2014 Daytona 24 Launches a New Era of American Racing (w/ video)

2014 Daytona 24 Hour

Today is a big day for American sports car racing. This is the first race of the 2014 season, sure- but it’s also the first race for the reborn IMSA racing series, featuring 66 of the most technically advanced, powerful, and blisteringly fast cars on the continent battling it out in an event that taxes the teams, the drivers, and the cars themselves. This is the 2014 24 Hours of Daytona, kiddies, and it’s a thing.

As Gas 2 senior editor Chris Demorro explained earlier this week, the 24 is home to a variety of racing classes, each running their own race and vying for a class win. The overall winner could come from any class, and some of the “lower” formulae have upset the favorites to win the big one more than once since the race’s inception back in 1962.

A lot of stories were born on Daytona’s high banking- why do you think they call the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 the “Daytona”? It ain’t ‘cos it won LeMans!- and more will surely come from this historic running. The 2014 Daytona 24 is set to start in just one hour. It’ll be televised on Fox and available on a few- um … let’s say “questionable” internet feeds that I’m sure you’ll be able to find using some advanced “Google-fu”. In the meantime, check out this IMSA class primer, below, provided by IMSA and the TUDOR Championship. Enjoy!


Source | Video: IMSA / TUDOR Championship.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.