Jan 31 | Travel packages available for the Daytona 500
Daytona International Speedway is offering fans all-inclusive race weekend packages for Speedweeks 2011 and the 53rd annual DAYTONA 500 race weekend on Feb. 17 -20 through myRacetravel.com.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway is offering fans all-inclusive race weekend packages for Speedweeks 2011 and the 53rd annual DAYTONA 500 race weekend on Feb. 17 -20. Packages, which start at $395, include tickets, hotel and race day transportation.
myRacetravel.com -- the Official Travel Provider for Daytona International Speedway -- is pleased to offer race fans with a hassle-free way to get to the DAYTONA 500. Fans may choose from a variety of package options including an array of hotels, seat locations, track hospitality, even a welcome reception with a NASCAR driver. myRacetravel can customize a race fan's weekend with airfare, corporate suites, hospitality, pit tours, private parties or dinners, golf outings, even private transportation to the track.
DAYTONA 500 travel packages start as low as $395. Quantities are limited. To book a Daytona 500 travel package, click here or or call 866.990.7223
Jan 30 | Ganassi Racing earns fourth overall Rolex 24 win
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates’ magical run continued on Sunday with their fourth overall victory in the 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona at Daytona International Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates’ magical run continued on Sunday with their fourth overall victory in the 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona at Daytona International Speedway.
In the final minutes of America’s premier sports car race, a late caution suddenly turned the Rolex 24 At Daytona into a sprint race.
The No. 01 BMW Riley with driver Scott Pruett behind the wheel held off the sister Ganassi Racing car – the No. 02 BMW Riley and driver Scott Dixon – on a final green and white restart to capture one of the most competitive twice-around-the-clock challenges in history.
“It’s exciting for our team having a one-two finish,” Pruett said. “I think that’s how you one-up what you do here. I think that’s absolutely amazing and I’m proud of our whole organization.
“The 02 car is great, having a team car in this race you get to bounce things off each other in practice and in testing and really try and make the most out of that opportunity to put two cars up front.”
It was the fourth career overall Rolex 24 victory for Pruett and second for co-driver Memo Rojas while Graham Rahal and Joey Hand earned their first coveted Rolex watches.
Ganassi won three Rolex 24s between 2006-08 and has earned runner-up finishes the past two years.
“I don’t drive the cars, I don’t change the tires, I don’t work on the engines,” Ganassi said. “There are lots of people, lots of great competitors that it takes to make up a team, and I’m just the guy that gets to stand up there and talk about it.”
The winning No. 01 entry covered 721 laps, 2,566.76 miles, equivalent of a trip from Daytona Beach to Los Angeles. The margin of victory was 2.070 seconds and there were four cars on the lead lap.
Rounding out the top three was the runner-up No. 02 Ganassi Racing entry with Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Juan Pablo Montoya and 2010 Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray. Third-place honors went to the No. 9 Action Express Racing Porsche Riley and drivers Max Papis, Christian Fittipaldi, JC France, Joao Barbosa and Terry Borcheller.
The No. 67 TRG Porsche GT3, driven by Andy Lally, NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan, Spencer Pumpelly, Wolf Henzler and Steven Bertheau, overcame a broken clutch to take GT class honors.
“This car was awesome and the gearbox that these guys built was a testament to us beating it up for 17 hours and not using a clutch,” Lally said. “It was just phenomenal to be a part of TRG and I’m in Victory Lane at Daytona,” Gaughan said. “That’s a dream come true.”
Rounding out the podium in the GT class was the No. 48 Miller Barrett Racing Porsche GT3 and drivers Bryce Miller, Tim Sugden, Bryan Sellers and Rob Bell in runner-up honors and Dempsey Racing in third place with actor Patrick Dempsey, Joe Foster, Tom Long and Charles Espenlaub.
For Dempsey, it was his first podium in the Rolex 24 and a huge step in both his racing career and the team’s progression.
“I think it’s important for our development as a team,” Dempsey said. “The sacrifices Joe has done personally and professionally to get us here; and (engineer) Kirt (Wightman), our team, they have worked so hard the last few months with not the kind of funding that other teams have.”
Dempsey got emotional about his finish in his post-race interviews.
“You just think of the waves of emotions,” Dempsey said. “I started racing at the Panoz school a long time ago, and Joe was the head instructor and Charles was the instructor, and from that getting off the couch from watching SPEED on Sunday, to go and follow your dreams and to be here, it’s pretty special.”
Jan 30 | Results from the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona
Results from the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Final results from Sunday’s GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Rolex 24 At Daytona at Daytona International Speedway with drivers' starting position in parenthesis, drivers, car and laps completed.
