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Taggart to Contest Rolex 24 at Daytona
Posted by: newsla on Jan 22, 2014 - 06:05 PM
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Taggart to Contest Rolex 24 at Daytona

Sports car driver Jim Taggart will make his Rolex 24 debut this weekend as he straps into a Muehlner Motorsport Porsche GT America for the famed twice-around-the clock road race. Taggart will pilot the No. 19 GTD (GT Daytona) entry in his Tudor United SportsCar Championship debut.


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A full-season competitor and the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge rookie of the year, Taggart will share the Porsche with Pirelli World Challenge Champion Randy Pobst, Jim Michaelian, Mark Kyamme and Rob Gewirtz.

“The opportunity came up late and it was something I had to jump on,” said Taggart. “I’ve never driven this car nor at Daytona.”

As testing starts on Thursday for the 24-hour race, Taggart will be busy prior to his first laps learning the track on iRacing and watching all the YouTube in-car videos he can.

“I can’t wait for the weekend to start,” continued Taggart. “It will be a great opportunity to drive with Randy Pobst, a road racing legend and for Muehlner, a world class motorsports organization. I will do the best I can for my teammates and hopefully it will lead to a podium finish come Sunday afternoon.”

Luckily, Taggart has been in a car recently as his Taggart Autosport team was in Sebring testing the 2014 Lotus Evora GT4 Pirelli World Challenge GTS package.

Among his career accomplishments, in addition to a successful debut pro season in World Challenge as Rookie of the year last season, Taggart was the 2012 SCCA National Rookie of the Year, and took Hard Charger honors at the 2012 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America. He also holds SCCA track records at Sebring (two classes), Road Atlanta, Virginia International Raceway and Barber Motorsports Park

Follow the action this weekend from Daytona
(all times eastern)
Saturday January 25, 2014:
2:00pm-4:00pm (L) – Fox Sports 1
4:00pm-9:00pm (L) – Fox Sports 2
9:00pm-12:00am (L) – IMSA.com

Sunday January 26, 2014:
12:00am-7:00am (L) – IMSA.com
7:00am-3:00pm (L) – Fox Sports 1

Live timing and updates: www.imsa.com

Live Twitter reports - @TaggartAutosport

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