Following a deal that will put Anglo American Oil Company – through Sunoco Race Fuels – as the official fuel of the 2012 SPEED EuroSeries drivers in the pan-European championship will be eligible for the 2013 Sunoco Rolex 24 at Daytona Challenge.
“The Daytona drive competition is one of the most sought after prizes in motorsport and gives our drivers yet another incentive to be part of the 2012 SPEED programme,” said series organiser Oli McCrudden. “Sunoco provides a first class service for our competitors and offers a top quality fuel for the cars which we're thrilled to be teaming up with. By giving competitors direct contact with the fuel supplier, costs are kept competitive and a layer of admin is removed which makes things simpler for everyone.”
Entering its fourth season the competition offers a race drive at the Rolex 24 at Daytona to a driver from range of Sunoco fuelled race series in the UK and Europe. The most recent edition was open to drivers in the British F3 and GT championships as well as the Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship.
The SPEED Series – then running largely in the UK – was part of the inaugural Sunoco Challenge when Rob Garofall came close to winning the prize, only just losing out to Derek Johnston. Since that season Garofall has gone on to race in the Le Mans Series with the MG-supported Team RLR squad.
“We're very excited to have been asked to supply the SPEED EuroSeries with Sunoco race fuels for the 2012 season,” said Anders Hildebrand, MD of Anglo American Oil. “SPEED is recognised as the premier sports prototype series and we are really excited to again include them in the Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge. You could say the CN Prototypes are similar to the Daytona Prototypes so should a SPEED racer win the Sunoco Daytona Challenge he or she will be well prepared for the Rolex 24.”
The 2012 SPEED EuroSeries will visit a number of Europe's top tracks including Paul Ricard, Spa-Francorchamps and Imola. The series will also support the Le Mans Series event at Donington Park – the only UK round of the season.
Details of all the eligable drivers and series for the 2013 Sunoco Rolex 24 at Daytona Challenge are currently being finalised.