For four years, Martin Plowman has attended the Rolex 24 at Daytona, armed with a pocket full of business cards and a hope that a team would give him a chance to prove himself. His legwork has finally paid off – double.
Plowman will be returning to BAR1 Motorsports in both their #16 and #61 cars in the Prototype Challenge class. The #16 is sponsored by Autosport Designs Inc., SRA Southwest Realty Advisors, Top1 Oil and The SpongeBob Movie. It will be piloted by Plowman, Brian Alder, Tomy Drissi, Johnny Mowlem, and Tom Papadopoulos. The #61 is sponsored by SRA Southwest Realty Advisors, Autosport Designs Inc., and Delta Powerboats. It will be driven by Plowman, Shelby Blackstock, Ivo Breukers, Marc Drumwright, and Remo Ruscitti.
Plowman met the team and owner, Brian Alder, at last year’s Rolex 24. Plowman was searching first for a ride, and second for a team to help him host families from Snowball Express. Alder’s cars were full, but he and his team went above and beyond to help provide a one-of-a-kind experience for the children and families of our fallen military heroes.
The relationship grew and Alder hired Plowman to race in the Twelve Hours of Sebring, the first of several races together in 2014. Plowman is excited to kick off the 2015 season by returning to BAR1 Motorsports. He says, “I’m clearly stoked that I finally get to race in my first Rolex 24 Hour race with BAR1. We had a great connection last year and I feel fortunate that it developed and Brian gave me the chance at this dream.”
While this will be Plowman’s debut at the Rolex 24, he is no stranger to endurance racing. His first 24-hour race was the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he captured the LMP2 class win. “I have a 100% success rate at 24-hour races,” he jokes,”so I’d love to help BAR1 capture the win and bring home my first Rolex watch.” Plowman has been competing in endurance sports car racing since his 2012 switch from IndyCars. He was the 2013 FIA/WEC LMP2 champion and second in the 2012 ALMS P2 class. He briefly returned to IndyCar for the 2014 Indianapolis 500 with A.J. Foyt Racing.
Plowman feels good about doubling his odds. “Driving in two cars gives me double the chance to help the tema. We need to be careful with maximum drive times, but that’s a concern every team has,” he says. “I feel strong going into this weekend. We’ve got a great driver line-up and an experienced crew. I’m just ready to get it all started.” After four years of waiting, Plowman will finally get his chance.
Broadcast information (Eastern Time):
Saturday, January 24: 2-4 p.m. on FOX Network, 4-8 p.m. on FOX Sports 2, 8-10 p.m. on FOX Sports 1.
Overnight: IMSA TV on IMSA.com will be providing live video streaming, in-car footage, and commentary throughout the entire race and during overnight hours.
Sunday, January 25: 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on FOX Sports 1.
About Martin Plowman: Martin Plowman has an impressive racing background that includes winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP2 class and the FIA/WEC LMP2 championship in 2013 and racing in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 with A.J. Foyt Racing. He has recently been promoted to a Platinum driver in the FIA driver rankings after his successes in the TUDOR United Sports Car Series, FIA/WEC, IndyCar, and IndyLights. Martin is a spokesperson for Snowball Express, a 501c3 focused on supporting children of our fallen military heroes, and hosts Snowball families at “Snowflake” events across the country. This Englishman splits his time between the racing capital of the world, Indianapolis, and sunny St. Petersburg, Florida.