IMSA WeatherTech Championship

Rolex 24 Official Entry List Deep and Full of Wide-Ranging Talent

Sixty-One Cars and 230-Plus Skilled Drivers Fill Field

January 27, 2022
By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The field for the 60th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona is overloaded with racing talent. More than 230 drivers representing 61 cars – the most for the race since 2014 – are on the entry list.

That group of drivers is chock full of endurance racing experts. Fifty-seven drivers have won at least once in class at the Rolex 24, led by Andy Lally’s five victories. Forty drivers have been winners at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, headed by Nicolas Lapierre’s four triumphs. Toss in four Indianapolis 500 winners and seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, and it makes Daytona International Speedway THE place to be to open the 2022 motorsports season – both globally and for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

NBC Sports has complete race coverage beginning on NBC network at 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday. Stints will follow on USA network (4-7 p.m. Saturday; 10 p.m. Saturday-3 a.m. Sunday; 6 a.m.-noon Sunday) before returning to NBC for the dramatic conclusion from noon-2 p.m. Sunday. Peacock, IMSA’s new livestream home, has flag-to-flag coverage of all 24 hours in the U.S. The international livestream is available in most countries outside the U.S. at IMSA.com/TVLive. IMSA Radio also has complete coverage beginning with the “Michelin Countdown to Green” at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Five Classes, Each with a Champion to Crown

For the second straight year, five classes will be racing when the green flag drops at 1:40 p.m. ET Saturday. The starting grid was set by the results of Sunday’s 100-minute qualifying race at Daytona, with the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 winning that race to earn the Motul Pole Award and first starting position. The Wayne Taylor Racing entry, with drivers Filipe Albuquerque, Ricky Taylor, Alexander Rossi and Will Stevens, is aiming to collect the overall and Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class wins a record fourth straight time.

The No. 10 will face stiff competition from the other six DPi entries, including the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R that claimed the 2021 DPi championship on the final lap of the final race last season. Pipo Derani, Tristan Nunez and Mike Conway will share the No. 31 from Action Express Racing.

Action Express also fields the No. 48 Ally Cadillac DPi that finished second in last year’s Rolex 24. Along with NASCAR-turned-IndyCar driver Johnson, the lineup includes two-time Rolex 24 winner Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez, who along with Conway were overall winners last August at Le Mans. Mike Rockenfeller, an overall champion at both the Rolex 24 and Le Mans, rounds out the stout No. 48 lineup.

The Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) field again boasts 10 entries, including the No. 18 Era Motorsport ORECA LMP2 07 that returns its Rolex 24-winning lineup intact with Dwight Merriman, Kyle Tilley, Ryan Dalziel and Paul-Loup Chatin. Four-time Le Mans LMP2 winner Lapierre anchors the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA that won last year’s WeatherTech Championship LMP2 season title and IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup as well as Sunday’s qualifying race. The No. 52’s lineup includes Ben Keating, who’s pulling double duty by also co-driving the No. 5 JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi.

Beginning its second season in the WeatherTech Championship, the Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) class has swelled to nine entries. The No 74 Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320 won the Rolex 24 on its way to capturing the season championship and Michelin Endurance Cup title. Gar Robinson is the sole returning driver from the Rolex 24 winner, joined this year by Felipe Fraga, Kay van Berlo and Michael Cooper.

The No. 54 CORE autosport Ligier finished second in the 2021 LMP2 championship with a lineup anchored by past Rolex 24 winners Jon Bennett and Colin Braun. Four-time Rolex 24 winner Joao Barbosa is back in the No. 33 Sean Creech Motorsport Ligier. Andretti Autosport, with a Rolex 24 entry for the first time, won the LMP3 portion of Sunday’s qualifying race behind full-season drivers Jarett Andretti and Josh Burdon.

