Daytona Finale: Duncan Dayton preview

Dayton Heads to Daytona for Stints in the PAP Parts FABCAR BMW DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 27 -- Fresh from his victory in the LMP 675 class at the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta Motor Sport Park just two weeks ago, ...

Dayton Heads to Daytona for Stints in the PAP Parts FABCAR BMW

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 27 -- Fresh from his victory in the LMP 675 class at the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta Motor Sport Park just two weeks ago, Duncan Dayton will compete in the Grand American Champions Weekend headliner at Daytona International Speedway here this coming Saturday afternoon.

The two-hour-and-45-minute race will be broadcast live on SPEED from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time.

Although Dayton tied for second place in the LMP 675 drivers' championship in the American Le Mans Series, the North Salem, N.Y.-based driver will be making his first start of the year in this series. What's more, he'll be driving a car that is making its first start ever.

Instead of his famous #37, this time Dayton will be in the #7, the PAP Parts FABCAR BMW-powered car. Steve Southard of Powell, Ohio and Chip Vance of Dublin, Ohio will be his co-drivers for this event.

"I'm really looking forward to running the FABCAR BMW at Daytona this weekend and I really appreciate the opportunity that Steve Southard has given me," Dayton said. "I truly believe we have a car that can deliver a podium finish in its debut!"

The car will be one of 10 entered in the top class. Although this will be its first race, it had a successful test at Putnam Park Road Course in Mount Meridian, Ind., on Oct. 22. It will get its first taste of the high banks of Daytona, which make up part of that track's 3.56-mile, nine-turn road course, during testing this Wednesday afternoon.

On Thursday there are two one-hour practice sessions slated at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. On Halloween there is a one-hour practice session slated at 9 a.m. followed by qualifying at 11:15 a.m.

The teams will do systems checks in a 20-minute warm-up session Saturday at 8 a.m. before the 250-mile/70-lap race begins at 1 p.m.

For more information see www.restartcommunications.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Duncan Dayton , Chip Vance , Steve Southard