|Alex Gurney at the 2014 'Roar.'|
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 25, 2014) – Teams competing in the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will have a bit more time to celebrate the holidays – but will have a quick turnaround to prepare for the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Officials from the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and Daytona International Speedway today announced dates for both the Rolex 24 – which kicks off the 2015 TUDOR Championship and the Tequila PatrÂ¢n North American Endurance Cup – as well as the annual Roar Before The Rolex 24 test.
The Rolex 24 At Daytona will be contested on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24-25, 2015. Teams will move into the “World Center of Racing" on Tuesday, Jan. 20, with official on-track activities getting under way on Wednesday, Jan. 21.
The Roar Before The Rolex 24, which was held on Jan. 3-5 in 2014, moves back one weekend in 2015. On-track activity is slated for Friday, Jan. 9 through Sunday, Jan. 11, with move-in set for Thursday, Jan. 8. Teams will have only one weekend off between the Roar and the Rolex 24 in 2015, as opposed to two in 2014.
“We expect the change in the Roar Before The Rolex 24 schedule to be welcome news for all of our stakeholders," said Ed Bennett, IMSA Chief Executive Officer. “Moving the Roar back one weekend will enable all involved with IMSA to spend more time with their families during the holiday season. We are grateful to our partners at Daytona International Speedway and NASCAR for accommodating us.
|The 2015 'Roar' will be a week later than it was in 2014.|
“The Rolex 24 At Daytona, meanwhile, will retain its familiar position on the last weekend in January. This date works well for a number of reasons, not least of which is the opportunity it provides for stars from throughout the racing world to kick off the season against the very best the TUDOR Championship has to offer."