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Jesse Lazare, Motorsports in Action Team Driver, Wins the 24 Hours of Daytona
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 29, 2017.-Less than 48 hours after his debut in one of the two Motorsports In Action (MIA) McLaren 570S GT4s in the IMSA Continental Challenge, Montreal driver Jesse Lazare won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, in Florida. Entered in this legendary event as part of the American Alegra Motorsports team, Jesse and his teammates claimed victory in the GTD Class. This was a huge accomplishment for the driver and a great honour for the MIA Team, who have hired Lazare full-time this season for the Continental Challenge series.
Contesting the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona for the first time in his career, Jesse Lazare was part of a team comprising of Americans Carlos de Quesada and his son Michael, as well as Ontarian Daniel Morad and Michael Christensen, of Denmark, in the Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3-R. This team won with a margin of only two-tenths of a second, after a full 24 hours of racing. Of the 55 overall starters, they finished eighteenth.
For Eric Kerub, owner of the MIA Team, it's a big honour to be able to count on a 24 Hours of Daytona winner on his team : « Jesse was pulling double-duty this weekend, firstly contesting the Continental Challenge in one of our cars and then racing in this 24 Hours with the Alegra team. He performed so well in both races and I have to admit that all MIA team members are proud to say that one of our own won the 2017 24 Hours of Daytona. This can only further enhance our motivation to excel for the rest of the year, with Jesse and our other drivers ».
Jesse Lazare will be back behind the wheel of MIA's #69 Garaga/Pfaff McLaren 570S GT4 in March, during the 12 Hours of Sebring weekend.