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Three-Time Winner Fittipaldi Named Rolex 24 Grand Marshal

Christian Fittipaldi named Grand Marshal for 58th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona…

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Three-time Rolex 24 at Daytona winner Christian Fittipaldi will serve as Grand Marshal for the 58th edition of the Florida enduro on Jan. 25-26.

Fittipaldi will deliver the command “Drivers, start your engines” to kick off the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener.

“I was quite surprised and extremely honored to be invited to take on the Grand Marshal duties at this year’s Rolex 24,” Fittipaldi said.

“I’m definitely looking forward to it. I think it’s really cool to have this opportunity so quickly after I stopped racing.”

Over his nearly four decades of racing, Fittipaldi, a native of Brazil, competed in many forms of motorsports including NASCAR, open-wheel and sports car.

He retired from competition following the 2019 Rolex 24 with 12 IMSA victories, two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship titles and four IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup titles.

At Daytona International Speedway, Fittipaldi claimed three Rolex 24 overall victories (2004, 2014 and 2018) as well as two runner-up finishes.

“With his successes on the track and his magnetic personality off the track, Christian has attracted legions of fans during his storied career,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said.

“He has enjoyed many of his biggest triumphs right here at Daytona International Speedway and we’re honored to have him preside as the Grand Marshal and deliver the starting command for the Rolex 24.”

Daytona Grand Marshals in recent years include Scott Pruett, Chip Ganassi, Dario Franchitti, Tom Kristensen and Jochen Mass.

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