Lola Cars International made a victorious start to the 2001 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series (Grand-Am), taking victory in the SR-II class of the Rolex 24 at Daytona Raceway in Florida. Following Lola's class success in the 2000 Le Mans ...
Lola Cars International made a victorious start to the 2001 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series (Grand-Am), taking victory in the SR-II class of the Rolex 24 at Daytona Raceway in Florida. Following Lola's class success in the 2000 Le Mans 24-hour event, the Daytona result is the perfect opening to the new season for the Lola B2K/40.
Starting 24th on the grid, Archangel Motorsport's Nissan-powered Lola was driven by Englishmen Peter Seldon and Martin Henderson and US pilots Andy Lally and Paul Macey. As the gruelling event took its toll on the field, the Braselton, GA-based team was delighted to complete exactly 600 laps, finishing 23 laps clear of the nearest challenger, despite losing first gear for the last few hours of the race, to claim a fine 13th place overall with an average speed of 88.983mph.
As reigning Grand-Am SR-II champions, Archangel's pair of Lola B2K/40s dominated the category throughout the event. Having led the class for much of the race, the #22 car of Davis, Clinton, Durand and Dudek was passed by its team mate after 16 hours, as the mechanics worked in the pits. The car returned to the track, but a collision with another runner just after 7am ended the car's event just six hours from the flag.
Completing the story of Lola success was Northstar Racing's Nissan Lola B2K/40 driven by Cass Whitehead, Jeff Glangrande, Chris Hall and BJ Zacharias which took the final podium place and finished 37th overall.
"We are delighted with the result at Daytona," commented David Bowes, Lola Managing Director. "The B2K/40 had a distinguished season last year and this is the perfect way to begin the new campaign. We hope to use this as a platform for an even more exciting 2001."
The next event on the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series schedule is the Nextel 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday 3 March.