(Greenville, S.C.) - Michelin Pilot tires will be fitted on 10 cars in the 2000 Rolex 24 at Daytona, the inaugural race of the new Grand American Road Racing Series, on February 5-6 at Daytona International Speedway. Michelin's sports racer category entry (referred to as a prototype at Le Mans) will be a Ferrari 333SP prepared by Doran/Lista Racing and driven by Didier Theys, Fredy Lienhard, Mauro Baldi and Ross Bentley, The Doran/Lista Ferrari recorded the fastest overall time in testing earlier this month at Daytona.
"In an endurance race as tough as the twenty-four hours of Daytona, tires play an important role," said Herb Johnson, Director of Motorsports, Michelin North America. "Tires that help a car handle well in the corners not only increase overall speed, but provide a car that is more comfortable to drive, which removes an element of fatigue for the driver. Plus, tires that wear well mean fewer pit stops, Tires that are consistent mean fewer handling changes, All of this adds up over twenty-four hours-, it all adds up to Michelin. This is our kind of racing,"
In 1999 endurance racing, Michelin won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the fifth time in the past eight years. Michelin also won the GTS category at Le Mans for the second consecutive year. In American Le Mans Series (ALMS) competition, Michelin teams won 18 of 24 races, including the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans.
At Daytona, Michelin Pilots will be fitted on three Team Oreca Dodge Vipers in the GTO category. Olivier Beretta, Karl Wendlinger, Dominique Dupuy, Tommy Archer, Marc Duez, Vincent Vosse, David Donobue, Jean-Phillippe Belloc and Ni Amorim will drive the Vipers. Michelin-fitted Oreca Vipers won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the GTS driver and team championships in the ALMS last season.
In the GTU class at Daytona, Michelin will have six Porsche GT3 R entries: Alex Job Racing, Champion/Gunner, Dick Barbour Racing, G&W Motorsports, Larbre Motorsports and KTM In testing, the Alex Job Porsche recorded the fastest GTU time.