At the official "Roar Before the 24" preseason test, which starts today at Daytona International Speedway, Starworks Motorsport announced it will field an internationally diverse five-driver lineup in its No. 8 Miracle Grout Shield Ford Riley Daytona Prototype for the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 29-30.
Defending Rolex 24 winner Ryan Dalziel (Scotland) will rejoin his teammate from last season, Mike Forest (Canada), while Tomas Enge (Czech Republic), Colin Braun (USA) and Jim Lowe (USA) complete the driver roster.
"I'm really excited about our lineup in the No. 8 car,” commented Starworks Motorsport team principal Peter Baron. “I'm glad that Ryan and Mike will be working together again and that Ryan and Tomas are reunited after some successful outings for me in the past. We've had Colin Braun on our radar for the Rolex 24 for some time and I'm glad it's going to work out this time to get him in our car.
“We're also happy to be welcoming a Daytona Prototype newcomer in the form of Jim Lowe. He's got a wealth of experience at this event in the GT class, so we know he'll be a solid driver for us as we target the top step of the podium. We had a ton of interest from drivers to take the seats now filled by Tomas and Colin but we like the fact that they're ‘no-ego' racers and that they share our desire to win. We know our car will be fast with Bill Riley calling the shots on engineering and with Ford power pushing us around the track!”
Dalziel won last year's Rolex 24 at Daytona' before joining Starworks Motorsport to partner with Forest, the Orlando-based Scot finishing fifth in the points at season's end. Baron's strongest finish to date as a team owner at Grand-Am's signature event came with a runner-up finish back in 2007.