Birth Date: November 30, 1969
Birthplace: Geel, Belgium
Residence: Westerlo, Belgium
Marc Goossens’ racing career began in karting in his home country of Belgium. He won three Belgian karting championships and the European title before making his move to cars in 1990.
He competed in the open-wheel ranks for several years including campaigns in the British Formula Ford Championship, British Formula 3 Championship, FIA F3000 Championship and Japanese Nippon Championship.
Marc transitioned to the world of sportscar racing in 1996 when he made his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut. He has since made 12 starts in the world-renowned event with a best finish of second in 1997.
In addition to his sportscar endeavors, Marc has also competed in NASCAR Sprint cup and Xfinity events.
Marc has driven in IMSA since 2000 and prior to joining Visit Florida Racing for 2016, he had driven most recently in the GT ranks for Riley Motorsports.
Away from the track, Marc enjoys spending time with his wife and their young twins back home in Belgium.
Birth Date: February 16, 2986
Birthplace: Dodewaar, Netherlands
Resides: Nijmengen, Netherlands
Renger van der Zande has driven in virtually every race series including Formula Renault, A1GP, GP2, DTM, ALMS, WEC, DTM, Porsche SuperCup, Blancpain Endurance Series, and IMSA, and looks to put that diverse skill set to good use as he joins VISIT FLORIDA Racing in the top Prototype category. After winning the 2016 PC class championship with Starworks Motorsports, van der Zande steps up to the Prototype ranks for the first time in 2017.
Outside of racing, van der Zande looks to share his racing expertise with the younger generation of racers, acting as a driver coach for up and coming kart racers. van der Zande is also a dedicated fitness professional, working closely with Mercedes’ SportMedizin program. He also works at the Nijmegen Radbound University as a coach for the sports physics department.
van der Zande welcomed a daughter, Lola James, over the off season.
Birthdate: October 26, 1986
Birthplace: Minden, Germany
Resides: Hannover, Germany
A two-time Rolex 24 race winner (2012 & 2016, Magnus Racing), Rast has competed in the previous five Rolex 24 At Daytona events in the GT category.
While he steps up to the top Prototype division in IMSA competition for the 2017 Rolex 24, Rast has a deep reservoir of international LMP experience.
Rast drove to a second place finish in last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in an LMP2 machine for G-Drive Racing. He drove full-time in the FIA World Endurance Championship for G-Drive in an LMP2 in 2016 and claimed a win at Bahrain and podium finishes at both Silverstone and Circuit of the Americas.
He is also a two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Spa, taking the victory in both 2012 & 2014 in an Audi R8 LMS. He also won the 24 Hours of Nurburgring driving the Audi in 2014.