The 2021 Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona International Speedway which takes place this weekend will feature several NTT IndyCar Series drivers including six time and defending series champion Scott Dixon, three time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves who returns to IndyCar with Meyer Shank Racing this season Juan Pablo Montoya who returns to the Speedway this May with Arrow McLaren SP, Colton Herta, Alexander Rossi, Ed Jones, Rinus Veekay, Jimmie Johnson, Simon Pagenaud and Sebastien Bourdais will all compete in the race this weekend.
Speaking ahead of the race, Sebastien Bourdais who will return to full-time IndyCar competition with AJ Foyt Racing commented on the race saying:
You have a toolbox of skills. “The more complete a driver you are, the better you are – the faster, the more reliable, the quicker you get up to speed and the more able to adapt to conditions. There is always a crossover between different types of championships and races.
Bourdais who has competed in the iconic 24 Hours of LeMans which takes place in his hometown and speaking about 24 hour racing he commented saying:
“There is a lot to be said about being able to drive as much as you do in a 24-hour race in very, very treacherous conditions,” “Between the traffic and the cold and the rain and the night – it really heightens your senses and gets you going for the season. It really sharpens your skills. It’s always kind of helped me to step up my game. It’s also my first love, so I’ve always enjoyed doing it.”
“In IndyCar, the weekends are so quick, and it’s just you,” “In endurance racing, you have to make compromises on setups. Sometimes you have to drive a car that is evolving quite dramatically through the race as conditions change. You get the wide spectrum and range of experiences in those long events. It definitely sharpens you.”