The Grand Touring Daytona Pro (GTD PRO) class makes its official WeatherTech Championship debut in the Rolex 24. GTD PRO, which aligns with international GT3 specifications, takes over for the GT Le Mans class and is a wide-open affair with eight manufacturers and 13 cars entered. The No. 63 TR3 Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3, whose drivers have combined for five previous Rolex 24 victories, was the class winner in the qualifying race. Corvette Racing has struggled somewhat adapting its GTLM champion cars to the GT3 spec, but never count out three-time Rolex 24 winners Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor, who’ll share the No. 3 Corvette C8.R with Nicky Catsburg.

The Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) class figures to be just as unpredictable with 22 entrants and nine manufacturers participating. Mercedes-AMG looks to replicate its 1-2 finish in last year’s Rolex 24 fashioned by the No. 57 Winward Racing and No. 75 Sun Energy 1 GT3s.

The No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, without semi-retired Porsche factory driver Patrick Long, looks to improve on last year’s fourth-place Rolex 24 finish with a lineup that includes two-time Rolex 24 and three-time Le Mans winner Richard Lietz. The No. 44 Magnus Racing driver quartet boasts nine Rolex 24 and two Le Mans victories, though the team has switched to an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 this year. And then there’s Bill Auberlen, IMSA’s all-time winner at the top level (64 wins) who chases his first Rolex 24 victory in 24 years in Turner Motorsport’s new No. 96 BMW M4 GT3.

Three WeatherTech Championship practices are set for Thursday, including a vital nighttime session. A final practice is set for Friday morning, the last opportunity to dial in cars before the historic race begins.

Rolex 24 At Daytona Winners in 2022 Rolex 24 Field (57)
Andy Lally (5): SRPII – 2001; GT – 2009, 2011, 2012; GTD – 2016
Joao Barbosa (4): GTS – 2003; DP/Overall –2010; P/Overall – 2014; DPi/Overall – 2018
Scott Dixon (4): DP/Overall – 2006; P/Overall – 2015; GTLM – 2018; DPi/Overall – 2020
Filipe Albuquerque (3): GT – 2013; P/Overall – 2018; DPi/Overall – 2021
Antonio Garcia (3): DP/Overall – 2009; GTLM – 2015, 2021
Jordan Taylor (3): P/Overall – 2017; DPi/Overall – 2019; GTLM – 2021
Bill Auberlen (2): GTS-3 – 1997; GT3 – 1998
Mirko Bortolotti (2): GTD – 2018, 2019
Sebastien Bourdais (2): P/Overall – 2014; GTLM – 2017
Colin Braun (2): PC – 2014; LMP2 – 2020
Ryan Dalziel (2): DP/Overall – 2010; LMP2 – 2021
Augusto Farfus (2): GTLM – 2019, 2020
Rolf Ineichen (2): GTD – 2018, 2019
Kamui Kobayashi (2): DPi/Overall – 2019, 2020
Richard Lietz (2): GT – 2012; GTLM – 2014
Dirk Mueller (2): GT1 – 1998; GTLM – 2017
John Potter (2): GT – 2012; GTD – 2016
Spencer Pumpelly (2): GT – 2006, 2011
Rene Rast (2): GT – 2012; GTD – 2016
Ricky Taylor (2): P/Overall – 2017; DPi/Overall – 2021
Renger van der Zande (2): DPi/Overall – 2019, 2020
Townsend Bell (1): GTD – 2014
Jonathan Bennett (1): PC – 2014
Jonathan Bomarito (1): GT – 2010
Nick Boulle (1): PC – 2017
Andrea Caldarelli (1): GTD – 2020
Helio Castroneves (1): DPi/Overall – 2021
Nicky Catsburg (1): GTLM – 2021
Paul-Loup Chatin (1): LMP2 – 2021
Connor De Phillippi (1): GTLM – 2019
Michael de Quesada (1): GTD – 2017
Pipo Derani (1): P/Overall – 2016
Indy Dontje (1): GTD – 2021
John Edwards (1): GTLM – 2020
Philip Ellis (1): GTD – 2021
Philipp Eng (1): GTLM – 2019
Misha Goikhberg (1): PC – 2016
Colton Herta (1): GTLM – 2019
Oliver Jarvis (1): GT – 2013
Ben Keating (1): GTD – 2015
Jesse Krohn (1): GTLM – 2020
Corey Lewis (1): GTD – 2020
Dwight Merriman (1): LMP2 – 2021
Tommy Milner (1): GTLM – 2016
Daniel Morad (1): GTD – 2017
Pato O’Ward (1): PC – 2017
Franck Perera (1): GTD – 2018
Alessandro Pier Guidi (1): GTD – 2014
Patrick Pilet (1): GTLM – 2014
Gar Robinson (1): LMP3 – 2021
Mike Rockenfeller (1): DP/Overall – 2010
Alexander Rossi (1): DPi/Overall – 2021
Jeff Segal (1): GTD – 2014
Nick Tandy (1): GTLM – 2014
Kyle Tilley (1): LMP2 – 2021
Russell Ward (1): GTD – 2021
Richard Westbrook (1): GTLM – 2018

