Finlay Motorsports Announces Driver Line Up For Rolex 24 at Daytona MOORESVILLE, NC (January 3, 2006) --- Finlay Motorsports announced earlier today the team's driver line up for this year's running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Joining ...
Finlay Motorsports Announces Driver Line Up For Rolex 24 at Daytona
MOORESVILLE, NC (January 3, 2006) --- Finlay Motorsports announced earlier today the team's driver line up for this year's running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Joining owner/driver Rob Finlay and Canadian sensation Michael Valiante in the No. 28 Make-A-Wish/Z-Line Designs/Air Force Reserve Ford-powered Crawford Daytona Prototype will be open wheel veterans Bryan Herta and Buddy Rice.
Herta, A regular in the Indy Racing League, finished eighth in the IRL Championship picking up a win at Michigan International Speedway.
"I'm really excited to join Finlay Motorsports for the Rolex 24 at Daytona," said Herta. "I enjoyed my experience in the race last year and look forward to getting back behind the wheel. I'm really comfortable with the driver line up and feel that we'll be able to challenge for the victory."
The 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner, Buddy Rice also like the team's chances of becoming the next Rolex 24 winner.
"Finlay Motorsports just seemed like an easy fit for me," explained Rice. "I've worked with several of the guys on the team before and I've even raced with a few of the drivers. I was looking for a team to race with that I felt had a good shot at winning the 24 and I think this might just be that team."
The team's second Daytona Prototype will be driven by Grand American regulars Memo Gidley and Michael McDowell. They will be joined by another Indy Racing League standout, Alex Barron, who will be making his Rolex 24 debut behind the wheel of the No. 19 machine.
"I'm really looking forward to my first Daytona 24 hour race," said Barron. "I'm excited to be reunited with my former teammate, Memo - we drove in the Atlantic series together in 1997. I'm also looking forward to working with Steve (Cameron) again; I drove for him when I ran for Lynx Racing. This team won the last race of the season last year and I feel that they're definitely capable of winning the Rolex 24."
In only its second year of competition, Finlay Motorsports has already proved that they have what it takes to challenge for the championship, scoring 11 top-five finishes, three podiums, one pole and walking away with a victory in Mexico City last season.
Finlay and Steve Cameron, President of Finlay Motorsports are extremely enthusiastic about their team's chances of taking home the Crown Jewel of American sports car racing, the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
"I think that we've managed to put together a competitive line up," said Cameron. "Both cars have a realistic opportunity to challenge for the win. I'm excited to be working with drivers that have achieved so much in racing and it's nice to have worked with them all in some stage or another."
The Rolex 24 at Daytona is scheduled for a 12 p.m. start on Saturday, January 28th and will be aired by Speedvision starting at 12 p.m. (EST).