Picture by: Racer X Photography
Dallas, TX — Nick Boulle and de Boulle Motorsports hit the track earlier this month in a last-minute run for a shot to win the ROLEX 24 Hours of Daytona again. The returning champion from 2017 was confirmed as the Silver rated driver for the PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports #52 Oreca LMP2 car.
Boulle joined PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports to test last year’s championship winning Oreca alongside his three strong teammates. The team will be made up of two European Gold-rated drivers of Simon Trummer (SUI) and Gabriel Aubry (FRA) and Bronze-rated Ben Keating (USA). The exciting lineup of drivers represents a formidable challenge for the win in the LMP2 category this year which is currently made up of 7 cars. Each entry is a homologated LMP2 car made to fit rules determined by the international FIA endurance racing category that races across the world from Le Mans, France to Asia and more. The cars each feature 600 horsepower Gibson V-8 engines capable of exceeding 300kph (185mph) along the banks of Daytona International Speedway before braking at incredible pace of up to 4-G in deceleration.
The Roar Before the 24 kicked off the racing season at Daytona as the three-day test served as the final dress rehearsal before the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. The Roar gave teams in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship the opportunity to test their cars, engines, drivers and crew ahead of the season-opening at the Daytona International Speedway. Drivers and engineers ran through pit stops at speed, driver change practice, tune their car’s suspensions and aero settings. The upcoming race, the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, is certainly the crown jewel of the championship that fittingly hands winners of each class the coveted white dial in steel and 18K yellow gold ROLEX Daytona.
The test marked the first time Boulle had been on track since his run at the Watkins Glen 6-hour which sadly ended prematurely due to engine and electronic issues. The team was able to finish several practice sessions in first place and several others in the top 3 as the #52 LMP2 car ran flawlessly. The 58th running of the race will mark Boulle’s fifth chance to race for another win at the ROLEX 24 Hours of Daytona.
Boulle commented, “We had a really successful and very busy weekend getting acclimated and working on the car as a team for the first time together. I’m happy with how the car is progressing and I have faith in Bobby and Tim to make sure it’s right where it needs to be for the race. Now, with only a few weeks to go – we just have to get there and see how the race progresses. I know Gabi, Simon and Ben are ready so I’m working hard to make sure I carry my weight as well.”
The ROLEX 24 Hours of Daytona takes place Jan. 25-26 with the green flag waving Saturday, January 26th at 12:35 pm. CST and concluding Sunday, January 26th at 12:35 pm CST. The race can be watched live in its entirety from home with NBCSN, NBC Sports online and IMSA.tv. The race is also broadcasted live over the air with IMSA Radio. To keep up with Boulle’s progress use scoring.imsa.com. For a detailed track and broadcast schedule visit http://imsa.com.
This year, de Boulle Motorsports and Boulle have partnered with several prominent companies including: KETSALI, McFadden & Miller, Meridian Veterinary Capital, and de Boulle.
About de Boulle Motorsports / de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry
de Boulle Motorsports is a living and moving illustration of the passion for excellence that de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry has for both jewelry and timepieces. 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 discerning customers and built a reputation as one of the pre-eminent independently-owned jewelers in the United States. The Boulle’s have taken a continued interest in the community and currently supports a list of charitable causes. de Boulle is located in Dallas at 6821 Preston Rd. and in Houston at 4444 Westheimer Rd. For more information, visit deBoulle.com
Ketsali is dedicated to creating exceptional experiences in Latin America. We believe that building long-lasting memories through travel and culture helps bond families and corporate teams.
We seek to bring guests together for unique, luxury experiences, highlighting indigenous art, architecture, cuisine, music, adventure, and culture. The Ketsali brand will launch in the central region of Mexico with expanded locations throughout Latin America in 2020.
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.