The Daytona 500 is less than one month away, and things are starting to heat back up in the world of motor sports. This weekend is the 24 Hours of Daytona presented by Rolex.
Roger Schramm from Loves Park will team with Jack Baldwin and Bill Lester to drive the No. 12 Rock Valley Oil and Chemical entry in what has become the most prestigious endurance race in America. They will be joining some of the biggest names in racing, including the current Nextel Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves, to name just a few.
Seventy-two teams are entered, and each team is composed of three to five drivers each for the 24-hour race. The race will be televised live beginning Saturday, Jan. 27 at noon on FOX, followed by three parts on the SPEED Channel, beginning at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday and then at 6 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 28.
The racing world was saddened this month when cancer claimed the lives of two former driversBenny Parsons and Bobby Hamilton. Parsons was the 1973 NASCAR champion. He retired from racing in 1988 and moved into the broadcast booth, where he worked for NBC and TNT.
Hamilton was the 2001 Talladega 500 winner and the 2004 Craftsman Truck Series Champion. He was 49 years old.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the Jan. 24-30, 2007, issue