Monday, January 21, 2013

Rolex 24 Event Schedule

 Thursday, January 24 
7 AM  Garages open 
9 AM  Sprint FANZONE opens 
9 - 10 AM  Rolex Series combined practice 
9 AM Grandstand gates open 
9:30 AM - 10:30AM     Grand-Am Ring Presentation 
10:15 -
11:45 AM 
Ferrari Challenge Practice 
11:15 -
11:45 AM
Continental Tire Challenge practice 
12:30 - 1 PM  Formula Vee Demonstration 
1:15 -
1:45 PM 
Rolex Series combined practice 
2 - 2:15 PM  Continental Tire Challenge GS Qualifying 
2:25 -
2:40 PM 
Continental Tire Challenge ST Qualifying 
2:55 -
3:25 PM 
Ferrari Challenge 1 Qualifying 
3:40 -
3:55 PM 
Rolex Series Daytona Prototype Qualifying 
4:10 -
4:25 PM 
Rolex Series GT Quailfying 
6 - 8 PM Practice - Rolex Series combined practice
9:30 PM Garages close 
Friday, January 25 
7 AM  Garages open 
9 AM  Grandstand gates & Sprint FANZONE open 
9 AM  Rolex 24 Heritage Exhibition Display in Goodyear Legends Area 
9 AM -
9:30 AM 
Continental Tire Challenge final practice 
9 AM -
12 PM 
Photos with the 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona trophy - Gatorade Victory Lane 
9 AM -
2 PM 
Sprint FANZONE Kids Zone open 
9:45 -
10:15 AM 
Ferrari Challenge 2 Qualifying 
10:30 -
11:30 AM 
Rolex Series final practice 
11 AM -
4:30 PM 
Boardwalk Experience open - carnival rides 
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM  Ferrari Challenge Recon and Race #1 
12:40 PM  Continental Tire Challenge Pre-Race/Fan Walk/Autograph Session 
1:30 PM  START - Continental Tire Challenge GRAND-AM 200 (2.5 hours) 
7:30 PM  Garages close 
Saturday, January 26 
7 AM  DAYTONA 5K Run & Fun Walk 
7:30 AM  Garages open 
8 AM  Sprint FANZONE opens 
9 AM -
9 PM 
Sprint FANZONE Kids Zone open 
10 AM  Catholic Mass Celebration - Media Center Press Conference Room 
10 AM  Rolex 24 Heritage Exhibition Display in Goodyear Legends Area
10 -
10:45 AM 
Ferrari Challenge Recon and Race #2 
10 AM -
12 AM 
Boardwalk Experience open - carnival rides 
10 AM  Grandstand gates open 
11 AM -
9 PM 
Bavarian Beer Garden - Cafe 24 Activity Zone 
11 -
11:25 AM 
Rolex 24 Heritage Exhibition lap 
11:15 AM  Driver appearance: TELMEX Chip Ganassi/Felix Sabates Racing Team drivers Dario Franchitti, Memo Rojas & Scott Pruett in Champions Club hospitality area 
11:25-11:40  Formula Vee Demonstration 50th Anniversary
11:35 AM  Rolex Series Drivers Meeting - Gatorade Victory Lane 
11:45 AM  Champion's Club milestone laps 
12 PM -
 12 AM 
Budweiser Party Porch open - tram service provided at Sprint FANZONE entrance 
*Four day admission/garage access ticket/credential required 
12:15 - 1 PM  Rolex Series driver autograph session - Sprint FANZONE 
1 - 6 PM Chili Cook-Off - Cafe 24 Activity Zone
1:30 - 5 PM  Photos with the 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona trophy - Gatorade Victory Lane 
2:05 PM  Rolex Series driver introductions - Pit Road
3 PM  Pre-race ceremonies - Pit Road 
3:30 PM  START - 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona 
6 - 8 PM  Wine & Cheese Party - Cafe 24 Activity Zone 
6 - 10 PM  Taste of the 24 - Backstretch Suites 
8 - 10 PM  Live Band: The World Famous Trans Ams on the Sprint FANZONE Main Stage
10:30 PM - 12 AM  Karaoke on the Sprint FANZONE Main Stage 
Sunday, January 27 
8 AM -
4 PM 
Sprint FANZONE opens 
8 - 11 AM  Cafe 24 Breakfast Garage - Cafe 24 Activity Zone 
9 AM -
2 PM 
Photos with the 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona trophy - Gatorade Victory Lane 
9 AM -
3:30 PM 
Sprint FANZONE Kids Zone open 
10 AM - 4:30 PM  Boardwalk Experience open - carnival rides 
12 PM Worship Services by Central Florida Raceway Ministries in Driver’s Meeting Room  
3:30 PM  FINISH - 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona 
7 PM  Garages close 

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Moses Smith
Back In The Driver’s Seat And Off To The 24!

After a year’s break, Driver Moses Smith is looking forward to making his return behind the steering wheel with his debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Moses will be racing the #87 Dodge Viper, powered by a Viper V-10 engine in the Grand Am GT Class.

“The Viper has always been one of my dream cars. How can you not just love all that raw American torque and horsepower.” Moses proclaimed.

