Daytona 24: Ten Motorsports preview

CHARLOTTE, NC - January 31, 2005 - Among the myriad multi-colored transporters, trailers and trucks that will storm the Daytona International Speedway paddock over the next few days will be the stealthy Ten Motorsports 18-wheeler. The team returns...

CHARLOTTE, NC - January 31, 2005 - Among the myriad multi-colored transporters, trailers and trucks that will storm the Daytona International Speedway paddock over the next few days will be the stealthy Ten Motorsports 18-wheeler. The team returns to Daytona for the 43rd running of the famed Rolex 24 after posting impressive lap times during testing just four weeks ago.

The remarkable field, comprised of perhaps the best lineup in the history of the race, will feature drivers with a combined 100 championships. The charge is challenging but not daunting, as the Ten team, cloaked in their Cool Gray and Reflex Blue Daytona Prototype, hopes to draw on their wealth and breadth of racing experience in their rookie start in the Series.

Anticipating the typical grind of an endurance race, the team's fundamental goal is to keep the car and drivers as fresh and as safe as possible. If Ten can adhere to this mantra, they will be poised to contend for the treasured Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona timepieces at noon on Sunday - and the first leg of the Championship of the Americas.

The lineup of drivers: Michael McDowell, Memo Gidley, Michael Valiante and Jonathan Bomarito, all will make their Rolex 24 debut in the number 19 Daytona Prototype. Keeping the team on the straight and narrow will be team manager Steve Cameron, his brother and engineer/crew chief Rick Cameron, and Steve Dinan, who prepared the team's BMW V8. The Camerons' philosophy is simple: "Be fast, be consistent, and stay out of harm's way."

Unbridled excitement is only contained by the sheer determination of the crew and drivers as the race date approaches. Team owner Rob Finlay is clearly impressed at the level on which his team stands:

"A few weeks ago it was impossible to imagine that we'd be as far along as we are going into the first race, but here we are," said Finlay, whose drivers' lap times were among the fastest during the test at Daytona in early January. "We've got an exceptional collection of talent and character that is displayed by our improvement in such a short period of time."

The Ten Motorsports team is also excited to announce a year-long partnership with a charitable organization during a press conference scheduled for Friday, February 4 at 11:30 AM, that will be held at the Daytona International Speedway media center. Please visit garage number 73 to see the Ten Motorsports Daytona Prototype.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Memo Gidley , Michael Valiante , Michael McDowell , Jonathan Bomarito , Rob Finlay , Steve Cameron