Sunoco Challengers ready to ROAR

7th January 2016. Daytona Beach, Florida

As the the ROAR Before the Rolex 24 kicks off the racing season in-style at Daytona this week, international race fans will get their first opportunity of the year to see their favourite drivers back out on the 3.56-mile road course. Two racers that will be attracting media attention, as well as enjoying the opportunity of a lifetime, are the British 2016 Sunoco Challenge winners who are travelling out to Daytona with Anglo American Oil Company, the European and Middle-Eastern distributors of Sunoco Race fuels, who run the Sunoco Challenge programme throughout the race season.

31-05_2.jpgOne driver to keep an eye on is our 2016 Sunoco Whelen Challenge Champion Jonny Adam, who saw off nearly 100 other Sunoco Challenge contenders to go on and win the prize drive. This week Adam is out in Daytona where he will get his first chance to test the No.31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DP car at the ROAR Before the Rolex 24. The talented Scot had a bumper season last year, where, as well as being crowned the Sunoco Whelen Challenge Winner, he also won the 2015 British GT3 Championship and the Britcar Dunlop 24 Hour Race with the Beechdean Motorsport team. With this record of success, we are excited to see how Jonny will get on when driving with the Champion Action Express team where he joins season drivers Eric Curran and Dane Cameron, with Simon Pagenaud making up the quartet, in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DP car. 

With the driver line-up sorted, success will also come down to the rest of the team, and, with the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DP car pit crew performing consistently as one of the fastest teams in the second part of the 2015 season, and with the drivers also taking two wins in the season, can they make it a podium finish at the Rolex 24 At Daytona at the end of the Monday?

Sunoco_Mustang_new_livery_Dec_15_1_-_Copy.jpgIn the BMW Performance 200, one driver to look out there is our 2016 Sunoco 200 Challenge Champion Paddy McClughan who is ready for his debut drive at Daytona International Speedway in the No. 16 Racers Edge Ford Mustang at the ROAR this weekend. Radical Sprint racer Paddy McClughan led the Sunoco 200 Challenge standings for most of the 2015 season as a result of to multiple fastest laps and pole positions, so speed will not be an issue for this young racer!

For the race at the end of the month McClughan will pair up with American Chris Beaufait, who raced the car throughout the 2015 season. We are eagerly waiting to see how they both get on at the ROAR when Beaufait's experience and familiarity with the car, combined with McClughan's speed and eagerness to impress out on American turf join forces. 
The ROAR Before the Rolex 24 is held at Daytona International Speedway in Florida and takes places from 8th to the 10th January 2016. For the latest news from the Sunoco Challenge racers visit www.sunocochallenge.com, or follow us via twitter. 

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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.