Sir Stirling Moss named Grand Marshal of 42nd anniversary of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2003) -- Daytona International Speedway and Rolex Watch USA announced today that world renowned driver Sir Stirling Moss will...
Sir Stirling Moss named Grand Marshal of 42nd anniversary of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2003) -- Daytona International Speedway and Rolex Watch USA announced today that world renowned driver Sir Stirling Moss will serve as the grand marshal for the 42nd anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2004.
The British driver is one of the most versatile racers in history, scoring victories in Formula One, Two and Three, as well as in hillclimbs, sports and touring car races, rallies and world speed record events.
"We are thrilled to have a legendary driver like Sir Stirling Moss join us here at the "World Center of Racing" for the Rolex 24 At Daytona," said Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig. "With his list of achievements in many different forms of motorsports, it's a honor to have him preside as Grand Marshal of the Rolex 24."
"With his long, illustrious career in road racing, it is fitting to have Stirling serve as grand marshal of America's most historic road race," Rolex Watch USA President Walter Fischer said.
Moss is often referred to as the greatest Formula One driver to never win the World Championship. That unique fact was due in part to the 10-time British champion's extreme loyalty to British race cars during a time when they were not yet competitive. Despite racing against faster and/or more reliable cars, Moss was still able to finish second or third in the F1 World Championship for seven-straight years.
During his racing career, which began in 1949, Moss drove 84 different types of race cars in 495 events. He finished 366 of those races and won 222 times. In 1961, his final full year of racing, Moss competed in 54 events, winning 27 of them and earning the pole or fastest lap 31 times. He was at the height of his career when it came to an unfortunate end due to an accident at Goodwood on Easter Monday in 1962.
Moss finished fourth in the 1962 Daytona Continental (now the Rolex 24 At Daytona), winning the GT class in the inaugural event that was held only two months before his accident at Goodwood.
Moss was knighted in 1999, at the age of 70, by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II. He was also honored by AUTOSPORT in 1999 with the Half-Century Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The 42nd anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona will be held at Daytona International Speedway on the weekend of January 29 - February 1, 2004. Tickets can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling (386) 253-7223.
Additional information on the 2004 Rolex 24 and Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grandamerican.com.