24 Hours Of Earnhardt At Daytona

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Seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt will branch out into a new breed of auto racing, at least for one race.

Earnhardt will join his son, Dale Jr., and veteran road racer Andy Pilgrim, and compete in next February’s Rolex 24 Hour race which kicks off 2001 Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.

Aside from the International Race of Champions series (IROC), neither Earnhardt has ever raced anything other than stock cars. The trio of drivers will be racing the GM Service Plus Corvette C5-R. They also plan to test at a later date.

The Rolex 24 Hour race was something that General Motors executives tried to piece together last year with Earnhardt and fellow Winston Cup stars Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, but the deal never panned out.

Several Winston Cup stars, with the latest being Ernie Irvan in 1999, have competed in the event. Mark Martin even partnered with actor Paul Newman and finished third in 1995 in a Jack Roush Ford Mustang GTS-1 machine.

Earnhardt is the all-time leader in wins at Daytona, having competed in Winston Cup, Busch Series and IROC events at the famous facility.

Pilgrim has been competing in C5 Corvettes this year, and finished third in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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