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NASCAR champion Kyle Busch gears up to make his Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car debut – USA TODAY

NASCAR champion Kyle Busch gears up to make his Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car debut – USA TODAY
04 Jan
7:33

DAYTONA BEACH — Beginning Friday, people within two or three miles of Daytona International Speedway will likely hear the bellow of race engines signaling the track’s annual Speedweeks program.

The Roar Before The Rolex 24 has become the beacon that guides competitors from all corners of the world to the first major motorsports activity of the new year.

The Roar is a 3-day tune-up for International Motor Sports Association sports cars, which will return in three short weeks for the 24-hour race that draws fans from around the country and world.

Since there are no other motorsports series in action right now, the Jan. 25-26 Rolex 24 has become something of a global All-Star race, attracting the top talent from across the globe.

Race fans in this area may be more familiar with the likes of Kyle Busch, who captured his second NASCAR Cup Series championship in November at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He will make his Rolex 24 debut later this month.

Kyle Busch climbs in his car during testing for the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 3, 2020.

Busch will get his first taste of Daytona road racing in the No. 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 that he will share with co-drivers Parker Chase, Jack Hawksworth and Michael De Quesada.

Busch and the No. 14 team are participating in the GT Daytona (GTD) class, which is the largest in the field with 18 entries from nine different manufacturers.

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