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Classic 24 at Daytona presented by IMSA Entry List Announced for November 12 – 15 Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Race at Daytona International Speedway
 
- 174 Race Cars and 300 Drivers Currently Confirmed for the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona
- Entered Teams Represent 15 Different Countries from Four Continents
- Additional Racing Legends, Current Stars and Historic Racing Drivers From Around the World Expected Additions in Coming Weeks
 
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (October 15, 2015) – The entry list for the 2015 Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA, November 12 – 15, was officially announced today and features 174 race cars and a current tally of 300 drivers from around the world.
 
“We have gone on record recently in saying that the entry list for the second edition of the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA exceeded even our expectations and hopefully the motorsports world will agree,” said HSR President David Hinton. “The caliber of the historic race cars and the massive mix of legendary stars and historic sports car racing drivers is second to none. This is truly an amazing representation of historic sports car racing machines and the men and women who compete in them and we can’t wait to get back to Daytona in just a few short weeks."
 
In total, the 2015 Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA features entered teams from 15 different countries on four continents.
 
The diverse background of the international drivers turning out for the Classic 24 Hour should be equally impressive. While minimal additional entries will be accepted – HSR currently has dozens of hopefuls on a wait list – all teams will be able to add drivers to their officially entered race cars in the weeks leading up to the race. A lineup of drivers that is already packed with past and current sports car racing stars will no doubt grow over the next month.
 
‚ÄčThe list of current and legendary drivers confirmed for the Classic 24 includes Jochen MassBobby RahalDanny SullivanGijs Van LennepJurgen BarthAndy WallaceElliott Forbes-RobinsonEric CurranLeh KeenScott SharpJim PaceGunnar Jeanette, Dieter QuesterDidier AndréJean Marc GounonJules GounonZak BrownRichard DeanJeff ZwartCooper MacNeilShane LewisJack BaldwinMike Skeen and many more.
 
The equally impressive racing machines these drivers and other Classic 24 competitors will race in the Daytona event is a rolling collection of top sports cars and prototypes from the past 50 years.
 
The Classic 24 features six period-correct run groups rotating through a full 24 hours of racing on the 3.56-mile Daytona road course. The run groups, which include various classes of similar-era race cars, each take to the track four times throughout the 24 hours. The competitors in each group covering the most total distance in the shortest amount of time in their group's four sessions will be "crowned" Classic 24 at Daytona champions.
 
Group A - 1960 – 1972: The oldest and perhaps most memory-stirring division, Group A features such legendary race cars as the Ford GT40, Lola T70, Chevron B8, Ferrari 365 GTB, Lotus Elan, Alfa Romeo GT Jr., several 1960s-era Corvettes and Mustangs, including a Shelby GT350, and a strong field of early Porsche 911s. A debuting entry not frequently seen in the United States is the French-built Matra MS630.
 
Group B - 1973 – 1982: Evoking the same emotion and memories of Group A with a little more turbocharged power and wide-body aerodynamics, Group B has attracted four Porsche 935s, six BMW CSLs, two Greenwood Corvettes, a Dekon Monza, several Porsche 911 RSRs and Carreras and big-bore Mustangs, Camaros and Corvettes. This group also features several of the ultra-quick and classic Chevron, Lola and March open-cockpit sports prototype race cars.  
 
Group C - 1983 – 1993: The prime of the GTP and Group C era is at the heart of this run group. A strong lineup of six Porsche 962s will share the class spotlight with two Jaguar XJR-5s, a Jaguar XJR-7 and a Porsche Fabcar. Several production-based race cars are also in Group C as is the debuting Aston Martin AMR-1 prototype that raced at Le Mans.
 
Group D - 1994 – 2002: Historic but familiar, the highlight machines in Group D include several Riley & Scott Mk IIIs and Daytona Prototypes, a Lola B2K, Crawford DP03 and GT Porsches, Corvettes, Vipers and even a TVR T400R. A debuting entry of note in this class is the Saleen S7R GT1. 
 
Group E - 2003 – 2012: This group lets ALMS and Le Mans prototypes that couldn’t race at Daytona in their day a chance to take to the high banks. Two Audi R8s, a pair of Pescarolo 01 LMPs and a Porsche RS Spyder highlight the group that also includes three Oreca FLM09s and several different Daytona Prototypes. GT cars are plentiful too and include several Porsche 996, 997 and 991 models, two LMS Audi R8s and a Camaro, Ferrari F430 and Nissan GTR. Another entry not frequently seen in the U.S. is the debuting BMW Alpina B6 GT3. 
 
