Motorsports Rolex 24 Campaign|1
(17 January 2013)- After finishing second in the 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Team Championship, Stevenson Motorsports will look to get a strong start to the 2013 championship campaign with a big result in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona. The red, white, and blue squad has assembled a roster of international talents and familiar faces to share the driving duties in the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R.
The full-season line up will once again feature young American talent John Edwards teamed with speedy Scottish veteran Robin Liddell. The combination scored seven podium finishes and three wins in 2012. The duo will be joined by fellow Team Chevrolet racers Tommy Milner and Jan Magnussen in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona as the team looks to improve on last year's fourth place finish.
With a GRAND-AM Championship as a key focus for the team, Stevenson Motorsports brings a big-picture approach to the opening round of 2013, but there is no question for the group what the best way possible to open the year would be.
"It's weird--Stevenson has been a front running team ever since 2008 but we've never actually led the championship at any point of the year," said Team Manager Mike Johnson. "So that's kind of a first goal is to get to lead, and then go from there and try to maintain that lead. We've had a lot of wins and a lot of podiums but we have also had that DNF or two that has taken us out of the championship picture. So we have to get rid of those. I've always said that nobody ever really wins these championships--everybody else just loses them. And I still think that's pretty true. The Audis and Ferraris have been strong in testing, and we were disappointed that GRAND-AM decided not to allow us to use the single-nut wheel attachment, but we will just focus on our finishes and look to keep building momentum all year long."
The team, which exudes the family atmosphere that is cultivated by owners John and Susan Stevenson, is preparing for success by fostering continuity in and out of the car, retaining a strong driver roster and sharp engineering staff.
"It is great to be coming back to Stevenson," said Edwards, who will also compete in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for Stevenson