Rand Racing finished first and third in the SRPII class in the late-night Rolex Sports Car Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Anthony Lazzaro of Acworth, Ga., and Jerry Nadeau of Mooresville, N.C., topped the class, but Terry Borcheller of Phoenix and Niclas Jönsson of Aliso Viejo, Calif., retired from the race with an engine failure. The win was the team's seventh-consecutive class victory.
Borcheller started the No. 8 Nissan Lola from the class pole, with Lazzaro right behind in the No. 7 Lola. They swapped the lead twice before pitting for driver changes during a caution period after 50 minutes of the 2h20 race. Jönsson lost an aerodynamic dive-plane on the No. 8 car in the crowded restart and relinquished the class lead to Nadeau in the No. 7 car. Jönsson pitted at 1h30 for tires, then retired with an engine failure 15 minutes later. Nadeau made one more stop for fuel and held the class lead to the checkered flag.
"The car was great and I had a really fun run with Anthony. I learned a lot going behind him about how the car runs through someone else's air. [on losing radio contact with the team] "I didn't know if I should come in, so when Anthony was behind me I motioned for him to come up beside me because I was going to ask him to ask the crew if I should pit. But he didn't know what I was doing! He pitted, so I followed him in."
"We decided that we were not going to take tires [on the first pitstop] because we had a very well-balanced car. The 7 car decided to take tires and go for it. Our car got really loose and I couldn't match Jerry's lap times. I picked up a vibration in the right rear, so we came in and took tires. The vibration went away, but 10 laps later the engine let go."
"We had a different driver this weekend, with Jerry coming in. He's never driven a prototype and I think he stepped right in and did a really good job. It seems like every time we drive one of these cars, we win with it, so I've been pretty happy about that."
"I had a blast. The guys gave me a great car, Anthony did a great job. It's too bad what happened to our teammates because I think we would have had a fun time at the end. I've got to thank the guys for helping me out and tutoring me."