Rolex 24 at Daytona gets under way

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For the second year in a row, I am fortunate to be on site for the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona. This year is more special than usual, as it is the first event of the new Tudor United SportsCar Chaampionship.

Without a specific assignment from my daily gig at Wheels.ca, I am pretty free to go where I want, when I want, so this is going to be a pretty laid back weekend. Yesterday I spent a bit of time shooting along pit lane, but spent most of my morning with Mazda’s Director of Motorsport, John Doonan, discussing the team’s decision to test their cars in public, under racing conditions. I’ll have that interview up soon. I also spent some time hanging out with my buddy, Canadian Indycar star, James Hinchcliffe. Now I know what it is like having guys like me sticking cameras in your face all the time!

Here is a bit of a gallery from my travels yesterday.

Interview with Team Falken Racing

Recently I’ve been helping out my friends at Performance Racing News with some video content. In that role, I sat down with the guys from Team Falken Racing at the recent Grand Prix of Mosport at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Wolf Henzler and Bryan Sellers talked about racing, fitness and Mexican food!

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Gallery: Thursday in the paddock at Grand Prix of Mosport

Race fans start showing up at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park today for the Grand Prix of Mosport, but for the teams, the action started yesterday. As the LMP 1 & 2 teams set up their paddock and pit spaces, the support series spent the day testing on track. Me, I spent part of the day wandering with the camera and the rest of it in the press room doing stuff for my gig at Wheels.

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Marcelli takes fourth in Long Beach

Team press release

(Long Beach, California) April 17th 2012 – It was a street fight Saturday afternoon during the 38th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as the American Le Mans Series Presented by Tequila Patron roared around the 1.9 mile temporary racing circuit in downtown Long Beach, California. Merchant Services Racing driver Kyle Marcelli and co-driver Anthony Downs raced to a 4th place finish in the LMPC category.

For the drivers of the American Le Mans Series, it was a race weekend that offered zero dry practice laps prior to taking the green flag for the two-hour sprint race.

Teams and drivers had a two-hour free practice session on Friday morning to learn the circuit and test set-ups. Unfortunately, it was under very wet conditions. For 22-year old Kyle Marcelli, he had no problems coming to grips with the circuit under the miserable conditions. Marcelli posted the fastest lap in the LMPC category which impressively was second fastest overall behind the Muscle Milk Honda LMP1 of Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf.

“If you ask me, I rather enjoyed it.” Said the Canadian racer Kyle Marcelli. “I’ve driven many permanent road courses in wet conditions but never a temporary street circuit. The car was very good under braking and on turn-in, I suffered most just trying to get the power down as the car has no traction control.”
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Porsche racer stops to save his own wayward wheel

ALMS series driver Jeroen Bleekemolen overshot a turn at last weekend’s inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix. Some writers say he went down the escape road to recover from his mistake but the loose right front wheel more likely caused the off track excursion. Regardless of the cause, Bleekemolen used his noodle and stopped to retrieve the wheel after it went astray. You see, teams must use the same tires to qualify and start the race. The Black Swan Racing 911 GT3 obviously needed that tire or it would have started from the back of the field despite having qualified on pole.

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Disappointment For Marcelli At Road America

Team press release

(Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin) August 23rd 2011 – Fresh off a pole position and lap record at Mosport Int’l Raceway as well as a victory at Mid-Ohio just a few weeks ago, Marcelli was anxious for extra success on the 4.5 mile road course located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Unfortunately, what started out as another promising race weekend for the talented 21-year-old Canadian race driver, the weekend’s 4-hour Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase at Road America ended with disappointment.
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