24 Hours At Daytona - January 25, 2009 11:50 PM
This is truly the sweetest emotion I have felt in racing. The Rolex.... it's started to sink in "and I think I like it."
January 25, 2009 2:19 PM
Well, my last stint was a triple. Long, pretty warm, and tricky just running a protective pace. I need a shower. The DP battle keeps us on our toes out there as we strive to drive this 911 toward the checker! As we all know, a 24-hour race is never over till it's over.
January 25, 2009 6:55 AM
P1 Baby! I just finished a double stint and we are finally there! My teammates and crew chief Butch are rocking. This is going to be a showdown to the end. The 86 and 66 Porsches are very tough; we are all on the same lap!
January 25, 2009 2:00 AM
Just in from a double. Some of the laps of my life! Tons of fun out there. We are reeling the leaders in slowly, was able to pass the third place Pontiac and then the second place 86 Farnbacher car! It’s super close, and we are a bit offset on fuel strategy, but I'm feeling positive and confident!
Now, time for food, a massage and some clean clothes.
January 24, 2009 9:58 PM
Just started our second round of driver stints. Fairly uneventful so far, although a driver ID plug malfunction caused an extra stop under yellow. With that stop, we lost a lap to the GT leading cars, a tough break.
At this point, we're still top ten and holding a solid pace. Andy is back in the car at the moment and I'm "on deck."
We are still tuning on the car under yellow stops and we seem to be improving. The warmer evening has caught us all by surprise after it's been so cold all week. With that, the car's handling is a touch off but there is still plenty of pace.
I'm having fun out there. It's a little tricky in traffic, but keeps your concentration topped up! Physically feeling great, trying to stay on top of the hydration and nutrition!
I'll check back in with you guys when I can!
January 24, 11:47 AM
I’m sitting at the drivers’ meeting which is a few hours later than usual because of the abnormal start of 3:30 p.m. rather than the 11:30 tradition.
I'm excited, after a nail-biter getting the car checked, freshened and shaken down. We are set. Yesterday was a bit too close to call with the minimum track time after the morning issue I referenced.
Sorry I didn't get a chance to check in last night, we were on a mission after the set back.
Driver change practice has been smooth, and the crew is fired up.
I'll check back in with you tonight.
January 23, 2009 9:27 AM
We are stuck in the garage. No laps so far. Tough, but we will fight back. The goal is to get out for ten minutes to bed the brakes, but it's going to be tight. After a long morning with the car stranded in the truck because of a lift gate failure, the mechanics’ “never say die” approach is impressive. These guys give me a lot of confidence in situations like this. Hopefully it is a skill set we won't need too much of come tomorrow. I'll check back in this evening to update you on final practice.
January 22, 2009 9:16 PM
Quali was a wild one! Andy, TRG's lead driver on the 67, did a great job. He sat on pole until after the checker fell when the Mazda just clicked one lap that knocked us to P2. We’re still elated to have a car under us that has proved quick and also nice to drive over a race pace.
We are in the process of pulling the car apart at the moment post night practice to check our gearbox and put some fresh brakes on.
Personally, I had a great day. I started the afternoon session (Jörg and I sat out the morning to give extra time to the other three) and paced the field by about six-tenths while I was in to check the setup. From there Jörg and Andy continued on to the end of the hour. Other than that, a few laps at night to get in my minimum laps required by the series and that was a wrap. Quite an easy day on the workload level, but that’s OK as I'll have plenty to do, along with my teammates, come the drop of the green Saturday!
I'll check in with all of you tomorrow.