Last year was a great season for Stevenson Motorsports; the team earned three wins in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class, finally fulfilling the potential it had shown since 2008.
The team is starting out strong in 2013, with an All-Star driver line-up for the 51st Grand Am Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Robin Liddell will be teamed up again with speedy youngster John Edwards, joined by American Le Mans Series Corvette Racing stars Jan Magnussen and Tommy Milner.
Liddell started driving in the Rolex series in 2004, starting his own team in 2008. This year will be his tenth Rolex 24. The 38-year-old Brit has twice been runner-up in the Rolex GT class and once third—he is ready to win this time. A racer since 1998, he has half-a-dozen Le Mans starts and experience in World Challenge, ALMS, and FIA GT.
“Our goal is to win the championship,” said Liddell in a team press release. “We’ve been doing this for five years with Stevenson and we’ve come close at least a couple of times. It’s just such a great environment to be in and I do really feel like it’s a spiritual home for me.
“It starts at the top to be honest. John and Susan Stevenson are really great people and they are a very rare find in motor racing. They’ve put a proper program together with a full professional line up and everything else. They’ve got the hunger and the desire to compete and to win. And, they’re also fundamentally decent people behind all of that and that combination together I think makes a very rare find. It starts at the top and then works its way down. Mike [team manager Mike Johnson] I’ve worked with for many years; even prior to coming here I worked with him. I feel completely at home here.”
John Edwards is back for his third season with Stevenson, driving both the Rolex and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Stevenson Camaros. The 21-year-old American started in open-wheel racing, winning the 2008 Star Mazda and 2009 Formula Atlantic titles. This earned him a ride with SpeedSource in the Rolex series and Freedom Autosport in CTSCC. Stevenson signed him for its CTSCC team in 2011, while he drove in Rolex GT for SpeedSource and Sahlen. In 2012 he went all-Stevenson, all the time, finishing third in the GT title hunt. 2013 will be his third Rolex 24.
“It is great to be coming back to Stevenson,” said Edwards. “I missed some races last year so my role was a little bit different, so I’m really looking forward to having a full season with Robin this year. The Rolex GT class continues to get more and more competitive, but this is a very strong team and hopefully we can start the season with a good finish in the 24.”
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