Daytona Rolex 24 overview

World's Best Sports Car Racers Rally to the Rolex 24 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (12-30-96) -- The Rolex 24 At Daytona, Feb. 1-2, is a gruelling excercise in the endurance of man and machine in a race against the clock, the elements, the...

World's Best Sports Car Racers Rally to the Rolex 24

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (12-30-96) -- The Rolex 24 At Daytona, Feb. 1-2, is a gruelling excercise in the endurance of man and machine in a race against the clock, the elements, the competition and the high-speed Daytona International Speedway. The globally-acclaimed Rolex 24, which begins at 1 p.m., is the season-opener for the International Motor Sports Association's (IMSA) Exxon World SportsCar Championship and Supreme GT Series. It annually kicks off Speedweeks at Daytona, a 16-day racing festival that is renowned as the start of the motorsports year. The history of the event and the global legend of the "World Center of Racing" is such that the race annually attracts a cosmopolitan field of entries from more than 20 countries. Three times in the 1990s the winner has been a foreign team that came to Daytona solely to earn one of the most cherished prizes in sports car racing, the specially-engraved Rolex Oyster Perpetual Chronometers that are awarded in Victory Lane following the twice-around-the-clock marathon over Daytona's 3.56-mile circuit. Among the multi-hued and diverse field of cars seen in the event are World SportsCars. These are open-cockpit, purpose-built prototype sports cars with normally-aspirated production-based engines. The Oldsmobile R&S Mk. III that won the 1996 Rolex 24 was this type of car. The category's engines, used in a variety of chassis, include Oldsmobile, Ferrari, Chevrolet, Mazda, Ford, Pontiac and Buick. The balance of the field is made up of machines competing in the Exxon Supreme GT Series for production-based sports cars. The Supreme GT Series is divided into GTS-1, GTS-2 and GTS-3 categories based on criteria including engine displacement, weight and performance potential. They include both tube-frame cars as well as true production (unibody) cars with roll cages and other safety modifications. These include familiar names such as Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro; Porsche 911, 944 and 968; Ford Mustang; Oldsmobile Aurora and Cutlass; Mazda RX-7 and MX-6 and Nissan 240-SX. International GT cars such as the Lister Storm, Ferrari F40, Bugatti and McLaren could also appear in these categories. When the on-track racing action is combined with the manufacters' displays and recreational opportunities located throughout the infield, the Rolex 24 At Daytona is truly a day full of exciting entertainment. Advance Super Tickets for the Rolex 24 At Daytona are available now for $70. Super Tickets, which offer a savings of $47 over daily admissions, offer four days' admission to the infield, unreserved grandstands and Paddock/World SportsCar Garage Area, plus free infield car parking. These tickets may be purchased until 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31. Infield/unreserved grandstand tickets are available for $35 in advance and $40 at the gate and allow two-day admission. Infield Reserved RV Packages are available, located in the Green Area inside turn four of the trioval and in the Yellow Area outside the West Horseshoe of the infield road course. These Packages include a Reserved RV Parking Space, RV parking pass and two Advance Super Tickets. Packages in the front row of the Green Area and in the Yellow Area are $520 and Packages in other rows of the Green Area are $265. Another ticket option is the Rolex 24 At Daytona International Pavilion Club. This unique hospitality and viewing option, which includes a private grandstand on the International Horseshoe Turn in the infield for club members only, includes four days' admission to the infield and Paddock/World SportsCar Garage Area, limited food and beverage service, a souvenir program, reserved parking area and closed-circuit color televisions. To order International Pavilion Club memberships, which are available for $160 each, call (904) 947-6726. To order advance tickets contact the Speedway ticket office at (904) 253-7223.

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