Chevrolet is ready to get back to racing and kick off the 2013 GRAND-AM Road Racing season. The year will begin with the 51st running of the Rolex 24-Hour at Daytona, a legendary endurance race that tests both man and machine.
Following a successful campaign in 2012 which saw the Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype make its competition debut, Team Chevy looks to build on the strength of last season’s eight Daytona Prototype victories that netted the 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Series Engine Manufacturers’ Championship.
This season Team Chevy’s Rolex Sports Car Series roster is comprised of six Corvette DP teams, including the newly established 8Star Motorsports, which will field the No. 3 Corvette DP. 8Star will join Action Express Racing, which fields two entries: the No. 5 and No. 9 Corvette DPs. Long-time Team Chevy partner Wayne Taylor Racing will field the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP. Filling out the Team Chevy Rolex DP roster are the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP and the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP.
Also competing in the Rolex 24-Hour under the Team Chevy banner will be No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R and the No. 31 Marsh Racing Corvette GT.R.
"The Chevrolet teams in GRAND-AM are well-prepared and excited to kick-off the 2013 race season at Daytona International Speedway,” said Jim Lutz, GRAND-AM Road Racing Program Manager, Chevrolet Racing. “We will have a strong team and driver line-up in both the Rolex 24 Hour Daytona Prototype and Grand Touring, as well as in the Grand Sport class in Friday's Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
"We were very pleased with the results of testing in the ‘Roar Before the 24’ early in January. Our teams have been working ’round the clock to be prepared for the season-opener and biggest race of the year.
"Success in the Rolex 24 Hour takes a dedicated engineering effort from all of our teams, technical partners and the Chevrolet Racing engineering group to produce cars that are reliable and fast, and to achieve the goal of a trip to Victory Lane."
Race fans at Daytona International Speedway for the Rolex 24 will also have the opportunity to experience the Team Chevy Racing Display, which was filled with show cars, production vehicles, Chevrolet Performance Parts crate engines, and parts and accessories. They are invited to participate in question-and-answer sessions with Team Chevy drivers.
“We’re excited to offer fans of the Rolex 24 a Chevy destination in the DIS infield,” said Maria Stenbom, Chevy Racing Motorsports Marketing Digital & Social/Manager, GRAND-AM. “The Team Chevy Racing Display will have something for everyone. Fans will have the opportunity to ask questions of drivers Lawson Ashenbach, Eric Curran, Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor and Richard Westbrook, Darren Law and Jon Fogarty, and spend time with one of our friendly product specialists and learn more about Chevy’s great vehicle lineup.
“I’m especially proud to be able to show the new 2014 Silverado and ZL1 Convertible to our fans! Also on display are Chevrolet Performance Parts crate engines and an assortment of accessories and performance parts for fans to purchase from their local Chevy dealer. We hope to see you there.”
Ashenbach and Curran will be at the display at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, and Ricky and Jordan Taylor and Westbrook, Law and Fogarty will visit the display at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Fans who sign up with Team Chevy will receive a special commemorative t-shirt.
The display opens at 9 a.m. on Friday, January 25.
The 51st running of the Rolex 24-Hour will start at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 26 and conclude 24 hours later Sunday afternoon.
The opening race of the weekend, the GRAND-AM 200 for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, will also feature Team Chevy entries. Mitchum Motorsports will field the No. 6 Camaro GS.R joined by the No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports GS.R as well as the No. 00 and No. 01 of CKS Autosport. The two and one-half hour race will start Friday, January 25 at 1:45 p.m. ET.
CHEVY RACING CAR AND DRIVER LINEUP FOR THE 51st RUNNING OF THE ROLEX 24 HOUR AT DAYTONA
ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES DAYTONA PROTOTYPE (DP):
No. 3 8 Star Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette DP
o Stephane Sarrazin
o Nicolas Minassian
o Pedro Lamy
o Enzo Potolicchio
o Anthony Davidson
No. 5 Action Express Racing Chevrolet Corvette DP
o Christian Fittipaldi
o Felipe Nasr
o Nelson Piquet Jr.
No. 9 Action Express Racing Chevrolet Corvette DP
O Joao Barbosa
o Brian Frisselle
o Burt Frisselle
No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Chevrolet Corvette DP
O Max Angelelli
o Jordan Taylor
o Ryan Hunter-Reay
No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Chevrolet Corvette DP
O Richard Westbrook
o Ricky Taylor
o Antonio Garcia
o Oliver Gavin
No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet Corvette DP
O Alex Gurney
o Jon Fogarty
o Memo Gidley
· Darren Law
TEAM CHEVY IN ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES GRAND TOURING (GT):
No. 31 Whelen Chevrolet Corvette GT.R
o Eric Curran
o Boris Said
o Lawson Aschenbach
o Brandon Davis
No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro GT.R
O Robin Liddell
o John Edwards
o Jan Magnussen
o Tom Milner