The NTT IndyCar Series is still more than two months away from dropping the green flag, but the 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona will once again provide a preview.
There are at least eight active IndyCar drivers in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener Jan. 28-29 at Daytona International Underwater, among the four in the premier rebranded GTP category, which will debut from LMDh prototypes.
Meyer Shank Racing teammates Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud to No. 60 Acura who won the Rolex 24 year. Those Indy 500 winners will be joined by MSR full-time sports car driver Tom Blomqvist (who was also in the winning car last year) and Colin Braun.
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They will be joined in the top class by six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon and seven-time winner Colton Herta.
Entry 23rd * season at Chip Ganassi Racing, Dixon will be making 20th* Rolex 24th start and third consecutive in Ganassi’s No. 01 Cadillac. Dixon is a three-time overall winner, most recently in 2020 with Wayne Taylor Racing.
Herta will make his debut in the advanced prototype division as BMW comes up with his team at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. This will mark the fifth Rolex 24 start for Herta, who was part of BMW’s winning GTLM entry in 2019. and LMP2 winner last year.
Other IndyCar drivers entered in the 2023 Rolex 24:
-Team Penske is written by Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin I will make one of my Daytona debuts on the No. 8 LMP2 entries of Tower Motorsports.
-Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay will make his third consecutive Rolex 24 start in LMP2, returning to the No. 11 from TDS Racing.
-Romain Grosjean will make his Rolex 24 debut in a new role as factory driver for the Lamborghini Squadra Corse. Grosjean finished in GTD with the No. The 63 iron Lynx will be pursued this season, while also testing the team’s new Lamborghini LMDh which will make its 2024 debut in the IMSA and FIA World Championship.
While still to be confirmed, Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood is the candidate for the No. 14 Lexus Vasser Sullivan is back in GTD Pro. A team spokesman said endurance racing teammates Jack Hawksworth and Ben Barnicoat will be announced for Daytona next month.
Although IndyCar will be well represented in 61St* Rolex 24, a slightly descending series to 12 drivers per year of the race at Daytona.
New McLaren teammates in IndyCar, Alexander Rossi (a 2021 Rolex 24 winner with Wayne Taylor Racing) and Pato O’Ward (who won last year with Hertha) are not entered in the 2023 Rolex 24.
Because Chip Ganassi Racing chose to line up three drivers in their Cadillacs to prepare for the 24 Hours of Maine, Alex Palou and Marcus Ericsson also did not return after their Rolex 24 debut last year.
Since the 1980s, the Rolex 24 in Daytona has become more coveted and exclusive. Because new cars require larger stalls pit; IMSA pine tree entry list in 60. And the increased equipment from BMW and Porsche, the contract factory drivers, have gained priority in winning slots in IMSA’s new premier GTP division.