RSR Racing, led by team owner and driver Paul Gentilozzi and sons Tony and John Gentilozzi, has doubled down with two Prototype Challenge entries in the 2014 TUDOR United Sports Car Championship. Teaming up with returning drivers Bruno Junqueira and Duncan Ende are 2013 drivers championship runner-up Chris Cumming and IndyCar veteran Alex Tagliani. Another open-wheel standout, Conor Daly, will join Tagliani and Cumming for the endurance races.
The East Lansing, Mich.-based team is looking to use the powerhouse driver line-up to build on the history of their 19 victories under the IMSA banner including three in the Prototype Challenge class and two at the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona. In previous efforts Paul and his team have had an overall and two GT class victories at this event.
“As a sports car driver or team owner, the race to win is the 24 hours of Daytona,” said Paul Gentilozzi. “Winning marks your career forever. It is the ultimate test of preparation, strategy and discipline. I have made 20+ attempts and tasted victory twice, it is a lasting taste that never goes away, our objective is simply to win again.”
Veteran drivers Junqueira and Ende return to pilot the No. 09 Lino’spresso Chevrolet powered ORECA FLM09. With a full season as teammates, the pair’s goal is to build upon their 2013 victories at Road America and Lime Rock Park to compete for the PC class championship in 2014.
Gustavo Menezes and David Heinemeier Hansson rejoin Junqueira and Ende for the endurance events this year, beginning with the Daytona event next week. In 2013 Menezes ran the Petit Le Mans with RSR and Heinemeier Hansson joined the team for the Circuit of The Americas event.
Cumming teams up with winning open-wheeler Tagliani to pilot the No. 08 Automaxusa.com ORECA FLM09. The duo has their sights set on battling for wins and the PC class title. Joining the Cumming/Tagliani duo for the longer events in 2014 will be Rusty Mitchell and Conor Daly. Mitchell will contribute his P2 class experience, while Daly will compete for the first time in a Prototype Challenge racecar and joins Tagliani as first-time competitors in the 24-hour event at Daytona.
“I am excited to work with so many familiar faces like Jeff Lohman, Paul, Bruno, Conor, and John and to participate at the Daytona 24-hour race with a competitive team and lineup.” said Tagliani. “I’ve already been on contact with Bruno via e-mail. We are good friends and I look forward to working with him again and hopefully we can have a good result for the team.”
Added Daly: “I’m very excited to be headed to Daytona for the first time. I appreciate the opportunity RSR Racing has given me and look forward to working with the team. It will be a whole new experience for me and I’m ready to work with the team to learn from the guys around me to get up to speed quickly.”
Tune in for the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona at the following times:
Saturday, Jan. 25
Tune in for the Daytona season opener at the following time:
6 p.m. on FOX Sports 2 (Same Day)