Group F - HSR Cars: This group produced some of the closest and most competitive racing in last year’s inaugural Classic 24 at Daytona. Home to HSR classes that are not represented in the other five other groups, Group F also lets competitors with race cars that were never eligible to compete at Daytona a chance to build a little history of their own on the legendary track in the Classic 24. Offering a mix of machinery from six different decades, this group is also home to the oldest car in the Classic 24, a 1962 Lotus Super 7. 
 
The entry list for the 2015 Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA is available by clicking here.

About HSR: Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) was formed in the mid-1970s with an event at Road Atlanta. There was one goal then and it remains true today: to celebrate the race cars from our past. As a “time machine” of sights and sounds, HSR provides a venue for competitors and spectators alike to share in the wonderful history and excitement created by the cars that competed at race tracks around the world.  HSR currently sanctions seven vintage and historic racing events at some of the world’s most renowned race tracks, including Road Atlanta, Sebring International Raceway, Daytona International Speedway and the Grand Prix of the Americas.  The complete schedule and full event information can be found on HSR’s website at www.HSRRace.com. The Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, presented by IMSA, has a dedicated website atwww.Classic24hour.com. HSR and the Classic 24 are also on Facebook and Twitter - @HSR_race  and @HSRClassic24 – in addition to the HSR YouTube channel.


- 2015 Classic 24 Hour at Daytona Entry List to be Announced Thursday October 15th
- Reigning Classic 24 Hour Winners Rogers Motorsports Tests Audi R8 LMP at Daytona
GMT Racing Puts Stable of Classic 24-Bound Prototypes through Daytona Testing
- Video: Jim Pace Puts You behind the Wheel of a Porsche 962 at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (October 9, 2015) – The entry list for the 2015 Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA, November 12 – 15, will be officially announced nextThursday, October 15 at 11 a.m. EDT. Several of the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona’s six run groups are already at capacity, and HSR officials will spend the coming days reviewing cars currently on the waitlist and approving any additional entries.

“We have been anticipating a strong entry for the second edition of the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA but the current list being finalized for announcement next week certainly exceeded our expectations,” said HSR President David Hinton. This is an even better representation of the last half century of international sports car racing than the outstanding lineup of race cars that participated in last year’s inaugural Classic 24 Hour at Daytona. We truly will have something special for everyone, no matter what your favorite sports car racing era is, at the Classic 24 Hour this year.”

While the entry list is fast filling up, teams will be able to add drivers to officially entered race cars in the weeks leading up to the race. A list of drivers that is already packed with past and current sports car racing stars will no doubt grow over the next month.

- Several current and iconic prototype sports cars tested for two days earlier this week at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) where teams and drivers were preparing for the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona. The list included the popular pair of 2005 Audi R8 LMPs from Rogers Motorsports, driven at the test by Doug Smithand James Gue, and the similar Audi of Travis Engen prepared by GMT Racing. Smith co-drove the Rogers Motorsports entry to victory with Andy Wallace in last year’s inaugural Classic 24 Hour at Daytona.

“The test went well,” Smith said. “We came here with an agenda and went through that.  I'm really satisfied heading to the airport from here and looking forward to being back in a couple of weeks, it's a tremendous event. In an open top car like the Audi it is a totally different experience at night, very vibrant, the colors, it's a really cool thing to take in.”

Rogers Motorsports Team Manager Bobby Green was pleased after a productive test.

“We really haven't done much with the car since last year so we really kind of wanted to shake it out,” Green said. “We had a couple of things we wanted to try from last year so we took the opportunity today to try to better ourselves for next month. Right now, Doug is locked and loaded and Andy is tentative as far as our drivers. The way it is working right now is that if Andy can't make it then Butch Leitzinger is going to drive. We did test James Gue today as a reserve driver, and if neither of the boys can make it we’ll put him in there. He did a great job for us today.”

- GMT Racing also ran at the Daytona test a stellar 1996 Riley & Scott Mk III, entered in the Classic 24 Hour for Rick Carlino and Derek Jones, and the eye-catching 2007 Pescarolo Judd LMP of David Porter. Porter challenged the Rogers Motorsports Audi team for the 2014 Classic 24 Hour win and has no intention of coming up short this year.

“To win the race is the hopeful accomplishment, that's it,” Porter said. “We had the fastest car in every session last year and, unfortunately, I didn't put on my best driving performance and screwed up. We ended up four laps down and, even with a car that fast, you can't make back four laps. I want to redeem myself in my own mind as much as anything else. I'm looking forward to this so much. Sitting on that grid at 4:30 in the morning under the lights is one of the coolest things I've ever seen.”

