Rolex 24 entries keep plummeting (Update)

With races on NBCSN (minuscule TV ratings) more and more teams are deciding to skip the Rolex 24
With races on NBCSN (minuscule TV ratings) more and more teams are deciding to skip the Rolex 24

UPDATE Rick Ware Racing has withdrawn its LMP2 entry from this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, bringing the overall car count down to 38 cars for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener.

The team’s Riley Mk. 30 Gibson was due to be driven by Cody Ware and Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award winner Johnathan Hoggard.

In a statement issued Monday, the team said its withdrawal is due to “circumstances outside the team’s control" regarding driver requirements and the funding required to be “competitive at the top" of the class.

01/16/20 In 2017 there were 55 entries for the Rolex 24

In 2018 there were 50 entries for the Rolex 24

In 2019 there were 47 entries for the Rolex 24

In 2020 there are only 39 entries for the Rolex 24, despite a booming economy, down 29.1% from 2017

Rolex 24 Press Release

Another star-studded field featuring world-class sports cars and drivers are set to take on the grueling, twice-around-the-clock classic challenge that is the Rolex 24 At Daytona at the end of next week on the iconic 3.56-mile, Daytona International Speedway road course.

The field includes race cars from 12 different manufacturers and includes 42 drivers with at least one previous Rolex 24 victory. It also includes a two-time and reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion, the 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner among six Indy 500 winners and five IndyCar champions in the field, 26 24 Hours of Le Mans winners and 30 IMSA premier series champions.

There is a total of 39 entries spread between four classes of competition: Daytona Prototype international (DPi) with eight, LMP2 with six, GT Le Mans (GTLM) with seven and GT Daytona (GTD) with 18. Nearly every entry will compete in the full 2020 WeatherTech Championship season. The race also will include drivers from 22 different countries and five continents.

On-track activity for the 58th Rolex 24 At Daytona begins Thursday, Jan. 23 with practice and qualifying. NBC will have live network coverage of the start of the race beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 25, and also will televise the race finish beginning at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 26 as part of NBC Sports’ complete coverage of the event that includes windows on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.

IMSA Radio also will have live coverage throughout race weekend on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, with complete race coverage also airing on SiriusXM Radio (XM 202, Sirius 216, Online 972).

Tickets for the 58th Rolex 24 At Daytona are available on DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.

Here’s a closer look at the accomplishments of drivers, teams and manufacturers in the 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona:

Previous Rolex 24 At Daytona-Winning Drivers in 2020 Field

Wins Driver, Car/Class Class/Years
5 Andy Lally, No. 44 Lamborghini GTD SRP2 – 2001; GT – 2009, 2011, 2012; GTD – 2016
4 Joao Barbosa, No. 5 Cadillac DPi GTS – 2003; DP/Overall – 2010; P/Overall – 2014, 2018
3 Scott Dixon, No. 10 Cadillac DPi DP/Overall – 2006, P/Overall – 2015, GTLM – 2018
3 Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 6 Acura DPi DP/Overall – 2007, 2008, 2013
2 Bill Auberlen, No. 96 BMW GTD GTS-3 – 1997, GT3 – 1998
2 Spencer Pumpelly, No. 44 Lamborghini GTD GT – 2006, 2011
2 Antonio Garcia, No. 3 Corvette GTLM DP/Overall – 2009, GTLM – 2015
2 John Potter, No. 44 Lamborghini GTD GT – 2012, GTD – 2016
2 Filipe Albuquerque, No. 31 Cadillac DPi GT – 2013, P/Overall – 2018
2 Sebastien Bourdais, No. 5 Cadillac DPi P/Overall – 2014, GTLM – 2017
2 Ryan Briscoe, No. 10 Cadillac DPi GTLM – 2015, 2018
2 Jordan Taylor, No. 3 Corvette GTLM P/Overall – 2017, DPi/Overall – 2019
2 Mirko Bortolotti, No. 88 Audi GTD GTD – 2018, 2019
2 Rolf Ineichen, No. 88 Audi GTD GTD – 2018, 2019
1 Patrick Long, No. 16 GTD GT – 2009
1 Ryan Dalziel, No. 8 ORECA LMP2 DP/Overall – 2010
1 Jonathan Bomarito, No. 55 Mazda DPi GT – 2010
1 AJ Allmendinger, No. 57 Acura GTD DP/Overall – 2012
1 Oliver Jarvis, No. 77 Mazda DPi GT – 2013
1 Nick Tandy, No. 911 Porsche GTLM GTLM – 2014
1 Patrick Pilet, No. 9 Porsche GTD GTLM – 2014
1 Colin Braun, No. 81 ORECA LMP2 PC – 2014
1 Townsend Bell, No. 12 Lexus GTD GTD – 2014
1 Ben Keating, No. 52 LMP2/No. 74 GTD GTD – 2015
1 Pipo Derani, No. 31 Cadillac DPi P/Overall – 2016
1 Oliver Gavin, No. 4 Corvette GTLM GTLM – 2016
1 Tommy Milner, No. 4 Corvette GTLM GTLM – 2016
1 Marcel Fassler, No. 4 Corvette GTLM GTLM – 2016
1 Misha Goikhberg, No. 57 Acura GTD PC – 2016
1 Chris Miller, No. 85 Cadillac DPi PC – 2016
1 Ricky Taylor, No. 7 Acura DPi P/Overall – 2017
1 Kyle Masson, No. 38 ORECA LMP2 PC – 2017
1 Nick Boulle, No. 52 ORECA LMP2 PC – 2017
1 Michael De Quesada, No. 14 Lexus GTD GTD – 2017
1 Daniel Morad, No. 88 Audi GTD GTD – 2017
1 Franck Perera, No. 11 Lamborghini GTD GTD – 2018
1 Renger van der Zande, No. 10 Cadillac DPi DPi/Overall – 2019
1 Kamui Kobayashi, No. 10 Cadillac DPi DPi/Overall – 2019
1 Augusto Farfus, No. 24 BMW GTLM GTLM – 2019
1 Connor De Phillippi, No. 25 BMW GTLM GTLM – 2019
1 Philipp Eng, No. 25 BMW GTLM GTLM – 2019
1 Colton Herta, No. 25 BMW GTLM GTLM – 2019

