Viewed as one of the most prestigious and exciting endurance races in the United States, the 24 Hours of Daytona (now Rolex 24 at Daytona) has been running since 1962. Five years ago a group of racing enthusiasts banned together and asked the question, “How could we pay tribute to such an amazing part of US racing history?” Their answer; The Classic 24 Hour at Daytona.
The Classic 24 Hour represents six-decades of historic vehicles from prototype and GT cars of the ‘60s, ‘70s, 80’s and ‘90s, all the way to the modern machines we see today. The race features six period-correct groups rotating through a full 24 hours of racing. The run groups, which include various classes of similar-era race cars, each take to the track four times throughout the 24 hours. The racer in each group covering the most distance in the shortest amount of time in their group’s four sessions will be crowned Classic 24 at Daytona champions. This year, Kelly-Moss Road and Race is excited to support two teams competing in the event. Mark Whyman in his KMR RSR 001, a heavily-modified, original 1995 993 Carrera, and Brent Ashplundh, running a 991.1 GT3 Cup Car.
What goes into an event like the Classic 24? Car preparation of course, but managing sleep schedules and keeping high energy levels is also a key to race success. With race sessions scheduled for 5PM, 11PM, 5AM, and 11AM coffee will be the real MVP of the weekend. Car preparation will be similar to a standard race weekend, but with much more total run time, so each car will be completely gone over after every session. KMR RSR 001 has received some major updates for the race, too. The latest being a full carbon-fiber rear defuser, bumper modification, and rear wheel air exits. Designed, engineered, and built completely in house, Kelly-Moss is looking forward to seeing what improvements these changes will make on the track. With each driver having various on-track success in the past through PCA Club racing, 996, 997, and 991 Cup Car races, we’re confident in driver, crew and cars for the race.
Want to keep up with the Classic 24 as it happens? The race begins November 9th! Follow us on Instagram at @KellyMossRoadandRace to get behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and race results. Also stay tuned for a follow-up article upon race finish!