DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (January 27, 2013) –
Napleton Racing led January’s Roar Before the Rolex 24 test, paced practice, captured the pole position in qualifying, and Sunday, secured the inaugural …victory of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series’ new GX class in the 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
In the most dominant performance of the race, Napleton team drivers Shane Lewis, David Donohue, Dr. Jim Norman and Nelson Canache led nearly the entire 24 hours aboard the team’s debuting No. 16 Napleton Racing Porsche Cayman S. It’s easily the biggest victory ever for the emerging Napleton team, based out of Chicago-area dealership Napleton Porsche of Westmont.
“It’s a testament to these guys,” Lewis said. “When I say they started this project in November and it was 24/7, it was 24/7. When they left the Roar, the flu goes around and everything, every single one of them got sick, every one, and yet they were in the shop every single day working on the car.”
Ed Napleton, owner of the Ed Napleton Automotive Group and a Cayman competitor as well, was the team principal behind the effort along with Napleton Porsche of Westmont General Manager Ron Barnaba. Barnaba is also the founder of the Pirelli Cayman Interseries. Additional leadership came from team manager Mike Colucci, who has also managed Brumos Racing in the past.