Morris lands late Daytona 24 Hours drive

Tom Howard

Monday 23rd January, 2017 - 12:36pm

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Paul Morris will pilot the #75 SunEnergy1 Mercedes AMG GT3

Experienced Australian driver Paul Morris has received a late call up to contest this weekend’s prestigious Daytona 24 Hours.

The 49-year-old has been drafted into the SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 squad for what will be his third start at the famous American endurance event.

Morris will form part of a quintet of drivers including former IndyCar turned GT driver Tristan Vautier, factory Mercedes AMG GT ace Maro Engel and NASCAR pilots Boris Said and Australian Kenny Habul.

The #75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes is one of three entered in the GTD class which also features reigning Supercars champion Shane Van Gisbergen, who will pilot the Riley Motorsports – WeatherTech Racing AMG GT3.

Morris has experienced the event twice before in 2005 and 2009 where he drove a Porsche GT3 Cup car and a Ford Mustang Cobra GT respectively. On both occasions he failed to finish the race.

“We have definitely got the right guys in the car and especially with Tristan (Vautier) and Maro (Engel) we have a shot (at the GTD class),” Morris told Speedcafe.com.

“The squad needed another driver on the roster they can rely on an be a nightwatchman if needed.

“We will just go over and it and enjoy it for what it is.

“I think we can win the class and that is the goal. We will have a pretty serious tilt at it.”

Australia will also be represented in the event by Ryan Briscoe, who will pilot a factory GTLM class Ford GT entry alongside Richard Westbrook and Kiwi IndyCar star Scott Dixon.

Dixon’s countryman Brendon Hartley, who won the recent Dubai 24 Hours, also returns to race behind the wheel of an Extreme Speed Motorsport Nissan Prototype.

Daytona 24 Hours Entry List

PROTOTYPE (P) (P) ENTRIES – 12 CAR NO. DRIVERS & NATIONALITY TEAM SPONSOR CAR TYPE TIRE ENGINE FUEL

2

Scott Sharp USA Brendon Hartley NZL Ryan Dalziel GBR
Luis Felipe Derani BRA

Tequila Patron ESM

Tequila Patron

Nissan DPi

Continental

E-20C

5

Joao Barbosa PRT Christian Fittipaldi BRA Filipe Albuquerque PRT

Mustang Sampling Racing

Mustang Sampling

Cadillac DPi

Continental

E-20C

10

Ricky Taylor USA Jeff Gordon USA Jordan Taylor USA
Max Angelelli MCO

Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R

Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA

Cadillac DPi

Continental

E-20C

13

Sebastien Buemi CHE Stephane Sarrazin FRA Nick Heidfeld DEU
Neel Jani CHE

Rebellion Racing

Rebellion Timepieces / LEMO Connectors / Northwire Inc.

ORECA

Continental

E-20C

22

Ed Brown USA Brendon Hartley NZL Johannes van Overbeek USA
Bruno Senna BRA

Tequila Patron ESM

Tequila Patron

Nissan DPi

Continental

E-20C

31

Dane Cameron USA Seb Morris GBR Eric Curran USA
Michael Conway GBR

Whelen Engineering Racing

Whelen Engineering

Cadillac DPi

Continental

E-20C

52

Michael Guasch USA Tom Kimber-Smith GBR Jose Gutierrez MEX
RC Enerson USA

PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports

MY VON ERL / Prisma

Ligier

Continental

E-20C

55

Tristan Nunez USA Jonathan Bomarito USA Spencer Pigot USA

Mazda Motorsports

Mazda / Modspace / Castrol

Mazda DPi

Continental

E-20C

70

Tom Long USA Joel Miller USA James Hinchcliffe CAN

Mazda Motorsports

Mazda / Modspace / Castrol

Mazda DPi

Continental

E-20C

81

Henrik Hedman USA Loic Duval CHE Nicolas Lapierre CHE
Ben Hanley GBR

DragonSpeed

ORECA

Continental

E-20C

85

Chris Miller USA Mathias Beche FRA Stephen Simpson ZAF
Misha Goikhberg CAN

JDC-Miller Motorsports

Hi-Tide Boat Lifts / Justice Brothers / Red Line Oil

ORECA

Continental

E-20C

90

Marc Goossens BEL Renger Van Der Zande NLD Rene Rast AUT

VisitFlorida Racing

VisitFlorida.com

Multimatic/Riley

Continental

E-20C

PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE (PC) (PC) ENTRIES – 5 CAR NO. DRIVERS & NATIONALITY TEAM SPONSOR CAR TYPE TIRE ENGINE FUEL

8

Ben Keating
Robert Wickens
Chris Cumming CAN

USA John Falb USA CAN Remo Ruscitti CAN

Starworks Motorsport

ORECA FLM09

Continental

ORECA

E-10

20

Don Yount
Buddy Rice
Mark Kvamme USA

USA Chapman Ducote USA USA Gustavo Yacaman COL

BAR1 Motorsports

Gas Monkey Energy Drink / Southwest Funding / Merchant Services LTD / Factgem / Avery’s Trail Distilling Company / Top1