- Winning sports car racing driver Gunnar Jeannette tested at Daytona with co-driver Steve Scullen in his 2009 Oreca FLM09 LMPC race car prepared by GMT Racing. Jeannette has made several Rolex 24 At Daytona starts and will be helping Scullen through his first-ever race on the legendary DIS road course at the Classic 24.

“This car is slightly more modern than some of the other cars but it's going be a great car to have out there,” Jeannette said. “It's Steve’s first time at Daytona so I'm sure he's going to be really excited about going out and getting some night laps around here and to just experience everything that Daytona has to offer in a 24 hour event. We went through just kind of a simple test program mostly, just about getting Steve prepared for the 24 because he hasn't driven here before. I think once we get here for the race weekend and get a number of cars out there it's going to get a bit crazier.”

Scullen is going to experience Daytona and racing at night for the first time.

“I've never done any night racing and have never been to Daytona before,” Scullen said. “I can't tell you how cool it is when you go up on the banking for the first time, it's amazing. To be honest, it's just getting enough familiarity with the visuals around the track so you know where you are independent of what the light is overhead.”

- Former Rolex 24 At Daytona overall winner Jim Pace helped local Daytona Beach-area driver Angus Russell take his first laps in his Porsche 962 during the Daytona test. Pace shook the car down and recorded for a video on the HSR YouTube Channel his thoughts and view from the 962’s cockpit as he lapped the 3.56-mile DIS road course. 

Russell also got up to speed in the Porsche after Pace’s initial run. The 962 is chassis No. 114 that ran with the German Kremer Racing team as one of the familiar Leyton House entries. Notable drivers at the time included Marc Surer and Jo Gartner, among others. The Porsche is currently maintained and prepared byGEautosports.

“I'm a local resident, I live in Ormond Beach, so I know a lot about the Daytona history,” Russell said. “As a kid growing up I saw the 24 Hours of Daytona and Le Mans so for me these are cool cars and a great track here. The 962 I have is an iconic car of that period and kind of built for these type tracks like Daytona and Le Mans. This was my first time in the car today, Jim Pace was here giving me some advice, we just did these two days and we will sit down and evaluate everything.”

Onboard with Jim Pace
 

The list of current and legendary drivers confirmed for the Classic 24 includes Jochen MassBobby RahalGijs Van LennepDanny SullivanElliott Forbes-RobinsonEric CurranScott SharpJim PaceGunnar Jeanette, Dieter QuesterDidier AndréJean Marc GounonJules GounonZak BrownRichard DeanJeff ZwartShane LewisJack BaldwinMike Skeen and many more.

The equally impressive racing machines these drivers and other Classic 24 competitors will race in the Daytona event is a rolling collection of top sports cars and prototypes from the past 50 years.


HSR Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA - News and Notes
- Pair of Legendary Porsche 962s Entered for Classic 24 Hour at Daytona 
John Greenwood Tribute Package Available for Classic 24
- Top HSR Competitor Jerry Peters Teams with Brady Refenning and Jack Baldwin
- Multiple 901 Shop Entries Include Porsche IROC RSR and 1966 Porsche 911
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (September 25, 2015) - A pair of internationally acclaimed Porsche 962s are among the latest high-profile race cars entered in the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, November 12 – 15.
Chassis No. 118 ran as the well-known Leyton House/Kremer Porsche Racing entry and will appear at the Classic 24 Hour for the second-straight year. The car is being entered by the Irish team Celtic Speed and will be driven by Tommy Dreelan and Aaron Scott. Notable drivers that wheeled the 962 in its competitive career included Sarel van der Merwe and the late Jo Gartner
 
Chassis No. 141 was one of the famous Tic Tac sponsored 962s from Jochen Dauer Racing and previously competed in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1990. Also racing in Europe, the car was piloted by such famous drivers as Hans StuckAl Unser Jr.Bobby UnserDerek Bell and Henri Pescarolo. The car has been entered in the Classic 24 Hour by Xtec Engineering of Denmark and is owned by Henrik Lindberg.
 
- A tribute to the late John Greenwood, and the fantastic Corvette race cars that made him famous, will be among the highlight features of the second edition of the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona.
In addition to discount pricing on a full-weekend ticket to the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, the special promotion includes a Thursday, November 12, schedule of tributes and celebration of Greenwood and his Corvettes. Plans call for a panel discussion centering on Greenwood and his career at 11 a.m., which is scheduled to be followed by a display of the groundbreaking Greenwood C3 Corvettes from Noon to 3 p.m.The day will close with a reception at 4 p.m. that includes awards and prizes. For more information and ticket purchases, please email Jan Hyde at jhyde@nyc.rr.com.
Race fans will have a pair of Greenwood Corvettes to follow all weekend at the Classic 24 Hour as the French-based Caldentey Engineering team is returning to Daytona after participating in last year’s inaugural event. Drivers Didier André, French Porsche Carrera Cup standout Jules Gounon and his father, former Formula 1 driver Jean Marc Gounon, are entered in 1976 and 1979 Greenwood Corvettes. The team was among the most popular at Daytona with its Greenwood Corvettes last year at the Classic 24. 
 
