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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 LongJustin WilsonScott 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), Justin WilsonScott 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.”