Nick Boulle has been confirmed to race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Nick Boulle, the 27-year-old son of Denis and Karen Boulle — of de Boulle, an independent jewelry salon in Dallas and Houston — will appear in a strong driver lineup in what is the race’s 55th anniversary of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, North America’s premier sports car event.
Four young drivers are set to pilot the Oreca FLM09 in the Le Mans Prototype Challenge (PC) class. Boulle will drive alongside full season driver James French, Patricio O’Ward, and Kyle Masson. The car features an open-cockpit and technology such as a carbon fiber chassis, carbon brakes and sequential gearbox. Weighing in at 1990 pounds, the PC car reaches top speeds of around 190 mph with more than 450 horsepower.
The 2017 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona will mark Boulle’s second run for the win at the historic race. Boulle’s debut last year at the 54th Annual Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona resulted in a second-place finish in the Prototype Challenge Class.
“I am beyond excited to take part for the second time in the ROLEX 24 Hours of Daytona,” said Boulle. “I had success racing with Performance Tech Motorsports & James French in 2016 where we logged a podium finish in the Lone Star Le Mans race at Circuit of the Americas, so I think we can build on that success. Having so much support from Texas companies, not only de Boulle, but also Clover Partners, McFadden & Miller and Palmares Energy makes this race even more important to me. We have a great group attending so my hope is that all of the hard work we’ve put in to make this event possible and successful comes together for us this year!”
Winners’ of this historic 24-hour endurance race receive very special engraved stainless steel ROLEX Daytona watches. They are some of the most sought after timepieces in the world and these special trophies are coveted by racing drivers around the world. The de Boulle store in Dallas is proud to be an authorized dealer for Rolex timepieces making this race even more special.
de Boulle Motorsports has partnered with several prominent Texas companies: Clover Partners, McFadden & Miller and Palmares Energy. The race consists of 24 hours straight of racing waged on the legendary Daytona International Speedway. It’s the first major auto race of the year, and it brings out some of sport’s biggest names, including: Jeff Gordon, Scott Dixon, Buddy Rice, Graham Rahal and more.
Action will start on Thursday, January 26th, with testing and qualifying continuing through to Saturday morning. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will then kick off Saturday, January 28, at 2:40 pm and finish on Sunday, January 29, at 2:40 pm. FOX Sports and IMSA will provide 24 hours of live television coverage of the Rolex 24 across FOX, FS1, FS2 and IMSA TV. The FOX Sports GO app will also have 25 consecutive hours of Rolex 24 programming, with live streaming in the U.S.