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52nd Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona set for 2:30 p.m. start on Jan. 25

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship brand advertising campaign debuts 

Rolex 24 At Daytona logo The 52nd anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the debut event for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, will start at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Other schedule highlights include Rolex 24 At Daytona qualifying on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 3:45 p.m., the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race on Friday, Jan. 24 at 1:45 p.m. and a pair of IMSA Ferrari Challenge races on Friday, Jan. 24 at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday at 9:35 a.m.

The complete event schedule is available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

The TUDOR Championship is the result of the merger of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.

Tickets, including infield camping and parking, for the 52nd anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Roar Before The Rolex 24 three-day test session scheduled for Jan. 3-5 can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow sports cars at www.imsa.com, go on Twitter at TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (@UnitedSportsCar) and the Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge (@SUNOCO_UK). Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

source: daytonainternationalspeedway.com

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Brand Advertising Campaign Debuts on FOX Sports 1

Pfanner Communications produced multi-media advertising campaign

A 30-second television commercial capturing the on-track excitement of and anticipation for the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship was launched Dec. 16 on Fox Sports 1 as the centerpiece of the International Motorsports Association’s (IMSA) multi-media brand advertising campaign.

The television commercial on FOX Sports 1 is part of the five-year partnership between IMSA and FOX Sports announced in August. The advertising campaign showcasing the 2014 TUDOR Championship includes four different print advertisements in four major North American motorsports publications: Autoweek, Road & Track, RACER, and Grassroots Motorsports. The first of those ads also ran in the current issue of the Sports Business Journal (Dec. 16, 2013). The campaign includes vertically integrated digital, radio and social media components.

“This advertising campaign is our opportunity to announce to the world that, after 15 months of preparation and a lot of hard work by many, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is about to launch,” said IMSA President and Chief Operating Officer, Scott Atherton. “The creative for this campaign showcases the technology and diversity of our multiple classes, which is the basis and point of difference for our form of motorsport. It captures the essence of what we are about with a clear and concise message: It’s time to go sports car racing.”

Pfanner Communications, a brand development and marketing agency based in Irvine, Calif., led by long-time automotive and motorsports publisher/marketer Paul Pfanner, produced the advertising campaign. The on-track footage was captured in November during TUDOR Championship test sessions at Daytona International Speedway and Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway.

“There was an overarching objective to create something that was evocative and emblematic of the brand ethos of the TUDOR Championship, what the series is about, what it represents and what the future is moving forward,” said George Tamayo, Pfanner Communications Associate Creative Director/Brand Strategist. “I threw out an idea early in the process about thematically positioning the series around the idea of time. They had recently announced TUDOR as the [series] title partner so it made sense from that point of view. The whole concept is about time and preparation. There’s a time you need to get ready and there’s a time you have to go.

“I think the final product turned out great and it’s something everyone involved with this historic debut of a new era in professional sports car racing can be proud of. Everybody put the best foot forward. We had a storyboard that we initially presented and, in the end, we produced something better than the storyboard.”

The television advertisement is also available HERE.

“This was a truly collaborative effort between IMSA and Pfanner Communications which yielded a fantastic result,” said IMSA Vice President, Marketing David Pettit. “Our goal was to create excitement and whet the appetite of our fans that the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is almost here. We believe we achieved that goal and will build on that momentum as the season continues.”

The 2014 TUDOR Championship opens at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. with the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 25-26, 2014.

source: imsa.com