News roundup leading into Roar Before the 24

  • 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.”

  • The Roar Before the Rolex 24 annually puts an attractive spin on the label “test session” with champions of major races and major series joining International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) sports car regulars to form a most illustrious field preparing for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, the season-opening event for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
    The spin is in, again. Driver lineups for the 40 WeatherTech Championship teams gathered at Daytona International Speedway for the three-day Roar (Friday through Sunday) include reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch and six former Indianapolis 500 champions – reigning champ Simon Pagenaud plus Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves and Alexander Rossi.
  • Also testing this weekend are teams in the production-based IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge that will start its season Jan. 24 on the famed 3.56-mile speedway road course with the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge. NASCAR flavor is evident there, too, with young stars Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric and Hailie Deegan entered. Appropriately, they’re driving Ford Mustangs.
  • IMSA Prototype Challenge opens its 2020 season this weekend at Daytona International Speedway as part of the Roar Before the Rolex 24 weekend and 18 LMP3 machines are ready to run. The three-hour race starts at 12:15 p.m. ET and can be streamed live in the United States on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold and internationally on IMSA Radio will also provide live, flag-to-flag coverage,
  • Stay updated for details throughout the weekend on and on social media using the hashtag #IMSAPC and #Roar24 TUNE-IN with  IMSA Radio with select sessions streamed live via the app or on