The Rolex 24 At Daytona is recognized worldwide as a premier test of speed and endurance and Michelin helped deliver both in convincing fashion in theopening event of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship season this weekend.
The strong 49-car field, all fitted with MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport GT competition tires, racked up a stunning
33,509 laps of the 12 turn, 3.56-mile circuit in the 24-hour race that ran from 3:40 p.m. Saturday to 3:40 The total of 119,292 race miles, and an approximate average of 4,970 miles driven per hour for 24
consecutive hours are all new milestones for Michelin in IMSA competition.
“Considering the context, it is a privilege to be here as the safety and health of our teams and partners
was the priority,” said Tony Ménard, director of motorsport, Michelin North America.
“From a business standpoint, we extend our thanks to IMSA and the Daytona International Speedway for
making it possible and for aligning the Roar Before the 24 and the Rolex 24 unto consecutive weekends.
“Just two months ago we were at Sebring for the 12-hour race. So being able to make and ship the
majority of the tires for Daytona this month was very difficult to organize and a challenge for two months,
especially with the year-end holidays, but we did it.”
The race saw consistent temperatures for the first two thirds of the race, before track temperatures jumped from 56 degrees to 90 degrees.
“The quality of the cars, teams, and drivers in IMSA competition is incredibly high as demonstrated by the incredibly close competition and the high number of finishers,” said Ménard. “The teams worked to push
as hard as possible to extract performance throughout the race.”
Rolex 24 Race Notes
Throughout the Rolex 24 At Daytona, a healthy three to five cars in most classes were on the lead lap
and in contention for the win down to the final hours.
Five contenders from three DPi automotive brands all took their turn at the lead, before Wayne Taylor
Racing emerged to win its third consecutive Rolex 24 race, in its first race with its new Acura ARX-05 car
and with an entirely new driver lineup. The top finishing Cadillac and sole Mazda ensured all three brands
were on the DPi podium.
Chevrolet Corvette and Mercedes-AMG dominated the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona ranks, respectively,
with both brands securing 1-2 finishes in their classes. BMW (GTLM) and Lamborghini (GTD) rounded out
the class podiums, with both brands’ Rolex 24 win streaks snapped at two and three years.
Corvette Racing won its first Rolex 24 with the C8.R and first for the team since a 1-2 finish in 2016, while
race and series debutantes Winward Racing captured the GTD win ahead of SunEnergy1 Racing.
Era Motorsport (LMP2) and Riley Motorsports (LMP3) won the pro-am prototype classes. Era’s car had a
special livery this race, designed by a six-year-old fan of the team.