Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) recently released the official entry list to date for the Ninth Running of the HSR Classic Daytona presented by IMSA, the nation’s premier 24-hour race for historic and vintage sports cars that returns to Daytona International Speedway (DIS) November 1 – 5.
This year’s edition of the HSR Classic Daytona 24 has attracted the usual triple-digit entry of former race winners and debuting contenders as well as a stout lineup for the HSR Daytona Historics, the Classic 24 companion event that is a points-paying round for HSR’s season-long racing series and championships.
One of entry of note headed to Daytona is the 1998 Ferrari 333 SP of Graham Adelman (pictured above) that was prepared and maintained in its prime by Doran Racing and Kevin Doran, who will be back at the helm again at the Classic 24. The Ferrari twice competed in the Rolex 24 in 1999 and 2000, co-driven each time by Fredy Lienhard, Didier Theys and Mauro Baldi, with two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk joining the squad the first year.
First held in 2014, the immediate success of the inaugural HSR Classic Daytona 24 called for a second running in 2015. After a year off, the 24-Hour classic race on the 3.56-mile DIS road course returned in 2017 and is now an annual fixture on the HSR calendar.
The HSR Classic Daytona features seven different Run Groups competing in succession for a full 24 hours on the DIS road course. The various period-correct classes within each Run Group combine to make just about any closed-wheel competition sports car from the last 60 years eligible for the HSR Classic Daytona.
The Classic 24 gets underway Saturday, November 4 at 2 p.m. EDT and, for the second-consecutive year, the overnight time change from EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) to EST (Eastern Standard Time) – when U.S time “falls back” an hour – will see repeat 1 a.m. sessions early Sunday morning. Group G runs its second of four sessions at 1 a.m. EDT and will be followed by the third round for Group A at 1 a.m. EST.
Information on the 2023 HSR Classic Daytona and the accompanying HSR Daytona Historics, including the event schedule and much more, can be found by clicking HERE.
The 2023 HSR Classic Daytona presented by IMSA entry list can be found by clicking HERE.