NASCAR's Lance Norick teams with Morgan-Dollar Motorsports for Rolex 24
HENNESSEY, Okla. (January 24, 2003) -- 2002 Rolex Series AGT team champion Morgan-Dollar Motorsports has brought together two former full-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitors for the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Lance Norick, a current NASCAR Busch Grand National driver and former Truck Series competitor, will team with former Truck Series driver Rob Morgan for the race. Charles Morgan and Jim Pace will round out the driving lineup in the #46 Corvette.
"This team has a lot of talent. We were a young team this time last year. Everything came together really late last year and we were not as prepared as we should have been," stated driver and co-team owner Rob Morgan. "To be able to finish second in the Rolex and go on to win the overall team championship says a lot about the adaptability of our team. Now we feel like we have a solid foundation to fall back on and challenge for the win at this great event."
This year's Rolex 24 driver lineup is full of experienced road racers with a lot in common. Charles Morgan has more than 200 starts in various series including the third highest ranking in the IMSA GT driver point standings with 19 career wins, and a first-place finish in the 1993 GTO championship. Charles Morgan and Pace, a current Skip Barber instructor, combined to win Sebring in a Camel GTP Light in 1991. Pace won the Rolex 24 in 1996 in World Sports Car class, while Rob Morgan finished second overall the following year. Norick got his start in professional racing through the SCCA where he scored several victories that propelled him into the NASCAR ranks.
"Last week Rob Morgan gave me the opportunity that I have been waiting for when he asked me to team up with him for the Rolex 24 At Daytona. I couldn't refuse the chance to get back into road racing," said NASCAR Busch Series Driver Lance Norick. "I began my career road racing while teamed up with Jimmie Primm, and Jimmie will be with me again in Daytona."
Morgan-Dollar Motorsports will be returning to Daytona after dominating the final event there in the AGT ranks last season. With the veteran lineup they have, anything short of victory will be a disappointment in the eyes of the Morgans. "We all know each other and our driving styles very well," stated Charles Morgan. "Everyone on this team has had a lot of experience in endurance racing and I believe that we will be tough to contend with. Our team has worked very hard on the car in the off-season and we have had our sights set on this race for a long time."
The father-son duo of Charles and Rob Morgan will be looking for a class victory for the second time in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, after winning the GT1 class in 1996.
Tickets for the 41st Rolex 24 At Daytona are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at 386-253-RACE. SPEED Channel will provide 16 hours of live coverage of the Rolex 24 on Saturday, Feb. 1, 12:30 p.m.-9 p.m. ET, and Sunday, Feb. 2, 6 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET.
Additional information about the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grandamerican.com.