Sir Jackie Stewart says making Grand-Am an internationally recognized series means bringing in an even wider selection of cars — if the cars come, the big drivers will too. With a number of new cars on the grid this year, the Rolex 24 is actually starting to look like a world-class event.
In this episode of DRIVE's racing show Shakedown, Leo Parente presents exhibit A. The once Porsche- and Mazda-dominated GT class now sports Audi R8s, Ferrari 458s and a Ford Mustang along with a smattering of BMWs and Chevy Camaros. Add to that new Daytona prototypes from Corvette and Riley, and the Rolex 24 actually looked this year like a world-class event.
Parente also cornered some pre-race interviews with some of this year's higher-profile drivers, including NASCAR's Michael Waltrup and EXTREEEEEEME sports bro Travis Pastrana — who piloted a Ferrari 458 GT.
The big get, of course was Sir Jackie, who — with that famous Tartan tam perched atop his legendary head — volunteered his no-nonsense advice to race organizers: MOAR CARRRRRS.