IMSA Champions in 2022 Rolex 24 Field (42)
Joao Barbosa (6): WeatherTech Championship Prototype – 2014, 2015; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Prototype – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Antonio Garcia (6): American Le Mans Series GT – 2013; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM – 2015; WeatherTech Championship GTLM – 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021
Jeroen Bleekemolen (5): American Le Mans Series GTC – 2010, 2013; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTD – 2017, 2018, 2019
Ben Keating (5): IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTD – 2017, 2018, 2019; WeatherTech Championship LMP2 – 2021; IMSA Michelin Cup Endurance LMP2 – 2021
Andy Lally (4): GRAND-AM SRPII – 2001; GRAND-AM SGS – 2004; GRAND-AM GT – 2006; GRAND-AM North American Endurance Cup GT – 2012
Tommy Milner (4): American Le Mans Series GT – 2012; WeatherTech Championship GTLM – 2016; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM – 2016, 2021
Felipe Nasr (4): WeatherTech Championship Prototype – 2018; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Prototype – 2018; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup DPi – 2019; WeatherTech Championship DPi 2021
Jordan Taylor (4): GRAND-AM DP – 2013; WeatherTech Championship Prototype – 2017; WeatherTech Championship GTLM – 2020, 2021
Bill Auberlen (3): IMSA GTS-3 – 1997; GRAND-AM GT – 2002, 2004
Jonathan Bennett (3): WeatherTech Championship PC – 2014, 2015; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup PC – 2014
Colin Braun (3): WeatherTech Championship PC – 2014, 2015; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup PC – 2014
Mario Farnbacher (3): IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTD – 2017; WeatherTech Championship GTD – 2019, 2020
Dirk Mueller (3): American Le Mans Series GT – 2000, 2001; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM – 2018
Ricky Taylor (3): WeatherTech Championship Prototype – 2017; WeatherTech Championship DPi – 2020; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup DPi – 2021
Filipe Albuquerque (2): IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Prototype – 2017; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup DPi – 2021
Townsend Bell (2): IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTD – 2014; WeatherTech Championship GTD – 2015
Pipo Derani (2): IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup DPi – 2019; WeatherTech Championship DPi – 2021
John Edwards (2): GRAND-AM North American Endurance Cup GT – 2013; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM – 2020
Mikkel Jensen (2): WeatherTech Championship LMP2 – 2021; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup LMP2 – 2021
Cooper MacNeil (2): American Le Mans Series GTC – 2012, 2013
Pato O’Ward (2): WeatherTech Championship PC – 2017; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup PC – 2017
Tim Pappas (2): American Le Mans Series GTC – 2010, 2011
Patrick Pilet (2): WeatherTech Championship GTLM – 2015; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM – 2017
Gar Robinson (2): WeatherTech Championship LMP3 – 2021; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup LMP3 – 2021
Jeff Segal (2): GRAND-AM GT – 2010, 2012
Renger van der Zande (2): WeatherTech Championship PC – 2016; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup DPi – 2020
Laurens Vanthoor (2): WeatherTech Championship GTLM – 2019; WeatherTech Championship GTD – 2021
Earl Bamber (1): WeatherTech Championship GTLM – 2019
Helio Castroneves (1): WeatherTech Championship DPi – 2020
Felipe Fraga (1): IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTD – 2019
Jan Heylen (1): IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTD – 2021
Scott Huffaker (1): IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup LMP2 – 2021
Ian James (1): American Le Mans Series P2 – 2004
Jesse Krohn (1): IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM – 2020
Corey Lewis (1): IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTD – 2020
Simon Pagenaud (1): American Le Mans Series LMP – 2010
John Potter (1): GRAND-AM North American Endurance Cup GT – 2012
Zacharie Robichon (1): WeatherTech Championship GTD – 2021
Alexander Rossi (1): IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup DPi – 2021
Guy Smith (1): American Le Mans Series P1 – 2011
Nick Tandy (1): IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM – 2021
Richard Westbrook (1): IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM – 2019

