BREMBO TEAMS PODIUM AT ROLEX 24
Teams Place 1st & 3rd in GT Class and Third Overall
DAYTONA BEACH, Fl., Jan.28, 2007 With the majority of the entrants (37 of 70) in the Rolex 24 at Daytona taking the green flag yesterday, Brembo had hoped for a measure of success in the 45th running of the classic race. As usual, the Rolex did not disappoint.
Even with hours of unwanted contact between the faster Daytona Prototypes and the largest field of slower GTs ever, throw in the typical deluge of thunderstorms during the night, and the ever-present questions of mechanical and electrical reliability, Brembo-shod racers were still able to drive away with first- and third-place in the GT class.
And it wasn't the Brembo "power" teams of TRG (5 Porsches), Farnbacher Loles (4 Porsches) whose #85 entry led much of the race, or Tafel Racing (3 Porsches) that stood atop the podium. Instead, it was the Alegra Motorsports Porsche team of Carlos de Quesada, Jean-Francois Dumoulin, Scooter Gabel and Marc Basseng who are wearing new Rolex watches today. One of TRG's stronger entries, the #65 Porsche of Jim Pace, Johannes van Overbeek, Ralf Kelleners and Jim Lowe, was able to gain a well-earned third- place podium for Brembo as well.
Wayne Taylor had hoped that his new Brembo brakes would carry his #10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley to its second Rolex 24 Daytona Prototype victory (and Taylor's third Rolex win overall). Unfortunately, for Taylor and his teammates, including four-time NASCAR Cup Champion Jeff Gordon, 2005 Grand-Am Rolex DP Co-Champion (with Taylor) and Le Mans Champion Jan Magnussen, they weren't playing "horse shoes." Close only counts there.
After being fastest in January and starting on the front row, the team was beset by electric gremlins and no clutch that put them down 22 laps early. But the quality of the car, drivers and crew could not be stopped as they fought their way back to race on the same lap as the two leaders. Unfortunately, Magnussen had to pit to top off his brake fluid reservoir with 30 minutes to go and the team had to settle for the last place on the podium. Not a bad start, though, for Wayne Taylor Racing's first race as a team and one of the drivers was heard to comment that "we're killing them with our brakes."
Whether four-wheel or two, open-wheel or prototype, since Brembo began racing with Ferrari in 1975, the Italian manufacturer of high-performance braking systems has won more world championships at more great venues than any other competitor. Brembo's proud to add the 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona to their list of laurels.