Sports Car Teams Ready to 'Roar'
January 2, 2014 | 5:12 P.M. EST
Wayne Taylor Racing, coming off a championship season in 2013, will be among the teams testing this week at Daytona International Speedway in advance of the 2014 campaign. (Photo: Brian Cleary)
DETROIT – Chevrolet is ready for a landmark season of sports car racing in North America with a strong complement of Corvette Daytona Prototypes that will compete in the inaugural year of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Six Chevrolet teams are set to compete starting with the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 25-26. But prior to that, they'll be among a full lineup of series participants scheduled to test in this week's annual "Roar Before the 24" session that opens its three-day run at Daytona International Speedway on Friday.
The sports car landscape has changed significantly since Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli won in September at Lime Rock Park to claim the Rolex Series DP championship. The Rolex Series and American Le Mans Series officially merged with DPs in the new top-level prototype class. In order to balance the cars in the prototype category, the International Motor Sports Association has made a number of technical adjustments to Daytona Prototype cars including new aerodynamics and brake systems, and additional horsepower.
"This is one of the most highly anticipated, exciting starts to a season of sports car racing in many years as our teams compete to defend Chevrolet's Manufacturers Championship," said Mark Kent, director of racing for the "Bowtie Brand."
Six Corvette Daytona Prototypes from five teams will be among those taking to the DIS road course for this week’s three-day test: Spirit of Daytona Racing, Wayne Taylor Racing, Action Express Racing (with two cars), GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and newcomer Marsh Racing.
"There has been a huge amount of work and cooperation among our teams, IMSA and technical partners in advance of this season," said Jim Lutz, Chevrolet's TUDOR Championship Daytona Prototype program manager. "Heading into the 'Roar Before the 24,' our DP teams are in good positions to make their final preparations for the start of the season. Daytona International Speedway presents a significant challenge, given the track’s banking and high speeds. With the new technical regulations and adjustments for 2014, reliability will take on added importance. That will be a key focal point for this year’s 'Roar.' "