NASCAR Drivers Get A Head Start On the Competition

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2013 NASCAR season off to its unofficial start with testing sessions at Daytona and Charlotte, some drivers are getting their season started early in other competitions.

The official start to the season begins with Speed weeks at Daytona International Speedway with the Sprint Unlimited, the Duels and the Daytona 500. This year some NASCAR drivers are getting off to an early start to their season by racing in the 51st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Several of NASCAR’s drivers and owners are preparing for the upcoming season not only with NASCAR’s testing of the new Gen-6 cars, but also racing in one of the most historic and most enduring race. Within the 2013 line-up for the 24 hours at Daytona, drivers Jamie McMurray, Juan Pablo Montoya, Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer, AJ Allmendinger and Nelson Piquet Jr will represent NASCAR.

The Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team of Montoya and McMurray will once again race for Chip Ganassi in the Grand-Am Series, except this year both drivers will race in different cars. This year Montoya will race in the No. 01 car and McMurray will race in the No. 02 car for Ganassi in the Daytona Prototype class.

Other NASCAR drivers scheduled to race in the DP class include Piquet in the No. 5 car with Action Express Racing. Allmendinger will be joining Michael Shank Racing in the No. 60 car, also in the DP class.

In the Grand Touring (GT) class Waltrip and Bowyer will be teaming up as two of the drivers for AF-Waltrip in the No. 55 and 56 cars. The Michael Waltrip racing duo will be taking turns throughout the Rolex 24

With less than a month before the first green flag of 2013 waves at Daytona for the start of the NASCAR season, these drivers will see their first green flag at the same track but for a different race. In one of the most testing races in racing, what a better way to start the season.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 


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