DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Retired sports car champion Scott Pruett will serve as grand marshal for the Rolex 24 at Daytona later this month.
Pruett will give the command for drivers to start their engines before the start of the prestigious endurance race on Jan. 26.
The 58-year-old Pruett retired from competition following the 2018 Rolex 24, walking away as IMSA’s all-time leader with 60 wins and second in series championships with nine. He notched five Rolex 24 overall victories, a record he shares with Hurley Haywood. Pruett also holds the record for Rolex 24 class victories with 10.
Pruett, who was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2017, says “it’s impossible for me to sum up, in just a few words, how honored I am to be chosen as grand marshal.”
The 57th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona will be the first Pruett has missed since 2003. He drove in all but six endurance races at Daytona between 1985 and 2017.
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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”
With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.
Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.
Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.
Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.
“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.
Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold
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