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Rolex 24 At Daytona trivia: Test your knowledge about the world's foremost endurance race

Staff Report

With the 59th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona racing toward us Jan. 30-31 at Daytona International Speedway, it's time to test your knowledge of the event.

Here are some questions. Memorize the answers, so you can amaze your friends:

In what year did 1998 Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt make his only Rolex 24 start?

Answer: 2001

Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. pose together in Daytona Beach in 2001. The Earnhardts and Andy Pilgram earned second in the GTS category during the 2001 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Which manufacturer holds the most event victories?

Answer: Porsche, 22 (first in 1968; most recent in 2010)

Which year did Ferrari take a 1-2-3 finish?

Answer: In the 1967 Rolex 24

How many classes of cars will compete in the 2021 Rolex 24?

Answer: 5 (it's a trick question, since a new class has been added by IMSA this season.)

What's the record for most laps in a Rolex 24?

Answer: 833 laps; set in 2020 by the No. 10 Cadillac DPi of Wayne Taylor Racing. The 833 laps equal 2,965.48 miles, which would take you on a drive from Daytona Beach to Los Angeles, then north up to San Francisco, ending roughly in Santa Rosa, California. Wine country!

DAYTONA BEACH, FL — February 5, 1967:  After two years of domination by Ford Motor Company, Ferrari came to Daytona International Speedway with all guns loaded for the 24 Hour Daytona Continental.  Ferrari 330 P4s took home the top three positions with this car, driven by Lorenzo Bandini and Chris Amon, taking the victory.

What are the car classes?

(Bonus points for knowing what the abbreviations mean.)

Answer: DPi (Daytona Prototype International); LMP2 (Le Mans Prototype 2); LMP3 (the new class, Le Mans Prototype 3); GTLM (GT Le Mans); GTD (GT Daytona).

Which 4 drivers have won the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Daytona 500?

Answer: A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Jeff Gordon and Jamie McMurray

What was the first year the race actually lasted 24 hours?

Answer: 1966

Paul Newman was one of the drivers for Nobody's Fool, the No. 70 car, in the 1995 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Which Oscar-winning actor was part of the four-man team that won the GTS-1-class in 1995?

Answer: Paul Newman

What car did Hurley Haywood and Peter Gregg drive to victory in the 1975 Rolex 24?

Answer: No. 59 Brumos Porsche

How many years were there between Hurley Haywood’s first and last victories?

Answer: 18 (1973 to 1991)

SOURCES: News-Journal research.