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TWO-TIME WINNERS PRUETT, MONTOYA REUNITED FOR 51ST ROLEX 24

Sellers Tapped To Replace Haywood In No. 59 Brumos Porsche

The first two times that Scott Pruett and Juan Pablo Montoya co-drove in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, they drove to victory in the legendary endurance test. After winning in 2007 and 2008, the two finished second in the 2009 classic but have competed in different cars for the past three years.

For the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series opener on Jan. 26-27 at Daytona International Speedway, the two drivers will be reunited in the No. 01 TELMEX/Target BMW/Riley fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. They will be joined by Memo Rojas and Charlie Kimball. Rojas is a two-time Rolex 24 winner and four-time GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series champion, while Kimball – a two-year regular for Chip Ganassi Racing’s IndyCar team – will be making his Rolex 24 debut.

The team will again field the No. 02 Target/TELMEX BMW/Riley, for IndyCar champions and former Rolex 24 winners Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular, 2010 Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 winner Jamie McMurray, and 2011 Rolex 24 winner and current DTM regular Joey Hand.

Pruett – coming off his fifth career and third consecutive Rolex Series championship – will be looking to join Hurley Haywood as the lone five-time overall winners of the Rolex 24.

Haywood, meanwhile, will not be competing in the Rolex 24 for only the second time since 1971. The six-time Rolex 24 class winner will be honored as Grand Marshal for the 51st running of the event. Haywood finished third in the 2012 50th Anniversary Rolex 24, joined by 2011 Rolex Series GT champions Andrew Davis and Leh Keen plus Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb.

Bryan Sellers, a regular in both the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, will take Haywood’s slot in the rotation.

“It’s surreal, listening to all of Hurley’s stories, and how many times he’s won this race,” Sellers said during his first test with the team on Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway. “That really puts things in perspective. I just hope to do my job and add something to a nice program.”

BTE Sport will make its DP debut at the Rolex 24 with the No. 27 DAC Aviation/Pentagon 2000 Ford/Riley for Emmanuel Anassis, Anthony Massari and Doug Peterson.

Park Place Motorsports has filled out the lineups for its two-car effort. Former Rolex 24 GT winners Patrick Long and Spencer Pumpelly join Patrick Lindsey, Jason Hart and Daniel Graeff in the No. 73 Porsche, while Chuck Cole, Grant Phipps, Mike Vess and Alex Whitman will co-drive the No. 72 Vess Energy Services Porsche.

Source Grand Am

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