SEBRING, FL, March 15, 2008...After over 8.5 hours of racing, Kumho and VICI Racing continue their solid run, holding third place in class behind two of the Flying Lizard Porsches.. The VICI team has had a trouble-free run, with the only glitch...
SEBRING, FL, March 15, 2008...After over 8.5 hours of racing, Kumho and VICI Racing continue their solid run, holding third place in class behind two of the Flying Lizard Porsches..
The VICI team has had a trouble-free run, with the only glitch being a stop-and-go penalty for a pit lane speed violation. The team has made just 9 pit stops and spent less than 13 minutes on pit lane. At each stop, the team fuels the car, changes drivers and puts on a fresh set of Kumho tires.
Following his third stint, VICI driver Craig Stanton had good things to say about the team's progress in the race, and the Kumho tires.
"We've been hunting around with compounds and construction and pressures, and that last set of tires was by far the best one I've felt so far," said Stanton. "You could put the Porsche anywhere you wanted. There's a lot of fighting going on in traffic, and the other classes demand a lot of the car because you've often got to change your arc on exit. You've got to do things that put a whole lot of stress on the tires because you have an arc and all of a sudden another car comes down and pinches you off. You're on the gas and the tire is fully loaded, so it's hard on the tire. That last set of tires was brilliant for the first 18 laps or so and then fell off just slightly."
Kumho tire technician Jason Myers has been working closely with the VICI team throughout the week. He gets feedback from each driver when they climb out of the car, and he's happy with the progress the team is making.
"It's going quite well, all things considered," said Myers. "Each lap we're learning more and more. We're really doing testing during the race and we're learning about each compound, the drivers and the car at the same time. The tires are lasting the stint very well. We're working well with the VICI guys. For coming together so late in the off-season, I think we're doing very well. Porsche builds a great car. Considering the experience VICI had on our tire coming in, it's going very well so far."
Notes: The heat hasn't bothered Craig Stanton, thanks to his triathlon training. "I don't know how anybody else can do this race without training," said Stanton. "It's the hottest part of the day and you're out there fighting the whole time. It's more like motocross than it is like car racing because you're hanging on to a bucking bronco. You've got a short wheelbase car, a track with lots of big dips and high g-loads, and it's like hanging onto a big, old bull. My chiropractor will have a heyday with me on Monday because my head rattles around between the seat about six times a lap."