Previous Rolex 24 At Daytona-Winning Entrants in 2020 Field

Wins Team, Cars/Class Class/Years
5 Porsche, Nos. 911/912 GTLM Proto 2000 – 1966, 1967; Sports 2000 – 1966;Overall – 1968; GTLM – 2014
3 Mazda, Nos. 55/77 DPi GTU – 1979, GTO – 1982, 1983
3 Corvette Racing, Nos. 3/4 GTLM Overall – 2001, GTLM – 2015, 2016
3 Wayne Taylor Racing, No. 10 DPi DP/Overall – 2005, P/Overall – 2017,DPi/Overall – 2019
3 Action Express Racing, No. 31 DPi DP/Overall – 2010, P/Overall – 2014, 2018
2 BMW, Nos. 24/25 GTLM Overall – 1976, GTLM – 2019
2 Joest, Nos. 55/77 DPi Overall – 1980, 1991
2 Penske, Nos. 6/7 DPi GT/GTO – 1966, Overall – 1969
2 CORE autosport, Nos. 911/912 GTLM PC – 2014, GTLM – 2014
2 Magnus, No. 44 GTD GT – 2012, GTD – 2016
2 GRT Grasser, Nos. 11, 19, 44 GTD – 2018, 2019
1 Shank, Nos. 57/86 GTD DP/Overall – 2012
1 Riley, No. 74 GTD GTD – 2015
1 JDC-Miller Motorsports, Nos. 5/85 DPi PC – 2016
1 Performance Tech, No. 38 LMP2 PC – 2017
1 DragonSpeed, No. 81 LMP2 LMP2 – 2019
1 Rahal Letterman Lanigan, Nos. 24/25 GTLM GTLM – 2019

Previous Rolex 24 At Daytona-Winning Manufacturers in 2020 Rolex 24 Field

Wins Manufacturer
69 Porsche
22 Mazda
19 Chevrolet
9 Ferrari
8 BMW
3 Cadillac
3 Lexus
2 Acura
2 Audi
2 Lamborghini

24 Hours of Le Mans-Winning Drivers in 2020 Rolex 24 Field

Wins Driver, Car/Class Class/Years
5 Oliver Gavin, No. 4 Corvette GTLM GTS – 2002, 2004; GT1 – 2005, 2006;GTE Pro – 2015
4 Nicolas Lapierre, No. 8 ORECA LMP2 LMP2 – 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
3 Antonio Garcia, No. 3 Corvette GTLM GT1 – 2008, 2009; GTE Pro – 2011
3 Marcel Fassler, No. 4 Corvette GTLM LMP1/Overall – 2011, 2012, 2014
2 Patrick Long, No. 16 Porsche GTD GT – 2004, GT2 – 2007
2 Tommy Milner, No. 4 Corvette GTLM GTE Pro – 2011, 2015
2 Toni Vilander, No. 63 Ferrari GTD GTE Pro – 2012, 2014
2 Earl Bamber, No. 912 Porsche GTLM LMP1/Overall – 2015, 2017
2 Daniel Serra, No. 62 Ferrari GTLM GTE Pro – 2017, 2019
1 Jeroen Bleekemolen, No. 54 Porsche GTD LMP2 – 2008
1 Ryan Dalziel, No. 8 ORECA LMP2 LMP2 – 2012
1 Pedro Lamy, No. 98 Aston Martin GTD GTE Am – 2012
1 Loic Duval, No. 5 Cadillac DPi LMP1/Overall – 2013
1 Harry Tincknell, No. 55 Mazda DPi LMP2 – 2014
1 David Heinemeier-Hansson, No. 8 ORECA LMP2 GTE Am – 2014
1 Nicki Thiim, No. 23 Aston Martin GTD GTE Am – 2014
1 Nick Tandy, No. 911 Porsche GTLM LMP1/Overall – 2015
1 Jordan Taylor, No. 3 Corvette GTLM GTE Pro – 2015
1 Sebastien Bourdais, No. 5 Cadillac DPi GTE Pro – 2016
1 Townsend Bell, No. 12 Lexus GTD GTE Am – 2016
1 Oliver Jarvis, No. 77 Mazda DPi LMP2 – 2017
1 Dries Vanthoor, No. 88 Audi GTD GTE Am – 2017
1 Laurens Vanthoor, No. 912 Porsche GTLM GTE Pro – 2018
1 Matt Campbell, No. 911 Porsche GTLM GTE Am – 2018
1 James Calado, No. 62 Ferrari GTLM GTE Pro – 2019
1 Alessandro Pier Guidi, No. 62 Ferrari GTLM GTE Pro – 2019

