Rolex 24h at Daytona

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When is it?

Marshaling activities for the Rolex 24h start as early as the beginning of the week before Saturday’s race on January 24th. When registering for the event you are asked what days you can volunteer besides the practice and qualifying sessions leading up to the race. You are required to at least work Thursday, Friday and race days Saturday/Sunday. For the race you will work in shifts depending on your corner captain’s scheduling. This includes day, evening and overnight shifts.

Where is it?

Daytona Beach, Florida at the Daytona International Speedway inner track where marshals staff corners, the speedway banking corners are not necessarily manned by marshals as IMSA safety and lights are used in this area of the track.

How do I get there?

Daytona Int’l Speedway is right off i95 which goes North South from as far as Maine to the tip of Miami, South Florida. i4 goes East West from the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater area and terminates just south of Daytona Beach. Flying in for the event can be done by arrival in (DAB) Daytona Beach International Airport which is adjacent to the circuit but flights are not always reasonable. (MCO) Orlando International is probably the cheapest option but is an hours drive East. (JAX) Jacksonville International is about an hour’s drive North via i95, (PIA) St. Petersburg-Clearwater International and (TPA) Tampa International are a few hours drive East via i4 past Orlando.

When can I register?

Registration opens about two months before the event with announcements made on the Flag Marshals of the World and SCCA Marshals facebook groups.

Who do I register with?

Central Florida Region of the SCCA organizes the marshals for the event and the registration process takes place on their web site:  http://www.cfrscca.org/ on the CFR web site see the tab for Pro Racing and choose “Pro Worker Registration Process” from the drop down menu. Fill it out and submit. You will be notified by e-mail with the results closer to the event date.

What should I bring to the event if selected and what’s provided?

You must bring your own White gear to volunteer. Two piece shirt/pant or one piece overalls are acceptable. Some marshals, especially international do wear their Orange overalls, but White is the appropriate color for American marshals. Bring extra clothing as it gets ridiculously cold in that part of Florida especially during the night time when the fog rolls in. Winter clothing may be appropriate. The inner track at Daytona Int’l Speedway is grassy and sandy, so bring comfortable shoes.

Where is event registration?

Event registration takes place prior to the start of the event at the Daytona Int’l Speedway registration offices on Dunn Ave which is away from the track. The volunteers registration area is the right most door to the building, registration for IMSA and support series competitors is in the same building but use different doors.

Where is the morning meeting?

There is a marshal tent set up off of Midway Avenue the road that separates Daytona Int’l Airport from the Speedway. You must have a parking pass and event credentials to go through the gates 2 or 4. Follow the instructions to get to the tent, it is not clearly marked as there are other tents and support buildings in that area.

Where can I stay?

A small camping area is available near the marshal’s tent but it is on an asphalt patch and not convenient for Tenting. RV camping may be more appropriate. However, Daytona Beach downtown is a short drive East and it may be more convenient to find a cheap hotel or Couch Surf.

What perks are offered for volunteering this event?

You get a guest pass by providing the name of your guest in advance. The guest must pick up the pass from the Dunn Ave registration office as it is not physically given to the marshal during registration. You may also get an event patch. Food and drinks, and warm dinners are provided in the Marshal Tent especially during the race.

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