Daytona 2010 - Notes from the Track
Sunday 5:30 p.m.
After all that we faced in the past 24 hours, I'm thrilled with second... never thought I'd say that!
Video: Patrick Long in the Pits after his last stint
Pit Stop Video - Patrick Long in the Car
Sunday 10:20 a.m.
P2 and pushing the #71 sister car hard.
Just getting ready for what should be my last of four double stints. Could really use a burger and a bed.
Sunday 6:28 a.m.
Just out of my wet gear from my third double.
We lost the lead after the throttle stuck wide open going into turn 1 (at 180 mph). We are now a couple laps down, P3.
Down, but not out by any means.
Sunday 2:06 a.m.
On a mission to change into some dry clothes, grab some food and prepare for my third double stint. Our 67 car is hooked up!
I don't remember having a car so quick and consistent at Daytona, ever.
A long way to go. P1 at the moment.
Saturday 7:02 p.m.
Jörg is just about to finish his second stint of a double.
My opening stint was a lot of fun! Not without a few story lines though. As I had hoped, our race setup was spot on. I was able to go right to the front and lead easily in the wet.
It was awesome driving around the Mazdas on the outside of the hairpins! Sweet revenge after qualifying.
I picked up sudden oversteer (nervous rear slide) just as we went back to green after our first full course yellow. It turns out a lot of teams picked up some unusual blisters on their rear wet tires, us included! It was a handful, but manageable, just.
It’s now mostly dry and everyone is on slicks.
Saturday 2:34 p.m.
It's pouring rain. This is going to get interesting!
Saturday 11:42 a.m.
Our grand marshal this year... a true Porsche legend that I am so humbled to have spent time with in the past few years. What an example of a champion in everything he has driven. He just gave the traditional "good luck" speech to open the driver meeting. The guy is one who can speak publicly as well as he drives!
A hero of mine.
Saturday 11:05 a.m.
It's a zoo here! Great turn out of fans. Our TRG compound looks more like a packed night club than a Daytona garage area. I guess American sportscar racing IS alive and well. ...good times.
Time for more fluids, the driver's meeting and then the autograph session.
Saturday 9:30 a.m.
Good morning fellow PCA members!
It’s race day (finally!) here in Daytona for this year's Rolex 24.
Our #67 Flying Lizard/TRG 911 is in the final prep stages for race start at 3:30 p.m. today.
Practice went very well. Our engineer, Craig Watkins, has had us hooked up all month long and it has been rare to find ourselves outside the top five in any given practice session. Our prime focus has been race balance—race balance—race balance!
We start seventh on the grid. I wish I were a row or two toward the front, but this goes back to choosing to spend your practice time wisely...
You have probably read my past blogs about prep for Le Mans, etc., where I have always gone on about denying that urge to chase outright speed for short runs on 24 hour weekends. Sure, we all want to have pole and “win practice.” I just find that come stint #1, everyone forgets who was on pole and it’s all about having a balanced race car for an entire long run.
With that, I am confident we have a great race car to attempt to defend our 2009 win and to go back to back as the guys who leave the place wearing the watch!
Make sure to follow JVO, Seth, Jörg and myself on Speed TV live today and tomorrow. I will be sending updates here when I get a break in the action with short texts.
Thanks for your support!
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