Spirit of Daytona Racing has added three-time American Le Mans Series class champion Sascha Maassen to its driving strength for the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 29-30. The German will join Antonio Garcia of Spain and American Paul Edwards in the No. 90 Chevrolet-powered Coyote Daytona Prototype for the endurance race.
Along with his ALMS GT championships in 2002-'03 and the ALMS LMP2 title in 2006, Maassen has two 24 Hours of Le Mans class wins (2003-'04), five 12 Hours of Sebring class wins (2001-'04, 2010) and five Petite Le Mans class wins (1999-2000, '02, '04, '06). His sole Daytona Prototype-class victory came in 2003 at Mont-Tremblant in a Porsche Fabcar for Brumos Racing. His best finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona was fourth on two occasions.
"I always enjoy racing in such a prestigious event," Maassen said. "I'm really looking forward to doing it for a local team."
Maassen will team with 2009 Rolex 24 winner Garcia – who also won the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and former Rolex Series GT champion Edwards to give Spirit of Daytona Racing a lineup as deep as any in the Rolex 24 field.
"We really have a great lineup." Spirit of Daytona team owner/manager Troy Flis said. "We already had the speed with Antonio and Paul, but now to have three drivers who are fast and also understand that this is a race you have to finish, it's hard not to be excited. We were looking for a driver who would be comfortable in the car under any situation whether it be day or night and still turn quick laps. That's what we're getting in Sascha."