Daytona 24: Pre-race quotes

What they're saying about the 41st Anniversary of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. "It just shows you how serious I am about my sixth Daytona. I have to come up with a whole new class and a whole new car to do it. Hopefully, it all works out. I'm pretty...

What they're saying about the 41st Anniversary of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

"It just shows you how serious I am about my sixth Daytona. I have to come up with a whole new class and a whole new car to do it. Hopefully, it all works out. I'm pretty confident that all the new pieces we're using are tried and proven pieces. Porsche motors, the 3.6-liter, has had many miles put on it. We know that piece is good. We know the transmission is good. We know the components are tried and proven. But when you put all those parts together in a piece, sometimes the smallest little thing will surprise you with a failure. We're just trying to look at it and analyze it. We've done a lot of homework before going to the race track to find out where the weak points are on this race car." - five-time Rolex 24 At Daytona champion Hurley Haywood, co-driver Brumos Racing Porsche FABCAR Daytona Prototype

"The Rolex 24 At Daytona is always very special. It's a great race. Every time I look at the time, I just enjoy it. It was the same pleasure in 2002 as it was when I won it the first time in 1998. The second time, you still get the same pleasure of winning." - 2002 Rolex 24 At Daytona co-winning driver Didier Theys, co-driver Bell Motorsports Chevrolet Doran Daytona Prototype

"I always look at (the Rolex 24) as three races. There's one race to get to when the sun goes down. There's another race to go to when the sun comes up. Then there's another race to get to the last two hours of the event because that's when everything seems to unfold in the Rolex 24. The racing and competition has gotten so close over the years that it's no longer the case that somebody wins by 60 laps or 20 laps or 40 minutes. It comes down to people fighting on the same lap and sometimes getting real close." - Scott Goodyear, co-driver Brumos Racing Porsche FABCAR Daytona Prototype

"The Rolex 24 is one of those races as a driver, you want to get that feather in your cap. You want to get it off your back. It's got a lot of prestige. It means a lot. It's a very elusive race. You can come here and do a great job 10 years in a row, but there are so many things that can happen in 24 hours. It's a really hard race to win. It's very much a team race. Every single person can help you or hurt you. It's a hard race that I want to win. I've come close twice and I still need a Rolex." - Mike Borkowski, co-driver Brumos Racing Porsche FABCAR Daytona Prototype

"(The Rolex 24) means a ton. It's a huge feather in the cap. It's the Super Bowl of sports car endurance racing so I'd really like to win it." - Darren Law, co-driver G&W Motorsports Picchio Daytona Prototype

"It could be very, very exciting. I'm not only driving the (Daytona Prototype) car but also building the car. For me, it would be a double winner. I'm just looking forward to being a pioneer of a new car in the series." - Armando Trentini, U.S distributor for Picchio and co-driver G&W Motorsports Picchio Daytona Prototype

"I am extremely excited about the 2003 Rolex 24 At Daytona. The whole Daytona Prototype class has gained so much momentum and I know I'm participating in a winning effort. This is one of those rare racing ventures where every piece of the program couldn't be better. Multimatic is one of race car engineering's hidden gems. They are going to shock the sports car community with their engineering abilities. Then combine Robert Yates engines, Ford Racing support, and finally, two world class teammates." - David Empringham, co-driver Multimatic Ford Focus Daytona Prototype

"It's going to be nice to have an opportunity to run for the overall win for the first time. I'm thinking about that a lot. I know everybody is going to be in the same boat in that nobody is going to have a lot of testing. The cars are going to be relatively new. We're going to have a chance to win. It's definitely going to be exciting." - Terry Borcheller, co-driver Bell Motorsports Chevrolet Doran Daytona Prototype

"I came from Europe and they already were speaking about the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Le Mans. I've always wanted to race in America, especially the Rolex 24. It's a very challenging course. You don't have a lot of time to relax so it is a full 24 hours of concentration." -- Joao Barbosa, Mica Racing Mosler MT900R

"The most important thing is the car preparation, the organization as a team and the driver lineup. You need three drivers that are going to get in that race car thinking it's the same driver every time out there. You certainly want to keep the pressure on, but you don't want to make mistakes. If you have any bumps in the road or any flaws in your pit stops or any mechanical things that go wrong with the car, it really diminishes your overall chances. Especially now, most of the teams are very competitive and at the top of their game.'' - 1990 Rolex 24 At Daytona overall co-winning driver Davy Jones, co-driver Mica Racing Mosler MT900R

"This will be my seventh year at the 24 hours and I have only finished it once. I've driven everything from prototype to GT to GTS cars there. It's one of the toughest races in the world because you have to have all the drivers on the same plan. That's the key element. Second of all it is preparing the car. If the car is not prepared properly, then it will be tough to do well in the race. Third of all, you have to have luck." -- Chris Bingham, co-driver Archangel Motorsport Services Nissan Lola

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Chris Bingham , Didier Theys , Scott Goodyear , Hurley Haywood , Darren Law , David Empringham , Davy Jones , Armando Trentini , Mike Borkowski , Robert Yates