This past weekend marked the Rolex 24 at Daytona event where the Tom Blomqvist, driving #60 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura ARX-06, took the victory. Not only did he win the race and trophy, but also he won the coveted Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona watch.
Reflecting on his team’s second consecutive win and the dedication of his teammates, Blomqvist said, “This race is so special and that’s mainly because of the watch. Ask any driver and they will say it’s the dream to win a Daytona. I have to thank my team; they have done a phenomenal job with this new car and were so good with our strategy, staying calm and relaxed throughout. The feeling on the last lap was incredible, nothing beats it.”
Rolex has supported the competition at Daytona International Speedway® since its inception in 1959, before becoming Title Sponsor of the twice-around-the-clock event in 1992. In fact, the brand has close ties to motorsports dating back to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s World Land Speed Records in the 1930’s, when he broke the 300 mph barrier with his car Bluebird. Rolex supports a host of motor sports events, including endurance racing with the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship. This year also marks a decade of Rolex’s involvement with Formula 1 Racing.
The brand boasts an impressive Rolex Testimonee roster of professional drivers that includes the legendary Sir Jackie Stewart, Tom Kristensen (9-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner), Mark Webber (multiple Formula 1 winner and 2015 FIA World Endurance Champion) and Jenson Button (2009 FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ World Champion). Recently Indy NXT driver Jamie Chadwick, three-time W Series champion, joined the roster as the first female driver to be part of the Rolex family.
This year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona witnessed the debut of the Le Mans Daytona hybrid (LMDh) cars as part of the revived Grand Touring Prototype class. There were five categories at this year’s event – all taking place on this iconic 3.56-mile triple-oval circuit.