Scott Pruett to serve as Grand Marshal for 2019 Daytona 24 Hours
Five-time Daytona 24 Hours champion Scott Pruett will serve as Grand Marshal for the 57th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 26-27. The 58-year-old Pruett, who is the record holder with most wins in North American sports car history, will give the “Drivers, start your engines” command for the American most prestigious sports car race.
On the last weekend of January, the 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway will kick off IMSA’s 50th anniversary season and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This weekend, the 3.56-mile road course is hosting the ‘Roar before the 24’ event.
“It’s impossible for me to sum up, in just a few words, how honored I am to be chosen as Grand Marshal for the 57th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. This track is truly special to me for so many reasons. To be the Grand Marshal in itself is wonderful and to be it while ushering in the 50th Anniversary of IMSA makes it all the more special. It’s going to be an emotional weekend and start of the race for me, personally, as I’m sure I will miss suiting up and taking the wheel,” Pruett said.
Pruett retired from competition following the 2018 Rolex 24 as the all-time leader in IMSA with 60 victories and seven championships. At Daytona, he owns five Rolex 24 overall victories, an all-time record he shares with Hurley Haywood, and also holds the record for Rolex 24 class victories with 10. Other Daytona successes include two summer sports car victories and a triumph in the 1991 International Race of Champions series opening round.
“Scott Pruett is a true American legend in road racing. In a career that has spanned 50 years, Scott has experienced numerous successes and triumphs, many of them right here at Daytona International Speedway. He was a versatile driver who was always relentless and focused on track, and an engaging personality off the track. We look forward to having Scott preside as Grand Marshal for the Rolex 24 At Daytona,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said.