NASCAR Cup Series Champions in Rolex 24 Field

Titles Driver, Car/Class Years
2 Kyle Busch, No. 14 Lexus GTD 2015, 2019

Indianapolis 500 Winners in Rolex 24 Field

Wins Driver, Car/Class Years
3 Helio Castroneves, No. 7 Acura DPi 2001, 2002, 2009
2 Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 6 Acura DPi 2000, 2015
1 Scott Dixon, No. 10 Cadillac DPi 2008
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 55 Mazda DPi 2014
1 Alexander Rossi, No. 7 Acura DPi 2016
1 Simon Pagenaud, No. 6 Acura DPi 2019

IndyCar Champions in Rolex 24 Field

Titles Driver, Car/Class Years
5 Scott Dixon, No. 10 Cadillac DPi 2003, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2018
4 Sebastien Bourdais, No. 5 Cadillac DPi 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
1 Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 6 Acura DPi 1999
1 Simon Pagenaud, No. 6 Acura DPi 2016
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 55 Mazda DPi 2012

IMSA Premier Series Champions in Rolex 24 Field

Titles Driver, Car/Class Class/Years
6 Oliver Gavin, No. 4 Corvette GTLM GT1 – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009; ALMS GT – 2012; GTLM – 2016
3 Bill Auberlen, No. 96 BMW GTD GTS-3 – 1997; GRAND-AM GT – 2002, 2004
3 Andy Lally, No. 44 Lamborghini GTD SRP2 – 2001, SGS – 2004, GRAND-AM GT – 2006,
3 Patrick Long, No. 16 Porsche GTD GT2 – 2005, 2009; ALMS GT – 2010
3 Antonio Garcia, No. 3 Corvette GTLM ALMS GT – 2013; GTLM – 2017, 2018
3 Dane Cameron, No. 6 Acura DPi GTD – 2014, P – 2016, DPi – 2019
2 Tommy Milner, No. 4 Corvette GTLM ALMS GT – 2012, GTLM – 2016
2 Tim Pappas, No. 54 Porsche GTD GTC – 2010, 2011
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen, No. 54 Porsche GTD GTC – 2010, 2013
2 Cooper MacNeil, No. 63 Ferrari GT3 GTC – 2012, 2013
2 Jordan Taylor, No. 3 Corvette GTLM DP – 2013, P – 2017
2 Joao Barbosa, No. 5 Cadillac DPi P – 2014, 2015
2 Colin Braun, No. 81 ORECA LMP2 PC – 2014, 2015
2 Christina Nielsen, No. 19 Lamborghini GTD GTD – 2016, 2017
2 Alessandro Balzan, No. 63 Ferrari GTD GTD – 2016, 2017
1 Ian James, No. 23 Aston Martin GTD P2 – 2004
1 Simon Pagenaud, No. 6 Acura DPi LMP – 2010
1 Patrick Pilet, No. 9 Porsche GTD GTLM – 2015
1 Townsend Bell, No. 12 Lexus GTD GTD – 2015
1 Renger van der Zande, No. 10 Cadillac DPi PC – 2016
1 Ricky Taylor, No. 7 Acura DPi P – 2017
1 Felipe Nasr, No. 31 Cadillac DPi P – 2018
1 Madison Snow, No. 48 Lamborghini GTD GTD – 2018
1 Bryan Sellers, No. 48 Lamborghini GTD GTD – 2018
1 Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 6 Acura DPi DPi – 2019
1 Laurens Vanthoor, No. 912 Porsche GTLM GTLM – 2019
1 Earl Bamber, No. 912 Porsche GTLM GTLM – 2019
1 Matt McMurry, No. 86 Acura GTD LMP2 – 2019
1 Trent Hindman, No. 57 Acura GTD GTD – 2019
1 Mario Farnbacher, No. 86 Acura GTD GTD – 2019

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