Schedule + Fan Guide | 2022 GRM Experience at the Rolex 24 At Daytona

By Staff Writer
Jan 24, 2022 | Endurance Racing, Rolex 24 at Daytona, Daytona International Speedway | Posted in Features | Never miss an article

Photography Credit: Dave Green

Sixty years ago, Daytona hosted its first major endurance race for sports cars. Known then as the Daytona Continental, the race was only a three-hour-long contest. In 1966, the race’s length would be increased to its current 24 hours. 

Fast forward to today, and there are 61 cars ready to take to the World Center of Racing for 24 hours straight from the drop of the green flag on Saturday, January 29, to the checkered flag the following day.

Below we've laid out a full schedule of events, plus a guide to every class of car appearing on track.

Schedule of Events

Friday–Sunday, January 21-23
Roar Before the Rolex
The preseason test is open to the public–and if you already have a multi-day Rolex ticket, admission is free. If not, then it’s just $15 for Friday or Sunday, or $20 for Saturday. See the cars without the crowds.

Friday–Sunday, January 21-23
Scout Days
Scouts from across the nation (and their parents) can camp at the track during the Roar. Activities on the schedule include fishing, a pre-race grid walk, Stemwerx activities, driver panels, a track walk and more. 

Photography Credit: Chris Tropea

Wednesday, January 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Twenty-Four Premier at One Daytona
Get up close to the cars of the Rolex 24 and some of the superstar drivers that pilot them, all for free

Thursday, January 27, 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Mazda MX-5 Cup | Race 1 of 2
If it’s bumper-to-bumper racing you want, it doesn’t get any closer than this one-make series

Thursday, January 27
Rolex 24 At Daytona
Gates open for spectators that morning.

Thursday, January 27, 9 a.m.
Grassroots Motorsports Tent Opens
Our infield tent opens for the weekend.

Thursday, January 27, 7:15 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Night Practice
Watching Thursday’s night practice for the WeatherTech cars has become a bit of a tradition. See the cars on track and at night without having to jockey for a spot on the fence.

Photography Credit: Chris Tropea

Friday, January 28, 10:15 a.m.-11 a.m.
Mazda MX-5 Cup | Race 2 of 2
The second round of the MX-5 cup at Daytona

Friday, January 28, 1:35 p.m.-5:35 p.m.
BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona
This will be the season-opening race for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.

Photography Credit: Dave Green

Saturday, January 29, 9 a.m.
Grassroots Motorsports Tent Opens
We’ll be here all weekend–right on the shores of Lake Lloyd

Saturday, January 29, 7 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
DIS 5K Run/Walk
Right foot, left foot.

Saturday, January 29, 9:50 a.m.-10:25 a.m.
Rolex 25 Heritage Exhibition
Relive those glory days.

Saturday, January 29, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Autograph Session
Get to the UNOH Fanzone early because the lines will be long.

Saturday, January 29, 12 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
Grid Walk
Here’s your last chance to see the cars and crews before the track goes hot. Bring a Sharpie so you can sign the start/finish line. Expect a packed house.

Saturday, January 29, 1:40 p.m.
Green Flag
Go, go, go!

Saturday, January 29, 7 p.m.
GRM Experience Package Dinner
Dinner for GRM Experience Ticket Package holders, located in the big white tent.

Saturday, January 29, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Taste of the 24
Food, entertainment and socializing. Tickets also include weekend race access.

Saturday, January 29
Saturday Evening Entertainment
The UNOH Fanzone stage will be jamming all evening with live music as well as karaoke.

Saturday, January 29, 11:50 p.m.
Grassroots Motorsports Midnight Paddock Tour
Our annual paddock tour will depart from our tent.

Photography Credit: Chris Tropea

Sunday, January 30, 1:40 p.m.
Checkered Flag
Good hustle, everyone, good hustle.

Sunday, January 26, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Grassroots Motorsports Tent Cleanup
Help your pals pack up everything. The post-race traffic means you’re not leaving right away anyway.

