Daytona Speedweeks notes 2005-02-10

Rolex 24 At Daytona Delivers Roaring Start To Speedweeks 2005 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 10, 2005) -- Last weekend's 43rd Rolex 24 At Daytona kicked off Speedweeks 2005 in grand fashion at historic Daytona International Speedway. Although ...

Rolex 24 At Daytona Delivers Roaring Start To Speedweeks 2005

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 10, 2005) -- Last weekend's 43rd Rolex 24 At Daytona kicked off Speedweeks 2005 in grand fashion at historic Daytona International Speedway.

Although official attendance figures are not released, a record number of race fans were on hand to witness a star-studded lineup of international racing champions in a field that included a record 29 Daytona Prototypes, the premier class of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.

The No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley driven by Wayne Taylor, Max Angelelli and Emmanuel Collard captured the overall victory over a competitive field of drivers that represented more than 100 major auto racing championships.

The winning No. 10 car completed 710 laps, which is the approximate distance between Daytona Beach, Fla., and Los Angeles and this year's Rolex 24 featured a Rolex Series record 44 lead changes.

"This year's Rolex 24 delivered a roaring start to Speedweeks," Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. "The star-studded field of this year's twice-around-the-clock challenge along with the intense racing helped christen our newly renovated infield in grand style."

One of the most exciting Rolex 24s was presented in front of a festival atmosphere in the newly renovated Daytona International Speedway infield. Besides enjoying the thrilling side-by-side racing on Daytona's legendary 3.56-mile road course, racing enthusiasts attending the Rolex 24 also enjoyed the largest Ferris Wheel on the East Coast in the Midway, a screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, car corrals, a wine and cheese tasting, a Daytona 5K run and a giant driver autograph session in the NEXTEL FANZONE.

The stars of the Rolex Series continue their championship battle at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, March 5 for the Grand Prix of Miami. The Rolex Series race will be followed by the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series season-opening Toyota INDY 300 on Sunday, March 6.

The action of Speedweeks 2005 will reignite this weekend with the Advance Discount Auto Parts 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series season opener and the Budweiser Shootout on Saturday night, Feb. 12 and Budweiser Pole Qualifying for the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 13.

The racing continues into next weekend with the Gatorade Duel at Daytona, the Crown Royal IROC Series and Florida Dodge Dealers 250, the Hershey's Take 5 and the Daytona 500 - NASCAR's signature event.

For tickets, log on to www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800 PITSHOP.

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Series ARCA , Grand-Am , IROC , NASCAR
Drivers Emmanuel Collard , Wayne Taylor , Max Angelelli