Sebastian Montoya to race in F4 for Prema Powerteam

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The son of one of racing’s most versatile drivers is set to make his single-seater debut this season.

Sebastian Montoya, the 14-year-old son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and current IMSA driver Juan Pablo Montoya, will race for Prema Powerteam in Formula 4 this season.

Having raced karts in the U.S. since the age of 8, Montoya will contest the full 2020 Italian F4 championship for the team, as well as selected races in the German ADAC-promoted F4 series.

“I am very excited to start racing cars and to have the opportunity to race F4 in 2020 with such a great team,” Montoya said. “Prema is a top team and has all the equipment and people to help me learn and grow as a driver. The competition will be tough, but it is better because it will make me challenge myself on and off track.”

Sebastian will join fellow rookies Gabriel Bortoleto, Gabriele Mini and Dino Beganovic on Prema’s F4 team.

“We are delighted to welcome Sebastian to the team,” team principal Angelo Rosin said in a release. “He is a great addition to our lineup and is already experiencing a positive transition to single-seaters.

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“For him, this will be a learning year, but by what we have seen so far, he can quickly become a leading contender. We cannot wait to get the season started. It will be exciting to work with so many talented young drivers.”

During Rolex 24 testing at Daytona International Speedway last month, Juan Pablo Montoya told NBC Sports about the time and travel that he and his family have invested in supporting his son’s career.

On hoping to race with his son in the future, the 44-year-old Montoya said, “I think that would be awesome. Honestly, I think that would be really, really cool to get to race with Sebastian (at Daytona). That would be a very cool experience.

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Meyer Shank Racing wins second consecutive Rolex 24 at Daytona to begin GTP era

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Grand Touring Prototype era began just as the previous one ended as Meyer Shank Racing’s Acura captured its second consecutive Rolex 24 at Daytona with star Tom Blomqvist emphatically starting and finishing the race.

The No. 60 ARX-06 won the 24-hour endurance classic at Daytona International Speedway by 4.190 seconds over Filipe Albuquerque of Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport, giving Acura a sweep of the top two spots.

The Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac V-LMDh cars took the next two spots with Renger van der Zande (the No. 01) and Earl Bamber (No. 02) as four of the nine new GTP cars finished on the lead lap within 12 seconds of each other – quashing the prerace hand-wringing of mass failures for the highly technical cars in the debut of the hybrid prototype premier category.

There were major problems for the manufacturer newcomers Porsche Penske Motorsport and BMW M Team RLL, whose two pairs of cars all finished at least a dozen laps down or more because of major mechanical problems in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener.

Just as he capped the 2022 season by winning the Petit Le Mans season finale in the No. 60 Acura to clinch the final championship of the DPi division for MSR, Blomqvist was behind the wheel again for his third overall victory in IMSA.

“That was crazy,” Blomqvist told NBC Sports’ Kevin Lee. “I knew we had a fantastic car. I’ve been working hard. Unbelievable. Massive, well done, everyone being part of this project and worked together on this project. What a car we’ve built.

“I was just a bit nervous. The 10 was definitely second fastest car, but we held them off

It was the second consecutive Rolex 24 victory for MSR’s trio of Blomqvist and IndyCar teammates and Indy 500 winners Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves. They were joined this year by Colin Braun, who won his first Rolex 24 overall.

Castroneves joined select company in winning the Rolex 24 in three consecutive years. His first win was with Wayne Taylor Racing in 2021.

“Can you believe that?” Castroneves told Lee. “Big props to everyone. Everyone did an amazing job. Everybody worked so hard together. We got it! Another one. I can’t believe it. This is absolutely a dream come true.”

The four-time Indy 500 winner led the team in his signature fence-climbing celebration afterward.

“It’s always fun to climb the fence with Helio,” said Pagenaud, who drove the second-to-last stint before Blomqvist closed it out: “The competition as amazing. It was tough out there. So much fun. Hope you had as much fun as we had. I’m going to savor this one.”

Winners in other classes were the No. 55 ORECA 07 of Proton Competition (which triumphed on a last-lap pass by James Allen on Ben Hanley), WeatherTech Racing’s No. 79 Mercedes in GTD Pro, Heart of Racing’s No. 27 Aston Martin in GTD and AWA’s No. 17 in LMP3.