Daytona 24: James Jakes preview

Daytona Beach, FL - 17 year old James Jakes, best known for his skill behind the wheel of a Formula Renault, will make his first foray in Endurance Sports car racing at this year's ROLEX 24 at Daytona. James will be driving the No. 41 Team Sahlen...

Daytona Beach, FL - 17 year old James Jakes, best known for his skill behind the wheel of a Formula Renault, will make his first foray in Endurance Sports car racing at this year's ROLEX 24 at Daytona. James will be driving the No. 41 Team Sahlen Porsche. His co-drivers will be Joe, Wayne, and Will Nonnamaker.

The weekend of February 6th Jakes will have an opportunity to compete in one of the most esteemed races in the world, the ROLEX 24 at Daytona. Jakes will compete for the highly coveted trophy with international and U.S. driving stars. The prestige of the event is evident by the roster of drivers. Names include Fittipaldi, Haywood, Barber, Unser, Kenseth, and Busch among others.

Even at such a young age, Jakes, has raced everywhere from Holland to the US. As a native of Leeds, England he has already made a name for himself on the international circuit.

"We are excited to have James with us in the 24 Hours. In last year's race we finished 15th overall and 4th in class. Our goal is to improve upon that this year and move up to the podium. With James' speed and smooth style behind the wheel I am confident we will get there," states Will Nonnamaker.

The Formula Renault UK Championship, which Jakes participates in, is the breeding ground for future Formula One stars. The level of intensity within the series is high and even at the age of 17 Jakes is one of the most fervent competitors.

Phoenix ProMotions prepares the Team Sahlen cars. In addition to their 4th place finish at last year's ROLEX 24, the team's Grand-Am Cup effort swept the Drivers, Team, and Manufacturers championships in 2003 and 2004.

Phoenix ProMotions is an eight car Porsche effort that competes in the Grand-Am Cup and ROLEX Grand American series. The family owned team is based out of Massillon, Ohio.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Will Nonnamaker , James Jakes
Teams Team Sahlen