England's Ross Kaiser is the winner of the 2011 Sunoco Rolex 24 at Daytona Challenge, claiming a drive in a Daytona Prototype for next January's Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Kaiser scored 107.5 average points per race en route to winning the Radical UK Cup. British F3 champion Jean- Eric Vergne entered last weekend eligible for the prize, needing to virtually sweep both races, qualifying and fastest race laps. However, Vergne was unable to pull off that feat in the ultra-competitive British F3 event.
“I'm absolutely exhilarated," Kaiser said. "It's a fantastic opportunity and I'm looking forward to it.”
Kaiser has already run a few laps in a Daytona Prototype at Silverstone, and will next test the No. 39 Porsche Crawford at the British circuit in October.
“I ran a few laps in the DP during a track day and got a taste of what it's like,” Kaiser said. "But it was on a track day and we had to observe strict noise rules and had to keep the revs down. I was able to get a feel for the car, but not in its full glory. I'm really excited to be able to go back and test it."
The 2011 Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge prize consists of:
• Three full test days in the UK with the No. 39 Daytona Prototype
• Three full pre-event test days at Daytona
• A race seat with one of the top teams at the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona
Kaiser makes a living from instructing and driver coaching, but sees the win of Sunoco Daytona Challenge as a major break in his career.
“I'm delighted to win the Sunoco Daytona Challenge," Kaiser said. "It's absolutely massive. I've worked really hard to build my racing career. I instruct, driver coach and race with Terrance Woodward, but it can be a struggle to get by particularly through the winter. To have the chance to race at one of greatest endurance races in the world with one of the top teams is a fantastic opportunity which I hope will enable me to move on to a professional racing career.
“You couldn't dream of a better prize and it is a fantastic opportunity for any upcoming driver. A lot of effort goes into the challenge by the Sunoco team, even the way the points are worked out. Without doubt, this is a once in a life time opportunity that just wouldn't be possible without Sunoco and Daytona.”