Known as the “twice-around-the-clock-challenge,” the Rolex 24 is North America's most prestigious sports car race and the kick-off event to the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season. The race boasts of more than 70 champions from all types of racing.

GRAND-AM Road Racing has the largest sports car fan base in the United States. It showcases emerging as well as legendary drivers from around the globe. The GT category provides a stable battleground for the world's top automobile manufacturers.

The 24 hours of Daytona is going to be right up Smith’s alley. Moses developed with a road racing background. However, he has spent his most recent years racing competitively in NASCAR. He was voted Most Popular Driver in the K&N Pro Series West from 2008 to 2011. He finished third in the point standings in 2011.

“I am excited to be back on a road course, and think that my experience in NASCAR will be beneficial when it comes to strategizing for the length of this race (24 Hours of Daytona).” Moses commented.

The Vehicle Technology Solutions driver line-up for the event will include Doug Peterson, Moses Smith, Tony Ave, and Jan Heylen. “I am excited about the driver line-up; these guys have a ton of experience. They are serious, yet fun to be around. I am especially excited to have Doug as a teammate again. We have had a lot of fun racing together in the past!” Moses added.

Be on the lookout for Moses Smith in the number 87 Dodge Viper, Grand Am GT Class. This race will air live on the Speed between January 26 and 27! SPEED, and the Motor Racing Network will combine to provide twenty-five hours of flag-to-flag coverage of the 51st Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

24 Hours of Daytona
Presented by Continental Tire

Before the GRAND-AM Series embarks on the 2013 season and the 51st running of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, SPEED will air a one hour special recapping the 50th running of the historical race. 

The "24 Hours of Daytona: Presented by Continental Tire" will premiere Sunday, January 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET on SPEED and will air three more times during the week.

Check here for the complete schedule: 
  • Sunday, January 20 9:00 p.m. ET 
  • Friday, January 25 8:00 p.m. ET 
  • Friday, January 25 11:00 p.m. ET 
  • Saturday, January 26 2:00 p.m. ET
*Check local listings for channel information.

Friday, January 18, 2013

2013 Roar Before the Rolex 24 at Daytona

2013 Roar Before the Rolex 24 at Daytona

The Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 26-27, 2013 will feature international stars of DAYTONA Prototype and GT-class racing twice-around-the-clock in the ultimate test of driver and machine.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Gaulding To Compete In K&N Pro Series

MOORESVILLE, N.C. - After two successful seasons in the Pro All Star Series (PASS) South, Gray Gaulding Racing (GGR) is pleased to announce that 14-year old racing sensation Gray Gaulding and the #20 Krispy Kreme Toyota will now be chasing the checkered flag in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

At 11am, on Monday, January 7, Gaulding and representatives from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts unveiled the new #20 Krispy Kreme Toyota Camry at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“I am excited to be competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and I hope to follow in the footsteps of the many K&N series drivers who have gone on to achieve national prominence,“ says Gaulding.  "Krispy Kreme and I set out in 2012, to touch and enhance lives both on and off the race track, and I am blessed to have Krispy Kreme, my team, family, and fans by my side as I take this giant leap forward in my career.”

Gaulding, who signed a multi-year marketing partnership with Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation in February 2012, just shy of his 14th birthday, began his racing career on dirt bikes and motorcycles at the early age of three.

Since that time, Gaulding has hit the track in Bandolero, Legend and Super Late Model racing competitions throughout the Southeast; was signed as a developmental driver with Kevin Harvick Incorporated and earned a number of coveted racing titles, including:
  • Youngest Legend National Race Champion at age 12
  • 2012 Winter Heat Pro Series Champion
  • Youngest to win a Super Late Model Race at age 13
  • Youngest PASS (Pro All Stars Series) Rookie of the Year at age 13
With the support of Krispy Kreme and a host of major sponsors including Dean Foods, Toyota Racing, Impact by Mastercraft Safety, WileyX Sunglasses, and Anderson’s Maple Syrup, GGR will enter the K&N series with a newly acquired race shop, crew chiefs, cars and equipment- including the #20 car previously owned by Joe Gibbs Racing.

“Gray continues to prove himself both on and off the track and we are excited to have him represent the Krispy Kreme Brand”, explains Dwayne Chambers, Chief Marketing Officer for Krispy Kreme. “He is a joyful and dedicated young man with amazing skills and an unmatched passion for the sport of racing as well as his fans. We look forward to championing Gray as he wins races and wins hearts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.”

Gaulding will sport the Krispy Kreme fire suit and take the wheel of the #20 Krispy Kreme Toyota Camry for 16 races during the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East tour, including Bristol Motor Speedway (3/16), Gray's hometown track of Richmond International Raceway (4/25), Langley Speedway (6/22), and the historic Bowman Gray Stadium (6/1). Along with three NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races at Phoenix International Raceway (3/2), (11/9), and Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA (10/26). The 2013 season will kick off on February 19th during the inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway.

Leading the program will be two veteran NASCAR crew chiefs Doug George and Doug Howe.
“This is an amazing opportunity for both Doug Howe and I to work with such a young talented driver.” explains Doug George. “Gray is so smooth behind the wheel and yet such a hard racer. That’s what makes him the total package in this business.”