Nissan: Nissan Targets Third Rolex 24 during Daytona Victory

Posted on 23. Jan, 2014 by in Nissan Canada

  • Muscle Milk Pickett Racing leads a assign for a TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
  • FIA WEC LM P2 champions OAK Racing launch US assault
  • Nissan aiming for Rolex 24 success 20 years after final victory

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan has a sights set on returning to feat line during a Rolex 24 during Daytona – 22 years after initial tasting success during a ancestral Florida venue famous as a “World Center of Racing.”

Official Nissan NISMO partner organisation and two-time American Le Mans Series P1 champions Muscle Milk Pickett Racing will lead a assign during Daytona alongside FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) LM P2 pretension winners OAK Racing.

Nissan became a initial Japanese manufacturer to take a altogether win during a Rolex 24 during Daytona in 1992 when Masahiro Hasemi, Kazuyoshi Hoshino and Toshio Suzuki triumphed with a Nissan R91CP.

The Japanese contingent finished 2,712.720 miles (762 laps) over a 24-hour tour with a 800 horsepower R91CP. They took a lead on a second path of a foe and never surrendered it.

Nissan had won a category (and finished second overall) a prior year in 1991 with Bob Earl, Derek Daly, Chip Robinson and Geoff Brabham behind a circle of a Nissan R90CK.

Remarkably, a stretch record from a 1992 winning Nissan stays dominant to this day.

Two years later, Nissan was again successful – this time holding a feat with a No. 76 Nissan 300ZX-Turbo piloted by Paul Gentilozzi, Scott Pruett, Butch Leitzinger and Steve Millen.

The 300ZX lonesome 707 laps, 2,516.92 miles and averaged 104.80 mph. Leading for all though 111 laps, including a final 427, a team’s domain of feat was a winning 24 laps. The No. 76 appurtenance scored a initial altogether win in a Rolex 24 for a GT automobile given 1983 and a initial win for a front-engine automobile given 1976.

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing will lapse this year with Klaus Graf and Nissan’s 2011 FIA GT1 World Champion Lucas Luhr as a full-season drivers for a new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, that brings together a American Le Mans Series and a GRAND-AM Rolex Series into a singular championship. Young Nissan LM P2 FIA WEC unchanging Alex Brundle will fill a third chair for a Rolex 24 during Daytona – a foe his father Martin Brundle won in 1988.

As partial of a NISMO Global Driver Exchange, racers from Nissan’s patrol of general drivers will foe for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing during a vital continuation events during Daytona, Sebring and Road Atlanta.

While Muscle Milk Pickett Racing will foe a Rolex 24 during Daytona with a Nissan-powered ORECA chassis, OAK Racing will do conflict on a Daytona highway march with a Nissan-powered Morgan driven by Frenchman Olivier Pla, Russian Roman Rusinov, Columbian Gustavo Yacaman and Brit Oliver Webb.

The opening turn of a TUDOR Championship – a Rolex 24 during Daytona – takes place Jan 23 – 26, 2014 during Daytona International Speedway with a immature dwindle scheduled for 2:10 pm (US Eastern) on Jan 25, 2014.

The foe will be promote live in a US starting Jan 25 on FOX from 2 to 4 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 2 from 4 to 9 p.m. ET, from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. ET and FOX Sports 1 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET on Jan 26, 2014.

Schedule (All times Eastern):

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014:

Practice 1: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (All Classes)
Practice 2: 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. (All Classes)
Qualifying: 3:45 – 4 p.m. (GTD)
Qualifying: 4:05 – 4:20 p.m. (GTLM)
Qualifying: 4:30 – 4:45 p.m. (PC)
Qualifying: 4:50 – 5:05 p.m. (P)
Practice 3 (night practice): 6:30 – 8 p.m. (All Classes)

Friday, Jan 24, 2014:

Practice 4: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (All Classes)

Saturday, Jan 25, 2014:

Autograph Session: 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Race: 2:10 p.m. (24 hours)




“We’re unequivocally most looking brazen to this race. We’re vehement about it. we hadn’t been behind here for 3 or 4 years myself. I’ve run it many times.

