Porsche - 24h of Daytona. A long night in Florida
Porsche - 24h of Daytona. A long night in Florida

24h of Daytona. A long night in Florida

With excitement mounting, the first race of the year will begin with two anniversaries at the long-distance classic. Daytona in January means short days, long nights and an even longer motorsport tradition: 50 years ago IMSA was founded however the first race was held at the Daytona International Speedway already 60 years ago. This 3.5 mile circuit in the Sunshine State is only half as long as Le Mans, but, with just as many competitors, the Florida race is hard-fought and frenzied. This is where we aim to test our limits and constantly improve – on one of the world’s toughest race tracks.

Results

#MomentsOfRacing in Daytona

An endurance race with Porsche as the record holder.

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Our philosophy of testing the latest technology on the world’s most competitive circuits also has a long tradition in North America. The speedway in Daytona opened its doors in 1959 and hosted its first 24h race in 1966. Just two years later, Porsche achieved a triple victory. With 22 overall victories, Porsche holds a unique record in Daytona. Porsche as the record holder is something that Le Mans and Daytona have in common.

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In order to appropriately celebrate 50 Years of IMSA in 2019, we will be entering two 911 RSR vehicles in the recently upgraded Brumos design. The Brumos Racing Team and Daytona share a victorious history, so a works team in white, blue and red will take to the grid once again this year. Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Fred Mackowiecki will be driving the car bearing start number 911. While Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor and Mathieu Jaminet will be at the wheel of the car bearing number 912.

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The new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport celebrated its world première at the “Roar before Daytona”. It is the first standard-production race car with sustainably manufactured body parts made of natural fiber composite. The new 911 GT3 R will also make its début in Florida. With even more efficient aerodynamics and considerably improved handling, it is the most versatile GT customer race car.

About the Race

Porsche - The race track 3.5 miles of pure emotion

The race track

3.5 miles of pure emotion

Porsche - The race track 3.5 miles of pure emotion

The race track

3.5 miles of pure emotion

The Daytona International Speedway is North America’s most prestigious race track. Inaugurated in 1959, this super speedway features the tri-oval design - a legendary 3.5 mile course. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship opens the racing season here every year with the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Around 100,000 motorsport fans frenetically cheer on racing drivers from all over the world.

Learn all about the race track

Porsche - Live on TV Live broadcasts

Live on TV

Live broadcasts

Porsche - Live on TV Live broadcasts

Live on TV

Live broadcasts

The race starts on Saturday, 26 January 2019, at 12:35 EST.

The race Rolex 24 at Daytona can be watched live and for free on IMSA TV. The free practice and qualifyings will also be shown live on IMSA TV.

50 years of IMSA!
Celebrate the anniversary year with us and be there live at the opening race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. We celebrate 50 years of pure motorsport passion.

Live Coverage

Porsche - Schedule Schedule at a glance

Schedule

Schedule at a glance

Porsche - Schedule Schedule at a glance

Schedule

Schedule at a glance

Thursday, 24.01.2019:
10:20 - 11:05 am: Practice 1

Thursday, 24.01.2019:
1:30 - 2:25 pm: Practice 2

Thursday, 24.01.2019:
4:00 - 4:15 pm: Qualifying

Thursday, 24.01.2019:
7:00 - 8:30 pm: Practice 3

Friday, 25.01.2019:
10:00 - 11:00 am: Practice 4

Saturday, 26.01.2019:
2:35 - 11:55 pm: Race Rolex 24 At Daytona

Sunday, 27.01.2019:
12:00 am - 2:35 pm: Race Rolex 24 At Daytona

Brumos Porsche

The red and blue homage to a legend

Because Brumos and Porsche began their legendary history in Florida, it’s only right we write the next chapter of the old story here. The Brumos saga started in 1955 with Hubert Brundage and the first Porsche to compete in an official race outside of Europe. The Brumos Racing Team led by the legendary racing driver, Peter Gregg, won the 24h of Daytona a total of four times - first, in a Porsche 911 Carrera RSR in 1973. From 1991, the Brumos story in the IMSA Supercar series experienced a revival, with two Porsche 911 Turbos and three championship titles in a row.

