Spirit of Daytona has announced its third driver for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, which is to be held at the Daytona International Speedway in January 2011. Sascha Maassen of Germany, the three time champion of the American Le Mans Series, is all set to join Paul Edwards of USA and Spanish racer Antonio Garcia in the Number 90 Chevrolet powered Coyote Daytona Prototype for one of the most prestigious racing events of the world. The Rolex 24 At Daytona is regarded as one of the most esteemed events that checks the skills and endurance of its participating drivers.
Sascha Maassen is a highly qualified driver and has tasted success in several events. He has been the winner of the ALMS GT championship in 2002-2003 and the ALMS LMP2 series in 2006. Under his belt, he has two 24 hours of Le Mans wins in the year 2003 and 2004, five 12 hours of Sebring wins and five Petite Le Mans wins. Sascha Maassen has tasted success in the Rolex Sports Car Series earlier in the year 2003, at Mont-Tremblant, when he drove the Porsche Fabcar for his team ex-team Brumos Racing. So far his best show in the Rolex 24 At Daytona has been the fourth spot, which he has achieved twice.
Sascha Maassen is very excited about his participation in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and in his interview stated that he is looking forward to race in one of the most prestigious racing events in the world and maybe make it to the podium this year. Sascha Maassenâ€™s other team members are highly qualified drivers as well and make for distinct chances of winning for the Spirit of Daytona team. Paul Edwards is a former Rolex Sports Car Series GT winner, while Antonio Garcia has already won a race in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. At the moment, the lineup from Spirit of Daytona Racing looks good and shows bright chances considering the quality and experience of the drivers.
The Spirit of Daytona team owner and manager, Troy Flis is excited about his teamâ€™s great line up. Talking about his drivers, he stated that Antonio Garcia and Paul Edwards were skilled with speed and Sascha Maassen was asked to join the team as he was someone who would be comfortable under any circumstances and situations. He was certain that all three drivers would not be affected by any situation, whether it was day or night, and could run the laps quickly. He felt that the line up of the team would present a tough challenge for most of the other participants.
Troy Flis, while speaking about Sascha Maassen, stated that the biggest challenge for his new addition would be seat time. He was certain that with the experience and quality that Sascha Maassen possessed, it would make him comfortable within the first few laps of racing. He told the media that Sascha Maassen knew what the team expected of him and what he could expect from the track.