ORECA FLM09

Continental

ORECA

E-10

26

Tom Papadopoulos
Johnny Mowlem
Adam Merzon USA

USA Trent Hindman USA GBR David Cheng

BAR1 Motorsports

Autosport Designs Inc. / Case-It / Top1 Oil

ORECA FLM09

Continental

ORECA

E-10

38

James French USA Nicholas Boulle USA Patricio O’Ward MEX
Kyle Masson USA

Performance Tech Motorsports

Ric-Man Construction / Neurospine Institute / Stand Up MRI / Cardio Access / AIG Technologies / Justice Brothers /

ORECA FLM09

Continental

ORECA

E-10

88

Scott Mayer USA Sebastian Saavedra COL James Dayson CAN
Alex Popow VEN

Starworks Motorsport

ORECA FLM09

Continental

ORECA

E-10

GT LE MANS (GTLM) (GTLM) ENTRIES – 11 CAR NO. DRIVERS & NATIONALITY TEAM SPONSOR CAR TYPE TIRE ENGINE FUEL

3

Antonio Garcia ESP Jan Magnussen DNK Mike Rockenfeller DEU

Corvette Racing

Chevrolet

Corvette C7.R

Michelin

Chevrolet

E-20C

4

Oliver Gavin GBR Tommy Milner USA Marcel Fassler CHE

Corvette Racing

Chevrolet

Corvette C7.R

Michelin

Chevrolet

E-20C

19

Bill Auberlen USA Bruno Spengler CHE Alexander Sims GBR
Augusto Farfus BRA

BMW Team RLL

BMW NA

BMW M6 GTLM

Michelin

BMW

E-20C

24

John Edwards USA Kuno Wittmer CAN Martin Tomczyk DEU
Nicky Catsburg NLD

BMW Team RLL

BMW NA

BMW M6 GTLM

Michelin

BMW

E-20C

62

Giancarlo Fisichella ITA James Calado GBR Toni Vilander FIN

Risi Competizione

Ferrari 488 GTE

Michelin

Ferrari

E-20C

66

Dirk Mueller DEU Joey Hand USA Sebastien Bourdais USA

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

Ford

Ford GT

Michelin

Ford

E-20C

67

Ryan Briscoe USA Richard Westbrook GBR Scott Dixon NZL

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

Ford

Ford GT

Michelin

Ford

E-20C

68

Stefan Mucke DEU Olivier Pla FRA Billy Johnson USA

Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK

Ford

Ford GT

Michelin

Ford

E-20C

GT LE MANS (GTLM) (GTLM) ENTRIES – 11 CAR NO. DRIVERS & NATIONALITY TEAM SPONSOR CAR TYPE TIRE ENGINE FUEL

69

Harry Tincknell GBR Andy Priaulx GBR Tony Kanaan BRA

Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK

Ford

Ford GT

Michelin

Ford

E-20C

911

Patrick Pilet FRA Dirk Werner DEU Frederic Makowiecki FRA

Porsche GT Team

Porsche 911 RSR

Michelin

Porsche

E-20C

912

Kevin Estre FRA Laurens Vanthoor BGR Richard Lietz AUT

Porsche GT Team

Porsche 911 RSR

Michelin

Porsche

E-20C

GT DAYTONA (GTD) (GTD) ENTRIES – 27 CAR NO. DRIVERS & NATIONALITY TEAM SPONSOR CAR TYPE TIRE ENGINE FUEL

11

Christian Engelhart DEU Mirko Bortolotti ITA Rolf Ineichen CHE
Ezequiel Perez Companc ARG

GRT Grasser Racing Team

BIOCIRCLE / Pertamina

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

Continental

Lamborghini

E-10

14

Scott Pruett USA Gustavo Menezes USA Sage Karam USA
Ian James USA

3GT Racing

Lexus

Lexus RCF GT3

Continental

Lexus

E-10

15

Jack Hawksworth GBR Dominik Farnbacher DEU Robert Alon USA
Austin Cindric USA

3GT Racing

Lexus

Lexus RCF GT3

Continental

Lexus

E-10

16

Corey Lewis USA Brett Sandberg USA Geert Jeroen Mul NLD
Kaz Grala

Change Racing

X-Box Forza / Monster Energy / Orion Lighting / Pertamina

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

Continental

Lamborghini

E-10

18

Emmanuel Anassis CAN Zach Claman CAN Anthony Massari USA

DAC Motorsports

DAV Aviation / La Champagnerie / Squadra Corse

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

Continental

Lamborghini

E-10

21

Marco Mapelli
Marc Basseng
Luca Stolz DEU

CHE Lance Willsey USA DEU Franz Konrad DEU

Konrad Motorsport

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

Continental

Lamborghini

E-10

23

Bill Sweedler USA Pierre Kaffer CHE Townsend Bell USA
Frank Montecalvo USA

Alex Job Racing

Audi R8 LMS GT3

Continental

Audi

E-10

27

Lawrence DeGeorge
Cedric Sbirrazzuoli
Paolo Ruberti ITA

USA Luca Persiani ITA MCO Raffaele Giammaria ITA

Dream Racing Motorsport

Dream Racing

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

Continental

Lamborghini

E-10

28

Carlos de Quesada
Daniel Morad
Jesse Lazare CAN

USA Michael de Quesada USA CAN Michael Christensen DNK

Alegra Motorsports

Insync

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Continental

Porsche

E-10

29

Connor De Phillippi USA Jeffrey Schmidt SWZ Christopher Mies DEU
Jules Gounon FRA

