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.
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.
Long time readers will recognize the name Lou Galanos. Lou became a friend of The Garage through our Flickr pool, where he showcases his incredible images taken at Sebring and Daytona races back in the late Sixties and early Seventies.
When Galanos wasn’t in college, he spent time trackside at both iconic tracks as a corner marshal. This meant that he had outstanding access to some of the greatest racing battles of the era. Now in retirement, Lou has the time to actually do something with all of those photos. Fortunately for us, he has decided to share some of those images in a fine art quality calendar.
While we’ve grown to cover cool automotive stuff here in The Garage, our roots are in Canadian motorsports. Lately we’ve been bring you a ton of historic content, but let’s not forget that time marches on and Canadians are still out there doing good things and going fast.
This weekend is the annual Rolex 24 hours of Daytona and The Garage has hooked up with the only all Canadian team in the race this year. Bullet Racing is campaigning a Porsche GT3 in the round the clock event and is doing it in the name of the BC Children’s Hospital. The driving squad is made up of team owner Steve Paquette, a long time Porsche racer, Canadian Indycar veteran Ross Bentley, one time Porsche factory driver Kees Nierop, A1 GP driver Sean McIntosh and Porsche Super Cup driver Darryl O’Young. In other words, the depth of talent on this team is substantial!
As a bit of a side note, you may recognize Kees Nierop from our coverage of the Transsyberia Rally over the past couple of years.
Porsche PR type Jimin Yoo will be in the Bullet Racing pit all weekend along with the BR’s Media crew and they will be tweeting updates live throughout the race. They also plan to shoot and share lots of photos and video as the race continues from one day to the next. By the time the cars hit the track, we’ll have the team’s live feed on the sidebar so we can all keep up to date on the team’s progress. We’ll also post photos and video as they become available providing I can stay awake here at home!
After the break we’ll kick things off with a short video from the folks at Grand Am, showcasing a few of the teams racing for charities, with Bullet Racing front and center.
Volleyball: Definitely not
Board shorts: won’t need those
Spare parts: Yup
Flame suit: I’ll need that too..
Two days ago when I was getting ready to go to THE beach, in January, I wasn’t going through the usual “beach” checklist. I was getting ready to go racing at Daytona International Raceway.