Following a sold-out crowd earlier this year, garage access will be included for all 2-day on-court and 1-day customers, enhancing the fan experience with ‘up close’ opportunities
Roar Before the Rolex scheduled for January 20-22
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 23, 2022) – The 61st The Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Anniversary Weekend is scheduled for January 26-29, 2023, and for fans who attend, they’ll see history in the making with the return of the iconic IMSA GTP class, featuring new hybrid prototypes from a variety of different manufacturers.
Additionally, access to the Garage will now be included for all 2 Field Day and 1 Day customers, enhancing the customer experience by providing close access to the amazing cars and teams as they prepare for North America’s most prestigious sports car race. The iconic event, which is the ultimate test of endurance, speed and skill for world-class competition and at the World Center of Racing, will be held January 28-29 at Daytona International Speedway to open the championship season. IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar.
It will be the first race for the new GTP class, recalling a very successful era of IMSA prototype racing in the 1980s and 1990s. Four manufacturers – Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Porsche – have already confirmed their intention to present new prototypes to hybrid drive in the GTP class next season, with Lamborghini joining the fray in 2024.
As part of a historic convergence agreement between IMSA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) – which organizes the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship every year – the new generation of prototypes will be eligible to compete for overall wins. all over the world, from Daytona to Le Mans and beyond.
“The 2023 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA starts a new tradition with new state-of-the-art race car prototypes and brings back an old one with the GTP class,” said Frank Kelleher, president of Daytona International Speedway. “It will be a continuation of the rich heritage here at the World Center of Racing. We are also delighted to offer the up-close garage access that we know fans around the world will appreciate.
The Rolex 24 At DAYTONA will also feature access to the pre-race grid, popular Ferris wheel and fireworks, autograph sessions, live entertainment and displays from top manufacturers.
Practice sessions in all classes kick off Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Week on Thursday and Friday, January 26 and 27. Additionally, Friday’s slate will see the four-hour BMW M Endurance Challenge to open the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season. The famous Rolex 24 At DAYTONA “twice 24 hours a day” receives the green flag on Saturday January 28.
Fans who attended the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA 2022 can log in to their account to renew their experience now. The ’23 event will go on sale to the general public in August. For more information, fans can click here or call 1-800-PITSHOP. For all other information on the Rolex 24, click here.
The track will host back-to-back race weekends with the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 test sessions from January 20-22 (Friday-Sunday). Scout Days, a longstanding tradition during the Roar Before the Rolex 24, take place on weekends.
The NASCAR Foundation will host the 13th Annual “Taste of the 24” in the Midway Suites at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, January 28 at 6 p.m. Tickets for the exclusive food and drink celebration, one of the main kick-off activities for the 2023 motorsport season, will go on sale on Wednesday June 29.
The first Rolex 24 was a three-hour event in 1962, originally known as the Daytona Continental, with Hall of Famer Dan Gurney taking the checkered flag. Held at Daytona’s famous 3.56-mile road course, the event is renowned for attracting many of the world’s best race car drivers – from a variety of racing disciplines – to make history against the best every year. sports car drivers of the world.
Historically, NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula 1 and FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) drivers have joined forces for the chance to win the coveted Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. Meyer Shank Racing’s #60 Acura quartet of Helio Castroneves, Tom Blomqvist, Oliver Jarvis and Simon Pagenaud are the defending Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Overall Champion.
About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is a state-of-the-art motorsports facility and received SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious 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 NASCAR Cup Series season-opening event attracts the most attention – as well as the biggest audience in motorsport – the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex, also known as the name of World Center of Racing, offers the most diverse racing calendar in the world. In addition to at least nine major event weekends, the grounds of the Speedway are also used extensively for events such as concerts, civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, vehicle test drives, production and training of police motorcycles. The iconic venue has been the site of a host of motorsport events in early 2022, starting with the AHRMA Classic Motofest and Rolex 24 At DAYTONA in January, and the 64th DAYTONA 500, which kicked off the first points race for NASCAR’s “Next Gen” car as part of Speedweeks presented by AdventHealth, in February. The rich tradition of the 81st Annual Bike Week at DAYTONA returned in March, with DAYTONA Supercross and the DAYTONA 200. May saw the “Welcome to Rockville” concert and the Heroes Honor Festival. Later in the summer, during Independence Day weekend (July 2-3), the track, in association with Torneos, will host the first annual Soccer Fest before the NASCAR Cup Series returns for the last race of the regular season with the Coke Zero Sugar 400. on August 27.