HSR Classic 24 Hour of Daytona

Click Here to Begin Slideshow For the fourth time, the HSR (Historic Sportscar Racing, LLC) Classic Daytona presented by IMSA Race Weekend took place at Daytona International Speedway. A four-day affair, this exciting event has as its heart a 24-hour race spanning its third and fourth days. This race began in 2014 as a tribute to the legendary Rolex 24 at Daytona. It involves six period-correct run groups of cars which rotate through a full day of racing. Each car has four sessions on the track during this time. In each group, the car which covers the most ground in the least time is crowned champion. The first two days aren't devoid of thrills either, of course; right on the first day, the Sasco Sports International/American Challenge sprint steals the show and provides a great intro to the action. Three drivers - Oliver Bryant in Overall and American-class, Robert Albino in International class and Mike Banz in the Porsche class - took home victories at the end of this day. Day two was practice day, which might not sound terribly exciting, but the action was intense enough to result in some nasty damage to at least one car. The unfortunate vehicle blew a tire in Turn 4, and while the driver was fortunately alright, the same can't be said for the car. At the end of the weekend, the six champion vehicles received their awards. Most of the champions were repeat winners; the only new faces were Jim Cullen and Frank Beck in their Olthoff Racing '68 No. 101 Lola T70, in Group A. Groups B and C had return champions, with John and Ryan Harrold and Kevin Wheeler taking the victory (their fourth straight!) for Group B in their Team Mean/KMW Motorsports '79 No. 94 Chevron B23/36, and Group C's Tommy Dreelan and Aaron Scott winning the day in an '87 No. 14 Celtic Speed Porsche 962. Moving on to Group F, Mike Gaulke and Thomas Merrill brought their JWE Motorsports '74 No. 99 Porsche home in first for the second year in a row. Group E was won by Andy Wallace and Doug Smith, co-driving a 2005 No. 38 Audi R8 LMP for Rogers Motorsports. Steve Cohen and Ray Snowdon drove their Sundry Racing '92 No. 5 Oldsmobile Aurora GTS-class car into history both as winners and as the first production-based GT car team to top the Prototypes from an overall Group D win. For the second time consectutively, the HSR Classic Daytona will be followed up by the HSR Classic 12 Hour at Sebring, Pistons and Props, presented by the Alan Jay Automotive Network, from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2. You can find tickets for the Sebring event here. To learn more about HSR and the Classic races, you can visit the HSR website, the Classic 24 website or the HSR Facebook page.

HSR Classic 24 Hour of Daytona

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For the fourth time, the HSR (Historic Sportscar Racing, LLC) Classic Daytona presented by IMSA Race Weekend took place at Daytona International Speedway.

A four-day affair, this exciting event has as its heart a 24-hour race spanning its third and fourth days. This race began in 2014 as a tribute to the legendary Rolex 24 at Daytona. It involves six period-correct run groups of cars which rotate through a full day of racing. Each car has four sessions on the track during this time. In each group, the car which covers the most ground in the least time is crowned champion.

The first two days aren't devoid of thrills either, of course; right on the first day, the Sasco Sports International/American Challenge sprint steals the show and provides a great intro to the action.

Three drivers - Oliver Bryant in Overall and American-class, Robert Albino in International class and Mike Banz in the Porsche class - took home victories at the end of this day.

Day two was practice day, which might not sound terribly exciting, but the action was intense enough to result in some nasty damage to at least one car. The unfortunate vehicle blew a tire in Turn 4, and while the driver was fortunately alright, the same can't be said for the car.

At the end of the weekend, the six champion vehicles received their awards. Most of the champions were repeat winners; the only new faces were Jim Cullen and Frank Beck in their Olthoff Racing '68 No. 101 Lola T70, in Group A.

Groups B and C had return champions, with John and Ryan Harrold and Kevin Wheeler taking the victory (their fourth straight!) for Group B in their Team Mean/KMW Motorsports '79 No. 94 Chevron B23/36, and Group C's Tommy Dreelan and Aaron Scott winning the day in an '87 No. 14 Celtic Speed Porsche 962.

Moving on to Group F, Mike Gaulke and Thomas Merrill brought their JWE Motorsports '74 No. 99 Porsche home in first for the second year in a row.

Group E was won by Andy Wallace and Doug Smith, co-driving a 2005 No. 38 Audi R8 LMP for Rogers Motorsports.

Steve Cohen and Ray Snowdon drove their Sundry Racing '92 No. 5 Oldsmobile Aurora GTS-class car into history both as winners and as the first production-based GT car team to top the Prototypes from an overall Group D win.

For the second time consectutively, the HSR Classic Daytona will be followed up by the HSR Classic 12 Hour at Sebring, Pistons and Props, presented by the Alan Jay Automotive Network, from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2. You can find tickets for the Sebring event here.

To learn more about HSR and the Classic races, you can visit the HSR website, the Classic 24 website or the HSR Facebook page.

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Gary Rosier took up photography 4 years ago in his retirement, but has discovered a passion for covering automotive and aeromotive events, particularly around Daytona Beach, FL. You can also find him on Facebook and his own site http://www.carsplaneslandscapes.com.

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