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Craig Stanton Trains for 24-Hour Success

Craig is an animal! At the Road before the 24 test days, Michael DeNino and Craig asked me to go for a run. My running shoes have been retired, so I had to pass. They’ve been talking about a 24hr Mountain Bike race! I think Craig could do the 24 Hours of Daytona, solo!

Craig Stanton has acquired a well-deserved reputation of being a fitness fanatic when he’s not behind the wheel of a race car. For next weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona, he’s devised a unique routine which he hopes will have him in optimal condition when he races the No. 65 TRG Porsche GT3 in the 47th running of the endurance classic.

Stanton starts out with a brisk run lasting one hour, 15 minutes to one hour, 30 minutes. Then he takes a three hour break – relaxing, taking a nap, hanging out, etc. Then, it’s back to work. Except this time, it might be a 75-90 minute bike ride. Three hours later, it’s a different routine.

“It might be kayaking, working on the climbing wall, playing a video game, lifting weights or balancing on the slack line,” Stanton explained. “I do this one day a week for four weeks to prepare for the Rolex 24, conditioning my body for the different rhythms needed for an endurance race.”

Does he throw in a “double stint” or two during his workout, in case he’s called on to pull double-duty during the race?

“No, I don’t need to – I know I’ll be ready to go if called on,” said Stanton, who won the 2005 Rolex Series GT championship and the 2004 KONI Sports Car Challenge GS crown.

The routine poses no problems for his wife, Joy, who also is a competitive athlete. Craig’s resume includes a third-place finish in a Daytona Prototype (Phoenix 2006 with Shane Lewis for Southard Motorsports), as well as competing in 27 triathlons.

Stanton will co-drive with John Potter, Bryce Miller and Marco Holzer in the No. 65 Riegel-Stanton/Cyctic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/Marquis Jet/Resorts International/IPC/Total Lubricants Porsche GT3. The team recorded the third fastest GT lap (1:51.205) during the recent “Roar Before the Rolex 24″ with Holzer at the wheel.

“He’s the German wonderkid,” car owner Kevin Buckler said of the 20-year-old Holzer. “I have been working with young Porsche junior drivers and Porsche factory drivers for many years. Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister drove for me in their first race in the United States (won their class in the 2002 Rolex 24 and won the event overall in 2003), and Patrick Long had his first drive in the U.S. for me. I like giving kids their first shot. Every once in a while, someone special comes along, and Marco is that kind of guy. We have high expectations for him in the Rolex 24.”

Stanton will also race in next Friday’s KONI Sports Car Challenge series-opening Fresh From Florida 200 – a race he won in 2008. He returns to the No. 83 BGB Motorsports Revo Technik/Performance Drink Porsche Carrera, with team owner John Tecce listed as his car owner.

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