“We are very proud and excited to come back to Daytona and the Classic 24 Hour with both cars,” said car owner Eric Roturier. “Didier André and Jules Gounon are the pilots, and Jean Marc will join us if his schedule permits. We had a great time and a great experience last year and the car was still fast after 30 years ‘sleeping.’”
 
The Caldentey team’s priority will be Thursday’s on track schedule at the Classic 24 but they plan to participate in as much as the Greenwood tribute as possible.

 
- Top HSR competitor Jerry Peters and his Lucky Dog Racing team have entered the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona in a Porsche 914/6 with a winning pedigree. The 914 was one of the last built by Brumos Racing, and Peters will co-drive the aptly numbered No. 59 with former Rolex 24 At Daytona class winner Jack Baldwin and winning HSR driver and race shop owner Brady Refenning.
 
Baldwin, who previously raced the 914 in HSR events for Brumos, still competes in Porsches at the top professional levels and just completed another winning season in Pirelli World Challenge competition. In addition to being a top Porsche driver in HSR, Refenning operates the 901 Shop, which prepares Peters’ No. 59 914.
 
- The 901 Shop has several other Porsches entered in the Classic 24, including a 1974 Porsche IROC RSR listed for Refenning and Juan Lopez-Santini, who swept all three of his races this past weekend at the HSR Atlanta Fall Historics. Another entry is a 1966 Porsche 911 for Jack Refenning and Ronnie Randall.
 
The list of current and legendary drivers confirmed for the Classic 24 now includes Jochen MassBobby RahalHurley HaywoodGijs Van LennepPatrick Long,Elliott Forbes-RobinsonEric CurranScott SharpJim PaceDieter QuesterDidier AndréJean Marc GounonJules GounonZak BrownJeff Zwart,Shane LewisJack BaldwinMike SkeenGunnar Jeanette and many more.
The equally impressive racing machines these drivers and other Classic 24 competitors will race in the Daytona event is a rolling collection of top sports cars and prototypes from the past 50 years.




 

- Hall of Famer Elliott Forbes-Robinson Enters Classic 24 Hour at Daytona with Larry Huang
Jochen Mass Returns in Porsche 911 RSR with Mike Banz
Zak Brown and United Autosports add Third Entry
Eric Curran Hopes to Return to Classic 24 as an IMSA TUDOR Champion 
- Austrian Touring Car Legend Dieter Quester Bringing Alpina B6 GT3 to Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (September 3, 2015) – Former Rolex 24 At Daytona overall winner and 1982 Trans-Am Champion Elliott Forbes-Robinson has entered the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA, November 12 – 15, where he will co-drive with experienced prototype sports car driver Larry Huang.
Forbes-Robinson – best known simply as “EFR” – won the 1982 Trans-Am title and captured overall Rolex 24 wins at Daytona in 1997 and 1999. He is still active in sports car racing and currently serves as an IMSA Steward and the Race Director for the IMSA Cooper Tires Prototype Lites series. He also assisted HSR in 2014 with the inaugural Classic 24 Hour at Daytona driver orientation program and will fill the same role again this year. 
“I am really looking forward to it,” Forbes-Robinson said. “After running the Le Mans Classic in France last year, and seeing how that went and how popular it was, I am so glad we are doing it here. The Classic 24 Hour at Daytona has already developed into a spectacular event.”
 
Forbes-Robinson, who was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2006, will co-drive Huang’s Oreca FLM09 Prototype Challenge (PC) race car (pictured) in the Classic 24 Hour. One of the more contemporary entries in the race, and prepared by Savannah Race Engineering, the Oreca was driven to victory a little over a year ago by Sean Rayhall and Luis Diaz in the Oak Tree Grand Prix PC feature race at VIRginia International Raceway.
 
"The Classic 24 is a unique opportunity for me to drive with EFR, a sports car racing legend, at the historic Daytona International Speedway,” Huang said. “Having raced in the actual Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2004, which was red flagged due to torrential rain, I am confident the Classic 24 will be considerably more fun! And seeing all the cars from multiple eras in one place is icing on the cake. Can’t ask for better.” 
 
