Entry list revealed for HSR Classic Daytona presented by IMSA
Historic Sportscar Racing today released the official entry list to date for the eighth running of the HSR Classic Daytona presented by IMSA, the 24-hour race for historic and classic sports cars returning to Daytona International Speedway from 2 to November 6.
This year’s edition of the HSR Classic Daytona 24 once again attracted triple-digit attendance from past race winners, rookie contenders and a strong contingent of machines and cars representing Riley Technologies, which is the brand star of this year’s race. Race cars designed and built by Riley Technologies and Riley & Scott, as well as cars driven in competition by Riley Motorsports, are well represented in the entry list for this year’s HSR Classic 24.
An iconic entry built and launched by Riley is set for its first race at the “World Center of Racing” in 20 years. At the 2002 Rolex 24 At Daytona, longtime Riley competitor Jim Matthews finished second in the first race for his Jim Matthews Racing No. 36 Riley & Scott Mk IIIC powered by an Elan-Ford six-litre V8 , co-driving to second place overall with Guy Smith, Scott Sharp and Robby Gordon.
Riley and Matthews raced the No. 36 Mk IIIC in some races over the next two seasons, including two starts at the 12 Hours of Sebring, one race at Road Atlanta and twice at the 24 Hours of Le Mans where the car raced No. 4 in 2002 and 2003. Matthews and Smith co-drove the Mk IIIC to a third place overall in the 2002 12 Hours of Sebring, but the podium results achieved in the first two races were not matched despite competitive races in the other events.
Matthews repurchased the Mk IIIC last summer, bringing the car back to the United States after being actively raced and serviced in Europe for the past few years in its No. 4 Le Mans livery. Matthews and his Mk IIIC are listed in Run Group D and are again entered by the same Riley Motorsports team that campaigned the car on its Daytona debut 20 years ago.
First held in 2014, the immediate success of the first HSR Classic Daytona 24 called for a second race in 2015. After a sabbatical year, the 24-hour classic race on the 3.56-mile DIS road course returned in 2017 and is now an annual race. see you on the HSR calendar.
The HSR Classic Daytona features seven different racing groups that compete in succession for a full 24 hours on the DIS road course. The different vintage classes within each Run Group combine to make just about any closed-wheel competition sports car from the past 60 years eligible for the HSR Classic Daytona.
The packed five-day schedule of historic and vintage competition begins in just under two weeks at the “World Center of Racing” and also includes the HSR Daytona Historics, part of the Sprint and Endurance Racing Championship Series of HSR throughout the season.
2022 HSR Classic Daytona Entry Lists presented by IMSA and HSR Daytona Historics can be found by click here.
HSR Classic Daytona presented by IMSA Run Groups:
Group A – 1962 – 1972: Along with the oldest cars in the Classic 24, Group A is home to legendary and vintage FIA-era prototypes and GT machines that raced in various national series and championship competitions around the world. world. The group attracted racing cars such as the Lola T70, Chevron B8 and a recreation of the Porsche 917 as well as a nice mix of 1960s and 70s production based GT cars such as the Porsche 911, Corvette, Jaguar E-Types and a Lotus. Momentum. One entry of note is Gerard Lopez’s #1 Iconic Racing 1969 Lola T70 MkIII which took Group A victory in 2017. A mechanical issue thwarted a second victory in 2019 but Lopez and Iconic return for the first time since that race ready to claim their second victory in the Classic 24.
Group B – 1973 – 1982: Even the newest Group B cars are 40 years old, but the super-fast sports prototypes and widebody turbocharged GT cars in this class still provide modern thrills in track battles. This year’s Classic 24 will be no exception with a Chevron B26 and Lola T294 ready for an all-out sports prototype battle. On the GT front, Porsches of various 911 models up to a pair of Porsche 935 tribute cars go up against a Corvette and two BMW CSLs. One entry to watch is the #115 1973 Lola T294 (pictured above) of Cal Meeker who has fought for the Group B win in the past but is still chasing that breakout victory.
Group C – 1983 – 1993: As the name suggests, Group C features the thunderous Group C and GTP era of the mid-1980s and early 1990s. Treasures from this year of the era include the Jaguar XJR-7 and XJR-16 GTP entries, a March-Chevrolet 85G and a Spice SE87L. Group C GT entrants will lead an all-out race between several Porsche 944, 951 and 964 models. One Group C entry to watch is the ex-Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) 1991 #3 Jaguar XJR-16 (pictured above) that Malcolm Ross and teammate Corey Fergus drove to victory in the 2021 Classic 24. Ross returns looking for two in a row in the twin-turbocharged Jaguar V6 GTP.
Group D – 1994 – 2003: Sharing the track with Group C, Group D competitors include historic but familiar prototypes and European and American-made GT cars. Classic 24 star brand Riley will be in the spotlight in Group D with a pair of Riley & Scott Mk III entries battling a latest generation Riley Daytona prototype. In GT, several Porsche 911, 993 and 996 models take on a Callaway Corvette, Ford Mustang and Oldsmobile Aurora that have shocked the Group D ranks more than once. Sundry Racing’s #5 Oldsmobile Aurora GTS 1995 (pictured below) by Steve Cohen drilled through to overall Group D victory last year and in the 2018 HSR Classic Daytona 24.
Group E – Modern Prototype and GT: Always a well-supported group, the race’s Group E this year looks like a battle between the latest generation Daytona Prototype “DP” cars, Oreca FLM09 Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC) cars” pc” and more. Recent “P3” LMP3 machines. The GT ranks are grouped in Group E with Porsche Caymans and 911-based models competing with BMW M3s and Z4s, a Panoz Esperante and an Audi R8 LMS Ultra. A familiar and returning entry likely to challenge for overall Group E victory is John Reisman’s 2014 Hudson Historics No. 33 Corvette Daytona prototype.
Group F – Current Prototype and GT: The battle royale of the Classic 24, Group F comprises at the top level retired LMP1 and DPi prototypes which are generally the fastest cars of any racing group in the race. The main battle will likely come down to a pair of Pescarolo LMP1 cars against a Ligier Nissan OR05 DPi. On the GT front, there’s something for everyone with a strong contingent of Porsche 991 GT3, Ferrari 458 and Audi R8 LMS entries ready to mix with a Bentley Continental GT3, a butterfly Mercedes-Benz SLS, a BMW M6 GT3 and an Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Juan Gonzalez and Butch Leitzinger co-drove the No.18 ex-Rollcentre Racing 2007 Pescarolo Judd prepared by GMT Racing (pictured below) to a Run Group victory in last year’s Classic 24 and look for another victory in two weeks.
Group G – HSR Cars: Group G is home to HSR classes not represented in the other groups. Featuring a mix of production cars from six different decades of competition, Group G includes many of the same teams and racing cars that compete in the HSR Vintage GT and Historic GT groups and the HSR Classic RS Cup and HSR Stoner Car Care series. GlobalGT. Porsche models of all generations make up the majority of entries and will face an Aston Martin, a Ferrari 360 and a BMW M3. The diverse Group G mix also includes a Ford Spec Racer, an Audi RS3 front-wheel-drive TCR touring car and an Australian-made Python SR Mk II.
A day of competitive testing on Wednesday November 2 kicks off the 2022 HSR Classic Daytona presented by IMSA. The full-day test sets the stage for the next four days of official competition, which culminates with the classic 24-hour race on Saturday, November 5 at 2 p.m. EST until the final checkered flag 24 hours later.