Heart of Racing prepare for Daytona opener

Monday, January 15, 2024


The Heart of Racing Team will look to make a strong start to the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech program as the championship once again opens with the traditional Rolex 24 At Daytona this January 27-28. The team won the GTD class in the 2023 edition of the race and has been hard at work to prepare for another strong run with both team entries this year at Daytona International Speedway.

That effort will take its first official step forward this weekend with the ROAR Before the 24, as IMSA sets the grid for the race with Sunday’s qualifying session slated for the full 60-entry field of GT and prototype machines. 

Returning to the No. 23 Heart of Racing Aston Martin GTD PRO entry will be Alex Riberas and Ross Gunn, the duo will be joined by multi time champion Mario Farnbacher. Riberas and Gunn secured a front row starting position in last season’s qualifying for the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Though Farnbacher will be making his debut with HOR during his eleventh Rolex 24 At Daytona start, the German is no stranger to the team as he co-drove with Riberas and Ian James in 2014 - 2016. The trio will be seeking their first win of the famed 24-hour race. 

The Heart of Racing will also look to defend its 2023 GTD class victory with the No. 27 Aston Martin Vantage with Roman De Angelis, Marco Sorensen, Zach Robichon, and team principal Ian James. De Angelis, Sorensen, and James were a part of the 2023 Rolex 24 At Daytona win helping lead the way to finish the season second in championship points standings.

Robichon joins the Rolex 24 At Daytona winning team with a Daytona victory already on his resume, having scored a GTD victory in the 2022 event. The Canadian will be making his sixth Daytona International Speedway start as well as his debut outing with the Heart of Racing Team. 

While the Heart of Racing Team’s IMSA program is in full swing in the United States, the team will also be competing in the Creventic 24H Series for the 24 Hours of Dubai (January 26-28), the same weekend as the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

The ROAR Before the 24 weekend will see five on track test sessions before qualifying Sunday afternoon.

Source material - HoRT
Photo credits - J Price Photo
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