The Rolex 24 at Daytona marks the kickoff of the 2021 racing season and of course due to COVID things are different this year. Instead of having the Roar Before the 24 held in early January, organizers moved it up so that its now held the weekend before the Rolex 24 hour race. And if you are paying attention to the calendar, that this weekend!
One of the big changes for the Roar is how qualifying will be handled. This year, instead of the pole position and starting grid determined by lap times during the practice sessions, there will be 100-minute sprint race held on Sunday to determine the starting lineup for the following weekend’s Rolex 24.
The Motul Pole Award 100 will take place on Sunday, January 24th from 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM ET. You can watch it live if you subscribe to TrackPass via NBCs Sports Gold and it will also be shown tape-delayed on NBCSN beginning at 4:30 PM ET on the same day.
The GT Le Mans Class (GTLM) has six entries from the Roar/Rolex 24. The GTLM class entries are:
- No. 3 Corvette Racing – Corvette C8.R
- No. 4 Corvette Racing – Corvette C8.R
- No. 24 BMW Team RLL – BMW M8 GTE
- No. 25 BMW Team RLL – BMW M8 GTE
- No. 62 Risi Competizione – Ferrari 488 GTE
- No. 79 WeatherTech Racing – Porsche 911 RSR
The No. 24 BMW is the GTLM defending champions for the Rolex 24 and in fact it was the No. 25 BMW that won the class in 2019. It seems like the BMWs are always fast on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway so the Corvette Racing boys will have their work cut out for them. Despite the reduced field, anything can happen.
We’ll have full results from the Motul Pole Award 100 on Sunday.
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