John Edwards will begin his 2013 this weekend with double duty at Daytona International Speedway as he competes in both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for Stevenson Motorsports.
“Racing in both the Rolex and Continental Tire series can mean a hectic schedule on some weekends, especially when it comes to test days,” said the 21-year-old. “However, it definitely provides an advantage with more track time on a race weekend and an opportunity to race twice. This gives drivers doing double duty more opportunity to see how the track changes over a weekend.”
In 2012 Edwards was a front runner in both series, despite missing some earlier rounds due to a non-racing related knee-injury, and in 2013 he rejoins the same teammates in the two series with the aim of delivering titles to the Stevenson garage.
In the Rolex Series Edwards joins Scot Robin Liddell as full season drivers in the #57 Chevrolet Camaro. Liddell finished second in the GT class points in 2012, he and Edwards scoring three wins and three further podiums together.
“It’s great to be coming back with Robin for the season and continuing the great relationship we had last season,” said Edwards. “Due to my injury last year, my role over the season was a little different, so I’m looking forward to working together to earn John Stevenson a championship.”
Their 2013 campaign together begins at the Rolex 24, with Corvette Racing drivers Jan Magnussen and Tommy Milner boosting the squad as the aim to improve upon the fourth place they scored last year after fighting the superior speed of the Porsches throughout the race.
In the Continental Tire series Edwards again joins back up with his 2012 (and 2011) teammate Matt Bell. Like Liddell Bell finished the 2012 season second in points, losing out to David Empringham and John Farano in the Grand Sport class.
“Drivers and crew sometimes move in and out of teams rather quickly,” said Edwards, “but Matt and I are entering our third year as teammates, and Kaz Technologies is starting its second year as our engineering support, so this will be a big advantage over last year when we were just starting to work together. Hopefully we’ll be able to stay out of trouble and avoid these poor early season finishes so that we’re able to fight for the championship at the end of the year.”