Daytona Rolex 24 open wheel drivers

Indy 500 Winner Sullivan Leads Rolex 24 Charge DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 27) -- Former Indianapolis 500 winner Danny Sullivan, defending Rolex 24 champion Scott Sharp and former Formula One driver and three-time 24 Hours of Le ...

Indy 500 Winner Sullivan Leads Rolex 24 Charge

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 27) -- Former Indianapolis 500 winner Danny Sullivan, defending Rolex 24 champion Scott Sharp and former Formula One driver and three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Yannick Dalmas lead an impressive crop of veteran open wheel racers into the Feb. 1-2 Rolex 24 At Daytona, the 24-hour season opener for the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Exxon World SportsCar Championship and Supreme GT Series at Daytona International Speedway. Sullivan, who won the Indy 500 in 1985, will team with former Indy car driver Ross Bentley and up-and-coming Firestone Indy Lights driver Robbie Buhl, a former IMSA Barber Dodge Pro Series champ, in a Chevrolet R&S Mk. III World SportsCar (WSC). Sharp, the defending co-champion of the Indy Racing League (IRL), will team with defending race and WSC champion Wayne Taylor and Belgian Eric Van de Poele in an Oldsmobile R&S Mk. III. Dalmas, of Toulon, France, without question has the most impressive record in 24-hour sports car races in recent history. He has won the fabled 24 Hours of Le Mans three times in the last five years and has finished second in the other two. Dalmas, who competed in Formula One prior to sports cars, will drive a GTS-2 Porsche 911 Turbo with four-time Rolex 24 winner Bob Wollek of France. Former Italian Formula One drivers Alex Caffi and Ivan Capelli will also drive a World SportsCar. Caffi and Capelli, who formerly drove for Ferrari in F1, will pilot an Olds R&S Mk. III. Belgian Didier Theys, who has Indy car experience, will drive the Ferrari 333 SP with which he set the event qualifying record a year ago. Spaniard Fermin Velez, the 1995 IMSA WSC champion, moved into the IRL last year. In testing earlier this month, Velez smashed the official Rolex 24 qualifying record in the same Ferrari 333 SP WSC he will drive in the 24-hour event. Indy car drivers will also compete in GT cars. Scott Goodyear, who lost the 1995 Indy 500 in the event's closest finish, will drive a GTS-1 Porsche 911 Turbo. Robbie Groff, another aspiring American Indy car pilot, will co-drive a GTS-3 Porsche 911. Pete Halsmer and John Morton, who competed in Indy cars, will share a GTS-3 BMW M3. Both German Hans Stuck and Belgian Thierry Boutsen, who is a former Rolex 24 winner, have extensive Formula One experience and will team in another GTS-1 Porsche 911 Turbo. Prices for the Rolex 24 At Daytona range from $6 for a practice day ticket to $70 for an Advance Super Ticket that is good for four days admission to the infield, grandstands and garage area. For ticket information call the Speedway ticket office at (904) 253-7223.

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Didier Theys , Yannick Dalmas , Robbie Buhl , Scott Sharp , Pete Halsmer , Danny Sullivan , Thierry Boutsen , Ross Bentley , John Morton , Alex Caffi , Fermin Velez , Bob Wollek