Wednesday, January 30, 2019

2019 24 Hours of Daytona







2019 Rolex 24

Hours of Daytona



A Very Rainy Rolex Race


Rolex has been a sponsor of the Daytona 24 Hours endurance race since 1966 and has remained the title sponsor since 1992. A really cool feature of the 24 Hours of Daytona is that the winners not only get a trophy, but they also receive a highly coveted specially engraved Rolex Daytona two-tine wrist watch that commemorates their win!




The 24 Hours of Daytona race was run this past weekend and in the photo below we see the winners trophy along with the Rolex Daytona watch prize.



This years Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona experienced torrential rain, which caused the race to be cut short by 10 minutes as visibility was reduced to almost zero as seen in the tweet below:




As we see in the photo above the weather was somewhat cooperative at the beginning of the race, but it kept getting worse. The race authorities had to stop the race one, and tried to restart it later, but ended up having to stop it with a second red flag only 10 minutes before the 24 hours ending...



The Rolex 24 of Daytona is an endurance race that was run on January 26-27 at the Daytona International Speedway which is located in Daytona Beach, Florida. The course course consists of a 12-turn track that is 3.56 miles long, which is made up of areas of the NASCAR tri-oval as well as the infield road course.

In the photo above we see the Cadillac DPi.CR






2019 represented the 57th running of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. The race was called short just 10 minutes short of 24 hours as the torrential downpour caused severe flooding.















The 2019 24 Hours of Daytona was won by Fernando Alonso and his team which are pictured below.








In the photo below we see the winning team of the IMSA 24 hour race. From left to right we see, Kamui Kobayashi of Japan, Jordan Taylor, Reneger Van Ser Zande, of the Netherlands, and Fernando Alonso from Spain holding the championship trophy @ The Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, January 27, 2019. Photo taken in Daytona Beach, Florida by Terry Renna.


In the photo below we see the three teams of winners including Wayne Taylor Racing which was the overall winner, as well as BMW's #25 team won the GTLM, along with Crasser Racing which repeated as the GTD winner with their #11 Lamborghini.







The photo above shows all four classes in the winners circle at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona holding their prized Rolex Daytona models and we see:

FROM L-R: #11 GRT GRASSER RACING TEAM, LAMBORGHINI HURACAN GT3, GTD; ROLF INEICHEN (CHE), RIK BREUKERS (NLD), MIRKO BORTOLOTTI (ITA), CHRISTIAN ENGELHART (DEU); #10 KONICA MINOLTA CADILLAC DPI-V.R, CADILLAC DPI, P; JORDAN TAYLOR (USA), RENGER VAN DER ZANDE (NLD), FERNANDO ALONSO (ESP), KAMUI KOBAYASHI (JPN); #18 DRAGONSPEED, ORECA LMP2, LMP2, ROBERTO GONZALEZ (MEX), PASTOR MALDONADO (VEN), SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA (COL), RYAN CULLEN (IRL); #25 BMW TEAM RLL, BMW M8 GTE, GTLM; AUGUSTO FARFUS (BRA), CONNOR DE PHILLIPPI (USA), PHILIPP ENG (AUT), COLTON HERTA (USA).



I couldn't figure out which photo I liked better in between the one above and below so I published both. I think the Official Rolex Event Clock is so cool looking!!!


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