Former Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona class winner, Nick Boulle— of de Boulle, an independent jewelry salon in Dallas and Houston, has been confirmed as part of Rinaldi Racing’s lineup in their #488 Ferrari GT3 race car.

Nick Boulle will join season long lineup of drivers Rick Yoon, Pierre Ehret, and Murad Sultanov. The 24-hour endurance race is part of the SRO Blancpain Endurance Cup that features four classes – Pro, Pro-Am, Am and National Cup. The #488 will enter the AM Category where a trio of Bronze-rated drivers is allowed to select one Silver driver who can do a maximum of 6 hours during the 24 hour race – Boulle will fill this role.

 

 

Coming off an 8th place finish in class at the Le Mans 24 Hour, Nick joined Rinaldi racing and his co-drivers for the Spa 24 Hour test day which took place earlier this week.

Speaking at the test, Nick commented, “My time at the official test was primarily spent getting acquainted with the car as it is a big change from all of my prototype driving experience. We worked on setup and I enjoyed adjusting the car to suit my style, but I left with a lot of data in terms of how I need to adapt to get the maximum from the car.”

 

 

The race will take place a the Spa Francorchamps Circuit near Spa, Belgium which is known for its blindingly fast uphill first corner complex called “Eau Rouge.” Eau Rouge sees drivers take it flat out in 5th gear before a long straight and a hill so steep that it makes the exit blind and the car get light as drivers crest the Raidillon – the final portion of the complex. The circuit itself is known as the world’s ultimate driving track and is between two hills in beautiful Belgian countryside.

Adding excitement and history to the weekend is the fact that the team utilizes a stunning bright green Ferrari 488 GT3 race car. The car itself weighs 2,750 pounds and has the ~600 horsepower bi-turbo Ferrari 488’s V-8 engine paired with an upgraded racing gearbox. Paired with vastly upgraded aerodynamic carbon-fiber bodywork the car is astoundingly quick around the high stakes 7-kilometer racing circuit.

 

 

The Total 24 Hours of Spa will mark de Boulle Motorsport’s first entry in professional motorsports in the growing GT3 category. The Spa 24 Hours is in fact known as the largest GT3 race in the world. This year, the race will feature 68 entries very strong entries from manufacturers including: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes and BMW.

The 70th edition of the Total 24 Hours of Spa will take place with testing starting on on July 26th and the race itself starting on July 28th and finishing on July 29th.

Dallas, TX — Former Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Champion, Nick Boulle— of de Boulle, an independent jewelry salon in Dallas and Houston, has been confirmed as part of Jackie Chan DC Racing’s lineup for next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Boulle will join David Cheng, who claimed his first Le Mans podium as a member of the #37 crew twelve months ago, and Pierre Nicolet at the wheel of the team’s No. 33 Ligier JS P217 Gibson. Reigning IMSA Prototype champion Ricky Taylor will join Come Ledogar and former Le Mans GTE-Am class winner David Heinemeier Hansson at the wheel of the team’s No. 34 Ligier JS P217 Gibson, which is one of the Chinese team’s four auto-invite entries.

 

“To say that I am excited to be racing with Jackie Chan DC Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is an understatement,” exclaimed Boulle. “Le Mans has a huge place in racing history and is one of the greatest single sporting events there is – period.”

This will mark Boulle’s first start in the French endurance classic. Sixty cars along with their drivers have been officially confirmed for this June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans at Circuit De La Sarthe. The race’s most competitive class, LMP2, features a mix of 20 Dallara, Oreca and Ligier cars, which Boulle will drive, each competing with 600 horsepower Gibson Technology 4.2L V-8 engines.

“I think the Ligier JS-P217 has made leaps & bounds with their Le Mans aero package for this race as well. Looking forward to having a good result for Jackie Chan DC Racing and representing in this racing classic.”


The Chinese racing team ascends from the astonishing victory and second place in LMP2 class and a double-overall-podium finish at Circuit de La Sarthe in last year’s race. Despite the disappointment of missing the 2017 FIA WEC championship title at the showdown in 6 Hours of Bahrain, the team strongly fought back at the 2017-18 Asian Le Mans Series clinching titles in both LMP2 and LMP3 class, which contributed to the two additional invitation for the imminent 24-hour race, on 16-17 June.

To make Boulle’s debut possible, de Boulle Motorsports partnered with several prominent companies: Concepta Labs, Dallas Auto Exchange, Hydro Carbon Exchange and Meridian Veterinary Capital. Boulle added, “I can’t wait to see what else this partnership leads to next.” In addition, to becoming a racing partner, the companies also receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of attending Le Mans with a VIP experience that only de Boulle could offer.

