Mike Hedlund and Pierre Kaffer will join forces in the No. 8 Starworks BMW-Riley at the Grand-Am Rolex Series season finale at Lime Rock Park this weekend.
With both regular No. 8 car drivers Brendon Hartley and Scott Mayer having previous commitments this weekend, the Fort Lauderdale squad has once again recruited Pierre, who has competed with the team twice before this year, including taking a podium at the Six Hours of The Glen, and invited Mike to make his Daytona Prototypes debut for the season finale race on Saturday.
Hedlund is a regular American Le Mans Series GTC driver with JDX Racing. He has also made a number of Rolex Series GT starts with Extreme Speed Motorsports this year.
I'm really excited to get my first start in a Daytona Prototype at the season finale at Lime Rock Park. Coming off a second-place finish in the ALMS GTC class here back in July, I'm looking forward to returning and running strong, said Hedlund (ABOVE).
"With a compressed race schedule I won't have much time to get up to speed, so having the experience of Starworks and Pierre Kaffer helping me along will be invaluable. Having watched the DP guys battle from the seat of a Rolex GT car this year, it'll be a lot of fun to mix it up with them! There's no way I could miss the last Grand-Am race and I'd like to thank Peter and Scott Mayer for the chance to run the car – hopefully we can finish out the season with a good result for them!"
The No. 2 Starworks driven by Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel is in sixth position in the Rolex Series Drivers' Championship with 284 points – just 20 points from the top of the leader board (and fifth in the Team Championship).