Ganassi Reveals All-Star Rolex 24 Lineups
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has announced an all-star cast of drivers for the inaugural round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the Rolex 24 at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Jan. 25-26.
Long-time partners Telcel and TELMEX will return as the primary sponsors of the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost Riley in the Prototype category for the USCC season-long effort piloted by Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in their eighth year together. Joining Pruett and Rojas during the Rolex 24 will be NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Jamie McMurray and 2013 Indy Lights Series champion Sage Karam.
McMurray is a veteran of 402 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts and seven victories, including wins in the 2010 Daytona 500 and 2010 Brickyard 400. Karam, at just 18 years old, is the youngest member of the Ganassi Rolex 24 squad this year.
In addition to the No. 01 entry, Ganassi will once again field a second car for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Leading the charge in the No. 02 Target/Telcel/Big Machine Records Ford EcoBoost Riley will be 2013 IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon.
Dixon will be joined by 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson and veteran sports car racer Marino Franchitti.
“This race is always exciting for me. Because it is a 24-hour race, there are so many factors that go into having success. You need the drivers, the people, the equipment and the partners – but most importantly they all have to act as one team and that is where I think our strength lies. And having a little bit of luck on your side never hurts,” said team co-owner Chip Ganassi. “When you make it to victory lane in this race, you know that you have accomplished something really special. In addition, it is not often when we can bring such a diverse group of drivers from NASCAR, IndyCar and IMSA together to compete in one race. It is a great kick off to our racing season.”
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has won the Rolex 24 five times, including a record three consecutive victories from 2006 through 2008. They also won the event in 2011 and 2013.