DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After 22 years of being the only driver to win overall in the Rolex 24 At Daytona five times, Hurley Haywood was forced to share that distinction with Scott Pruett, who won his fifth overall and 10th class victory in the 2013 Rolex 24.
Next weekend, Pruett looks to move to a new plateau when he shares the No. 01 Telcel/Target Ford EcoBoost/Riley with regular co-driver Memo Rojas, Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray and Indy Lights champion Sage Karam.
“There’s something magical about Daytona, and I love coming to race in the Rolex 24,” Pruett said. “Especially with the coming together of both series, it will be the best of the best. It’s going to be an incredible race.”
He won for Ganassi in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2013, in addition to taking the overall victory in 1994 in a Clayton Cunningham Nissan.
Pruett also won his class in a pair of races for Jack Roush in 1987-88, two for TWR Jaguar in 1992-93, and in a Paul Gentilozzi Jaguar in 2002.
“I would hate to give that title up, but it is what it is,” said Haywood, a six-time class winner of the Rolex 24. “I was able to defend it while I was active – but I can’t defend it anymore since I’ve stopped racing. Scott is a great driver and he’s with the very best team. I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins it a couple more times.”
Rojas can also mark a personal milestone, who can tie Mexican legend Pedro Rodriguez as a four-time Daytona winner. Other four-time Rolex 24 winners were Peter Gregg, Rolf Stommelen and Bob Wollek.