Daytona 24 Hours preview

Daytona 24 Hours preview

The Daytona 24 Hours kicks off most people's international motorsport season, and you might be surprised by how many familiar faces you'll see in the race. Matt Beer examines the entry

The days of Formula One drivers keeping a window in their diary for Le Mans are long gone, but across the Atlantic the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup and IndyCar Series champions are among the galaxy of stars who will kick off their 2009 seasons with the Daytona 24 Hours this weekend.

If any event can lay claim to the 'Race of Champions' title, it's Daytona. NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson is the highest-profile guest star, and his Sprint Cup rival Juan Pablo Montoya is one of four Indianapolis 500 winners in the entry, alongside recent IndyCar champions Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti, and 2004 500 victor Buddy Rice.

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