Banner Day for Red Bull GRC Veterans at Rolex 24
Four of the top seven finishing teams at this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona featured current or former Red Bull Global Rallycross drivers behind the wheel—and all four of them entrusted a rallycross veteran with taking car to the the checkered flag.
Action Express Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque avenged a loss in last year’s event to take the victory on Sunday afternoon, earning his first victory in the iconic endurance race while simultaneously providing Continental Tire with an impressive victory. Albuquerque made his Red Bull GRC debut in Texas in 2012 as a teammate to Travis Pastrana.
Finishing in third place and on the same lap, GRC Lites veteran Colin Braun brought CORE autosport to a podium finish in its first race in the Prototype class. Jon Bennett, Braun’s Lites teammate and CCORE’s team owner, was also part of the third-place effort. Behind them, Austin Cindric, who made his Supercar debut in Seattle last year, finished in sixth overall for JDC-Miller Motorsports; in the team’s second car, Gustavo Menezes, who debuted in GRC Lites in 2015, placed seventh.
Other Red Bull GRC-experienced drivers included Sebastian Saavedra, whose squad finished 12th in the Prototype class, and Townsend Bell, whose GT Daytona team placed fifth overall.
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