About deBoulle Motorsports / deBoulle 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 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.
www.meridiancap.com

About Dallas Auto Exchange
Crockett Gambrel founded Dallas Auto Exchange after spending over a decade being immersed in the cultures of two of the area’s most prestigious luxury auto groups. The lessons learned from the strong leadership teams at these outstanding organizations helped him form a solid foundation, a servant attitude, and a strong moral compass. He excelled at sales and building relationships with clients, and he was consistently recognized for his over-the-top customer service scores. The idea for Dallas Auto Exchange started when he realized the need for a company that could fill the void that is left between the two most common types of automotive dealerships. On one end of the spectrum you have the questionable cars, hidden problems, and sub-par ethics that are often found at bargain basement stores. On the other end are the luxury dealerships that typically offer great customer service, fancy perks and quality vehicles, but typically at substantially higher prices. His vision for Dallas Auto Exchange was to provide customers with unmatched overall value by offering solid cars, outstanding customer service, honest advice, and a transparent buying experience that was actually fun. Our expansive indoor showroom is modern and impeccably clean, but it isn’t furnished with priceless works of art, or rich mahogany furniture. We prefer to pass the savings on to you.
www.dallasautoexchange.com

About Hydro Carbon Exchange
Hydrocarbon Exchange is an individually owned corporation. The company originated in 2004 by Stan Archibald, Dennis Moser, and Scott Hopkins. The company was developed to build a marketing company to facilitate and leverage ongoing supplies from Texas Energy Management in the Barnett shale. Since inception, the company has obtained rapid growth by adding third party supplies in both the North Texas region and the Permian Basin. The company is actively involved in procuring producer and third party gas supplies and performs several different derivative and future strategies to allow for arbitrage opportunities. As a result of yearly campaigns, the company’s retained earnings have remained at a steady increase. There are over 100 companies and major producers that have ongoing relationships and contracts.
www.hydrocarbonexchange.com

SpecChem, LLC
SpecChem is a Kansas City-based manufacturer supplying the concrete distributor network with high quality, industry-leading concrete construction materials. SpecChem offers a full line of liquid chemical technologies, including form release agents, paving and curing compounds, finishing aids, cures & hardeners, bond breakers, sealers, bonding agents and surface retarders, as well as an array of cleaning and stripping products. Additionally, SpecChem has a line of epoxy products that include adhesive bonding agents, epoxy sealers and coatings, and high-strength epoxy mortars and grouts. Finally, SpecChem’s comprehensive line of cementitious grouts, repair mortars, underlayments and overlayments, and specialty concrete accessories round out an exhaustive line-up designed to provide quality, innovation, and value to distributors, specifiers, and contractors.
Please visit http://www.specchemllc.com for more on SpecChem, LLC.

Dallas, TX — The deBoulle Motorsports team claimed 12th place at this year’s ROLEX 24 Hours of Daytona. In only his second Prototype start, Nick Boulle joined the Prototype entry of AFS / PR1 Motorsports in their number 52, Ligier JS P217 Sports Car.
The demanding 24-hour race saw drivers from around the world take part in what was dubbed by many as the event’s most competitive running in its 56 year history. The endurance race tests both driver, team and equipment around the high banks of Daytona International Speedway as well as through the infield road course. The car itself will reach speeds close to 200mph and keep pace for the entirety of the grueling race.

The race was heavily attended with celebrities and many of the world’s most respected drivers competing in the field. Fernado Alonso’s attendance brought huge fanfare alongside Juan Pablo Montoya, Bruno Senna, Lance Stroll, Lando Norris, Paul DiResta and more. Also bringing out huge attendance was the addition of the new Acura prototype fielded by the fabled Penske Racing team.
This year the AFS / PR1 Motorsports car was driven by Nick Boulle, IndyCar regular Sebastian Saavedra, Gustavo Yacaman, as well as current WEC driver and former ChampCar driver Roberto Gonzalez.
After the team qualified in 16th position, Nick’s first stint came just as night fell over the 3.56 mile speedway road course. He drove the car for roughly 1.5 hours in what was the most treacherous portion of the race. Just over 20 minutes into his stint, rain began to fall on course. After driving on slicks in wet conditions for several laps, the team eventually pitted to change for rain tires. Minutes later, the drying track called for another pit stop as they went back to dry tires in the mixed conditions.

Nick Boulle commented after hist first stint in the LMP2 car, “Thanks to the technology in endurance racing, the cars & equipment are so good that it is truly a 24-hour sprint race. From the moment the green flag drops to the checkered flag you push the car to its absolute limits. There is no ‘saving the brakes’ or backing off because oftentimes in events like this – every second counts. You know the importance of keeping the car clean & safe, but certainly feel this even more in treacherous conditions where it is so easy to push too far.”


The team had advanced the car into the top 10 before an early morning mistake by one of Nick’s teammates sent the crew into the garages for repairs. Nick returned for three more flawless stints in the LMP2 car at the demanding circuit. And despite the time lost, Boulle & his co-drivers recovered positions through the remaining hours of the race to finish in 12th position in the Prototype class.
deBoulle Motorsports’ continued their partnership program in 2018 with an amazing crew of 20 guests from Concepta Labs, McFadden & Miller, Meridian Veterinary Capital, Nicholas Residential, and Palmares Energy. In addition, the car featured a logo from each of the companies in attendance.

