Friday, January 7, 2011

Daytona Line-Up Announced For #8 Starworks Motorsport Entry

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (January 07, 2011) – Starworks Motorsport is pleased to announce it will field an experienced five-driver line-up when the #8 Miracle Grout Shield Ford-Riley Daytona Prototype hits the track for the ‘Rolex 24 at Daytona’, hosted at the legendary Daytona International Speedway in Florida, 27th – 30th January 2011.

Showcasing experience across a variety of international motorsport platforms including Formula One, NASCAR and the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, the team’s entry consists of defending ‘Rolex 24 at Daytona’ Champion Ryan Dalziel (SCO), together with his Starworks Motorsport team-mate from last season Mike Forest (CAN), while Tomas Enge (CZE), Colin Braun (USA) and Jim Lowe (USA) complete the driver roster.

“I’m really excited about our line-up in the #8 car,” commented Starworks Motorsport Team Principal, Peter Baron. “I’m glad that Ryan and Mike will be working together again and that Ryan and Tomas are reunited after some successful outings for me in the past. We’ve had Colin Braun on our radar for the ‘Rolex 24 at Daytona’ for some time and I’m glad it’s going to work out this time to get him in our car.

“We’re also happy to be welcoming a Daytona Prototype newcomer in the form of Jim Lowe. He’s got a wealth of experience at this event in the GT class so we know he’ll be a solid driver for us as we target the top step of the podium. We had a ton of interest from drivers to take the seats now filled by Tomas and Colin but we like the fact that they’re ‘no-ego’ racers and that they share our desire to win. We know our car will be fast with Bill Riley calling the shots on engineering and with Ford power pushing us around the track!”

Dalziel won last year’s ‘Rolex 24 at Daytona’ before joining Starworks Motorsport to partner with Forest for his most competitive season to-date in the Grand-Am Series, the Orlando-based Scot finishing fifth in the points at season’s end. Peter Baron’s strongest finish as a team owner at the ‘Rolex 24’ came in the form of a second place runner-up finish back in 2007.

The ‘Rolex 24 at Daytona’, the opening round of the 2011 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, starts at 3pm EST on Saturday 29th January with 24 hours of flat-out endurance racing following on the 3.56-mile road-course layout at Daytona International Speedway. The race will be broadcast live in parts by SPEED –

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