Shhh, do you hear that? You feel that? What is it?!? That is the start of racing season in North America!! Welcome to the 2013 edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona!
This is the final year of Grand-Am as we know it. As you may recall, Grand-Am announced it’s intent to “merge” with American Le Mans Series. So, instead of two road racing, multi-class series in North America, we will have only one starting in 2014.
As the debate continues over how cool or not the new series will be, we DO have two racing series to watch this year! So, let’s enjoy!
This race will have 3 classes. Daytona Prototypes (DP), Grand Touring (GT), and the newly minted, GX class.
What to watch for:
In DP, keep an eye out for Chip Ganassi, Michael Shank Racing, and Starworks Motorsports. Ganassi’s line up is impressive, Scott Pruett, Dario Franchitti, Joey Hand..to name just a few! MSR just seems HUNGRY..and with the return of AJ Allmendinger (of Nascar infamy), should make for an interesting mixup. Starworks showing their “stuff” by brining in it’s own heavy weights, such as Allan McNish (yes, that Allen McNish), Alex Popow, and Sebastien Bourdais, among its roster.
In GT, well, um, where to start? A rich mix of Porsches, Ferraris, Cameros, Audis, Corvettes, and Vipers. Magnus Racing is returning to defend their GT championship from last year. Snow Racing/Wright Motorsport should be a STRONG contender in the field with Melanie and Madison Snow and the addition Sascha Maassen. Also keep an eye out for the APR R8 entry.
In GX. Well, it’s a new class. But it’ll be interesting to see how the diesel powered Mazda6 GX preforms against the Porsche Cayman.
How to watch? Well, afraid you’ll need a cable/satellite package that carries Speed TV, or search Justin.tv / Livestream for streams. You can catch some highlights on speedtv.com, Grand-Am TV, or watch some of the behind the scenes with Magnus Racing. You can also check out live scoring from Grand-Am’s site.
And who can forget the ever handy spotters guide?
Things kick off Saturday, Jan 26th @ 3:30pm ET, 12:30pm PT
[Photo Mike Gillilan]