- 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jochen Mass (pictured) was a high-profile participant in the inaugural Classic 24 Hour last year and the Grand Marshal of this past January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona. He is preparing for yet another visit to the World Center of Racing in November for this year’s Classic 24 where the German sports car racing legend and Formula 1 race winner will again co-drive the No. 13 Heritage Motorsports-prepared 1974 Porsche 911 RSR with Mike Banz.
 
- Just weeks after entering a Dyson Racing Porsche 962 and the legendary JLP-3 Porsche 935, Zak Brown and United Autosports have added a third Classic 24 entry. The European-based team is also bringing a 1985 Roush Ford Mustang IMSA GTO race car to Daytona. Brown is the only driver currently listed on all three entries but some notable additions to the team are expected when United Autosports announces its Classic 24 driver lineup next week.   
 
Eric Curran is in the midst of a tight battle for the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship but the Prototype driver has still found the time to enter the Classic 24. Curran, a Massachusetts native who now lives in Sarasota, Florida, will co-drive a Hudson Historics-prepared 2009 Coyote Daytona Prototype with William Hubbell at Daytona. His first order of business, however, is winning the IMSA TUDOR Prototype title. With just two races left at Circuit of The Americas and Road Atlanta’s
 Petit Le Mans in the next 30 days, Curran and teammate Dane Cameron are only two points out of first place in the Prototype point standings.  
 
- Another sports car racing legend to recently enter the Classic 24 is Austrian Touring Car icon Dieter Quester. Still going strong and actively racing at 75-years-old, Quester is bringing an Alpina B6 GT3 (pictured) to Daytona. Quester will co-drive the BMW-based GT3 race car, adorned with a familiar Red Bull livery for the Classic 24, with Andreas Bovensiepen, CEO of Alpina and an accomplished race car driver and automotive enthusiast.  
 
The list of current and legendary drivers confirmed for the Classic 24 now includes Jochen MassBobby RahalHurley HaywoodGijs Van LennepPatrick Long,Elliott Forbes-RobinsonEric CurranScott SharpJim PaceDieter QuesterZak BrownJeff ZwartShane LewisMike SkeenGunnar Jeanette and many more.  
The equally impressive racing machines these drivers and other Classic 24 competitors will race in the Daytona event is a rolling collection of top sports cars and prototypes from the past 50 years.  
The next event for HSR is the Atlanta Fall Historics at Road Atlanta, September 18 – 20.

JSI Logistics Named an Official Partner of the HSR Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, presented by IMSA 
Global Provider of Supply Chain Solutions to Sponsor JSI Logistics Drivers Lounge at second edition of the HSR Classic 24 Hour at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (August 28, 2015) – Officials from Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) and JSI Logistics announced today that the global logistics and supply chain management service provider has been named an Official Partner of the second edition of the HSR Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, presented by IMSA, November 11 – 15, at Daytona International Speedway.
A top-tier provider of customized supply chain solutions, JSI Logistics has a global presence and thousands of team members throughout the world. The company specializes in comprehensive transportation, distribution and value added logistics services to companies of all sizes, from start-up ventures to large multinational corporations.
The partnership with HSR will see JSI sponsor the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona’s JSI Logistics Drivers Lounge. Planned to be located in the Blue Garage area on the grounds of Daytona International Speedway, the JSI Logistics Drivers Lounge will offer refreshments, snacks, meals and an environment for drivers and crews to relax and watch the action going on around them.
“As a worldwide provider of supply chain solutions, JSI Logistics works hard to provide customized solutions 24 hours a day,” JSI Logistics President and CEO James Cullen said. "Just like racing, logistics requires speed, timing and teamwork; this competitive nature and perseverance-to-the-finish attitude of the teams and drivers in the Classic 24 at Daytona reflects the daily can-do attitude of our team at JSI Logistics. This is a complementary partnership with HSR and we are honored to be associated with this event.”
The JSI Logistics Drivers Lounge will also give competitors the opportunity to sit down with other drivers and teams from all over the world to compare race stories and establish future friendships. The Lounge will be open starting Wednesday, November 11, of race week for lunch. Thursday and Friday will have lunch and dinner available with the JSI Logistics Drivers Lounge opening Saturday morning of race day and not closing until after the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona takes the checkered flag on Sunday afternoon. Registration and pricing information for the JSI Logistics Drivers Lounge will be announced in the near future.
The list of current and legendary drivers already confirmed for the Classic 24 at Daytona includes Bobby RahalHurley HaywoodGijs Van LennepPatrick LongScott SharpZak BrownJeff ZwartJim Pace,Shane LewisMike SkeenGunnar Jeanette and many more.
The equally impressive racing machines these drivers and other Classic 24 competitors will race in the Daytona event is a rolling collection of top sports cars and prototypes from the past 50 years.  
The next event for HSR is the Atlanta Fall Historics at Road Atlanta, September 18 – 20.
About HSR: Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) was formed in the mid-1970s with an event at Road Atlanta. There was one goal then and it remains true today: to celebrate the race cars from our past. As a “time machine” of sights and sounds, HSR provides a venue for competitors and spectators alike to share in the wonderful history and excitement created by the cars that competed at race tracks around the world.  HSR currently sanctions seven vintage and historic racing events at some of the world’s most renowned race tracks, including Road Atlanta, Sebring International Raceway, Daytona International Speedway and the Grand Prix of the Americas.  The complete schedule and full event information can be found on HSR’s website at www.HSRRace.com. The Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, presented by IMSA, has a dedicated website atwww.Classic24hour.com. HSR and the Classic 24 are also on Facebook and Twitter - @HSR_race  and @HSRClassic24 – in addition to the HSR YouTube channel.
About JSI Logistics: JSI Logistics is a top tier global provider of customized supply chain solutions. With a global presence and thousands of team members throughout the world, JSI delivers comprehensive transportation, distribution and value added logistics services to companies from start-up ventures to large multinational corporations. Learn more at www.jsilogistics.com.

