Guardian Angel’s Ledoux, Curran Complete Banner Racing Lineup for Rolex 24

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Guardian Angel Motorsports will team with Banner Racing in returning to America’s toughest endurance race, the 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Banner Racing will switch from the Corvette it raced in 2010 to a Camaro for 2011 Rolex Series competition.

Eric Curran and Bruce Ledoux will join team regulars Oliver Gavin and Gunter Schaldach in the No. 07 THECOOLTV/KWL Trucking/EMC Chevrolet Camaro prepared and supported by Leighton Reese’s Banner Racing, driving in the GT class in the opening round of the 2011 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.

“I’m humbled to be with such a strong team and excited about the exposure we should be able to gain for our target charities this year,” Ledoux said. “Guardian Angel Motorsports has donated more than $115,000 at the past two Rolex 24s, and this year we’re raising funds for a young girl who could really use our help.”

Samantha Dunlap is the orphaned granddaughter of Krohn Racing transport driver Sam Dunlap. Her mother was killed in a December 2009 motor vehicle accident. Her personal tragedy continues today – facial injuries require another five or six operations to fully repair her vision and facial scars – and none of the surgeries are covered by insurance.

The Guardian Angel Motorsports team will help Samantha raise the remaining $80,000 required to pay for the surgeries. Watch for Samantha’s favorite teddy bear to appear throughout the practice and race.

Fans watching the race on SPEED TV or online, and who would like to make a donation to the Guardian Angel project for Samantha, can do so through the team’s website at

Curran will race in the No. 31 Whelen Corvette for the remainder of the 2011 Rolex Series season, co-driving with Boris Said.

“Driving with and against Leighton’s team has always been fun for me, and Gunter and Bruce have been long time friends and opponents,” Curran said. “I’m looking forward to sharing the race with these two and getting to know Ollie better. It’s also exciting to stay in the General Motors family for this fantastic race while we continue our development on the Whelen Corvette GT for the rest of the 2011 season.

The upcoming Rolex 24 At Daytona will be Curran’s fourth start in the Rolex 24. His best finish was third in the American GT category in 2000, ironically driving a Chevrolet Camaro.

Gunter Schaldach’s Lala Motorsports charity efforts share a strong alliance with the Guardian Angel Motorsports team, raising awareness for children suffering from Leukemia.

“Racing isn’t the only place to find a challenge,” Schaldach said. “Everyday life is filled with them, and the continually amazing thing is to see all those people who step forward to help others.”


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