Three-time Rolex 24 At DAYTONA champion Christian Fittipaldi will serve as Grand Marshal for the 58th Rolex 24 At DAYTONA on Jan. 25-26 at Daytona International Speedway, Track President Chip Wile announced. Fittipaldi will deliver the command “Drivers, start your engines” to kick off North America’s most prestigious sports car race and the season-opening event to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The Rolex 24 showcases an international field of drivers in high-speed sports cars racing around the twists and turns of Daytona International Speedway’s legendary 3.56-mile road course. Rolex’s association with this twice-around-the-clock challenge dates back to 1992, when the Swiss watch brand became its Title Sponsor, as part of its long-standing partnership of promoting excellence in motor sport.
“I was quite surprised and extremely honored to be invited to take on the Grand Marshal duties at this year’s Rolex 24,” Fittipaldi said. “I’m definitely looking forward to it. I think it’s really cool to have this opportunity so quickly after I stopped racing.”
Over his nearly four decades of racing, Fittipaldi, a native of Brazil, competed in many forms of motorsports including NASCAR, open wheel and sports car. He retired from competition following the 2019 Rolex 24 with 12 IMSA victories, two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship titles and four IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup titles.
At Daytona International Speedway, Fittipaldi claimed three Rolex 24 overall victories (2004, 2014 and 2018) as well as two runner-up finishes.
“With his successes on the track and his magnetic personality off the track, Christian has attracted legions of fans during his storied career,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “He has enjoyed many of his biggest triumphs right here at Daytona International Speedway and we’re honored to have him preside as the Grand Marshal and deliver the starting command for the Rolex 24.”
Tickets for the 58th Rolex 24 At DAYTONA on Jan. 25-26, can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com
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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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Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster Perpetual and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. The word “Perpetual” is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster. But more than just a word on a dial, it is a philosophy that embodies the company’s vision and values. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the company, instilled a notion of perpetual excellence that would drive the company forward. This led Rolex to pioneer the development of the wristwatch and numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism, invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 500 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Furthermore, Rolex is actively involved in supporting the arts and culture, sport and exploration, as well as those who are devising solutions to preserve the planet.