Daytona 24: Phil Hill Grand Marshal for 40th Rolex 24

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., - Phil Hill, one of the winning drivers of the 1964 Daytona Continental and the first American to capture a Formula 1 championship, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 40th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., - Phil Hill, one of the winning drivers of the 1964 Daytona Continental and the first American to capture a Formula 1 championship, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 40th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

The 74-year-old Hill, who also became the first American to win a Formula 1 race, achieved international acclaim in the sportscar world by being among the select group of drivers to win at Daytona, LeMans and Sebring.

"It's a honor to have Phil Hill presiding as the Grand Marshal of the Rolex 24 At Daytona," said Speedway President John Graham. "His history making accomplishments as a racer make him a natural choice to give the command to start engines in North America's most prestigious sportscar race."

Hill, who was born in Miami, Fla., and was raised in Santa Monica, Calif., became the first American to win a Formula 1 championship when he drove a Ferrari to the title in 1961. For 17 years his record was unchallenged and today is shared with only one other American, Mario Andretti. Hill remains the only American born Formula 1 champion.

Other illustrious career highlights include winning the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans three times, the 12 hours of Sebring three times, the Argentine 1000 km three times, the Grand Prix of Italy twice and the Belgian Grand Prix. He has the distinction of having won the first and last races of his driving career, the final victory being the BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch in England in 1967.

Serving as the honorary starter for the Rolex 24 At Daytona is Walter Fisher, the President of Rolex U.S.A. Fisher will wave the green flag to start the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m.

Tickets for the 40th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.

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