The anticipation surrounding the debut of the Lamborghini SC63 LMDh prototype may linger until March, but this weekend’s 24 Hours at Daytona heralds the commencement of an exhilarating new chapter for Lamborghini Squadra Corse.
With five cars primed to compete in the endurance marathon in Florida, the Sant’Agata Bolognese firm sets its sights on a promising start to the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
Lamborghini’s Strong Presence Across Multiple Categories
Five cars will vie for glory in the gruelling around-the-clock race, with three participating in the GT Daytona (GTD) class and two in the GTD Pro category.
Notably, two entries will engage in the full IMSA campaign, encompassing both the Endurance Cup and Sprint Cup, while two others will focus solely on the Endurance Cup.
Leading the charge in the GTD Pro category is the formidable #19 Iron Lynx Huracán, boasting a star-studded factory line-up. Featuring past Daytona 24 Hours winners Mirko Bortolotti, Andrea Caldarelli, and Franck Perera alongside South African racer Jordan Pepper, the #19 entry promises a formidable presence on the track.
Additionally, Iron Lynx will field the #60 GTD Pro entry for the opening round, with seasoned driver Claudio Schiavoni joined by Matteo Cressoni, Matteo Cairoli, and Romain Grosjean.
Meanwhile, the renowned all-female Iron Dames squad returns to Daytona, with Sarah Bovy, Michelle Gatting, Rahel Frey, and Doriane Pin piloting the #83 machine in GTD.
Lamborghini’s Expansion and New Collaborations
Expanding its reach, Lamborghini welcomes the inclusion of Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport in its GTD operation this year. The #45 car will be helmed by double Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America champions Kyle Marcelli and Danny Formal, along with the talented Ashton Harrison and rising star Graham Doyle.
Lamborghini Squadra Corse boasts a storied history at the Daytona 24 Hours, with significant victories in recent years.
In 2018, the team secured its first major long-distance race triumph with Grasser Racing Team, repeating the feat in 2019 with back-to-back victories in GTD. Subsequently, Lamborghini achieved an unprecedented third consecutive victory at Daytona in 2020 with Paul Miller Racing, solidifying its dominance on the track.
The Weekend Agenda
The competitive fervour commenced with the traditional Roar before the 24 held from January 19-21, featuring five timed practice sessions. Qualifying for the main event occurred on January 21, positioning Lamborghini’s #19, #60, #45, #78, and #83 cars strategically on the grid.
As teams gear up for the race, Daytona International Speedway serves as the hub for final preparations. Practice sessions on January 25th and 26th offer crucial opportunities for teams and drivers to fine-tune their strategies and acclimate to the track’s nuances.
The race itself kicks off on January 27th at 13:40 ET, promising exhilarating action and intense competition.
In conclusion, the commencement of the 24 Hours at Daytona signifies not only the beginning of a thrilling motorsport season but also marks a pivotal moment for Lamborghini Squadra Corse as it embarks on a quest for victory and excellence in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.