From David Kelly – The links below will take you to photos of the action at the Rolex “24 Hours at Daytona Race” on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. There were essentially four races occurring during the Rolex Daytona weekend; the Ferrari Challenge Race 1, the BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona/Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Race, the Ferrari Challenge Race 2, and the main event, the 56th Rolex “24 Hours at Daytona” WeatherTech Championship Race.
Thursday was filled with practice and qualifying sessions for each of those races, so you will see lots of Ferraris, Mercedes GT’s, Audi’s, Lamborghini’s, BMW’s, Ford GT’s, Corvette’s, Lexus’s, and some cars from the Touring and Street Tuner classes among the Porsches on the track and in the garages. The four-hour BMW Endurance Race on Friday was won by drivers Spencer Pumpelly and Dillon Machavern in the #28 RS1 Porsche Cayman GT4 which battled with one of the Mustang GT’s for most of the race. It was a significant achievement against a large contingent of Mercedes GT’s, Mustang GT’s, BMW M4’s, McLaren’s, Audi R8’s, and Aston Martin’s. You’ll find photos of all the cars on the track and in the garages.
There was a display of historic race cars in the Fan Zone near the team garages with some interesting Porsches among them, all of which are included in the photos. There was plenty to see and do wherever you looked, with driver autograph sessions, Hot Lap experiences, and specialized tours if you were interested. Additionally, several major automotive brands had cars on display along the infield road with their latest technology and simulator experiences. There truly was something for everyone.
For Porsche owners, the Porsche Corral was a home away from home, with a chance to relax and see old friends with some interesting Porsche cars, while enjoying the race proceedings from a place of comfort, thanks to the PCA Regions who worked so hard to support the Corral and to PCA National for making it available.
The pre-race action on Saturday was marked by large crowds in the garage area and later adjacent to Pit Road as the fans had access to the grass infield to view the race cars and to see the driver introductions just prior to the start of the race. You can see some of that in the photos along with a few interesting race preparation details.
I hope you enjoy the photos.