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Starworks Finalizes Roster for 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona

By Chris Jasurek
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 24, 2013 Last Updated: January 24, 2013
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Starworks Motorsport has announced its full driver line-up for the 51st Grand Am Rolex 24 at Daytona, announcing the roster for both the No. 2 and No. 8 Riley-Fords.

The No.2 car, last year’s runner-up, features some of endurance racing’s giants. Three drivers from 2012 will return: Alex Popow will be joined by Rolex winner and two-time Le Mans winner Allan McNish, three-time Le Mans runner-up Sebastien Bourdais, and Le Mans class winner and WEC champ Ryan Dalziel.

The No. 8 car also gets an experienced driver team: GT veteran Gaetano Ardagna Perez, sports car and open-wheel drivers Jan Charouz and Brendon Hartley, and Rolex 24 at Daytona Challenge’ winner Ivan Bellarosa.

Perez has been busy in 2012 in the FIA GT3 European Championship, Blancpain Endurance Series, and International GT Open and Rolex while earning a class win in the Six Hours of Bogata

Charouz has been driving for ADR-Delta and Lotus in the WEC; he is the 2009 EMS P1 champ, former F1 and Renault World Series driver Jan Charouz.

“I am really looking forward to the race; it will be my first time doing the race in a DP,” Charouz said in a press statement. “I am also proud to be part of such a great team as Starworks and would like to thank them for this opportunity. The car is prepared very well, and I am sure we can fight for a good result with our driver line up.”

Hartley, the AMG Mercedes F1 test driver, has also been driving a P2 Oreca Nissan for Murphy Racing in the WEC, ALMS, and ELMS.

Ivan Bellarosa is the 2012 Speed EuroSeries champion and 2010 Euro Sport Prototype and Italian Prototype CN2 champion. “I am very excited to race for the Starworks team at the Rolex 24 at Daytona,” he said in a team press release.

“Winning the SPEED EuroSeries in our own manufactured Wolf CN Prototype was one of the highlights of my career, which was just escalated to another level by winning the Sunoco Daytona Challenge and the prize drive with the Starworks Motorsport team.”

The 51st Grand Am Rolex 24 at Daytona takes the green flag at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. Practice starts Thursday, Jan. 24. Get your tickets at Grand-Am.com.

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