DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (January 25, 2019) - From the first-ever race at Pocono Speedway to this weekend’s launch of the 50th Anniversary season, IMSA has forged innovation at every turn. From turbos and aerodynamics to the use of composites, IMSA teams have long been at the forefront of trying, testing, and winning with new ideas proven in competition.
And 2019 will be no different as the series launches the season with the blockbuster event at Daytona.
The World Center of Racing will play host to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Rolex 24 At Daytona as well as the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race on Friday.
Both events will see a growing number of teams utilize AERO Sustainable Paint Technology, which provides them with amazing color clarity, a very rugged outer layer that provides aerodynamic advantages, as well as extreme light weight. Those advantages have seen AERO with a larger and larger presence on the grid with five teams in the Rolex 24 utilizing AERO liveries.
The event has a range of compelling storylines, from the launch of the 50th Anniversary celebrations to Alex Zanardi returning to the cockpit of an AERO-liveried BMW M8 in his return to racing in North America.
Corvette Racing and Team RLL BMW have long been utilizing the benefits of AERO and will continue to do so through the 2019 championship hunt.
With 24 total hours of competition reigning champions Corvette Racing are looking to continue that path with its No. 3 and No. 4 entries. The team has hoping to add a fourth Rolex 24 win to its resume.
Similarly, Team RLL BMW are coming back for 2019 with two M8 GTE machines. The Rolex 24 marks a special race for BMW Team RLL with the addition of Alex Zanardi who will be paired with John Edwards, Jesse Krohn and Chad Mostert in the No. 24 BMW M8. The sister No. 25 entry will bring the return of Conner De Philippe who will pair with Colton Herta, Philip Eng and Augusto Farfus.
Scuderia Corsa Ferrari will also be coming back to IMSA competition with its striking AERO paint scheme in its No. 63 WeatherTech entry.
While many teams are returning there are several newcomers as well. Both Lexus AIM Vasser-Sullivan and Juncos Racing are entering the IMSA ranks for the first time in 2019.
Before the twice around the clock event gets underway the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge will conduct its kick off four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge on Friday. Three teams will stand out with AERO: HART Racing, Compass Racing, and CarBahn/Peregrine Racing.
Nearly impossible to miss, Compass Racing is back as reigning TCR champions with its neon orange and black livery on the No. 75 McLaren piloted by Paul Holton and Kuno Wittmer.
"We use AERO for anything that we would use regular paint for,” said Compass principal Karl Thompson. “AERO paint can be seen on our trailers, which are done in the new storm gray to match our McLaren with our signature orange. It ‘pops’ and looks amazing on the car and trailers! We got a new tractor so we painted it with AERO as well. It’s great that all of our pieces correspond with our pit cars in the same color palette which looks professional which is important as we move into GTD."
HART Racing made the jump to AERO Sustainable Paint last year with its Acura NSX effort. For 2019, HART Racing moves to the TCR category of the IMPC with the Honda Civic TCR. One thing remains the same and that’s the use of AERO Paint.
"I got to race the TCR race last year for Honda in another series and it is by far one of the best cars I have ever driven,” said Ryan Eversley, driver of the No. 89 HART Civic. “One of things I am excited about is having AERO on our car this year because our body lines are sharp and aggressive. The AERO paint makes it look amazing! Not only is it a very competitive car but a very sexy car and the fans appreciate it. At the Roar, there was a lot of talk about how we had the best-looking car which I am happy to be driving. We will be strong even when we have other Hondas to contend with.”
The HART squad punches above their weight, starting with its outstanding livery looks.
“My team is all volunteer-based and have to go to work on Monday at their factory jobs at Honda,” said Eversley. “That gives us an edge because they are here because they love it. I have been successful in this class before, Chad and I have been teammates before, and we have the best-looking car. When you add it all up, we should be in the hunt for a win!"
The Michelin Pilot Challenge race will kick off the weekend on Friday at 12:15 pm ET and can be viewed on IMSA.tv. The 57th Rolex 24 At Dayton will go green on Saturday at 2:35 pm ET.