DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – January 30, 2010 – With only a few weeks before the start of the internationally recognized Rolex 24 at Daytona, both Brad Jaeger’s future and Doran Racing’s 2010 racing plans remained uncertain. Talks between the two had remained open since the premature end to the 2009 season, but nothing was secured at the start of January.
“While we both remained optimistic initially, I think everyone was a little worried when nothing had been finalized by the start of the new year,” recalls Jaeger.
Luckily for all parties involved, McDonald’s resigned for the 2010 Rolex 24 with an option staying open for the whole 2010 season. “We’re all extremely happy. It’s great that McDonald’s is back and supporting our efforts to win the 2010 Rolex 24,” says Memo Gidley. Memo Gidley has been Jaeger’s co-driver in the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series since the final race of the 2010 season. “They were a great supporter of us last year and it’s awesome to have them back.”
Jaeger was given less than 2 weeks notice to prepare for the Rolex 24. “I was up in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show when I received the call from Kevin (Doran) telling me that everything was a go for Daytona. It was a great phone call to get. I’m so happy to have McDonald’s return to support us for the 2010 Rolex 24.”
The 48th running of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona is set to start today at 3:30 pm. The checkered flag will fall this sunday at 3:30 pm after a full 24 hours of racing. Most of the race will be broadcast on SPEED Channel.