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TUDOR United SportsCar Championship to Debut with the Rolex 24 at Daytona

January 23rd, 2014 at 9:16 PM
By Mark Eddinger

The Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series have combined to create a single North American sports car racing series in 2014 called the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The first race of the season will take place in Daytona on January 25th and 26th for the running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Alex Gurney became the first pole winner in series history on Thursday by putting the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP at the top of the time sheet in qualifying for the Prototype class.

'Gainsco #99' photo (c) 2011, Hunterrrr - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Gurney will team with Jon Fogarty, Darren Law, and Memo Gidley in the 24 hour race.

“We get bragging rights for a couple days,” Gurney said. “It means a lot to us as a team. We’re only doing the North American Endurance Cup rounds, and maybe Austin as well, so we want to put our best foot forward. The team worked incredibly hard over the off season. It feels very good to be up top."

Starting second in the Prototype class will be the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP driven by Richard Westbrook in qualifying. There are 18 entries in the Prototype class.

There are 11 entries in the GT Le Mans Class, nine entries in the Prototype Challenge (PC) class, and 29 entires in the GT Daytona (GTD) class.

FOX will have all the coverage of the Rolex 24 at Daytona starting with pre-race festivities on Fox Sports 2 at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Race coverage will be held on FOX from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. before switching back to Fox Sports 2 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Then coverage can be seen from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. on IMSA.com before Fox Sports 1 will conclude the coverage from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tags: Alex Gurney, american le mans series, Darren Law, Jon Fogarty, Memo Gidley, Motorsports, Richard Westbrook, Rolex 24, Rolex Sports Car Series

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