Daytona Beach, FL— Nick Boulle hit the track for the first time this past weekend at the Roar Before the ROLEX 24 with his recently announced teammate lineup of Gustavo Yacaman, Sebastian Saavedra and Roberto Gonzalez. The newly formed AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports team completed three days of testing in preparation for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the first event and crown jewel of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The Roar Before the 24 gives teams in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship the opportunity to test out their cars, engines, drivers and crew ahead of the season-opening Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at the Daytona International Speedway road course.
The test marked the first time Boulle has been on the track since his win at the ROLEX 24 Hours of Daytona. Boulle is keen to get back behind the wheel of the AFS / PR1 Motorsports’ LMP2 car. The drivers focused on driver changes as well as doing their best to find a set up for their LMP2 race car, the #52 Ligier JS P217, and the Daytona International Speedway race track.
The 56th running of the race in 2018 will mark Boulle’s third chance to race for win at the 24 Hours of Daytona, but this year stands out as he competes in the IMSA Weather Tech SportsCar Championship’s most premier category, Prototype. The Ligier JS P217 LMP2 car meets the World Endurance Championships standards for LMP2 cars. Thanks to more than 600 horsepower produced by its 4.2 Liter V8 Gibson Technology engine, advanced aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber chassis, the car will reach speeds of 200 miles-per-hour.
“It felt great to be back on the banks at Daytona. The Roar Before the 24 always goes quickly, but I think we accomplished a lot. We have a few weeks to take a step back and develop a plan of attack for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The focus now is solely on developing the car for the race with all of the data we gathered through the weekend.”
The end of the testing period is marked by a qualifying session that determines pit road and garage space selection.
The 2018 running of the Daytona 24 Hours will see the green flag on Saturday afternoon, January 27th, and finish on Sunday afternoon, January 28th after two full trips around the clock. Each year, both overall winners and class winners at this legendary and grueling 24-hour endurance race receive ROLEX Daytona timepieces in addition to the winner’s trophies. This year, de Boulle Motorsports & Nick Boulle have partnered with several prominent companies including: Clover Partners, Concepta Labs, McFadden & Miller, Meridian Veterinary Capital, Nicholas Residential, and Palmares Energy.
The 2018 IMSA Weather Tech SportsCar Championship will kick off coverage starting at Saturday January 27th at 2:30PM on FOX Sports 1 and continue through January 28th between FS1, FS2 and IMSA.tv for a full 24-hours of coverage. The FOX Sports GO app will also have 25 consecutive hours of Rolex 24 programming, with live streaming throughout North America.
About de Boulle Motorsports / de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry
de Boulle Motorsports is a living & moving illustration of the passion for excellence that de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry has for both jewelry & watches. de Boulle was established in 1983 by Denis and Karen Boulle, de Boulle has assembled an unrivaled collection of diamonds, fine jewelry and timepieces unsurpassed for its elegance and depth in selection. de Boulle has served thousands of discriminating customers and built a reputation as one of the pre-eminent independently-owned jewelers in the United States. Their sophisticated salon has a historical flair in the style of a two-story French villa. The Boulle’s have taken a continued interest in the community and currently supports a list of charitable causes. de Boulle also showcases Holland & Holland, the world’s most prestigious gunmaker, bespoke shotguns and rifles as well as clothing and accessories. de Boulle is located in Dallas at 6821 Preston Rd. and in Houston at 4444 Westheimer Rd. For more information, visit deBoulle.com
About Concepta Labs
Concepta Labs is a clinical laboratory housed in a state-of-the-art testing facility in Dallas, Texas. We are focused on delivering best-in-class blood testing services to a national audience of healthcare professionals through a collaborative blend of applied science and innovative technologies in the fields of blood chemistry, immunology, hematology and pathology.
About Clover Partners
Clover Partners, L.P. is a Dallas, Texas based SEC registered investment advisor that manages hedge funds focused on small-cap banks. Established in 2000, Clover Partners employs an intensive deep-value research process to produce a portfolio of high conviction ideas. Our business is generating high quality returns for our investors on a controls-based platform. Mr. John A. Guerry is our Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager.
About McFadden & Miller
The McFadden & Miller Story now spans seven decades of construction excellence. Founded in 1946, McFadden & Miller, Ltd. began life shortly after World War II through a partnership with a young Trammel Crow, making it the oldest and most experienced GC in the region. Today McFadden & Miller retains its position as a premier design/builder in the DFW area. The structural designs McFadden & Miller implemented many years ago were so unique to the industry that years later the McFadden & Miller “brand” is recognized and favored as an asset to any real estate portfolio. Mark Jacobson now serves as President of McFadden & Miller, with Jon Jacobson performing as Vice-President. Most “general” contractors broker every phase of construction to the lowest bidder, but McFadden & Miller actually self-performs such functions as engineering, mass grading and concrete work. This ability as well as their unique method of de-centralized project management, relying on the expertise of field managers to run projects, allows for economies, control and quality unmatched by other GC’s. McFadden & Miller began with a philosophy of treating its clients with fairness, honesty, and consideration, and always delivering the best possible product at a reasonable price. Sixty million square feet of industrial, office and retail product later McFadden & Miller is still embracing those ethics.
About Meridian Veterinary Capital
MedVet Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets is a 24-hour emergency, critical care and specialty animal hospital. MedVet is employee owned & veterinary led and is leading specialty healthcare provider for pets. MedVet provides specialty referral services, as well as emergency services, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. More than 100,000 dogs and cats are treated annually at MedVet’s expanding network of medical centers across the country. Meridian is a real estate investment, management and development company based in Dallas, Texas. Working with an established network of financial partners, architects and construction management professionals, Meridian’s mission is to create value for its investors by acquiring, developing and investing in real estate and real estate related assets. Meridian is primarily focused on senior housing and healthcare related investments. Meridian has acquired or developed projects in many areas of the United States including Texas, Colorado, Massachusetts, Arizona, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Washington, California, Alabama, Virginia, Oklahoma, Illinois, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.
About Nicholas Residential
Nicholas Residential is a privately-held real estate investment firm headquartered in Dallas, TX. Nicholas invests alongside institutional and private clients in value-add and opportunistic affordable apartment communities across the Southwest. The firm’s investment strategy emphasizes capital preservation and incentive alignment between the firm’s principals and investors. With a focus on value creation, Nicholas seeks to unlock unrealized value in its portfolio through creative execution and a hands-on asset management approach. The company strives to produce compelling risk-adjusted returns for our investors while strengthening neighboring communities.
About Palmares Energy
Palmarès (Palm-AR-es) is translated to mean “record of achievements.” As an active buyer of minerals and royalty in energy producing regions across the nation, we view every transaction as an opportunity to provide the mineral owner with outstanding service, fair valuation, and timely closing. Palmares Energy, LLC is currently purchasing mineral rights, royalty interest, overriding royalty interest and non-participating royalty interest, whether it is leased or unleased, producing or non-producing. Our current focus is on the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico.