Founded in 1987, Visit Florida Racing has evolved from competing in club-racing events to being a mainstay in America’s most prestigious endurance racing series. Team owner/manager Troy Flis has steered the team since it began and continues to oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization.
Headquartered just down the road from the World Center of Racing in Daytona Beach, FL, Visit Florida Racing has competed in every season of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series since the series began in 2000; claiming 16 class wins, two team championships (2000, 2001), one driver championship (2001) and a Rolex 24 class victory (2002).
The team currently competes in the ultra competitive Daytona Prototype class with a Chevrolet V-8 powerplant developed by Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines and a Coyote chassis, a unique engine/chassis combination that has Visit Florida Racing fully expecting to compete for overall race wins and championships.
2012 marked a year of change for the team when Chevrolet introduced its new Corvette Daytona Prototype bodywork which Visit Florida Racing campaigns. The season saw the team score three wins, three poles, four podiums, and seven top-five finishes to earn third in the Rolex Series championship.
In 2013, Ricky Taylor and Richard Westbrook campaigned the No. 90 Visit Florida Corvette DP with a best finish of third at Barber Motorsports Park. The squad took fifth in the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona. In all, the Visit Florida Racing team showed its reliability and consistency by completing 97% of all the race laps in 2013.
2014 saw GRAND-AM and ALMS combine into a new merged IMSA series. It was a successful year for Visit Florida Racing and its full season drivers Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook who won the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen. They also brought home three additional podium results with a second place at Chevrolet’s home base of Detroit and then at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The organization also scored a third place finish at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the way to taking third in the overall championship.
2015 marked Visit Florida Racing’s best year to date with full season drivers Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook. The team never finished outside of the top-five and won two races – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen. Visit Florida Racing brought home its best-ever finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona with a third place podium result. The team went on to score a total of six podiums in 2015 on the way to finishing second in the IMSA championship standings.