The Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge winner will drive the #8 Starworks Ford Riley. His co-drivers will be announced following the Roar testing.
Leading GRAND-AM team Starworks Motorsport has today confirmed that the 2013 Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge winner Ivan Bellarosa will join them in the hunt for the famous Rolex Watch in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Bellarosa will race the #8 generation 3 Daytona Prototype which, in 2012, was driven by Ryan Dalziel, Lucas Luhr, Alan Mcnish, Alex Popow and Enzo Potolicchio to second place in the Rolex 24 - finishing just under 5 seconds off winners Mike Shank Racing. The full driver line-up for who will join Bellarosa will be announcement after the Roar test event.
Peter Baron, Starworks Motorsport Team Manager, commented: “It’s an honour to be selected to run Ivan in the Rolex 24 with the support of the Sunoco Daytona Challenge. Although we have not worked with Ivan yet, we have heard tremendous reviews about his performances testing in a DP last fall. It is quite exciting to see the calibre of driver coming form the Sunoco Daytona Challenge which elevates the expectations for the 24. Watching Felipe Nasr finish third last year has set a high mark to attempt to better! To try to get Ivan on the podium Sunday afternoon, we are working on assembling a stealthy line-up that should be potent.
“I anxiously await putting Ivan in a Generation 3 Daytona Prototype for the first time at the Roar Before the 24 January 4th! We had this car on the pole last year, had fastest lap and led most laps, so naturally pressure and expectations are high for 2013!”
Ivan Bellarosa added: “I am overjoyed to be running with Starworks Motorsport as they have a great reputation for being one of the best teams and have had great success in the Rolex 24. The test will be my first time in a generation 3 DP so it will be good to get some time to adjust to the differences from a generation 1 DP. My goal is to match the performance of the top drivers in the category and I will be pushing hard to do so.”
Bellarosa will test with the team at the ‘Roar Before the 24” test event at Daytona International Speedway on the 4th, 5th and 6th of January.
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