Pruett named Grand Marshal of Daytona 24 Hours

Five-time Rolex 24 winner Scott Pruett will be the Grand Marshal for the 2019 Daytona 24 Hours on January 26-27.

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Pruett will give the “Drivers, start your engines” command at Daytona ahead of the 57th running of North America’s most prestigious sportscar race. This year’s Rolex 24 kicks off IMSA’s 50th anniversary season and is the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship opener.

“It’s impossible for me to sum up, in just a few words, how honored I am to be chosen as Grand Marshal for the 57th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona,” Pruett said. “This track is truly special to me for so many reasons. 

“To be the Grand Marshal in itself is wonderful and to be it while ushering in the 50th Anniversary of IMSA makes it all the more special. It’s going to be an emotional weekend and start of the race for me, personally, as I’m sure I will miss suiting up and taking the wheel.”

Pruett retired from competition following the 2018 Rolex 24 as the all-time leader in IMSA with 60 victories and seven championships under his belt.

His five overall Rolex 24 wins is an all-time record he shares with Hurley Haywood, and Pruett also holds the record for Daytona 24 Hours class victories with 10. 

#15 3GT Racing Lexus RCF GT3, GTD: Jack Hawksworth, Scott Pruett, David Heinemeier Hansson, Dominik Farnbacher
#15 3GT Racing Lexus RCF GT3, GTD: Jack Hawksworth, Scott Pruett, David Heinemeier Hansson, Dominik Farnbacher
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#5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP: Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque, Scott Pruett
#5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP: Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque, Scott Pruett
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#01 Chip Ganassi Ford/Riley: Scott Pruett, Joey Hand, Charlie Kimball, Sage Karam
#01 Chip Ganassi Ford/Riley: Scott Pruett, Joey Hand, Charlie Kimball, Sage Karam
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Photo by: Art Fleischmann

#01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley DP Ford EcoBoost: Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Jamie McMurray, Sage Karam
#01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley DP Ford EcoBoost: Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Jamie McMurray, Sage Karam
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#01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley DP Ford EcoBoost: Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Jamie McMurray, Sage Karam
#01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley DP Ford EcoBoost: Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Jamie McMurray, Sage Karam
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#01 Chip Ganassi Ford/Riley: Scott Pruett, Joey Hand, Charlie Kimball, Sage Karam
#01 Chip Ganassi Ford/Riley: Scott Pruett, Joey Hand, Charlie Kimball, Sage Karam
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DP victory lane: class and overall winners Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett celebrate
DP victory lane: class and overall winners Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett celebrate
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#01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley: Charlie Kimball, Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Scott Dixon
#01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley: Charlie Kimball, Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Scott Dixon
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DP pole winner Scott Pruett celebrates
DP pole winner Scott Pruett celebrates
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Scott Pruett
Scott Pruett
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“Scott Pruett is a true American legend in road racing,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “In a career that has spanned 50 years, Scott has experienced numerous successes and triumphs, many of them right here at Daytona International Speedway. 

“He was a versatile driver who was always relentless and focused on track, and an engaging personality off the track. 

“We look forward to having Scott preside as Grand Marshal for the Rolex 24 At Daytona.”

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