Dallas, TX— Nick Boulle wins at the 55th Annual 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, anchored in the final segment and cruised to victory. Boulle made history being a part of the youngest group of drivers to win the 24 Hours of Daytona with the win even more special since de Boulle has carried the ROLEX brand for more than 25 years.
The No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Oreca FLM09 finished 22 laps ahead of its closest rival in the twenty-four-hour classic, despite the night’s brutal rain and cold. 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 brought out some of sport’s biggest names, including: Jeff Gordon, Scott Dixon, Buddy Rice and Graham Rahal to name a few. 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.
Boulle drove alongside Performance Tech Motorsports drivers: James French (24), Kyle Masson (19) and 17-year-old Patricio (Pato) O’Ward, one of the youngest lineups to win in the history of the race. Each driver had his turn leading the PC class. “I cannot say enough about how well the team performed,” said Boulle, whose debut last year at the 54th Annual ROLEX 24 Hours of Daytona resulted in a second-place finish in the Prototype Challenge Class.
“Taking the class win in the ROLEX 24 Hours of Daytona is a dream come true for drivers across disciplines of motorsports from NASCAR, WEC and Indy car,” Boulle said. “There’s no such thing as an easy ride at a race like this, but everyone performed flawlessly. We did take a few risks to win, but our strength was in our preparation and consistency.”
To make this result possible, de Boulle Motorsports partnered with several prominent Texas companies: Clover Partners, McFadden & Miller and Palmares Energy. Boulle added, “I can’t wait to see what else this result for de Boulle Motorsports, Clover Partners, McFadden & Miller and Palmares Energy leads to next.”
Winners’ of this historic 24-hour endurance race receive very special engraved ROLEX Daytona timepieces. So, all the hard work paid off. Boulle was awarded a brand-new ROLEX Daytona timepiece from the ROLEX President and CEO, Stewart Wicht. The 2017 edition of the luxury watch features both gold and stainless steel with an oyster face. The watch was designed to meet the demand of the professional racing driver. A ROLEX Daytona is one of the most sought after timepieces in the world and these special trophies are coveted by racing drivers around the world. The de Boulle location in Dallas is proud to be an authorized dealer for ROLEX and TUDOR timepieces, two of the series’ sponsors.
de Boulle Motorsports / de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry
de Boulle Motorsports is a living and moving illustration of the passion for excellence that de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry has for both jewelry and timepieces. de Boulle was established in 1983 by Denis and Karen Boulle, de Boulle has assembled an unrivaled collection of diamonds, fine jewelry and timepieces unsurpassed for its elegance and depth in selection. de Boulle has served thousands of discriminating customers and built a reputation as one of the pre-eminent independently-owned jewelers in the United States. The Boulle’s have taken a continued interest in the community and currently supports a list of charitable causes. de Boulle also showcases Holland & Holland, the world’s most prestigious gunmaker, bespoke shotguns and rifles as well as clothing and accessories. de Boulle is located in Dallas at 6821 Preston Rd. and in Houston at 4444 Westheimer Rd. For more information, visit deBoulle.com.
Clover Partners, L.P. is a Dallas, Texas based SEC registered investment advisor that manages hedge funds focused on small-cap banks. Established in 2000, Clover Partners employs an intensive deep-value research process to produce a portfolio of high conviction ideas. Our business is generating high quality returns for our investors on a controls-based platform. Mr. John A. Guerry is the Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager.
McFadden & Miller
The McFadden & Miller Story now spans seven decades of construction excellence. Founded in 1946, McFadden & Miller, Ltd. began life shortly after World War II through a partnership with a young Trammel Crow, making it the oldest and most experienced general contractor in the region. Today McFadden & Miller retains its position as a premier design/builder in the DFW area. The structural designs McFadden & Miller implemented many years ago, were so unique to the industry that years later the McFadden & Miller “brand” is recognized and favored as an asset to any real estate portfolio. Mark Jacobson now serves as President of McFadden & Miller, with Jon Jacobson performing as Vice President. Most “general” contractors broker every phase of construction to the lowest bidder, but McFadden & Miller actually self-performs such functions as engineering, mass grading and concrete work. This ability as well as their unique method of de-centralized project management, relying on the expertise of field managers to run projects, allows for economies, control and quality unmatched by other general contractors. McFadden & Miller began with a philosophy of treating its clients with fairness, honesty, and consideration, and always delivering the best possible product at a reasonable price. Sixty million square feet of industrial, office and retail product later McFadden & Miller is still embracing those ethics.
Palmares Energy Resources
Palmarès (Palm-AR-es) is translated to mean “record of achievements.” As an active buyer of minerals and royalty in energy producing regions across the nation, we view every transaction as an opportunity to provide the mineral owner with outstanding service, fair valuation, and timely closing. Palmares Energy, LLC is currently purchasing mineral rights, royalty interest, overriding royalty interest and non-participating royalty interest, whether it is leased or unleased, producing or non-producing. Our current focus is on the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico.