The first major event of 2020 (at least for this race fan) is the Rolex 24 at Daytona, an IMSA sponsored event that triggers the start of everything.
A quick (well, maybe not so quick) search through the names uncovered Aaron Telitz, a 28-year-old native of Rice Lake Wisconsin who will be one of four members on one of two teams in the GTD Class Field in the AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3.
Telitz has been a somewhat regular in the Indy Lights series as well as the Weathertech Sportscar Series.
Others on the team include: Townsend Bell, an experienced racer from California who has several years’ experience in Indy Cars as well as the Weathertech and ALMS Series; Frank Montecalvo, another veteran from New Jersey who has raced in the Weathertech and ALMS rounds and New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen who has done most of his racing in the Australian Supercars Series.
The group began preparation for the race in the first of four practice runs, on Thursday, posting a best lap time of 1:59.181, fourth fastest among the GTD field that at that point included just five teams. Later, the team improved to 146.926 to place eighth in a field of 18 GTD teams.
Later the team secured seventh on the starting grid with a qualifying lap time of 1:46.185, a little more than a second off the pole pace of the Pfaff Motorsports team of Zacharie Robichon; Lars Kern; Patrick Pilet and Dennis Olsen in a Porsche 911 GT3 R.
In practice times Friday, the AIM Vasser Sullivan team posted a time of 1:46.572, ninth fastest of 18 in the field and at the final test, they fell off a bit to 1:47.722 to finish outside of the group’s top 10.
The 24-hour race is scheduled to start Saturday (January 25) at noon (CST) and wrap up right around the same time Sunday. The four drivers will turn as many laps on the 3.56-mile Daytona road course as possible.