British Wing Commander Andy Green, a Royal Air Force pilot and holder of the World Land Speed record, will preside as Grand Marshal for the twice-around-the-clock challenge – the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 29-30 at Daytona International Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – British Wing Commander Andy Green, a Royal Air Force pilot and holder of the World Land Speed record, will preside as Grand Marshal for the twice-around-the-clock challenge – the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 29-30 at Daytona International Speedway.
Green, known as the “world’s fastest man,” will deliver the starting command, “Drivers, start your engines,” for the 49th running of the Rolex 24, the prestigious season-opening event to the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 and the kick-off event to the international motorsports calendar.
“Andy Green’s land speed records are remarkable and we’re looking forward to hosting him as the Grand Marshal for the 2011 Rolex 24,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “The Rolex 24 is one of racing’s most challenging events and we’re looking forward to all the excitement and drama that comes with the kick-off event to Speedweeks 2011.”
In 1997, Green set the world’s first and only supersonic land speed record at 763 mph driving Richard Noble’s Thrust SuperSonic car. He’s working again with Noble on a new record attempt to smash the 1,000 mph mark.
In 2006, Green drove the JCB Dieselmax car to set the mark for the world’s fastest diesel car at 350 mph. He is the only man in history to not only drive supersonic, but to do so in two different classes of vehicle.
Green is also a combat veteran having commanded the Royal Air Force operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. His career has included flying in the F4 Phantom, Tornado F3 and the Harrier. He now works in the Ministry of Defence and supports Royal Air Force activity around the globe.
Green joins a list of racing legends who have previously served as Grand Marshals for the Rolex 24. Past Rolex 24 Grand Marshals include Brian Redman, Dan Gurney, Jackie Stewart, Richard Petty, Bobby Rahal, Sir Stirling Moss and most recently Vic Elford.
The Rolex 24 is America’s most prestigious sports car race and features a star-studded lineup of drivers from different racing disciplines.
Drivers who participated in the 2010 Rolex 24 included NASCAR stars Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya, open-wheel champions Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon and sports car veterans Max Angelelli, Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Joao Barbosa and David Donohue.
Besides the star drivers, the Rolex 24 also produces a festival atmosphere that includes a giant autograph session, wine and cheese tasting, Chili Cook-Off, the Daytona 5K run/walk and a giant Ferris Wheel.
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