On the eve of the Rolex Series ‘Roar Before the 24’ test at Daytona International Speedway APR Motorsport have finalised their driving squads for their pair of Audi R8 Grand-Am.
In the team’s factory supported #52 car Ian Baas returns to APR Motorsport after completing the line-up for the squad at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen last season.
He joins the trio of factory drivers, Marc Basseng, Frank Stippler and Rene Rast in driving the car.
“Being asked to be a part of the Rolex program is an honor and I’m really excited to drive with Marc, Frank, and Rene,” said Baas. “APR has learned so much in the past year about the R8 and I’m really excited to put all of that experience to use at this year’s Rolex 24. After last year’s two races in the car, I have some unfinished business.”
The sister #51 is trusted to all North American quartet of Canadians John Farano and Dave Lacey and Americans Matt Bell and Alex Figge. All are new to APR’s Rolex Series program.
Farano and Bell come into the team after finishing first and second in last year’s Continental Tire Series, Bell also racing in the North American Endurance Championship (NAEC) Races of the 2012 Rolex Series with Stevenson Motorsports – the Camaro team now his rivals at Daytona.
Lacey and Figge also have experience, Figge having previously raced not only in the Rolex Series and the American Le Mans Series but also in the Champcar series. However he has not raced in the Rolex 24 since 2008.
“I am extremely excited to be back at the Rolex 24,” he said. “I last did the race in 2008 and I’ve been dying to do it again. Obviously in a 24 hour race you’ve got to have reliability and spot-on teamwork. Knowing that, I couldn’t be more positive about being with APR and Audi. I know from reputation and seeing with my own eyes that APR is a first class organization and I can’t wait to get started with them. The test can’t come soon enough.”
The four drivers will join the team for the first time at the ‘Roar Before the 24’ test (January 4-6), preparing for the 51st Rolex 24 at Daytona (January 26-27).