In 1994, Walter Röhrl also competed in the 24h of Daytona in the traditional Brumos colors. The next attempt came in 2003: two Brumos-Porsche cars again took to the grid in Daytona. In 2009, we finally achieved our long awaited triumph in Florida. This year, this legend will again be revived and we have nothing less than victory in our sights.

Team 1: Porsche 911 RSR No. 911

Patrick Pilet

Is there a specific race in Daytona you particularly remember?

2014 was the first outing of the new 911 RSR and we had a huge lead, but three hours before the end we had a temperature alarm and started to lose some power. The biggest issue was in the last 30 minutes: after many safety car laps, our competitors were once again on our tail. We were fighting until the end to bring the victory home, it was really intense.

Do you have a favorite section in Daytona?

I like the Bus Stop chicane because it’s quick and really challenging. You can gain some time but you can also lose the race there.

Nick Tandy

Is there a specific race in Daytona you particularly remember?

Of course, the time we won in 2014 was very special and I will remember it forever.

Do you have a favorite section in Daytona?

I love the banking and straight line sections as they lead to a lot of slipstreaming and jostling for position which is fun.

Fred Makowiecki

Is there a specific race in Daytona you particularly remember?

For sure, my first year in Daytona in 2015, in the formation lap we got an alternator issue and we lost eight laps to replace it. Starting the race eight laps down, there was no great hope of getting a good result, but thanks to the championship’s safety car system, we came back and took the lead in the middle of the night ... fantastic team effort.

Do you have a favorite section in Daytona?

Braking for corner one, we arrive at maximum speed - around 290km/h - and have to brake in the corner because it's a very long entry.

Speaking for yourself, what’s the greatest challenge in Daytona?

To survive the first 16 hours - it's difficult to create a gap at the beginning of the race. Basically, you have to survive during that time to be there for the money time in the end, because usually the field is quite tight together until the end. Racing at Daytona is quite slippery because we use a low downforce set-up to get the most out of the long straights at the Daytona International Speedway.

Team 2: Porsche 911 RSR No. 912

Earl Bamber

Is there a specific race in Daytona you particularly remember?

I remember well my first podium at Daytona. We didn’t have the speed but we found ourselves fighting for victory and leading the race with one hour to go, thanks to our mega pit crew’s great team spirit. It was nail biting and we came out third. It made me even more hungry to win the race.

Do you have a favorite section in Daytona?

My favorite section is the banking. I’m a big fan of NASCAR and it’s the closest thing we get to racing in an oval. It’s so steep and the first time every year it takes a moment for you to get used to it again. It is something very unique in racing.

Speaking for yourself, what’s the greatest challenge in Daytona?

The challenge of racing close and drafting. This means being very close to all the other cars. It is like racing in a pack on the motorway. Normally we have a lot of safety cars which reset the pack. You could compare it to playing high-speed chess.

Laurens Vanthoor

Is there a specific race in Daytona you particularly remember?

My dream is to win Spa, Nürburgring, Le Mans and Daytona in GT. I now have three, only Daytona to go.

Speaking for yourself, what’s the greatest challenge in Daytona?

I think the strategy. Strategy from the pitwall, but also the strategy with the set-up of the car due to the nature of the track. On that side it’s pretty challenging.

Mathieu Jaminet

Do you have a favorite section in Daytona?

Yes, definitely the banking. It is something special to race an oval. We only get this chance once a year in Daytona. It also gives the driver some relaxing time which is always helpful during a 24h race.

Speaking for yourself, what’s the greatest challenge in Daytona?

It's a 24h race but what really counts is to be there in the end for the last two to three hours. For that you need to stay out of trouble, keep the car in good shape and try to save the energy of your finishing team mate who has to push hard. It's never easy to lead in Daytona because of the traffic and conditions which always change during the night.

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