Zak Brown and United Autosports Enter a Pair of Legendary Porsches in the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA

1980's Era JLP-3 Porsche 935 and Dyson Racing Porsche 962 Added to Classic 24 Entry List

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (August 17, 2015) – Zak Brown and United Autosports have entered a pair of legendary 1980's-era Porsches in the second annual Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, presented by IMSA, at Daytona International Speedway, November 12 – 15.

Brown and the European-based team will be fielding both the No. 18 JLP-3 Porsche 935, winner of the 1982 IMSA Camel GT Championship, and a No. 16 Porsche 962 that was raced to several major IMSA GTP victories by Dyson Racing.

Well known as the top international motorsports marketer of the last few decades, Brown is also an established and winning race car driver. He has extensive experience in international sports car racing, including second-place GT2 finishes in both the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1997.

In addition to competing in British GT, Blancpain Endurance, FIA GT and Ferrari Challenge USA in recent years, Brown also co-drove to a fourth-place overall finish in the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona with teammates Martin BrundleMark Blundell and Mark Patterson. The team’s Ford Riley Daytona Prototype was entered by United Autosports with Michael Shank Racing.

"I always love racing at Daytona, and last year's inaugural Classic 24 appeared to be a huge success and an enjoyable experience for competitors and fans,” said Brown, who is also an avid historic racing competitor. “I knew right away I wanted to be a part of the next Classic 24 and was happy to see they decided to run a 2015 edition instead of following the original every-other-year plan. It's a cool event, it should be held every year and I can't wait to compete.”

The race cars Brown and United Autosports are bringing to Daytona are two of the most successful cars of the IMSA Camel GT era and standout even in Porsche’s amazing history.

The JLP-3 is believed to be the most successful of all Porsche 935s and remains the only race car to ever win both the Daytona 24 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours overall in the same year. That 1982 feat began a campaign that ended with the 1982 IMSA Camel GT Championship title for the team and driver John Paul, Jr.

In its two-year and 26-race career, the JLP-3 was driven to nine wins and 16 podium finishes. That equates to an average of one win every three races and a podium appearance in 60% of its races. The impressive record included a streak of five-straight first-place finishes from Pocono in September of 1981 through Road Atlanta in April of 1982.

The Porsche 962 is chassis No. 120 and won its debut with the Dyson Racing team in the 1986 Six Hours of Riverside. Additional wins were earned that year at Charlotte and Sears Point and driver Price Cobb placed second in the final 1986 IMSA Camel GTP Championship, winning Dyson Racing its second Porsche Cup. Additional wins came in 1987 at Watkins Glen and another in Miami in 1988.

The 962 was later heavily modified by Dyson with high-downforce nose and air tunnels under the car designed by noted aerodynamicist Dick Yagami. The Porsche engine produced an impressive 800 horsepower with a top speed of 240 mph at full turbo boost.

“We are bringing this pair of classic Porsches to Daytona,” Brown said. “Our goal is to enjoy the event but also be in victory lane on Sunday afternoon after the final checkered flag falls at the Classic 24.”

The Classic 24 features six period-correct run groups rotating through a full 24 hours of racing on the 3.56-mile Daytona road course. The run groups, which include various classes of similar-era race cars, each take to the track four times throughout the 24 hours. The competitors in each class covering the most total distance in their group's four one-hour sessions will be crowned Classic 24 at Daytona champions.
For more information, including competitor entry forms and ticket information, please visit www.classic24hour.com.
The next event for HSR is the Atlanta Fall Historics at Road Atlanta, September 18 - 20.

