The competition is tight as European racers battle for the ultimate prize -- a driver's seat in a Daytona Prototype for the Jan. 30-31 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Rolex 24 At Daytona Driver Challenge presented by Sunoco is entering the final month as European racers chase down a coveted driver’s seat in the 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 30-31.

Racers in several major European series have a unique opportunity to land a spot in a Daytona Prototype for the 2010 Rolex 24 through a special season-long Driver Challenge program offered by Sunoco race fuels European distributor Anglo American Oil Company.

Racing series that are participating in the season-long Rolex 24 At Daytona Driver Challenge presented by Sunoco are the Cooper Tires British F3 International, Avon Tyres British GT Championship, Radical UK Cup and SPEED Sports Prototype Racing.

Racers in the respective racing series can earn points through the finishing positions in each of their races or by winning a pole position or posting the fastest race lap.

The prize could change a driver’s career – a seat in a Daytona Prototype in the Rolex 24. The prize also includes flight and accommodations, participation in January Test Days and Sunoco race fuel.

During the recent Sept. 12-13 weekend of racing competition, Derek Johnson, the 2008 Radical UK Cup overall champion, closed the gap on the Driver Challenge program leader Rob Garofall, who competes in the Speed Sports Prototype Racing series.

The 47-year-old Johnson had a near perfect weekend with a second-place finish and a victory.

Garofall (78.75 average points per round) now leads Johnson (73 average points per round) by five points entering their season finales.

“I am really looking forward to the last round especially as the Daytona Challenge points are so close,” Garofall said. “The opportunity to go out to the (United) States and drive in such a fantastic and historic race representing Sunoco would be a dream come true.”

The final races on the schedule include Sept. 19-20 at Brands Hatch for British F3/GT finale, Sept. 26-27 at Snetterton for the Radical UK Cup finale and  SPEED Sports Prototype finale set for Oct. 10, which will conclude the Driver Challenge program for the year.

To check out the latest Driver Challenge standings, visit

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