Montaplast by Land-Motorsport

Montaplast

Audi R8 LMS GT3

Continental

Audi

E-10

GT DAYTONA (GTD) (GTD) ENTRIES – 27 CAR NO. DRIVERS & NATIONALITY TEAM SPONSOR CAR TYPE TIRE ENGINE FUEL

33

Ben Keating USA Adam Christodoulou GBR Jeroen Bleekemolen NLD
Mario Farnbacher DEU

Riley Motorsports – Team AMG

Mercedes AMG GT3

Continental

Mercedes

E-10

46

Emanuele Busnelli ITA TBD TBD Fabio Babini ITA
Emmanuel Collard FRA

EBIMOTORS

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

Continental

Lamborghini

E-10

48

Bryan Sellers
Madison Snow
Bryce Miller USA

USA Andrea Caldarelli ITA USA Dion von Moltke USA

Paul Miller Racing

TOTAL Lubricants / UIS / Paul Miller Group

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

Continental

Lamborghini

E-10

50

Cooper MacNeil USA Thomas Jaeger Gunnar Jeannette USA
Shane Van Gisbergen NZL

Riley Motorsports – WeatherTech Racing

WeatherTech

Mercedes AMG GT3

Continental

Mercedes

E-10

51

Peter Mann
Maurizio Mediani
Alessandro Pier Guidi ITA

CHE Davide Rigon ITA ITA TBD TBD

Spirit of Race

Hublot

Ferrari 488 GT3

Continental

Ferrari

E-10

54

Jonathan Bennett USA Nic Jonsson SWE Colin Braun USA
Patrick Long USA

CORE autosport

Composite Resources

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Continental

Porsche

E-10

57

Lawson Aschenbach USA Robin Liddell GBR Andrew Davis USA
Matt Bell USA

Stevenson Motorsports

Stevenson Automotive Group

Audi R8 LMS GT3

Continental

Audi

E-10

59

Steve Smith
Reinhold Renger
Harald Proczyk AUT

CHE Sven Muller DEU DEU TBD TBD

Manthey Racing

Krauth in Motion Services

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Continental

Porsche

E-10

61

Christian Engelhart
Rolf Ineichen
Roberto Pampanini CHE

DEU Christopher Lenz CHE CHE Milos Pavlovic CHE

GRT Grasser Racing Team

BIOCIRCLE / Pertamina

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

Continental

Lamborghini

E-10

63

Christina Nielsen USA Sam Bird GBR Alessandro Balzan ITA
Matteo Cressoni ITA

Scuderia Corsa

Ferrari 488 GT3

Continental

Ferrari

E-10

73

Patrick Lindsey USA TBD TBD Jorg Bergmeister DEU
Matthew McMurry USA

Park Place Motorsports

Park Place Porsche / Mira Vista Aviation

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Continental

Porsche

E-10

75

Kenny Habul AUS
Boris Said USA
Tristan Vautier FRA

Maro Engel DEU  Paul Morris AUS

SunEnergy1 Racing

SunEnergy1

Mercedes AMG GT3

Continental

Mercedes

E-10

86

Jeff Segal USA Ryan Hunter-Reay USA Oswaldo Negri Jr. BRA
Tom Dyer USA

Michael Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian

Acura / Curb Records

Acura NSX GT3

Continental

Acura

E-10

93

Andy Lally USA Graham Rahal USA Katherine Legge GBR
Mark Wilkins CAN

Michael Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian

Acura / Curb Records

Acura NSX GT3

Continental

Acura

E-10

GT DAYTONA (GTD) (GTD) ENTRIES – 27 CAR NO. DRIVERS & NATIONALITY TEAM SPONSOR CAR TYPE TIRE ENGINE FUEL

96

Justin Marks USA Jesse Krohn FIN Jens Klingmann DEU
Maxime Martin BEL

Turner Motorsport

Turner Motorsport / Katerra

BMW M6 GT3

Continental

BMW

E-10

98

Paul Dalla Lana CAN Marco Sorensen DNK Pedro Lamy PRT
Mathias Lauda ESP

Aston Martin Racing

Aston Martin Vantage

Continental

Aston Martin

E-10

991

Santiago Creel
Mike Hedlund
Wolf Henzler DEU

MEX Jan Heylen USA USA Timothy Pappas USA

TRG

LaSalle Solutions / Cavall 7 / Adobe Road Wines

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Continental

Porsche

E-10

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