Mercedes-AMG - Mission title defence in North America

Mercedes-AMG - Mission title defence in North America

07.01.2020: Hardly a fortnight later, the next 24-hour highlight for Mercedes-AMG beckons with the Rolex 24 At Daytona (22-26 January). Traditionally, the classic endurance race serves

Hardly a fortnight later, the next 24-hour highlight for Mercedes-AMG beckons with the Rolex 24 At Daytona (22-26 January).

 

Traditionally, the classic endurance race serves as the season opener of the North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and therefore, it is here that the mission title defence is starting for Riley Motorsports and Mercedes-AMG Motorsport as well.



In 2019, the triple of drivers’, teams’ and manufacturers’ title in the GTD class of the Michelin Endurance Cup was achieved with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 for the third consecutive year. With the quartet of Lawson Aschenbach (USA), Felipe Fraga (BRA), Ben Keating (USA) and Gar Robinson (USA) behind the wheel of the #74 Mercedes-AMG GT3, the foundation for further championship success is to be laid at the legendary Daytona International Speedway.



The race starts on Saturday, 25 January, at 13.35 hrs local time (19.35 hrs CET). Teams already successfully completed initial test laps of the 5.7 kilometres long track during the three-day ‘Roar Before the Rolex 24’ test in early January.



Also at Daytona Beach, the four-hour season opening race of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge will be held. Thanks to invariably strong achievements by the Customer Racing Teams, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport was able to secure its maiden manufacturers’ title win in the series last year and therefore will be starting the 2020 season as the defending champion here as well.



During the season opener, there will be a total of eight GT4 cars from the teams Bluff City Racing / Autometrics Motorsports (#14), Winward Racing (#33 and #57), Riley Motorsports (#35), Murillo Racing (#56 and #65), RENNtech Motorsports (#90) and Scuderia 111 (tba) on the grid.



Stefan Wendl, head of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing
: “Ten years of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing, that is something really special to us. In the past decade, we have had extraordinary achievements and worked hard to secure a leading position in the international customer racing segment. For our anniversary year, our aim is to defend this position and to reinforce it with further achievements.


Like in the previous years, this season again includes many important races in high-class series around the globe, and in the odd series in which we just missed out on winning the title in 2019, we want to get the title back to Affalterbach in the new year. Traditionally, the classic endurance races at Dubai and Daytona are the start, with even more anticipation from us because of the participation of the new Mercedes-AMG GT3. We wish all teams and drivers good luck in the new 2020 season.”
 






- Jochen Übler, photos Mercedes

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07.01.2020 / MaP

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