Bobby Rahal Latest Star to Enter Classic 24 at Daytona presented by IMSA

1981 24 Hours of Daytona Winner to Co-Drive 1974 Porsche 911 RSR with Jim Farley at the Classic 24
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida  – Following the announcement of an already strong entry of legendary cars and drivers for the second annual Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, presented by IMSA, officials from Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) confirmed that American racing legend, Bobby Rahal, has entered the November 12 – 15 race at Daytona International Speedway.
Rahal, best known as an IndyCar Champion and Indianapolis 500-winning driver and team owner, was also victorious in the 24 Hours of Daytona early in his illustrious career. Before he even won his first IndyCar race in 1982, Rahal earned one of his first major victories in Daytona’s day-long sports car race. Rahal co-drove the No. 9 Garretson Racing/Style Auto Porsche 935 K3 (pictured at bottom) with Bob Garretson and Brian Redman to victory at Daytona in 1981, when the race was known that year as the 24 Hr. Pepsi Challenge.
For the Classic 24, Rahal will stay true to his Daytona-winning Porsche roots, co-driving a 1974 Porsche 911 RSR with automobile industry executive, Jim Farley, an experienced historic racing competitor in his own right. The RSR is being prepared and entered by RM Motorsports.
"The Classic 24 at Daytona was a race I wanted to be a part of from the first time I heard about it last year,” Rahal said. “I have had the pleasure of winning the race in my career, and we are still trying to get a Rolex 24 victory with our BMW GTLM team, but being able to couple that with kind of a throwback step in time will be a lot of fun. I always enjoy the opportunity to compete with my friend, Jim Farley, and to be able to drive a 1970's era Porsche 911 RSR seems like the perfect and iconic machine for the Classic 24. We are looking forward to the race and honored to be a part of it."
Rahal’s entry in the Classic 24 comes just days after his IndyCar racing team and son, Graham Rahal, scored a popular victory this past Sunday on their home track, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The younger Rahal’s victory, his second this season on the team his father co-owns, came 30 years after Bobby Rahal drove to the first of two-straight Mid-Ohio IndyCar wins in 1985.
It wasn’t the first time, however, a 30-year span bridged a pair of significant race victories for the Rahal family. Three decades after Bobby Rahal’s 1981 win in the 24Hr. Pepsi Challenge, Graham Rahal broke through for his own overall Daytona 24 hour win. The younger Rahal, co-droving with Scott PruettJoey Hand and Memo Rojas, won the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona for Chip Ganassi Racing exactly 30 years after his father conquered the twice-around-the-clock Daytona race.
The list of current and legendary drivers confirmed for the Classic 24 now includes Bobby Rahal, Hurley HaywoodGijs Van LennepPatrick Long,Scott SharpJeff ZwartJim PaceShane LewisMike SkeenGunnar Jeanette and many more.
The equally impressive racing machines these drivers and other Classic 24 competitors will race in the Daytona event is a rolling collection of top sports cars and prototypes from the past 50 years.  
The Classic 24 features six period-correct run groups rotating through a full 24 hours of racing on the 3.56-mile Daytona road course. The run groups, which include various classes of similar-era race cars, each take to the track four times throughout the 24 hours. The competitors in each class covering the most total distance in their group's four sessions will be crowned Classic 24 at Daytona champions.
 
For more information, including competitor entry forms and ticket information, please visit www.classic24hour.com.
The next event for HSR is the Atlanta Fall Historics at Road Atlanta, September 18 - 20.

Top Stars and Legendary Cars Already Confirmed for HSR Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, presented by IMSA 
Sports Car Drivers from the Past and Present Entered for Second Edition of Classic 24, November 13 – 15, at Daytona International Speedway
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (July 31, 2015) – A stellar lineup of sports car racing stars from the past and the present, and an iconic collection of equally legendary race cars, are already officially entered for the second-annual Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, presented by IMSA, November 13 – 15, at Daytona International Speedway.
The list of current and legendary drivers confirmed for the Classic 24 includes Hurley HaywoodGijs Van LennepPatrick Long (pictured below), Scott SharpJeff ZwartJim PaceShane LewisMike SkeenGunnar Jeanette and many more.
The iconic racing machines these drivers and other Classic 24 competitors will race in the Daytona event is a rolling showcase of top sports cars and prototypes from the past 50 years. 
Current entry list highlights include such venerable race cars as the Audi R8 LMP, BMW CSL, Pescarolo LMP, Porsche 962, Chevron B19, Chevron B26, Dekon Monza and the Ferrari GTB4, among others.
Detroit-iron V8 Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s are well represented along with a variety of small-bore gems, like the Alfa Romeo GT Jr, BMW 2002, the Lotus Elan and Porsche 914s.
Porsche 911s of every description are also heading to the Classic 24. Already entered is a mix of early-generation 2-liter cars, 1970's era RSRs, IROCs and 935s and more recent 996, 997 and GT3 Cup cars.
The Classic 24 also has, among its various classes and six run groups, categories for more recent race cars. Contemporary sports cars already slated to compete include the Oreca FLM09 and several generations of Riley Daytona Prototypes.  
The Classic 24 features six period-correct run groups rotating through a full 24 hours of racing on the 3.56-mile Daytona road course. The run groups, which include various classes of similar-era race cars, each take to the track four times throughout the 24 hours. The competitors in each class covering the most total distance in their group's four sessions will be crowned Classic 24 at Daytona champions.
For more information, including competitor entry forms and ticket information, please visit www.classic24hour.com.

