The HSR folks posted this on YouTube about a month ago, and I somehow missed it. 24 Hours of Daytona winner Jim Pace narrates as Jochen Mass hauls butt around Daytona in the rain, aboard a classic Porsche 911 from the IROC series. You couldn’t have a pair of better instructors than these two.
A little over five hours in to the inaugural race of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship and it has already been an emotional rollercoaster. The yellow flag is out for the third time at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, this time for a spinner at the entrance to the East Horseshoe.
As soon as the green flag fell, drivers were hard at it, driving as if this were a sprint race and not a 24 hour endurance event. As the sun started to sink, the #62 Ferrari, being driven by Matteo Malucelli had slowed off the pace and Malucelli was sticking to the left side of the track just past the kink. Memo Gidley, at the wheel of the #99 Gainsco Chevy was most likely blinded by the setting sun and slammed hard into the back of the #62.
The past 12 months have been just a crazy ride for me as I have traveled around the world covering events for Wheels.ca including bucket list events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Goodwood Festival of Speed and just this past weekend I went to Daytona Beach to cover the Rolex 24 for the first time. Just an incredible year!
To get my full report on the 24, click here to read my live blog from the race complete with tons of images. The long and the short of it is that Chip Ganassi Racing won their fifth Rolex 24 in ten years. Toronto’s AIM Autosport pulled off a great third spot on the podium in the GT class and west coast Canucks, Bullet Racing, scored second place in the new GX class.
Head past the jump to see a rather huge gallery of images from the 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
During the closing ceremonies at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Jimin Yoo too advantage of the relative quiet in pit lane to do a bit of a walk-a-round of the Bullet Racing Porsche 911 GT3. From the beaten and torn bumper covers to the busted lights and exhaust, the poor beast is looking a little bit tired. That front bumper will look pretty cool on the shop wall though!
The 2010 Rolex 24 hours of Daytona is on the record books, with the #9 Riley Porsche of Action Express Racing took the overall honors while the GT class was won by the #70 Speedsource Mazda RX-8.
We’ve been working with Canadian team Bullet Racing to bring close to around the clock reports throughout the event. I’m happy to report that the Bullet Racing Porsche 911 GT3 was still running as the checkered flag flew. The team finished 13th in class and 20th overall following an excitement filled event.
One of the realities of around the clock endurance racing is that regardless of how careful you are, anything can happen at any time. Usually, that time ends up being in the dead of night.
The Bullet Racing Porsche was up to 5th in class last night when Sean McIntosh found some oil from another car in the Bus Stop. Only minor damage was done in the ensuing off track excursion, but soon the warning lights started appearing and repairs were needed for a water leak. After repairs, the super fast Darryl O’Young was sent out to make up the lost ground. I haven’t yet heard all the details, but I know the car drove to the garage under it’s own power. The crew went to work, replacing the complete front end body work and radiators and the car went back into the battle with Darryl at the wheel in 15th place.
Long time readers know that Alex Roy, he of the Gumball 144 BMW, has been a friend of The Garage for some time now. Alex has been a little bit quieter than he was a couple of years ago, now that he has gone legit and is fielding his own Grand Am series Porsche.
Team Polizei144 is at Daytona this weekend with their TRG Porsche 911 in the familiar blue Polizei144 livery. Long time video shooter & producer JF Musial is along for the ride and put together this great video from practice earlier this week.
If you can tear yourself away from the tv for a few minutes, check out Bullet Racing’s qualifying session on Thursday. Darryl O’Young puts the Porsche 911 GT3 through it’s paces to set a respectable, conservative 16th position starting spot.
Bullet Racing’s camera caught up with legendary endurance racer Hurley Haywood in the paddock and Haywood shared some cheerful advice with Kees.