The 2021 Rolex 24 field is picture-perfect once again.
Spectators soaked in a peek at the array of prototypes and sports cars during last weekend’s Roar Before the 24 preliminary at Daytona International Speedway. But that was just a prelude to the twice-around-the-clock classic that opens the IMSA season, the 59th Rolex 24 at Daytona, which starts at 3:40 p.m. ET Saturday and ends at the same time Sunday (NBC, NBC Sports App, NBCSN, TrackPass, IMSA.com).
The field assembled Wednesday at the 3.56-mile circuit for the traditional group photo before the 24-hour endurance event, capturing the lineup from multiple angles. The 49 entries are divided among five classes of cars competing for divisional wins and overall laurels.
The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi will start from the pole position Saturday after a victory in last weekend’s Roar, and the prototype sits in the No. 1 post in the group photo. Defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott will be part of the roster for the No. 31 team, sharing driving duties with Felipe Nasr, Mike Conway and Pipo Derani this weekend.