The fortunes of the No. 20 Howard Motorsports Jackson Hewitt / Subway Pontiac Crawford turned south shortly after your correspondent skulked off to the comfort of his motel room Saturday evening, beating the approaching monsoon by several hours. To my chagrin, Speed switched from the 24 to a Baja feature, so I drifted off with no knowledge of the mayhem evolving at Daytona International Speedway.
The butcher's bill this morning was three noses, three splitters, two complete suspensions on both left and right front corners, one tail beam, a windshield and a steering wheel as the telemetry went fritz. Also throw in several gallons of oil for an engine that was really was hurt by that early drama with the coil on #8 cylinder.
Crew Chief Catherine Crawford-Wallace and her Howard Motorsports crew are a bit shell-shocked this a.m. But racers that they are, the 20 Car continues to muddle along.
The focus of good teams is always to win the Rolex 24. When that goal is impossible, it becomes a matter of pride, not to mention pure stubbornness, to finish and thus extract some small degree of justification for having chosen this profession.
Then, of course, there's always the 46th Rolex 24 at Daytona.