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The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opens this month at Daytona International Speedway and NTE/SSR is returning for a third attempt to claim victory at one of the most prestigious races in sports car racing. The No. 42 Huracán GT3 will debut its new EVO2 kit at the 61st Rolex 24 At Daytona, with drivers Don Yount, Jaden Conwright, Kerong Li, and Alessio Deledda.

“The Rolex 24 field is at capacity, and it’s such an honor for NTE/SSR to be included in such a prestigious event against some of the world’s best teams and drivers,” said NTE/SSR Principal Paul Mata. “I got my start as a mechanic and to now be a team owner, competing against this field with such a strong lineup really calls the best out of each and every person at NTE. We’ve proven to be competitive against many of these teams, and now we are ready to fight for our place on the podium of an important event. I believe we have the lineup to make that happen.”

Gentleman driver Don Yount has been a pillar of NTE/SSR since the team’s IMSA WeatherTech debut in 2021 and has been a part of the majority of the team’s WeatherTech races since. He recently earned a top-ten finish alongside former Porsche factory driver Marco Holzer and current co-driver Jaden Conwright at the 2022 season finale, Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. His best finish with the team currently stands with a fourth-place finish at Watkins Glen International’s Six Hours of the Glen. With a third-place Rolex 24 best result from 2017, Yount currently holds the highest finish at Daytona of the NTE driver quartet.

Jaden Conwright, inaugural recipient of the IMSA Diverse Driver Development Scholarship, will continue to receive some support from the scholarship, continuing to work towards his aspiring career as a full-time driver in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. Conwright completed the most races in the year of any NTE driver, racing in all seven of the team’s races in the twelve-race calendar. He returns to the team’s Rolex 24 lineup with hopes of being locked in as one of the team’s full-season drivers.

Kerong Li made his sports car racing debut in 2021 at Road Atlanta with NTE/SSR in the Michelin Pilot Challenge. Since then, the young racer has continued to develop his craft in the sports car racing arena, participating in the 2022 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe’s Pro-Am Cup, and the 24H GT Series powered by Hankook. Li will be one of few drivers to race the prestigious Rolex 24 under a Chinese license, an honor he wears proudly heading to the big event.

Alessio Deledda joins NTE having recently competed in the DTM championship with GRT Grasser Racing in a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo. He began his career in motorcycle racing, moving to open wheel racing in 2018 in the Italian Formula 4 championship. He climbed the open-wheel ladder to the FIA Formula 2 championship in 2021 before moving to sportscars in 2022.

The GTD class will have a 15-minute qualifying session to set the starting order for the big race on Sunday, January 22 at 1:25 PM Eastern, and the other classes will follow, going until 3 PM. IMSA Radio and IMSA TV will offer live audio coverage of the event worldwide on imsaradio.com and imsa.com/tvlive, respectively. The entire field will have several days to rebuild the cars in preparation for the main event, the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The green flag will drop on Saturday, January 28, at 1:40 PM Eastern.

Driver Quotes

Don Yount

I can’t wait to get back to Daytona and the huge field set for 2023. I know the guys at NTE will bring a strong car for the fight. It will be a long race with a lot of cars on track. Anything can happen and we are looking for a good result for the drivers and team.  

Jaden Conwright

I’m really looking forward to returning to the Rolex 24 At Daytona with NTE/SSR. Last year we had a really solid race going until the issue 19 hours in, so I feel like we’re heading back with some unfinished business. Now that we’ve had a year to improve and develop, I think we’re much more prepared to tackle this difficult race. Looking forward to finally hitting the track in the new Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo 2 during the Roar Before the 24.

Kerong Li

Daytona is one of my biggest dreams for a long time and finally we make that come true this year. I’m looking forward to the biggest endurance of the world and hope we get that Rolex!

Alessio Deledda

I am very excited about this new adventure. It will be a completely new experience in different aspects. I have never raced an endurance race and participating in the 24 hours of Daytona will certainly be exciting since it is one of the most prestigious races in the world, but also very demanding both mentally and physically. Racing in America is new for me and I will meet everyone at NTE/SSR for the first time. I’ve been practicing the circuit on the simulator, and it looks very fun. My pace has been good, and I’ve improved with each lap. Pace is very important over the duration of this race. I can’t wait to get started!

Source. KBru Communications


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