The season opener of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will feature the return of the GTP class and sleek new hybrid prototypes.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (June 23, 2022) – The Rolex 24 At Daytona 61st Anniversary Weekend is set for January 26-29, 2023, and fans who come will see history being made with the return of the iconic IMSA Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class, featuring new hybrid prototypes from various manufacturers.
In addition, garage access will now be enabled for all two-day and one-day customers, enhancing the guest experience by giving them direct access to the incredible cars and teams preparing for North America’s most prestigious sports car race. The landmark event, which is the ultimate test of endurance, speed and skill for world-class competition and the World Racing Center, will take place January 28-29 at Daytona International Speedway to open the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
This will be the first race of the new GTP class, dating back to the highly successful IMSA era of prototype racing in the 1980s and 1990s. Four manufacturers – Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Porsche – have already confirmed plans to release new hybrid prototypes in the GTP class next season, with Lamborghini joining the fray in 2024.
As part of a historic convergence agreement between IMSA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), which annually organizes the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship, next-generation prototypes will be eligible to compete for overall victories. around the world, from Daytona to Le Mans and beyond.
“The 2023 Rolex 24 At Daytona starts a new tradition with the latest race car prototypes and brings back an old GTP class car,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher. “It will be a continuation of the rich legacy here at the World Racing Centre. We’re also excited to offer garage access, which we know will appeal to fans around the world.”
The Rolex 24 At Daytona will also showcase access to the pre-race grid, the popular Ferris wheel and fireworks displays, signing sessions, entertainment programs and displays from leading manufacturers.
Training in all classes will begin with the Rolex 24 At Daytona week on Thursday and Friday, January 26-27. In addition, the four-hour BMW M Endurance Challenge will take place on Friday to open the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season. The iconic Rolex 24 At Daytona, running twice around the clock, receives the green flag on Saturday, January 28th.
Fans who attended the 2022 Rolex 24 At Daytona can log into their account to upgrade their experience right now. The ’23 event will go on sale to the general public in August. For information, fans can click here or call 1-800-PITSHOP. For all other information about the Rolex 24 click here.
The circuit will host back-to-back racing weekends with the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 test sessions taking place January 20-22. Scout Days, a long tradition during Roar Before the Rolex 24, take place over the weekend.
The NASCAR Foundation will host the 13th annual Taste of 24 at the Midway Suites at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, January 28 at 6:00 pm ET. Tickets for the exclusive food and drink celebration, one of the highlights of the inaugural 2023 motorsport season, go on sale on Wednesday 29 June.
The first Rolex 24 was a three-hour event in 1962, originally known as the Daytona Continental, with a checkered flag in the Hall of Fame by Dan Gurney. Held on the world-famous 3.56-mile track at Daytona, the event is renowned for bringing in many of the world’s best drivers from various racing disciplines each year to make history against the world’s best sports car drivers.
Historically, drivers from NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula One and the FIA World Endurance Championship have joined forces for a chance to win the coveted Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. Meyer Shank Racing with the number 60 Curb-Agajanian Acura quartet of Helio Castroneves, Tom Blomquist, Oliver Jarvis and Simon Pagenaud are the current undisputed champions of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.