Some of the best in IndyCar and NASCAR to compete

As one of the most prestigious races in the world, particularly among endurance events, the Rolex 24 in Daytona It has always attracted some of the best drivers on the planet.

This year’s edition of 61 is certainly no different.

This is especially true among IndyCar drivers as the 11 current competitors in the series are scheduled to race next weekend. This includes many of the best wheelers in the sport.

Although there is only one full-time NASCAR competitor in the business, he’s certainly had his share of success at Daytona International Speedway.

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With practice and qualifying sessions scheduled throughout the weekend as part of Roar ahead of the Rolex 24, here’s a look at some of the biggest names booked in the field.

Helio Castroneves, No. 60 Acura ARX-06, Meyer Shank Racing (GTP)

Helio Castroneves Proulx won his 24th consecutive Daytona race.

Few former or current drivers with a resume can match Castroneves, who has been part of the winning Rolex 24 at Daytona each of the past two years. Castroneves has won the Indianapolis 500 four times (2001, 2002, 2009, 2021), one of only four racers to do so. The 47-year-old was also the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series Champion in 2020. About the only glaring hole in Castroneves’ career is the lack of an IndyCar Championship, but he finished second in the series in 2002, 2008, 2013 and 2014.

Simon Pagenaud, No. 60 Acura ARX-06, Meyer Shank Racing (GTP)

Meyer Shank Racing driver Simon Pagenaud (60) puts on earplugs for practice at the final GMR Grand Prix on Friday, May 13, 2022, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis.

Pagenaud will rejoin Castroneves after both were part of the winning entry in the Rolex 24 at Daytona last year. The 38-year-old Frenchman holds the IndyCar Series (2016) and Indianapolis 500 (2019) titles to his credit, with 21 starts in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series under his belt.

Scott Dixon, No. 1 Cadillac, Chip Ganassi Racing (GTP)

Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon (9) of New Zealand celebrates winning the Music City Grand Prix in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022.

Dixon will make his 20th consecutive Rolex 24 appearance at Daytona and has won four times, taking the overall title in 2006, 2015 and 2020 while taking the class title in a GTLM entry in 2018. Zealand is one of the most accomplished drivers in IndyCar history, winning with six championships (2003, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2020) with wins at the 2008 Indy 500. His 53 wins are second only to AJ Foyt (67) in U.S. Open stock car history and he has led the most laps in the Indianapolis 500 over any driver.

Colton Herta, No. 25 BMW M Hybrid V8, RLL Racing (GTP)

Andretti Autosport celebrates with Curb-Agajanian driver Colton Herta (26) after winning the GMR Grand Prix, Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis.

Herta became the youngest driver to win an IndyCar event at the Circuit of the Americas in 2019, just six days before his 19th birthday. He has taken six more wins since then and finished third in the championship standings in 2020, his best showing to date. This will be his fifth Rolex 24 appearance and he was part of two class victories, winning the GTLM in 2019 and finishing first in the LMP2 class last year. This would be his first-class debut.

Josef Newgarden, No. 8 Oreca 07, Tower Motorsports (LMP2)

Josef Newgarden (2) reacts after winning an IndyCar race at World Wide Technology Raceway, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, in Madison, Illinois.  (AP Photo/Joe Puetz)

With five championship finishes of first or second place in his last six IndyCar seasons, including titles in 2017 and 2019, Newgarden has emerged as one of the best drivers in the sport. It will debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona this year. He is 32 years old from Nashville, Tennessee. He has 25 IndyCar wins to his credit.

Scott McLaughlin, No. 8 Oreca 07, Tower Motorsports (LMP2)

Team Penske driver Scott McLaughlin (3) of New Zealand celebrates with a runner-up finish at the Music City Grand Prix in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022.

McLaughlin took three IndyCar wins in his second full-time season in 2022, won the season opener at St. Petersburg Street Course, added wins at Mid-Ohio and Portland, and finished fourth in the points standings.