About deBoulle Motorsports / deBoulle 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 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.

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.

 


Nick Boulle has been announced as driver for IMSA series regulars, AFS / PR1 Motorsports in the 2018 ROLEX 24 Hours of Daytona. Boulle will be driving alongside IndyCar Driver/sports car newcomer, Sebastian Saavedra and Gustavo Yacaman. Following last year’s 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 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. The Ligier JS P217 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 205 miles-per-hour.

In addition to an exciting step up to the most competitive category, international competition this year will almost certainly make for one of the most exciting years since its inception in 1962. Thanks to increased media attention, this year’s field includes multiple current and former Formula 1 drivers, Le Mans winners, IndyCar drivers and more. The following drivers have already been confirmed in the Prototype class: Fernando Alonso (McLaren F1 Driver), Lance Stroll (Williams F1 Driver), Paul DiResta (Williams F1 Reserve Driver), Lando Norris (Mercedes F1 AMG reserve driver), Juan Pablo Montoya (F1 / IndyCar Driver) and Simon Pagenaud (Penske IndyCar Driver).

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de Boulle Motorsports’ previous outing with PR1 Motorsports in LMP2 was at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

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 a 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, McFadden & Miller, The Meridian Perdido Key, and Nicholas Residential.

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 through out North America.

Rolex of Daytona

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Nick Boulle’s debut at the 54th Annual ROLEX 24 Hours of Daytona resulted in a second-place finish in the Prototype Challenge (PC) Class. Nick Boulle, the 26-year-old son of Denis and Karen Boulle — of de Boulle, an independent jewelry salon in Dallas and now Houston— was the first retail jeweler which carries Rolex to compete in the demanding 24-hour sports car race.

The race requires four-driver teams. Rounding out the team was returning PR1 driver Tom Kimber-Smith, Robert Alon and Jose Gutierrez. The team raced in the Le Mans Prototype Challenge car. The car featured an open-cockpit and technology such as a carbon fiber chassis, carbon brakes and sequential gearbox. Weighing in at 1990 pounds, the PC car reached top speeds of around 190 mph during the 24 hour event.

The race consisted of 24 hours of straight racing waged on the legendary Daytona International Speedway. It’s the first major auto race of the year, and it brings out some of sport’s biggest names. The team completed 698 laps and 25 pits around the 3.56 mile circuit. Each driver spent about six hours crammed into the car whizzing around the track.

Boulle was the also the PC class leader during the exciting race. “Half way through the race (12 hours) we were still in first, but a small mechanical issue lost us 12 laps. We dropped down to fourth during the night,” said Boulle. The team moved back into second place. If not for a faulty $15 part, the team likely would have won.

Boulle, who had stepped away from motorsports for more than 6 years to grow his social media business, had kept his competitive spirit alive through cycling – winning multiple state championships and finishing on the podium at the collegiate national championships while racing motorcycle great, Ben Spies’ Elbowz Cycling team. When it came time for Nick to drive again and take over driver duties at the 54th annual Rolex 24, he never skipped a beat. With his dad’s love for cars, Nick was drawn to motorsports and began racing go-karts at age 12. By the time he was 20 years old studying at Southern Methodist University, Boulle had produced top results in national events and was racing as a Volkswagen Junior Driver in addition to coaching drivers in karts and racecars. “I have always loved motorsports,” he says, “and racing in the Rolex 24 Hours has turned a dream into reality.”

Meridian Realty Advisors, L.P. opted to partner with de Boulle Motorsports to promote their new community Vista del Mar, a high-rise condominium in Perdido Key, Florida. The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona represents a huge opportunity to spread the word about the ‘Lost Key’ where Vista del Mar is being built. The LMPC car featured the logo of Vista del Mar. In addition, Boulle donned their logo prominently on his driver’s uniform.

About de Boulle Motorsports
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 Boulles 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 Road and in Houston at 4444Westheimer Road in Houston. For more information, visit deBoulle.com

About Meridian Realty Advisors
Meridian is a real estate investment, management, and development organization formed in 1994 that is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Working with an established network of financial partners, architects and construction management professionals and together with well established operating partners, our mission is to create value for our investors by acquiring, developing and investing in real estate and real estate related assets with a current emphasis on seniors housing and healthcare assets. Our investment activity has provided attractive new housing and aged care facilities to our growing population of seniors. The current supply of newly constructed, state of the art, seniors’ facilities remains constrained and the demand ever growing. Our new facilities have provided employment to many and enable our operating partners to attract the highest quality employees. The combination of all the above has enabled us to produce superior investment returns to our investment partnerships.