Making an inspirational appearance in the BMW M8 GTE was Alessandro Zanardi (ITA). Alex, who lost both his legs in a crash in 2001, joined the #24 car and was a crowd favourite.
After the race, Alex commented “...my appearance here at Daytona, with all the fantastic reactions from the fans, colleagues and opponents has been like a fairy tale. I would like to say a big thank you to BMW Motorsport and BMW Team RLL for one of the best experiences of my life.”
The #24 BMW M8 GTE team, which included drivers John Edwards (USA), Jesse Krohn (FIN) and Chaz Mostert (AUS), was hindered by several repair jobs throughout the classic race and, after falling behind, ended up in 9th place.