all classes, are believed to have been withdrawn, meaning the race will not reach the maximum capacity of 68 cars.

Notable additions to driver lineups in the P class include open-wheel rising star Gabby Chaves joining the DeltaWing entry, as well as former Indy Lights driver Oliver Webb being listed as the fourth driver in OAK Racing’s Morgan-Nissan.

As expected, Mazda alumni James Hinchcliffe and Tristan Vautier complete the lineups in the SpeedSource’s two SKYACTIV-D powered Mazda P2 cars, while Burt Frisselle has been added as a fourth driver to the No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP, alongside the No. 9 car which he will also drive.

Highway to Help’s Riley-Dinan, meanwhile, will see Byron DeFoor, Jim Pace, Frank Beck and David Hinton handle driving duties.

The PC class sees Canadian road racing star Kyle Marcelli and Pierre Kaffer added to the No. 7 Starworks Motorsport entry.

Michael Marsal has joined the No. 25 8Star Motorsports Oreca FLM09 with Enzo Potolicchio and Tom Kimber-Smith, while Mark Wilkins and James Gue have been confirmed as the final two drivers in CORE autosport’s entry.

Additionally, Tomy Drissi, who tested with PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports at the Roar, moves to Performance Tech Motorsports to team with Ryan Booth, Rafa Matos, Gabriel Casagrande and Julio Campos.

The GTLM class remains unchanged, while there are to-be-announced drivers for both of the Level 5 Motorsports entries.

It’s understood that Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell and Scott Tucker will spearhead driving duties of the No. 555 car, with Terry Borcheller and Mike LaMarra in the No. 556 car for Daytona and all of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races.

Other notable changes in GTD include the addition of Davide Rigon to the No. 49 Spirit of Race Ferrari and confirmation of TRG-AMR North America’s full two-car Vantage GT3 lineup.

The 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona is set for Jan 25-26.

27 Comments

  1. jack

    January 15, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Reserves?

    • Pat

      January 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Nobody. Everyone that was a reserve entry was bumped up to accepted status when teams dropped out. I’m surprised about Level 5 dropping their LMPC cars. Kind of makes me wonder how and why they got two entries in the class with no drivers or funding to actually run the cars.

      • Bakkster

        January 15, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        They probably just paid the full season fee and blew enough smoke that they were ‘basically there’. Not too bothered by the loss of a PC and gaining a Riley and two Ferraris.

        • jack

          January 15, 2014 at 11:41 pm

          i just hope the pc class doesn’t loose any more, its a class you can always find action in

  2. Anonymous

    January 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Nice big field with some diversity.

  3. Bakkster

    January 15, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I’m rooting for any team with just 3 drivers, the way endurance racing is meant to be!

    • Pat

      January 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Disappointing to see 5 guys in the GTE Aston, but it’s understandable when Dalla Lana is running a GTE car and a GTD car.

      • Kirk

        January 15, 2014 at 6:33 pm

        I still don’t understand the logic behind allowing a driver to drive multiple cars, especially since each car seems to have half a dozen pilots anyway. I remember when I went to the 24 in ’91 I think half the sports car drivers in Florida drove the winning car at some point.

        • jack

          January 15, 2014 at 11:42 pm

          people do what they want to do, but Paul is an am, so i bet he does 1-2 stints at most

    • Danc

      January 15, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Racing is significantly more expensive now and we’re in a down economy. not to mention (and yes, I know most people will disagree) racing is harder now, as the teams have to push for 24 straight hours instead of costing around. Derek Bell ran the race in 08 and I believe he said with 5 drivers it was more tiring than 2 or 3 drivers 20-30 years ago. There are other examples of that too. I would rather driver with 4 drivers, to get more track time (as a racer), but 3 is too risky nowadays… and 4 or 5 makes the most practical sense for gentleman drivers

      • jack

        January 15, 2014 at 11:44 pm

        i think it depends on the car, a p2 car is fairly easy on a fit driver, im sure 3 will be fine, i think the dp’s will be tiring tho, lots of hp and still pretty heavy

        • Dan

          January 16, 2014 at 1:11 am

          Probably right. The #2 P2 car is probably fine with 3 drivers, but DP’s or cars with 1 or 2 Gents will need 4 or 5 drivers

  4. Hedgey

    January 15, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    LIBRA IN NOWHERE TO BE SEEN SHOCKER!

    Oh wait, that’s no shock at all.

    • Bakkster

      January 15, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      They were third alternate anyway, probably because everyone knew they weren’t going to be there.

      Though it’s interesting Starworks jumped 8Star in line for alternates. They may not have been prepared to take the alternate spot?

      • jack

        January 15, 2014 at 11:44 pm

        8star does not own a upgraded gen 3 dp, he has no intention of upgrading it anytime soon

        • Bakkster

          January 16, 2014 at 9:48 am

          In that case, I wonder why they were the first reserve entry at all.

  5. Logan

    January 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I wonder if there will be anybody that will try take that last spot. Probably not but still a wonderful field. Can’t wait.

  6. Kevin

    January 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Personally don’t care how many drivers are in a car as long as the cars are on the track i’m happy. If five people want to be in a car let them.

  7. Joe

    January 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    There should really only be 3 drivers for P & GTLM (the “pro” classes). Le Mans still only has 3 drivers/car and despite how hard it is … :'( ….. its all the more impressive. You are a PRO endurance racer you should be able to put in 8 hours behind the wheel.

    And the being able to drive for multiple cars make’s no sense from a competition stand point. That’s like playing for both teams in the World Series. I’d rather see less cars and more quality.

    Having said that, this is one of the best Rolex 24 line-ups ever and we should all enjoy it b/c this is truly the beginning of a great era.

    • jack

      January 15, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      le mans is alot easier to drive than daytona, apparently, the speeds arnt as fast at daytona, but i think it is not only physically exhausting, but mentally,, you are either getting passed constantly or passing constantly

      • Woody

        January 16, 2014 at 12:55 am

        Daytona harder than LeMans?….surely you jest, Mulasanne?…Del la Sarthe is a 12 mile track, requiring MUCH more stamina and attention. Of course I have driven neither but one would think LeMans is THE ultimate test…Daytona is a second rate race next to LeMans…

        • Dan

          January 16, 2014 at 1:13 am

          Significantly. Its been said many times by announcers and drivers alike that Daytona is significantly harder on the body and the car than Le Mans. More traffic + longer night + banking + more corners per mile + contact = more tough on body. Le Mans is tough no doubt, but not as hard as Daytona

          • Lyra

            January 16, 2014 at 2:14 am

            Then again, you have can have maximum of 5 drivers for Daytona while it’s 3 for Le Mans, and also NASCAR throws cautions every five minutes at Daytona (as well as free laps for people behind) so…

          • jack

            January 16, 2014 at 9:09 am

            imagine sebring 24 hour race…. that would be tiring

        • jack

          January 16, 2014 at 9:09 am

          le mans is 8.48 miles not 12, the top class is passing around 10-15 cars per lap, according to the drivers, daytona is harder, you rarely see a driver do more than 3 stints at daytona, but in p1 hey can do 5 and look fresh as a daisy.

  8. mack1956

    January 15, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Andretti did two cars in the 70,s , broke one trans then jumped in the other car

    • Bakkster

      January 15, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      All of sorts car racing is filed with stories of guys getting out of a broken car and jumping in another. Even F1 back in the day that wasn’t unheard of.

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