Challenge winners at the ROAR

11th January 2016

Sunday afternoon ROAR’ed to a close at the start of the racing season at Daytona, where international race fans got their first opportunity of the year to see their favourite drivers back out on track on the 3.56-mile road course. We made the trip out there with our Sunoco Challenge winners; Sunoco Whelen Challenge winner Jonny Adam, and Sunoco 200 Challenge winner Paddy McClughan, who both impressed their relevant team-mates by bringing their times consistently down to a competitive pace, despite being new to their respective prize drives!

Jonny Adam

2016 Sunoco Whelen Challenge Champion Jonny Adam’s debut drive in the Action Express run No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DP took place at the ROAR at the weekend. The talented Scot had raced once before at the ROAR, but never in a DP car, but this didn’t phase him.

The ROAR weekend was the first chance Jonny got to drive the powerful DP car, where he joined the Champion Action Express team with season drivers Eric Curran and Dane Cameron, along with Simon Pagenaud who make up the full driver line-up for the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DP car at the Rolex 24 At Daytona later this month.


During the weekend Jonny got chance to drive the car on hot, and cold tyres, in fog, at night and even when it was trying to rain. So, there was a range of weather, track and car conditions to contend with, but these were all vital elements to experience ahead of the 24 hour endurance race later this month, when anything can happen when they drive twice round the clock! 

Jonny Adam said "Testing went very well with Action Express Racing and Sunoco at the "ROAR Before the Rolex 24". The team made me feel very welcome, and I felt that I got up to speed with the Daytona prototype quickly, which allowed us to do as much preparation as possible ahead of the big race in a couple of weeks time. I feel ready now for the race, and with the way the car, team and my teammates are working together, I think we have a competitive package going into the event. Here's hoping to a good start to 2016...."

During the weekend Jonny consistently gained pace, and ended on a high on his last but one lap on Sunday, where he got achieved his personal best in the car (and that of the session) with an impressive 1:40.659 lap time. Lets see how he gets on later this month at the Rolex 24!


Paddy McClughan

2016 Sunoco 200 Challenge Champion Paddy McClughan’s debut drive at Daytona International Speedway at the ROAR Before the Rolex 24 also took place at the weekend where he impressed the Racers Edge Motorsports team by quickly getting up to speed with the No. 16 Mustang, ending on a high with 1:58.979 lap time – an impressive performance from the Radical Racer!

2016-01-08_-_IMG_0128.jpgPaddy McClughan was on form during ROAR Before the Rolex 24 at the weekend when he was driving in the BMW Performance 200 (CTSC) Racers Edge Motorsports no. 16 Ford Mustang Boss 302R. The weekend started with McClughan achieving lap times of 2:02.725, and by the end of day 3 McClughan had put pedal to the metal and achieved an impressive 1:58.979 lap which brought him home in 5th place. Team-mate Chris Beaufait could not have been happier to have been paired with McClughan, and they are both now all-set to come back to the Rolex 24 race weekend fully prepared for the BMW Performance 200 race on Friday 29th January, the support race to the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Before the final practice the crew had made a few small adjustments to the car, which  both team-mates noted made the car handle and perform better overall. Then, with the lap times set, the final things left to do before McClughan left for the airport was to practice driver changes which they got in the bag in sub. 30 seconds. This will make the all important difference come the day of the race! 

As Paddy flies back home to Northern Ireland, he will be processing all the information, advice and experience he has absorbed during the ROAR, and coming back ready to take on the increased traffic he will meet during the race weekend in 18 days time. During the ROAR there were only around 26 entries in the CTSC race, which we presume is down to cars not being ready in time. But, no doubt the grid will increase significantly for the race later this month, which in-turn will mean Paddy has more traffic to contend with, but we are sure he will take this all in his stride!

ROLEX_DAYTONA_LOGO_CMYK_No_background_copy.jpgThe Rolex 24 At Daytona 

The Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend practice begins on Wednesday 27th January with sessions for the BMW Performance (CTSC). The opening WeatherTech Championship practice and qualifying takes place on Thursday 28th January, with the The BMW Performance 200 taking the green flag on Friday 29th January, while the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona rolls off on Saturday 30th January.  

Follow our Sunoco Challenge winner later this month at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in the CTSC/BMW Performance 200 Race: for the latest updates please visit www.sunocochallenge.com or follow us on twitter @sunoco_uk. The Rolex 24 At Daytona is held at Daytona International Speedway in Florida, and takes place from 28th to the 31st January 2016. 

Meet the Sunoco Challenge winners at Autosport Show


Time: 2.30pm

Date: Thursday 14th January

Location: Sunoco stand 2500, NEC - Autosport Show (opp. main stage)

Sunoco Challenge winners Jonny and Paddy will be joining us at Autosport Show at NEC next week on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th January. Please join us for a press call and presentation to announce the final details of this year’s Sunoco Whelen Challenge and Sunoco 200 Challenge prize drives, to meet senior representatives of the Rolex 24 At Daytona and this year's Sunoco Challenge winners, British GT Champion Jonny Adam and Radical Sprint runner up Paddy McClughan.

During the media reception there will be also be a short panel Q&A opportunity with all of the attendees, and the chance to learn more about the Sunoco Challenge programmes, the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the activities of Anglo American Oil Company (Sunoco UK).  

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The 2016 Sunoco Whelen Challenge is provided in partnership with Whelen Engineering in the USA and Anglo American Oil Company Ltd in the UK. Drivers from selected Sunoco-fuelled championships compete against each other throughout the season with a chance to win a fully paid-for race seat in the Action Express Racing-run Whelen-sponsored Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January 2016. The eligible championships for the 2015 race season are: British GT3, Radical Enduro Championship, Radical European Masters and Britcar Endurance (Classes 1 only) - it is only drivers these series which are likely to be a able to handle a Daytona Prototype at plus 190mph on the famed 31° Daytona banking.  

The 2016 Sunoco 200 Challenge provides a winner, from additional Sunoco fuelled Championships with a race seat in the Sunoco liveried Chevrolet Camaro during the 200-mile endurance race on the Friday before the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The eligible series for the 2015 race season are: British GT4, Atom Cup, F3 Cup, GT Cup, Radical Sprint Championship (formally Clubman's Cup), Britcar Sports & Touring Car, Britcar Endurance (Classes 2,3,4), Britcar Trophy Series and MINI Challenge.