Scott Pruett has teamed up with a long-time rival in a bid to score an unprecedented sixth overall victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The 55-year-old Californian will join Action Express Racing for the classic races at Daytona and Sebring to open the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on January 28.
Pruett will co-drive the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP with two-time defending Prototype champions Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa, alongwith Filipe Albuquerque for the Daytona classic.
“Obviously, winning the Rolex 24 for the sixth time would be great,” Pruett said. “You have those great hurdles and achievements, and being the leading winner in the Rolex 24 is a major milestone.”
Pruett last won the Rolex 24 overall in 2013, tying him with Hurley Haywood with five victories. He stands alone atop the list of Rolex 24 overall and class victories with 10, followed by Haywood with six.
“If you’re going to be tied with somebody, who better than Hurley?” Pruett asked. “He’s the essence of sports car racing. However, it would still be great to stand alone. If we can do it this year, that would be great. If not, we’ll come back and try again.”
For the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, Pruett will co-drive Action Express’ No. 31 Whelen Engineering/Team Fox Corvette DP with Eric Curran and Dane Cameron. Four-time IndyCar winner Simon Pagenaud will drive the No. 31 in the Rolex 24.
“It’s been awesome to be working with Action Express,” said Pruett, the driver with the most victories in major North American sports car racing history with 60 career triumphs. “It’s a great organization, and they’ve won the championship the last two years. It’s interesting to feel the differences in this type of car, because this is the first time I’ve driven a Prototype other than a Ganassi car.”
After running with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates since 2004 – winning five DP titles – Pruett will team with Paul Gentilozzi in a Lexus later in 2015. Pruett and Gentilozzi scored an overall victory in the 1994 Rolex 24 in a Nissan, and the pair won the GRAND-AM GTS class in 2002 for Jaguar.