Jan 28 | Plumb, Rum Bum Racing Takes Second Straight GRAND-AM 200 Victory
Matt Plumb and the No. 13 RumBum.com BMW M3 team opened the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season in Victory Lane on Friday at Daytona International Speedway for the second consecutive year.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Matt Plumb and the No. 13 RumBum.com BMW M3 team opened the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season in Victory Lane on Friday at Daytona International Speedway for the second consecutive year.
Plumb combined with co-driver Nick Longhi to win the GRAND-AM 200 under caution ahead of the No. 15 Ford Racing/Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302 co-driven by Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster.
Longhi started the race from the pole and led the opening nine laps before pitting under caution and turning over the controls to Plumb for the remainder of the event. Plumb led twice for 18 laps and staved off a hard-charging Maxwell over the closing laps before a full-course caution coming to the white flag preserved the victory. Plumb won last year's race with Gian Bacardi as his co-driver in the first race for the Orlando, Fla.-based team.
"We had a pretty high goal in matching last year's effort," Plumb said. "Last year, it was a new team and a new co-driver. This year, we had the benefit of my friend Nick here in the car - who obviously is a veteran of the series - so it put us in a very good position and we felt good going into the race.
"However, everybody seems to have stepped up their game," Plumb added. "I'm not sure what's going on, but I was hoping to catch them sleeping. It's incredible. The competition is so tight. Everybody brought their best game and it gave me anxiety the entire time. It was stressful but it was a great race. Thank God for the yellow. I think the Mustang was very strong there towards the end and I was lucky to hold him off at just the right time."
It was the sixth CTSCC career victory for Plumb - who won a total of three races last season - and it was also the sixth victory for Longhi. It was also the third consecutive CTSCC victory for both drivers, who won the final two rounds of the 2010 season at Miller Motorsports Park and Trois-Rivieres.
Foster and Maxwell were followed across the stripe by Paul Dalla Lana and Bill Auberlen in third place in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M3.
Just as the pole-winning car took the GS victory, the polesitting No. 171 APR/VW Driver Gear Volkswagen GTI for Ryan Ellis and Ian Baas won in Street Tuner (ST).
Ellis led fairly comfortably throughout his driving stint, but Baas clearly had his hands full throughout the closing minutes of the two-and-a-half hour race with an aggressive Adam Pecorari in the No. 24 Columbus Truck BMW 330i, with whom he swapped the lead a handful of times before Pecorari crashed while trying to take the lead once again.
It was the first career CTSCC victory for Ellis and the third for Baas, who also took the ST win in the 2010 finale at Miller. It was Baas' second GRAND-AM victory at Daytona, as he was a GT-class winner in the 2006 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
"The last few laps were absolutely crazy," Baas said. "I was definitely driving a little bit in my mirrors waiting for some passing, but all this crazy stuff was happening in front of us and people were crashing.
"Luckily, the double yellows were flying and I could breathe a little bit at the end. I'm a little thankful for those, but mostly to be with this team and to have great support with Volkswagen this year and last year. We're going to have a great season together and we're looking for more."
Andy Lally and Nic Jonsson gave Kia its first CTSCC podium with a second-place run in the No. 10 Kia Motors America Kia Forte Koup, and John Capestro-Dubets and Gregory Liefooghe completed the ST top three in the No. 81 BimmerWorld Racing BMW 328i.
Country music superstar and actor Reba McEntire was in attendance for the GRAND-AM 200 as her son, Shelby Blackstock, made his series debut in the No. 51 Roush Performance Products Ford Mustang. Blackstock led two laps and finished 18th in the GS class alongside co-driver Roly Falgueras.
Tickets for the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona are available online are available for calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
Jan 28 | Daytona Unveils New Mobile Website, Fan Texting Service Returns for Speedweeks 2011
As part of its ongoing effort to enhance fan communication and safety while providing timely information, Daytona International Speedway announced the debut of its mobile website.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As part of its ongoing effort to enhance fan communication and safety while providing timely information, Daytona International Speedway today announced the debut of its mobile website, www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com, this coming weekend at the 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona. With the new mobile web site, fans can now access vital ticket and race weekend information directly from their smart phones.
In addition, speedway officials announced the return of the Fan Texting Service, allowing fans to communicate directly with officials on property to report a safety issue, ask a seating question or request general assistance.
“Our fans are becoming more technologically savvy and with the current capabilities available on today’s smart phones, it’s important for us to use this technology to deliver current event information and enhance our guests’ overall experience,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “With the new mobile web site, fans can access important information before, during and after race weekends, including ticket information, gate policies, race day activities, latest news and much more. Also, our Fan Texting Service adds another level of customer service to ensure all our guests have a safe, memorable and enjoyable experience at the ‘World Center of Racing.’”
The fan texting code will be highly visible via signage throughout the entire Daytona International Speedway property, including parking areas, merchandise and vendor midway areas, the infield, and grandstand seats.