DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway has partnered with Colombian-American artist and Deltona, Fla. resident Alberto Gómez to create commemorative artwork for the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona twice-around-the-clock challenge on January 28-29.
Gómez will complete two unique projects. The first is a 4’ x 4’ commemorative 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 painting, highlighting one car and team from each of the five decades. Sports car fans will be asked to select a car and team combo to represent each decade through an online pole. Voting will continue until October 31, 2011.
In addition, Gómez will create a special 12’ x 8’ mural depicting children’s vision of sports car racing at Daytona. Parents of interested young “artists” can submit their drawings for consideration in this one-of-a-kind piece by mail to Daytona International Speedway, Attention: Rolex 24 Painting, 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Drawings can be submitted until December 31, 2011. The opportunity is open to children ages 12 under.
Daytona International Speedway officials and Gómez will select 15 drawings to be used in the mural. The children whose drawings are selected will be invited to the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 to assist Gómez in painting the final mural in a fun and interactive area in the Sprint FANZONE. This area will be open during the race weekend, and all children attending the race are invited to assist in painting the mural.
Born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1956, Gómez began his artistic endeavors in 1979. He studied visual arts in Bogotá, Colombia and in Caracas, Venezuela. Gómez is recognized worldwide for his powerful murals, which are 500 square feet and larger, and his depictions run the gamut between ancient civilizations to the present.
Gómez’s art is found in diverse museums, non-profit organizations and private collections around the world. He has received various honors, distinctions and grants throughout his long and outstanding career.
The Rolex 24 At Daytona, the kick-off event to Speedweeks 2012 as well as the international motorsports calendar, showcases the world’s best drivers competing against each other lap after lap for 24 hours on Daytona International Speedway’s challenging and demanding 3.56-mile road course.
Tickets for the 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona are on sale online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.