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The champion of both the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona and of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup GT Daytona, Al Carter, from Greenville, Delaware, returns to Daytona International Speedway this week to compete in round 1 of the 2017 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series.

 

Carter will co-drive the No. 99 Invisible Glass / Stoner Car Care / Rogue Engineering / Red Glare Records Aston Martin GT4 Vantage field by Automatic Racing with Rob Ecklin Jr. from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Charles Espenlaub from Lutz, Florida.

 

The BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona is one of Carter’s favorite events. He has competed there since 2010, finishing three times in fourth place. Again this year, he will be one of the contenders for the overall race win in the GS class, where 20 cars are entered for the inaugural 2017 4-hour IMSA CTSCC classic. Until 2016, the Daytona Beach event used to be a 2.5-hour race, but this year, the new IMSA rules extended the duration to 4 hours, so teams can now use three drivers to make up their lineup.

 

“I’m more than excited to be back with the Automatic Racing gang at Daytona for the start of the 2017 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series,” Carter said. “I’ll be teamed up with Rob and Charles at the first 4-Hour BMW Endurance Challenge. Our Aston Martin not only has a new, cool paint job, carrying the Stoner Car Care brand, but the Aston is updated to the new GT4 specs, which should help us be much more competitive. Plus with more than 20 entries in the GS class, due to the new GT4 platform, I feel the old-school Conti-GS excitement and action are back. In addition, I’m proud to announce I’ll be running with some new partners in 2017: BarVision.com, a free-flow liquor-pour tracking system that helps venues track and account for every pour served; also MarketInflections.com, which offers highly effective, unique, market-timing trading software.”

 

Carter competed in five IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series races last year and finished 9th in the GS class Driver’s Championship. Earlier this year, Carter participated in the Roar Before the Rolex 24 on Jan. 6-8 and co-drove the No. 99 Aston Martin to prepare for next Friday’s first race of the 2017 season.

 

Daytona International Speedway is Carter’s favorite racetrack, and it is where the driver from Delaware recorded some of his best racing moments, including his extraordinary GTD class win in the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona. This year, Carter is looking for his first IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge podium around the 3.5-mile circuit.

 

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