Auston Harris has become the youngest driver to compete in, and complete, the Rolex 24 at Daytona after taking part in the famous race at the age of just 16 years and 47 days.
The race was Harris' second long distance endurance race in the last two months having participated in the 2006 25 Hours of Thunderhill in early December, placing third in class and fourth overall.
At Daytona, Harris co-drove the TRG #67 Porsche GT3 Cup entry with the support of Mo's Gold. Starting 61st on the grid and 33rd in the GT class the four drivers did a outstanding job of managing the car through the entire 24 hour race bringing the car to the chequered flag in 28th position overall and twelfth in class capturing the SunTrust 'Improve Your Position' award for the GT class.
Harris was credited with an hour plus of driving time while he sat in the pits during the third ever in Rolex24 history red flag while an eighty foot section of guard rail was replaced. Nevertheless he made the most of his time in the car consistently turning quick laps that kept the car competitive while being conservative enough to bring the car to the finish.
“The TRG team did a stellar job both in the preparation of the car and in the servicing during the race,” he said. “Endurance racing is truly a team sport where everyone is important to the final outcome.
“I am so grateful to my dad, Kevin Buckler, Mo's Gold, and the TRG crew for getting me here and providing me with this opportunity. My co-drivers were fantastic, the car performed flawlessly. This was simply an awesome experience.”