Mario Farnbacher starts the 60th running of the 24-hour race in Daytona in the Acura NSX GT3 of Gradient Racing. The two-time GTD champion competes alongside Till Bechtolsheimer, Kyffin Simpson and Marc Miller in the legendary endurance classic as part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which takes place from 28th to 30th January 2022.
“Finally, we’re getting back in the car – I cannot wait,” says Farnbacher as he looks forward to his first race of 2022. “It will be the first time that I drive the new EVO model. Having jumped in to substitute last year, I am even more excited to be part of the team again.”
The HPD driver and instructor of the HPD Driver Academy is joined by one of his students. “Kyffin Simpson did a fantastic job last year and has made tremendous progress. It’s nice to see his development continue. It’s so cool that we worked together before and now get to share a car,” the 29-year-old added.
In addition to Daytona, further races this season are planned. Farnbacher will race with Racers Edge Motorsports in the GT World Challenge America, teaming up again with Ashton Harrison whom he mentored last year at the HPD Driver Academy. He will drive the Acura NSX GT3 together with the female racer. “Ashton and I drove together in the Indianapolis 8 Hour race in 2021, so we know each other well,” explains the Bavarian. “We want to pick up where we left off last year and now really go on the attack.”
For now, however, the focus is on Daytona. The lights for the race go green on Saturday, 29th January, at 13:40 local time (19:40 CET). Track action already starts a week earlier with the Roar Before The Rolex 24, the traditional pre-season test, taking place at the Daytona International Speedway.