The Rolex 24 At Daytona has always been a special race, but the reason why varies greatly depending on who you ask. So that’s what we did – we caught up with a variety of people involved in some way with the Rolex 24 to find out what makes it special to them, from one of the race’s most successful drivers, to a special guest driver from the past, to up and comers dreaming of participating, to the dedicated fan. Join us for just a sample of why the Rolex 24 rules the day and night.
Hanna Zellers – Driver, No. 33 Formula Enterprise, SCCA Club Racing
“On top of attending the 2016 Rolex 24, I had the honor of competing at Daytona when the SCCA Runoffs ran there. Just a few laps in, I was in love. From the high banks, the infield and through the Bus Stop, Daytona offers an experience like no other. I couldn’t help but imagine all of the famous drivers that passed over that same start/finish line, the same bumps, cracks and imperfections in the tracks surface over the many years before my time. Not many days pass that I don’t catch myself dreaming about what a rush it would be to be a part of the Rolex 24.
“Endurance racing, especially the Rolex 24, is such a unique experience. The excitement, fanfare, glitz and glamour are just an outer shell of this amazing race. What really excites me is what is below that outer surface. The teamwork, driver changes, grueling hours, day / night / day, changes in weather and track conditions along with the teams’ ability to troubleshoot and repair cars with what would normally be race ending problems… it’s all amazing.”
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