“We’re vehement about a new opportunities with a new partnerships with Nissan and ORECA.

“The new further to a team, Alex Brundle, who is in here as a Nissan driver, has finished a good job. We’re unequivocally happy all a approach around.

“Nissan’s overwhelming GTP cars they had – Brabham won 4 championships in a quarrel in a late ’80s and early ’90s – we know that’s a large bequest to assistance continue.

“I’ll tell we that this is a big, tough perplexing group. We’re going to work during it unequivocally hard.

“We’re looking brazen to a strength of a series, a strength of all a entries and a strength of a drivers. This is going to be one heck of a show.

“I consider this is going to be some of a best highway racing that’s happened in this nation for a unequivocally prolonged time.”



“The connection and partnership with Nissan provides Muscle Milk Pickett Racing with a event to go to a subsequent step.

“To be concerned with a manufacturer like Nissan is apparently a privilege. We’re unequivocally unapproachable of that attribute we were means to emanate and build in a unequivocally brief duration of time.

“That’s usually a starting point. Now it’s about removing to know any other better, building on a foundation, to be successful and rival on a foe lane and use all of a selling elements that Nissan provides.

“Part of a partnership is that we’ll take some of a NISMO Global Exchange drivers into a program. Alex Brundle propitious right in with us. He’s a unequivocally quick, immature gifted motorist and has some good knowledge in LM P2 cars in a WEC. He provides unequivocally good feedback in that regard.

“I consider it’s good for a immature drivers and a drivers entrance from a module to us that. They apparently have drivers like Lucas and myself who have a lot of experience. We have a unequivocally high turn of engineering in a team. That’s not so easy to find.”



“When we won a FIA GT1 World Championship with Nissan in 2011 it was a unequivocally successful year. Now being behind with Nissan is a good thing and we have schooled in a past that a Nissan engine in LM P2 is a one to have so I’m utterly happy to be powered by Nissan again.

“We all design a automobile to be unequivocally rival in a initial year of a TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. We consider we’ve selected a right package though during a finish of a day we’ll have to wait and see what happens in a races.

“Nobody knows during a impulse unequivocally how rival they are. After a initial foe we’ll apparently know a lot more.

“I consider a foe is going to be unequivocally tough – not usually in a Prototype category though in all classes. The pivotal is going to be how a array gets a change right between a Daytona Prototypes and a LM P2 cars. we have high hopes that they got it right so nobody has a genuine advantage or disadvantage. That’s what a drivers and a fans like though for certain it is going to be tough competition.”



“I’m enjoying my time in a automobile a lot. I’ve unequivocally taken to this organisation and I’d like to consider a organisation has taken to me and we’ve gotten on unequivocally good in a early days of contrast during Daytona.

“It’s an implausible venue and I’m unequivocally enjoying pushing here. we underestimated it massively, to be honest.

“There are some unequivocally technical sections out there that we need to get my conduct around, and a new framework in terms of P2. I’ve apparently driven a engine before in terms of a Nissan V8 though it’s a new framework for me to get on tip of.

“There’s lots of work that needs to be finished though I’m enjoying it a lot.

“It’s a large payoff for me and we have to contend a large appreciate we to Nissan for promulgation me out here to do some racing, representing them on their behalf.

“This will be my initial time in a Daytona 24, one of a biggest sports automobile races in a universe and arguably a biggest sports automobile foe in a United States. I’m gay to be here and I’m going to make a best of a opportunity.

“Obviously to win this foe is a large dream and it would be an aspiration realized. When my father won behind in ’88, we know he still remembers that knowledge unequivocally fondly and describes it as a toughest foe of his whole sports automobile career.”


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