The Policaro Automotive Family’s newly-minted Motorsport Division couldn’t have made a better entry in top-level motor racing when its Porsche Centre Oakville-backed 911 GT3 R took a surprise win in the GTD class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance race Jan. 29.
The team’s Daytona GT class win was its first outing in a world-class event and it wasn’t among the early picks as a likely contender for victory. But the team’s low-key stealthy round-the-clock run ended with a final surge that took the checkered flag by 0.293 seconds over the runner-up Audi R8 LMS GT3.
Motorsport is embedded in the DNA of the Policaro Automotive Family, says Francesco Policaro, general manager of Porsche Centre Oakville, west of Toronto. It is “an amazing thing to be part of.” Events such as Daytona and the GT3 Cup Challenge series “really sparked a passion among the entire team and staff.”