Rolex 24 location up to be a classic with stacked area, fast cars

DAYTONA BEACH — Just after days of tests and tuning, the laps will at last begin to count. 

The clock for the 59th functioning of the Rolex 24 will get started at 3:40 p.m. Saturday, as 49 automobiles from 5 distinctive classes will struggle not only each individual other, but Daytona’s 3.56-mile Road Program for a chance to gain the coveted Rolex observe. 

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“I’ve knocked on the door a pair situations in this race,” explained Felipe Nasr, whose No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac will direct the subject to inexperienced. “We anticipate to go for the earn … I feel we proved that final weekend.”

There will be a spinning Ferris wheel and lots of laps turned as the 59th Rolex 24 At Daytona kicks off five weeks of racing at Daytona International Speedway.

The annual 2 times-all around-the-clock race will be run with a constrained group owing to COVID-19 restrictions, and though the pre-race pomp and pageantry could be toned down, the real racing could be the most competitive in Rolex 24 historical past. 

“This subject is so stacked,” reported 7-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, who will drive the opening stint in the No. 48 Cadillac DPi. “It truly is been a great journey to get to this point.”