Five-time Rolex 24 At DAYTONA champion Scott Pruett will serve as Grand Marshal for the 57th anniversary Rolex 24 At DAYTONA on Jan. 26-27, giving the “Drivers, start your engines” command for North America’s most prestigious sports car race.
The Rolex 24, which kicks off IMSA’s season-long 50th anniversary season and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will showcase an international field of drivers in exotic sports cars around the twists and turns of Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56-mile road course. Rolex support for this twice-around-the-clock challenge dates back to 1992, when the Swiss watchmaker became its Title Sponsor.
“It’s impossible for me to sum up, in just a few words, how honored I am to be chosen as Grand Marshal for the 57th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona,” Pruett said. “This track is truly special to me for so many reasons. To be the Grand Marshal in itself is wonderful and to be it while ushering in the 50th Anniversary of IMSA makes it all the more special. It’s going to be an emotional weekend and start of the race for me, personally, as I’m sure I will miss suiting up and taking the wheel.”
Pruett, friend of Rolex, has raced in many forms of motorsports including NASCAR, open wheel, sports car and karting. He retired from competition following the 2018 Rolex 24 as the all-time leader in IMSA with 60 victories and nine championships.
At Daytona, he owns five Rolex 24 overall victories, an all-time record he shares with Hurley Haywood, and also holds the record for Rolex 24 class victories with 10. Other Daytona successes include two summer sports car victories and a triumph in the 1991 International Race of Champions series opening round.
Daytona Beach was the setting for another career milestone for Pruett in 2017, when he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, which resides in the speedway’s Ticket and Tours Building.
“Scott Pruett is a true American legend in road racing,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “In a career that has spanned 50 years, Scott has experienced numerous successes and triumphs, many of them right here at Daytona International Speedway. He was a versatile driver who was always relentless and focused on track, and an engaging personality off the track. We look forward to having Scott preside as Grand Marshal for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA.”
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About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is a state-of-the-art motorsports facility and was awarded the SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year in 2016. Daytona International Speedway is the home of “The Great American Race” – the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event garners most of the attention – as well as the largest audience in motorsports – the approximately 500-acre complex, also known as the “World Center of Racing,” boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe. In addition to at least nine major event weekends, the Speedway grounds are also used extensively for concerts, civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.
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