Nissan Eyes Daytona Victory Lane

by James Charman
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing will run a Oreca-Nissan in the 2014 season (Credit: Nissan)

Nissan is aiming to return to Victory Lane at the 52nd running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 22 years after first tasting success at the high banking of Daytona International Speedway.

Two-time American Le Mans Series P1 champions, and official Nissan Nismo partners, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing will lead the charge at Daytona alongside World Endurance Championship LMP2 champions OAK Racing.

Nissan became the first Japanese manufacturer to take overall victory at the Rolex 24 in 1992 with Masahiro Hasemi, Kazuyoki Hoshino and Toshio Suzuki in the Nissan R91CP. The trio took the lead on the second lap of the race and never looked back, completing a further 760 laps at the top of the field.

Two years later, Nissan were in Victory Lane again when Paul Gentilozzi, Scott Pruett, Butch Leitzinger and Steve Millen took the 300ZX-Turbo as the first overall win for a GT car since 1983 and the first win for a front-engined car since 1976.

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing bring Alex Brundle into the driver lineup for Daytona alongside full-time drivers Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr, while OAK Racing will field Olivier Pla, Roman Rusinov, Gustavo Yacaman and Oliver Webb.

TheCheckeredFlag will have full coverage of the Rolex 24 including reports of all pre-race sessions and hour-by-hour updates throughout the race.

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