Austin Cindrick, No. 51 Oreca 07, Rick Ware Racing (LMP2)

Austin Cindrick lifts the Daytona 500 Cup aloft at Victory Lane, Sunday night February 20, 2022 at Daytona International Speedway.

Cindric, the only NASCAR entrant in the field, has certainly already tasted his fair share of success in the World Race position, having won last year’s Daytona 500 in his first race as a full-time Cup Series driver. The 24-year-old will make his fifth start in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and second in a row after finishing fifth in the GTD Pro class last year with Proton USA.

Devlin DeFrancesco, No. 51 Oreca 07, Rick Ware Racing (LMP2)

Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport driver Devlin DeFrancesco (29) prepares to board his car Saturday, May 21, 2022, during Day 1 of qualifying for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

DeFrancesco will serve as Cindric’s teammate and is looking for a second straight class win streak in the LMP2 division after taking the win alongside Eric Lux, Patricio O’Ward and Herta last year. Lux will be the team’s third driver with Pietro Fittipaldi filling out the line-up. DeFrancesco is just 22 years old, and he just finished his rookie season in the IndyCar Series driving for Andretti Autosport, notching a season-best finish of twelfth at World Wide Technology Raceway.

Rinus Fechai, no. 11 Oreca 07, TDS Racing (LMP2)

Rinus VeeKay, of the Netherlands, prepares to drive during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Monday, May 23, 2022, in Indianapolis.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

VeeKay is back for his third Rolex 24 in the LMP2 class, and is looking to take another step forward after his second-place bid for Racing Team Nederland in 2022. The 22-year-old races for Ed Carpenter Racing and has one win in IndyCar. , coming at the Indy Grand Prix in 2021.

Romain Grosjean, #63 Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Iron Links (GTD Pro)

Romain Grosjean looks out of his boot in mid-Ohio.

A longtime Formula 1 competitor turned IndyCar driver for Andretti Autosport, Grosjean will make his sports car racing debut in over a decade, after running in the FIA ​​GT1 World Championship in 2010 as well as an appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that same year. . He has finished third eight times in nine full-time seasons in F1 and finished second twice in the IndyCar Series in 2021.

Will Power, No. 75 Mercedes AMG, Sun Energy 1 (GTD)

September 11, 2022;  Salinas, California, USA;  Will Power (12) of Australia celebrated his Team Penske Series win and third-place finish after the Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.  Mandatory credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The 41-year-old Australian is another IndyCar title-winning driver (2014 and 2022) as well as an Indianapolis 500 (2018) win. However, Power, whose addition to the field was only announced just over a week ago as part of the final entry in the 61-car field, will make its debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. His 41 wins are the fifth most in IndyCar history and his 68 poles are the all-time best.

Jan/Kevin Magnussen, no. 53 Porsche 911 GT3, MDK Motorsports (GTD)

Driver Jan Magnussen prepares to take the No. 3 Corvette on track during an IMSA test at Roar Before The Rolex at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, January 3, 2014.

The father-son duo will race together after pulling the stunt at last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Yan has four class wins to his credit at Le Mans (2004, 2005, 2006, 2009) and was also part of his Rolex 24 in 2015 (GTLM) win. Kevin is currently driving for Haas-Ferrari in the Formula One series. He finished 13th in points last year with a season-best finish of fifth at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

Kyle Kirkwood, No. 12 Lexus RTC F GT3, Wasser Sullivan (GTD)

AJ Foyt Enterprises driver Kyle Kirkwood (14) stands in his trunk on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, during the first day of Indianapolis 500 practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Kirkwood finished 24th in points in his rookie season in the IndyCar Series last year for AJ Foyt Enterprises, and will move to Andretti Autosport in 2023. It marks his third start in a Rolex 24, and Kirkwood captured a pair of IMSA SportsCar Championships last year, winning Shark In victories at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix in the GTD class and the season-closing Petit Le Mans race in the GTD Pro class.

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