24 Hours of Le Mans Winners in 2022 Rolex 24 Field (40)
Nicolas Lapierre (4): LMP2 – 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
Antonio Garcia (3): GT1 – 2008, 2009; GTE Pro – 2011
Richard Lietz (3): GT2 – 2007, 2010; GTE Pro – 2013
Darren Turner (3): GT1 – 2007, 2008; GTE Pro – 2017
Jonathan Adam (2): GTE Pro – 2017; GTE Am – 2020
Earl Bamber (2): LMP1/Overall – 2015, 2017
James Calado (2): GTE Pro – 2019, 2021
Tommy Milner (2): GTE Pro – 2011, 2015
Alessandro Pier Guidi (2): GTE Pro – 2019, 2021
Mike Rockenfeller (2): GT2 – 2005; LMP1/Overall – 2010
Daniel Serra (2): GTE Pro – 2017, 2019
Harry Tincknell (2): LMP2 – 2014; GTE Pro – 2020
Toni Vilander (2): GTE Pro – 2012, 2014
Filipe Albuquerque (1): LMP2 – 2020
Townsend Bell (1): GTE Am – 2016
Jeroen Bleekemolen (1): LMP2 – 2008
Sebastien Bourdais (1): GTE Pro – 2016
Matt Campbell (1): GTE Am – 2018
Mike Conway (1): LMH/Overall – 2021
Ryan Dalziel (1): LMP2 – 2012
Loic Duval (1): LMP1/Overall – 2013
Charlie Eastwood (1): GTE Am – 2020
Ferdinand Habsburg-Lothringen (1): LMP2 – 2021
Phil Hanson (1): LMP2 – 2020
Oliver Jarvis (1): LMP2 – 2017
Kamui Kobayashi (1): LMH/Overall – 2021
Jose Maria Lopez (1): LMH/Overall – 2021
Alex Lynn (1): GTE Pro – 2020
Maxime Martin (1): GTE Pro – 2020
Dirk Mueller (1): GTE Pro – 2016
Nicklas Nielsen (1): GTE Am – 2021
Alessio Rovera (1): GTE Am – 2021
Jeff Segal (1): GTE Am – 2016
Guy Smith (1): LMGTP/Overall – 2003
Will Stevens (1): GTE Am – 2017
Bill Sweedler (1): GTE Am – 2016
Nick Tandy (1): LMP1/Overall – 2015
Jordan Taylor (1): GTE Pro – 2015
Nicki Thiim (1): GTE Am – 2014
Laurens Vanthoor (1): GTE Pro – 2018

IndyCar Champions in 2022 Rolex 24 Field (4)
Scott Dixon (6): 2003, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2020
Sebastien Bourdais (4): 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Alex Palou (1): 2021
Simon Pagenaud (1): 2016

Indianapolis 500 Winners in 2022 Rolex 24 Field (4)
Helio Castroneves (4): 2001, 2002, 2009, 2021
Scott Dixon (1): 2008
Simon Pagenaud (1): 2019
Alexander Rossi (1): 2016

NASCAR Cup Series Race Winners in 2022 Rolex 24 Field (1)
Jimmie Johnson – 83 wins

NASCAR Cup Series Champions in 2022 Rolex 24 Field (1)
Jimmie Johnson – 7 titles

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