Three men from Baltimore set for Rolex 24 at Daytona

Bunting, DeFontes, Brown set for endurance tests

race set for tomorrow

Auto Racing

February 01, 2002|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF

The Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway will take the green flag for its 40th anniversary run tomorrow at 1 p.m., with at least three Baltimore-area drivers in the starting field.

Marc Bunting of Monkton, who finished 30th in yesterday's qualifying, is teaming with Jacksonville, Fla.'s Simon Gregg, the son of the late, legendary sports-car driver, Peter Gregg; Mike Hazenans of the Netherlands, and Stefano Zonca of Italy to drive for American Viper Racing in the GTS class.

"I love endurance racing," said Bunting, who this season will be competing in the American Le Mans Series, which will have a race in Washington, D.C., in July. "I think it's because of the consistency you need ... and you're much more involved in a race like this."

Baltimorean Michael DeFontes will attempt to drive for two different teams in different classes.

DeFontes has joined former open-wheel racer and three-time world sportscar champ John Paul Jr. in an SRP Riley & Scott Ford with fellow drivers Michael Jacobs and Travis Duda.

And he has joined with Jerry Thompson; his son, Chris, and David Brown, another Baltimore native, to share driving duties in an AGT Corvette.

The race will be broadcast on the Speedvision channel beginning at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow.

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