Daytona Roars To Life With Grand-Am Series

Over 100 Grand-Am race cars took to the hight banks of Daytona to begin the ushering in of the 2012 racing season.

An open practice named the Roar Before the Rolex 24 at the Daytona International Speedway this weekend is the prelude to the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona which will take place on January 28-29.

Chip Ganassi Racing drivers test out the new Riley DPG3s. Defending Champions Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas will be teamed with Graham Rahal and Joey Hand in the #01 Riley Daytona Prototype.

The beautiful Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am ready to hit the track piloted by drivers Gianmaria Bruni
, Raphael Matos and Giancarlo Fisichella.

Dialing in the #52 Audi Sport AG R8 at Daytona.

Allan McNish, two-time Le Mans 24-Hour winner, and Lucas Luhr, current FIA GT1 world champ, will race with Ryan Dalziel, 2010 Rolex 24 winner, Enzo Potolicchio and Alex Popowin the #8 Ford/Riley for Starworks Motorsport.

The Flying Lizard Motorsports team returns in 2012 to the Rolex 24 at Daytona with the #45 Porsche with a driver lineup of Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Patrick Long (USA), Mike Rockenfeller (Germany), and Seth Neiman (USA).

Michael Waltrip (center) and Travis Pastrana (right) team up in the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona in the #56 AF Waltrip Ferrari 458.

Fast in practice, the#10 Suntrust Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype driven by Ryan Briscoe, Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor will be a car to watch in the Rolex 24.

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