Hurley Haywood To Return To Racing For Rolex 24

Hurley Haywood, the most successful driver at the 24 Hours of Daytona, will come out of retirement to join the Brumos Racing effort at January's Rolex 24.

Haywood will make his 39th Daytona appearance and while he is unlikely to add to his five overall victories due to Brumos' stepping down to the GT class of the race, he will return to the Brumos team with which he claimed two of his overall wins, as well as the GT class in 1972.

“It wouldn’t be right for a Brumos Porsche 911 not to have the name Haywood over the door,” explains Haywood, who will drive alongside Leh Keen and Andrew Davis in the no.59 Porsche 911 GT3.

Haywood is just one of the latest names to be added to a typically star-studded entry list for the Floridian endurance race, which takes place on January 29-30. Daytona Prototype class champions Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett will return for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates after two years of claiming the runners-up spot at the race.

Actor Patrick Dempsey will also be on track, once more at the wheel of a Mazda RX-8 with Joe Foster, Charles Espenlaub and an as yet unnamed fourth driver in the no.40 car. James Gue, Dane Cameron, Ian James, Dave Lacey and Don Kitch will share the sister no.41 Mazda with listed sponsors including Seattle Childrens' Hospital.

Also among the GT ranks will be a the no.00 Aten Motorsports Ferrari F430, with the international line-up of Dominik Farnbacher, Allan Simonsen and Briton Rob Bell.