Samax Motorsports signs Chris Festa to race the 24 Hours of Daytona  

January 19, 2007, Daytona, FL:   Samax Motorsports added Chris Festa to its already star studded line up of drivers to contest the 2007 edition of the 24 Hours of Daytona.  Chris, a regular driver for the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team in the Indy Racing League's Indy Pro Series, will drive the # 7 Riley Pontiac Daytona Prototype, along with former Formula One/Champ Car driver, Tomas Enge, Briton's Tom Kimber-Smith and Indy Car driver Jeff Bucknum.

"I'm thrilled that Peter Baron at Samax Motorsports offered us this opportunity to drive in one of the world's most prestigious and historic races," said Chris Festa.  "The 24 Hours of Daytona has always attracted the world's best drivers from many forms of racing.  It will be special to race against drivers like Jeff Gordon from NASCAR, Paul Tracy from Champ Car and my own Ganassi teammates Dan Weldon and Scott Dixon from Indy Racing and Juan Pablo Montoya from Formula One and NASCAR.  It's a great race, with a long history and, from what I can see, a lot of fun.  Practically, it's also a great way to tune up for our Indy Pro Series season opener in Homestead which is only weeks away."

The 24 Hours of Daytona begins 1:30 PM on Saturday, January 27th, ending 1:30 PM on Sunday.  More than half the race will be run at night.  The cars will lap the fabled 3.56 mile road course that incorporates half of the oval over 600 times in 24 hours.  Over 70 cars from Porsche, Lexus, Pontiac, BMW, Corvette, etc. will compete in two classes; the 200 mile per hour Daytona Prototypes and the production based GT cars.  With 70 cars and a nearly 50 mile per hour difference in speed between the Prototypes and GT cars, the traffic can frightening at times and at speeds over 150 miles per hour.

Up to 15 hours of live TV coverage is available on Fox Sports and Speed TV. Live Timing and Scoring is also available on the internet.  Full race information and the TV Schedule can be found at: http://www.grand-am.com/Events/Event.asp?ID=175.  

For more information visit:  www.chrisfestaracing.com; www.samaxmotorsports.com.