SascoSports Named Official Tire Supplier of HSR Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, presented by IMSA 
Multi-Brand Racing Tire Dealer Available For Advance Orders and On-Site Service at 2nd Annual Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, November 12 - 15 

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (July 15, 2015) Officials from Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) and SascoSports, a longtime supporter of vintage and historic racing in the U.S., announced today that the leading racing tire dealer has been named the Official Tire Supplier of the second annual Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, presented by IMSA, November 13 – 15, at Daytona International Speedway.  

A fixture in the HSR paddock, SascoSports is a dealer for Avon, Dunlop, Goodyear and Toyo racing tires and provides expert advice to make sure competitors are running tires best suited for their race car. 

SascoSports will be providing on-site service at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) throughout the Classic 24 event. They are also available now for event competitors interested in advance orders and information on the best tire combinations for the 3.56-mile DIS road course. 

Tires ordered in advance from SascoSports for the Classic 24 can be shipped prior to the race directly to the customer or delivered to the event.

“The Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, presented by IMSA, features six different and distinct run groups with dozens of different race cars of all types and categories from the past 50 years” said HSR President David Hinton. “To service the wide-ranging tire needs of these competitors, a highly-experienced and knowledgeable supplier was needed, and SascoSports was the perfect fit.” 

SascoSports can be reached at company headquarters at (434) 822-7200. Competitors looking for personal advice on racing tires or any aspect of their racing program can contact Dave Handy directly at (434) 203-7811, or by email at Dave@SascoSports.com.


News Release: HSR IMSA Partnership
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IMSA Joins HSR As Presenting Sponsor Of Classic 24 Hour At Daytona 
Second Classic 24 Hour At Daytona, Presented by IMSA Set For Nov. 12-15, 2015

    
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 27, 2014) – Many venues that host International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) events, such as Watkins Glen International, site of this Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, are steeped in tradition and motorsports history. 

In fact, racing in the Watkins Glen area dates all the way back to 1948, when races took place on a combination of country roads and streets in the small town in New York’s Finger Lakes region before the facility we now know as Watkins Glen International hosted its first event in 1957.

Daytona International Speedway is another venue with a long sports car racing history, dating all the way back to 1962. IMSA’s history goes back to 1969, but it wasn’t until 1971 that the organization began sanctioning sports car races.

So, why the history lesson? Because IMSA is taking another step in embracing its rich history in announcing today a new strategic alliance with Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) that makes IMSA the presenting sponsor of HSR’s Classic 24 Hour At Daytona.

The second Classic 24 Hour At Daytona, presented by IMSA, is scheduled for Nov. 12-15, 2015. The event debuted in 2014 at Daytona International Speedway.

“What we saw when we walked around the garage at the first Classic 24 Hour At Daytona last fall was many, many classic sports cars carrying the original IMSA logo,” said IMSA President Scott Atherton. “In some cases, these cars were being fielded by teams that compete regularly in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship or other IMSA-sanctioned series, or were being driven by current or former IMSA drivers. There’s a natural connection between our two organizations that we could not pass up."


As part of the alliance, IMSA will activate its marketing resources for the HSR Classic 24 Hour At Daytona, presented by IMSA in the month leading up to the event. As the event draws near, the IMSA.com website also will include “Throwback Thursday” features on prominent past IMSA race cars expected to compete in the event, as well as other featured content on participating cars and drivers.

“It is an absolute honor and privilege for HSR to have IMSA involved in this exciting new event,” said HSR President David Hinton. “The Classic 24 Hour is a rolling museum of the last 40 years of not only the 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway, but IMSA history also. We look forward to welcoming back cars, drivers and race fans of the past and the present once again this November.”