It has been a day of preparation, preparation and preparation for the Tafel Racing team today. Cars 72 and 74 were readied for the race during the morning, with only ...
It has been a day of preparation, preparation and preparation for the Tafel Racing team today. Cars 72 and 74 were readied for the race during the morning, with only #73 electing to take part in the early practice session. All three cars ran in the final 45-minute practice session of the day, using the time to bed in brake pads and discs, new driveshafts and give the cars a thorough system check. The drivers also used the time available to practice pit stop changeovers, fine-tuning the choreography of the events.
Team Owner and driver in car #74, Jim Tafel, summed up the Cumming, Georgia based team's approach to the Daytona 24.
"It's been a busy run up to the race weekend but we're in good shape. We've got a good product with the Porsche GT3, a proven race car which is going to carry us for 24 hours. The key of course is to stay out of the pits. Come in for fuel, tires and driver change only and maybe a windscreen wipe now and then. That's the type of mistake free environment that we need to be in not just to win the race this weekend, but to win the Championship."
One of the factors that the team can't wholly prepare for is the variable weather conditions that are forecast for the weekend. Scotsman Robin Liddell doesn't see this as a problem, but merely something else that has been catered for in the team's preparations.
"We've got a reasonable amount of experience with this car in the wet from last year. We won the Watkins Glen 6 Hours last year and that was a race which was wet, or at least damp, for the whole time. Despite the tire being reasonably durable it's still a tire which performs well in damp conditions. We don't have an intermediate; it's full wet or slicks. The nature of the full wet tire and its pattern means that it won't survive in drying conditions so, as you don't want to make too many stops, and keep changing backwards and forwards, you have to judge it very carefully."
-credit: tafel racing