National driver Benjamin Heights will be entering the 24-hour race for the fifth time this year at Daytona International Speedway on January 28-29.
Chile’s Benjamin Heitz (Racetronics USA) will enter the classic competition for the fifth time in the 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway over the weekend of the 28th and 29th to start the championship IMSA WeatherTech sportscar. Join the 61st edition of
The test took place on a 3.56 mile (5,728 m) track with 12 curves and 234 drivers in the event’s 5 different classes, representing 6 of the 7 continents and 32 countries, including Chile. doing.
Eleven manufacturers from around the world participated in the GTP, GT Daytona Pro (GTD PRO), and GT Daytona (GTD) classes. In Germany, BMW, Mercedes AMG, and Porsche are the most popular. The US has Chevrolets and Cadillacs. England has Aston Martin and McLaren. Iconic Italian brands Ferrari and Lamborghini have large contingents, while Japan is represented by Acura and Lexus.
Benjamin Heitz will enter the GTD (GT Daytona) category alongside team-mates Mischa Goikberg (Russia), Loris Spinelli and Marco Mapelli (Italy).
“We’ve been working on the car since last week in the practice and qualifying sessions and we finished in a good spot on the grid. It’s not the lead in our category, but from a strategic point of view this is a 24-hour race. In addition, we are very close to the Lamborghinis ahead, so we are optimistic for this long race,” said the 23-year-old driver.
Of the 234 drivers on the entry list, 62 are overall or class winners of the 24 Hours of Rolex. He has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans more than three dozen times. He has three previous Indianapolis 500 winners and is the current NASCAR Daytona 500 champion.
The current European GT Open International Champion Heitz and his teammates drive the #78 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2 alongside Russian-Canadian Mischa Goikberg, winner of the Rolex 24 class (Prototype Challenge, 2016) . Loris Spinelli, multiple Lamborghini Super Trofeo champion. Marco Mapelli won the Lamborghini Championship in the GT3 series, Europe’s highest peak, with Andrea Caldarelli.
The 61st edition of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona begins this Saturday at 1:40pm local time (3:40pm in Chile). The live coverage will begin at 1:30pm (3:30pm) on NBC (https://www.nbc.com/), the IMSA platform (https://www.imsa.com/weathertech/) and / or from IMSA.com/TVLive.