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Rolex 24: Pre-Race Notes

News and notes before the 2019 running of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona

Lundqvist on his Rolex 24 debut

The winner of the Sunoco Whelen Challenge, Linus Lundqvist, and the winner of the Sunoco 240 Challenge Kyle Reid were both present in the media centre this morning. The Whelen Challenge program provides a seat in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, while the 240 challenge provides a seat in the BMW Endurance Challenge race in the Michelin Prototype Challenge series.

Lundqvist will be running with the #47 Precision Performance Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo squad. “It’s my first time in the United States to begin with, and it’s my first endurance race as well,” said Lundqvist. “I’m just trying to go in there with an open mind, keep my head down and do the best I can.”

Kyle Reid, the winner of the Sunoco 240 Challenge ran yesterday in the MPC with the #26 Fast Track Racing BMW M4 GT4. Reid and his teammates finished the race in 30th after running into trouble in the second half of the event. “The whole experience has been amazing from start to finish,” Reid said.

Alana France, Director, International Development at IMSA also spoke, saying that the “success of this programme is very organic, it’s going out into the community and getting people to see what it is.”

How to follow

You can follow the Rolex 24 Hours live stream with IMSA.tv on the IMSA app, and with live timing.

Live audio of the race will be available from the IMSA Radio crew.

For US broadcast information, head HERE.

Andy Blackmore’s stunning 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona race week spotter guide is available too HERE and the events section of IMSA.com.

McLaren takes a historic win

Yesterday’s inagural Pilot Challenge race proved to be a very significant one for McLaren as a brand. Compass Racing’s #75 570S GT4, which took pole with a record-breaking lap, won the race, and that proved to be the brand’s first ever victory, in any category, at Daytona.

McLaren Motorsport Director Dan Walmsley said to DSC: “This win means an awful lot, more than just the location, because this signifies the hard work of the past 18 months in the background starting to build the motorsport division at McLaren, working with teams who have stayed with the brand and their drivers. This has come together in a really nice moment with this win.”

Charly Lamm tribute

The two BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTEs will be sporting a “Godspeed, Charly” sticker on the rear of the car.

This is a tribute to Charly Lamm, the long-time BMW Team Schnitzer principal who passed away earlier this week. Lamm retired at the end of last year, he was 63.