IMSA Cars and Classes

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Photography Credit: Chris Tropea

Daytona Prototype international (DPi)

  • Homologated, purpose-built, single-seat chassis featuring bodywork that supports the engine supplier.
  • Engine suppliers: Acura, Cadillac, Mazda and Nissan.
  • 2021 Daytona qualifying time: 1:34.2

Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2)

  • Homologated, purpose-built, single-seat chassis developed by one of four approved constructors. These cars are eligible for Le Mans.
  • 2021 Daytona qualifying time: 1:35.9

Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3)

  • Homologated, purpose-built, entry-level single-seat chassis developed by one of four approved constructors. These cars are eligible for the IMSA Prototype Challenge.
  • 2021 Daytona qualifying time: 1:42.4

GT Daytona Pro (GTD PRO)

  • Purpose-built, production-based race cars built to FIA GT3 regulations.
  • Replaces GT Le Mans (GTLM).

GT Daytona (GTD)

  • Purpose-built, production-based race cars “enhanced” using technology from the FIA GT3 class.
  • Manufactures include Acura, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, and Porsche.


IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge

Photography Credit: Dave Green

Grand Sport (GS)

  • GT4 homologized sports cars and coupes.
  • models: Aston Martin Vantage GT4, Audi R8 GT4, BMW M4 GT4, Ford Mustang GT4, McLaren 570S GT4, Mercedes-AMG GT4, Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport and Toyota Supra GT4.
  • 2021 Daytona qualifying time: 1:52.7

Touring Car (TCR)

  • TCR homologized front-drive sedans.
  • models: Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR, Audi RS3 LMS DSG, Honda Civic Type R TCR, Hyundai Veloster N TCR and Hyundai Elantra N TCR.
  • 2021 Daytona qualifying time: 1:58.5


Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup

Photography Credit: Courtesy Mazda

Mazda MX-5 Cup Car

  • Road-going MX-5 pulled from the production line and converted into Cup Cars using sealed engine and ECU
  • 2021 Daytona qualifying time: 2:08.3

The GRM Experience at the Rolex 24 at Daytona is presented by Sunoco and FCP Euro in association with IntercompSPEC ClutchSeraphina Safety ApparelRacePrimeWireWheel, and McCollister's Auto Transport with help from Christopher John Ltd. and Fields Auto Works.

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Feedyurhed UltraDork
1/20/22 8:41 p.m.

I still haven't received my tickets and it's less than a week away. Typically in past years I would have them by now. Can't get through to the track due to heavy call volume. Should I be concerned?

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
1/21/22 9:17 a.m.

In reply to Feedyurhed :

Sorry to hear that you haven't gotten your tickets yet. I'm going to see what I can do to get you some kind of answer.

SHutson New Reader
1/21/22 12:21 p.m.

In reply to Feedyurhed :

Tickets are electronic this year.  Log into your Daytona Speedway account and you can send them to your Apple or Android wallet or print out hard copies.  They will be scanned at the gate for a wristband and car pass.  Not sure what they are doing about the grassroots "ticket". 

This will likely slow things down at the gate s plan accordingly.

trigun7469 SuperDork
1/21/22 3:26 p.m.

Is anybody at the roar? if so can you please provide us with some sites and sounds for those stuck in the winter vortex. I have never been able to take vacations during January for any of my jobs. 

racerfink UltraDork
1/21/22 5:25 p.m.

They have always mailed me my tickets, and when I renewed, they said nothing about my tickets being any different this year.

Russ McBride
Russ McBride New Reader
1/21/22 6:40 p.m.
trigun7469 said:

Is anybody at the roar? if so can you please provide us with some sites and sounds for those stuck in the winter vortex. I have never been able to take vacations during January for any of my jobs. 

I'm interested, too.

I see a little bit of coverage on Peacock, but not much.

racerfink UltraDork
1/21/22 10:01 p.m.

There's a YouTube page called Lanky Turtle that usually has short videos from Daytona and Sebring.  Nothing but sound from the cars, though, so no info on what's happening.

stevette New Reader
1/25/22 9:38 a.m.

In reply to racerfink :

When I spoke with the ticket office about a month ago, they informed me there will be no paper tickets this year.  They said we should get an email notification when the tickets are available to print from online. Well, that was only partially accurate, because my tickets were available to print last week with no email notification.

trigun7469 SuperDork
1/25/22 10:08 a.m.

In reply to racerfink :

Thank you!

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