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Senna completes stacked United Autosports line-up for Rolex 24

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Bruno Senna has completed United Autosports’ stacked driver line-up for the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

The nephew of Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna, Bruno has focused chiefly on endurance racing since making his last grand prix start in 2012.

Senna clinched his first motorsport title at the end of last month after a stunning fightback in the FIA World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain, wrapping up the LMP2 drivers’ title alongside Julien Canal for Rebellion Racing.

The Brazilian will now venture to Daytona International Speedway for the Rolex 24 next month, becoming the seventh and final driver for United Autosports’ two-car entry.

Senna will partner Will Owen, Hugo de Sadeleer and Paul Di Resta for the endurance classic, with Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris and Phil Hanson teaming up in the second Ligier JS P217.

“I’m very excited to join United Autosports on this challenge for Daytona,” Senna said.

“It’s an incredibly accomplished team and with the experience from 2017, great technical talent, as well as the incredibly strong driver line-up, we should be up for a good fight right from the start!”

Team co-owner Zak Brown added: “I’m thrilled we have completed our Rolex 24 At Daytona line up and that Bruno will be joining the team.

“He’s a fantastic driver and a proven race and championship winner so will be a great asset to our team.”

Senna will feature in the pre-Daytona ‘Roar Before the 24’ test on January 5-7 before racing two weeks later on January 26-27.

Top Fuel driver Austin Prock earns 2019 NHRA top rookie honors

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Having just completed a promising first year in NHRA Top Fuel competition, Austin Prock is on the road to even greater drag racing success in his career.

That’s why it’s not surprising that Prock was named the winner of the 2019 Auto Club Road to the Future Award during Monday night’s annual NHRA Awards dinner at the Ray Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

The Road to the Future Award is NHRA’s version of Rookie of the Year, and Prock was among the brightest young stars on the circuit this past season, including winning his first national event at the Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in suburban Seattle, the 16th race on the 24-race schedule.

What made that first win all the more sweeter is it came at the same event that his boss, legendary 16-time Funny Car champion John Force, captured his milestone 150th career win.

One month ago, Prock set a personal best run of 3.688 seconds at 334.40 mph over veteran driver Doug Kalitta in the first round of eliminations at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals three weeks ago in Ennis, Texas (suburban Dallas).

“I am proud of the season this Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team put together,” Prock said in a media release. “My guys worked their asses off all season long to give me the opportunity to win the Auto Club Road the Future Award. I couldn’t have done it without them.

“I would have never been here without John Force and Robert Hight (president of John Force Racing). They gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream and I owe the world to them. I hope I made them proud.”

Prock became only the 10th rookie in the history of the NHRA pro ranks to both win a race in their first season and also go on to win the Road to the Future award. He also was the 13th rookie in the sport’s history to qualify for the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six race playoffs.

Prock becomes the sixth John Force Racing driver to earn the Road to the Future Award, joining Tony Pedregon (1996), Hight (2005), Ashley Force-Hood (2007), Mike Neff (2008), Courtney Force (2012) and Brittany Force (2013).

Austin Prock is the son of veteran crew chief Jimmy Prock, who tuned Hight to his third career NHRA Funny Car championship this past Sunday.

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