(Scottsdale, AZ) -- Arie Luyendyk Jr., Indy Racing League competitor and son of two-time Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, will pilot the #9 Multimatic Ford Focus Daytona Prototype car in the upcoming Rolex 24 At Daytona for the SpeedSource team on January 29--February 1, 2004. Arie Jr. will be teamed with veteran endurance racers Mike Borkowski and Paul Mears Jr., with a fourth driver for the #9 team being announced in the near future.
Arie Jr. is participating in a practice session for the Rolex 24 At Daytona January 3-5, 2004.
SpeedSource has had many years of success in endurance racing, particularly in Mazda's, but 2004 will be their first attempt in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in the powerful Prototype machines, the premier class in the Rolex Sports Car Series
"I am very excited about the chance to compete in the Rolex 24 At Daytona," said Arie Jr. "This will be the SpeedSource team's first run at that prestigious race in the Daytona Prototype class, so I'm hoping I can run a strong race for them in their inaugural attempt in that class. SpeedSource and owner Sylvain Tremblay have given me a great opportunity to show my talents in the greatest endurance race in America. I can't wait to get on track and start working with my new teammates, Mike (Borkowski) and Paul (Mears Jr.)"
SpeedSource owner Sylvain Tremblay assembled a few veterans to partner with 22-year-old Arie Jr. for this mammoth event. "We're excited to have Arie on our team for this prestigious race," stated Tremblay. "It's great that we were able to put Arie Jr. with seasoned veterans like (Mike) Borkowski and (Paul) Mears Jr. on the #9 car. A good finish will be expected by the entire team with the talent and experience we have in that car. It's going to be fun to watch."
Keep up with the progress of Arie Jr. and the SpeedSource team during the Rolex 24 At Daytona by checking your local SpeedChannel listings for broadcast times on January 31st.