Starworks Motorsport plans an ambitious week at Daytona, although its plans for the Rolex 24 have changed this afternoon.
The team announced a Venezuelan-backed, four-car Ford Mustang effort in Grand-Am's Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series and GS class. Several of the team's Daytona Prototype drivers – Ryan Dalziel, Lucas Luhr, Alex Popow, Maurizio Scala and Enzo and Miguel Potolicchio – are among the drivers entered. John Dalziel and Gianni Potolicchio round out the lineup.
“We know it's going to be very competitive out there — there will be 70+ cars so we need to stay out of trouble. It is hard to say how the yellows will fall but we have a strong driver lineup with Ryan and Lucas supporting Enzo and Alex,” said GS team manager Marcus Haselgrove.
In the Rolex 24, Dalziel, Luhr, Popow and Enzo Potolicchio are slated to share one DP with Allan McNish. The team's second car, which was to have had IndyCar Series pilots Tony Kanaan, Ryan Hunter-Reay and E.J. Viso, had its backing fall through at the last minute.
“Guys, unfortunately, I will not race at the Daytona 24H this Saturday,” Kanaan wrote on Twitter earlier Tuesday. “The funding that the Starworks Motorsports team had went away. As far as I know only the 2nd car is out. Their regular entry is still good for the race.”
Starworks team principal Peter Baron did not announce that car's withdrawal from the Rolex 24, with Miguel Potolicchio and Scala still scheduled to drive if replacement backing and drivers can be found.