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Rolex 24 Testing News

With teams preparing for the “dress rehearsal” for the 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona, open-wheel stars Rubens Barrichello, Tony Kanaan and Paul Tracy lead the list of late additions for this weekend’s three day Roar Before the Rolex 24.

The three-day test from Friday through to Sunday is expected to welcome 57 Rolex Series cars – including 17 Daytona Prototypes – and 55 entries from the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

Barrichello and Kanaan are part of a two-car GT entry filed by Dener Motorsport, and will co-drive the team’s #21 Challenge Brazil Porsche GT3.

Dener were seen back in 2007 fielding a GT2 spec Porsche at the Le Mans Series one-off appearance at Interlagos (pictured below).

Paul Tracy meanwhile will co-drive the #77 Doran Racing Ford/Dallara with Dr. Jim Lowe, Colin Braun and Jon Bennett at the Roar, with the team upgrading to a third-generation DP for the Rolex 24.

This will also be the second pairing for Lowe with Colin Braun. The two shared the #8 Starworks Motorsport Ford/Riley at the 49th Rolex 24 in 2011 along with Tomas Enge, Mike Forest and Ryan Dalziel. The young and highly experienced Braun proved to be a valuable mentor to Lowe who was making the jump from 6 years in a Porsche GT3 Cup car to the Daytona Prototype.

“I’m very, very, pleased to be running as a teammate again with Colin Braun,” said Lowe. “I really enjoyed working with him my first year in the Starworks Prototype back in 2011. He was very helpful coaching me to get faster in the DP and proved to be an excellent teammate. Colin is a big addition to our team as he brings another level of speed and is probably one of the faster shoes on the property in a prototype. Having his ALMS partner, Jon Bennett with us is also a bonus and he should have no trouble maneuvering around the road course at Daytona.”

Other teams, including Wayne Taylor Racing, Michael Shank Racing and Napleton Racing, are expected to announce their lineups for the Rolex 24 during the Roar weekend.

Brendon Hartley has also now been confirmed as testing for Starworks for the Roar before the 24

Friday’s schedule includes Rolex Series practice from 9-10:45 a.m. and 1:30-4 p.m., with Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge sessions from 11 a.m.-noon and 4:15-5:15 p.m.  Saturday’s practice opens at 9 a.m. with the first of four Rolex Series sessions, concluding with night practice from 6:30-8 p.m. The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will have two practice sessions.