Tom Kendall to Race in Brumos Daytona Continental Historics Event
17 September 1997
Kendall to Compete During Daytona's HSR Weekend Trans Am Series Recordholder to Race Rolex 24-winning Mustang DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Arguably the hottest driver in the motorsports world is road racing ace Tom Kendall. Kendall is rewriting the SCCA Trans-Am record book, having won an unprecedented 11 consecutive SCCA Trans-Am Series races while driving Roush Racing Ford Mustangs. Kendall, a two-time GTS-1 class-winning Rolex 24 At Daytona champion, will return to the "World Center of Racing," the site of some of his greatest racing accomplishments, when he competes in the inaugural Brumos Daytona Continental Historics October 3-5. Kendall is scheduled to drive a Roush Racing Ford Mustang, the same car he co-drove with NASCAR Winston Cup Series regulars Wally Dallenbach and Robby Gordon and Indy Racing League competitor Robbie Buhl to win the GTS-1 class in the 1993 Rolex 24 At Daytona. "We finished second overall to the Toyota GTP and almost won overall (1993 Rolex 24 At Daytona), but we won our class, so it was a memorable race," said Kendall, the 1997 SCCA Trans-Am champion. "I understand they'll be quite a few Porsche 962s in the race in October, so it will be a familiar story, they'll be a bit faster, but the Roush cars have a reputation for always plugging away." Kendall, 31, has enjoyed an illustrious sports car racing career despite his young age. In addition to his two Rolex 24 victories, his racing resume includes nine drivers' championships [four SCCA Trans-Am titles (1990, 1995-97), three consecutive SportsCar GTS titles (1986-88), a SportsCar GTU title (1986) and a SportsCar Firehawk title (1986)], 51 career road racing victories, 67 career pole positions and a five-time IROC competitor. "Everyone who is at an HSR event is purely there for the enjoyment of the sport. I think the fans appreciate the cars as much as the drivers, these cars have the ability to evoke a lot of memories, they truly are the stars. "When you go to a professional sports car race today, the cars are really only expensive tools, but with the cars that compete in the vintage races, each car has its own personality with a history behind it, each has done something significant. "On the surface you might not think the racing is as intense, but these drivers take it very seriously and the racing is always competitive. My racing history only goes back to 1981, it doesn't go back to the '40s, '50s or '60s, but I'm a fan. And whenever I see a car I remember from the 24 hours 15 years ago, I get excited. For example right now, everybody talks about Mark Donahue's records (Kendall broke Donohue's 1968 record of eight consecutive SCCA Trans-Am victories) and people still talk the No. 6 Sunoco car he drove, they love seeing it race at vintage weekends. Whether or not people will feel that way about my race car in the future remains to be seen, but maybe they will some day. "Vintage racing is becoming so big nowadays, whenever I see a date coming up, I always try to clear my schedule so I can make it. Especially since we now have a weekend at Daytona, I can't wait to come down and be a part of it. I guess I'm just an incurable fan, when I'm not doing it, then I'm out watching it." Super Tickets are available in advance for $35, offering three full days of racing at considerable savings over daily admissions. The ticket provides unlimited access to the infield, paddock and garage areas in addition to free car/van parking. For additional ticket information, contact the Speedway Ticket Office at (904) 253-7223. For more information about the HSR Vintage Weekend, DAYTONA USA or any other events held at the Speedway, visit http://www.daytonausa.com.