Daytona 24: TRG/TRG East Friday report

GT start positions after final qualifying Dave Master is prepared for all potential track conditions: "I spent 40 minutes driving in the rain last night to get practice in case that happens. The car is in great shape. If we can just drive as...

GT start positions after final qualifying

Dave Master is prepared for all potential track conditions: "I spent 40 minutes driving in the rain last night to get practice in case that happens. The car is in great shape. If we can just drive as fast as the car will go, we'll do a good job."

in color

The TRG cars will glow in the dark during the night hours of the Rolex 24 through the magic of LED technology supplied by Marc Sluszny's sponsor Solid State Racing. The colors are red (No. 16 Team 16), orange (No. 62 Porsche Club Japan), light blue (No. 63 traders), green (No. 64 Daytona defenders) and yellow (No. 65 champions).

spot on

Team16 has three spotters alternating shifts to watch for potential problems on track. The idea came from Ross Bentley, whose Speed Secrets Driver Development company has prepared his co-drivers Colin Braun, Adrian Carrio and Brad Coleman for their first Rolex 24.

"Running a Porsche, about the only reason you're not going to finish is if you get hit or you hit something," Bentley explained. "We need to do everything we possibly can to minimize the chances of that. Having an extra set of eyes up in the stands watching is going to improve our chances of avoiding all the problems that can happen out there."

sponsor plus

Sabatello Homes is more than a name on the No. 64 (Daytona defenders) Porsche. Carl, Paul, Michael and Ted Sabatello are an integral part of the team. They set up a motorhome and refrigerated truck in the infield so they can cook special treats for the crew. They also assist with pit setup, timing and other duties to help ensure a smooth race operation.

"Last year, they provided us with hot soup (pasta fagioli), pasta (fettucine bolognese) and pizza made on a charcoal grill, not to mention the prosciutto sandwiches on homemade Italian bread," Joe Policastro recalled. "We are very fortunate to have them as a sponsor."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Colin Braun , Ross Bentley , Brad Coleman , Dave Master , Marc Sluszny , Adrian Carrio