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Conor Daly among finalists for 2017 ROC Factor competition

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Verizon IndyCar Series racer Conor Daly has been named as one of the finalists for the ‘ROC Factor’ competition ahead of the Race of Champions later this month.

The Race of Champions pits drivers from an array of series up against each other in a multi-discipline challenge, with this year’s event taking place in Miami on January 21-22.

The line-up features a number of motorsport’s biggest names, including Juan Pablo Montoya, Tony Kanaan, Sebastian Vettel, Tom Kristensen, Jenson Button, Alexander Rossi, Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch.

Following the successful running of the ROC Factor competition for the 2015 Race of Champions in London, the competition returned for Miami, with applicants getting the chance to team up with either James Hinchcliffe or Helio Castroneves.

The 10 finalists to join Hinchcliffe on ROC Team North America were confirmed on Wednesday, with 2017 Foyt IndyCar racer Daly among them.

The 10 finalists for ROC Factor to join Team North America are:

  • Shea Adam
  • Bill Caswell
  • Gary Grant
  • Conor Daly
  • Christopher Hill
  • Glenn McGee
  • Floyd Raglin
  • Stefan Rzadzinski
  • John Sabol
  • Jeff Seehorn

10 finalists have also been named to join Castroneves on Team Latin America:

  • Cesar Baltazar Rivera, Mexico
  • Rafael Duarte Oliveira, Brazil
  • Gabriel Glusman, Argentina
  • Thomas Graef, Brazil
  • Jaime Guerrero, Colombia
  • Luis Martinez, Cuba
  • Gonzalo Rodriguez, Peru
  • Federico Treviño, Mexico
  • David Tuaty, Peru
  • Esteban Yanguas, Colombia

Both ROC Factor contests are now live on Facebook, allowing fans to vote for their favorite and complete the line-up for the Race of Champions. You can find out more information by clicking here.

Former 5-time ALMS and Le Mans-winning team owner Dave Maraj killed in accident

Photo courtesy Dave Maraj Facebook page
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Well-known sports car team owner and automobile dealership owner Dave Maraj was killed Saturday night in a boating accident in Florida, according to SportsCar365.com.

Maraj’s Champion Racing teams won five consecutive American Le Mans Series championships from 2004 through 2008, and also captured the overall win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2005, the last American team to do so in the iconic sports car race.

IMSA President Scott Atherton released the following statement mourning Maraj’s passing:

Dave Maraj. Photo courtesy IMSA.

“All of us at IMSA are shocked and saddened by the news of Dave Maraj’s passing. As a team owner in the American Le Mans Series, Dave and his Champion Racing organization were the epitome of professionalism and excellence, as their five series championships and 24 Hours of Le Mans victory will attest.

“Dave was a tremendous competitor and a great friend to all in the paddock throughout his time in our sport. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave’s family and friends and to all of his associates at Champion Motors.”

Maraj was a very successful automobile dealership owner, most notably Champion Motors and Champion Porsche in Pompano Beach, Florida, the latter considered the No. 1 Porsche dealer in the U.S.

Details of how Maraj died have not been released.

Maraj sold his racing operation after the 2008 season and devoted himself to his Porsche and Audi auto dealerships, as well as competitive sailing.