DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2021) – With an array of incredible star power with some of the greatest drivers on the planet, along with opportunities for fans to safely see the 59th running of the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA from intriguing, different vantage points, the 2021 edition of North America’s most prestigious sports car race set for Jan. 30-31 is one of the most anticipated yet.
First staged in 1962, the iconic race will open the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, allowing fans to witness THE IMSA event that pushes the boundaries of motorsports competition from both high atop the frontstretch seating area with a birds eye view, as well as the infield to see the twists and turns of the 3.56-mile venue from a closer standpoint. Transportation services will be provided to get fans to and from both destinations. Safety protocols will be implemented to aid the wellbeing of the limited number of fans in attendance.
2-day admissions to the storied, twice-around-the-clock Rolex 24 are just $60 in advance with kids 12 and under free. Guests will safely experience a host of sights and sounds that include a fireworks show, the Ferris Wheel at the Boardwalk, entry into the infield UNOH Fanzone, and a host of fun exhibits and displays. Single-day tickets are also available on Thursday ($10 – includes on-track practices) and Friday ($30 – includes on-track practices and the BMW Endurance Challenge 4-hour race). To learn more on all Rolex 24 admission opportunities, including a limited number of RV camping spots, fans are urged to quickly call 1-800-PITSTOP or learn more here.
Continuing tradition, fans will also see world-famous drivers from across various racing disciplines who are gearing up for the ultimate test of man and machine that demands precision, speed, reliability and strategy while requiring the greatest of skill and focus.
Enter some of NASCAR’s best. Reigning NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott, who won the NASCAR Cup Series DAYTONA Road Course event last summer, will make his debut in the Rolex 24, teaming with Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani and Mike Conway in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V. Elliott’s former Hendrick Motorsports teammate, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and two-time DAYTONA 500 winner Jimmie Johnson, returns for his eighth start, driving the No. 48 Ally Cadillac DPi-V.R alongside 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud, two-time defending Rolex 24 winner Kamui Kobayashi and German sports car champion Mike Rockenfeller.
Austin Dillon, the 2018 DAYTONA 500 Champion, will be the third Cup Series driver in the field, joining RWR Eurasia team Cody Ware and Salih Yoluc on its LMP2 RWR Eurasia team. The Rolex 24 will mark the IMSA debut for Dillon, who also will be driving the Daytona road course for the first time (missed last summer’s NASCAR road course race). NASCAR Xfinity Series regular and former Cup Series star AJ Allmendinger will be back for his 15th Rolex 24, seeking a second victory to go along with his 2012 Rolex 24 triumph.
Some of the world’s finest race car drivers who also are scheduled to compete include two-time Indy 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Briscoe and Renger van der Zande, who were champions of the 2020 Rolex 24, along with former Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen and former Rolex 24 winner Richard Westbrook. Wayne Taylor Racing, which has won the last two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar titles, will be back to attempt a trifecta, featuring three-time Indy 500 victor and 2020 overall Dpi Champion Helio Castroneves, 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, 2-time IMSA WeatherTech champion Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque, a victor of the Rolex 24 in 2018.
All Rolex 24 At Daytona entries will return for the traditional Roar Before the Rolex 24 test session Jan. 22-24 that includes Saturday’s Scouts of America 145 IMSA Prototype Challenge as well as a new feature – Sunday’s Motul Pole Award 100 qualifying race. Results from that event will set the starting grid for the Rolex 24 the following week.
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship now has competition in five classes: the headlining Daytona Prototype International class (DPi), Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), GT Le Mans (GTLM) GT Daytona (GTD), and the new Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3). The full listing of racing action coming up includes:
- Jan. 22-24: Roar Before the Rolex 24
- Jan. 29: BMW Endurance Challenge
- Jan. 30-31: Rolex 24 At DAYTONA
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Rolex 24 will be conducted in accordance with enhanced safety protocols and procedures to provide a safe environment for guests, IMSA competitors, employees and the local community. All guests will be screened before entering the facility and will be required to wear face coverings while maintaining six feet social distancing throughout their visit.