News & Multimedia

Rolex 24 'Shows The World How Good They Are'

“I think it’s great for INDYCAR that its drivers are doing other types of racing. It just shows the world how good they are.” -- Bobby Rahal

An IndyCar Series competitor has co-driven the winning overall entry in the Rolex 24 At Daytona the past three years and five of the past 10. In 2013, series drivers swept the podium, with Charlie Kimball (first), Ryan Hunter-Reay (second) and Justin Wilson (third).

More than a dozen IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy drivers will compete in the 52nd race this weekend on the 3.56-mile circuit at Daytona International Speedway, including reigning IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon and 2012 series champion Hunter-Reay.

The diversity of the 18-race IndyCar Series schedule, which commences March 30 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, is reflective of drivers' skills and talents. To be crowned the champion requires consistently high finishes on the variety of street and road courses, short ovals and superspeedways.

“The (Rolex 24) lineup of drivers has evolved over the years,” said Dixon, who co-drove the winning entry in 2006. “When I first started in ‘04, I might have been one of the few IndyCar Series drivers that did the 24. The last four or five years there’s been more of a mix of INDYCAR drivers going over, which is good for both series.

“It doesn’t relate to what we’re doing in INDYCAR, but any seat time does help. It’s a great way to start the year and really shows the all-around skills of IndyCar (Series) drivers.”

Wilson co-drove the winning car in 2012, while Graham Rahal was a member of the 2011 winning team. Both are entered this year, with Wilson rejoining Michael Shank Racing in its prototype car and Rahal competing for BMW Team RLL in the GT Le Mans sports car category.

Rahal, who won the event 30 years after his father's victory, said winning the race is a career highlight.

“To be an ultimate driver, to be one of the greats, you need to be a part of races like this,” said Rahal, who enters his second IndyCar Series season with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. “If I look at a guy like Scott Dixon, where he separates himself from others is not only is he incredibly quick in an IndyCar but you get him in a sports car and he’s instantly the quickest of all those guys, too.”

Tony Kanaan, the 2013 winner of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, will join Dixon in co-driving the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates car in the Prototype category. Simon Pagenaud, who finished third in the IndyCar Series championship standings last year, will make his second start in the race.

Other IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy drivers from 2013 and confirmed for 2014 competing:

  • Four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais
  • James Hinchcliffe, who won three races in 2013
  • Ryan Briscoe, who has seven IndyCar Series victories and returns to Chip Ganassi Racing full time in 2014
  • Mikhail Aleshin of Russia, who will drive the No. 55 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports car in his rookie season
  • Sage Karam, the 2013 Firestone Indy Lights champion, making his 24-hour race debut with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
  • Tristan Vautier, the 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year
  • Conor Daly, a Firestone Indy Lights winner who made his Indianapolis 500 debut in 2013
  • Alex Tagliani, who competed for Barracuda Racing and Target Chip Ganassi Racing in 2013
  • James Davison, a Firestone Indy Lights winner who made his IndyCar Series debut in 2013
  • AJ Allmendinger, who competed in six races for Team Penske
  • Townsend Bell, an NBCSN announcer who made his seventh Indianapolis 500 start in 2013
  • Gabby Chaves, the 2013 Firestone Indy Lights championship runner-up
  • Katherine Legge, who made her second Indianapolis 500 start in 2013

In the past decade, IndyCar Series drivers who have won the 24-hour race:
2006 – Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon
2008 – Dario Franchitti
2009 – Buddy Rice, the 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner
2011 – Graham Rahal
2012 – Justin Wilson
2013 – Charlie Kimball



Story Courtesy of IndyCar.com

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Rolex 24 'Shows The World How Good They Are'
 
Rolex 24 'Shows The World How Good They Are'
An IndyCar Series competitor has co-driven the winning overall entry in the Rolex 24 At Daytona the past three years and five of the past 10. In 2013, series drivers swept the podium, with Charlie Kimball (first), Ryan Hunter-Reay (second) and Justin Wilson (third).
Read More
Related Media
The Rolling Stones
 
The Rolling Stones to Rock IMS July 4
The band has announced that they will kick off their new 15-city North American stadium, ZIP CODE tour, in San Diego on May 24 at Petco Park. The band will visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis on July 4.
Read More
Juan Pablo Montoya
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Montoya, Team Penske Make Opening Statement at St. Pete
Twenty-four hours before securing his 13th Indy car victory and first on a road/street course since Vancouver in his 1999 CART championship season, Juan Pablo Montoya was sizing up the Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Read More
Justin Wilson
 
Wilson Joins Andretti Autosport For Indianapolis 500 and Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis
Justin Wilson will make his 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series debut in an Andretti Autosport car in the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9 and also compete in the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24, the team announced.
Read More
Ryan Hunter-Reay
 
Verizon IndyCar Series Kicks Off This Weekend in St. Petersburg
It’s a dawn of a new era for the Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend as aero kits enter the sport’s lexicon. Years of work by IndyCar engine suppliers Chevrolet and Honda have resulted in new bodywork that not only provides different looks for fans to identify each brand, but has also raised the performance index of the 24 cars on the St. Petersburg grid.
Read More
Tamika Catchings
 
Indiana Fever Star Catchings Joins Contest Winners in Traditional Flag Placing Cermony at IMS
Three-time Olympic gold medalist and Indiana Fever standout basketball player Tamika Catchings and two local radio contest winners participated in the traditional placement of racing flags atop the famous Wing and Wheel logo located above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Gate 1.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 221
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
Ladies and gentlemen, start your children at the IMS Easter egg hunt this Saturday! Details on The Blog: http://t.co/tbVt3ATZYp
about 14 hours ago