Daytona24: Rigel, Stanton Saturday pre-race report

Riegel/Stanton Racing Squad Read for Their 24-Hour Battle at Daytona Calgary, AB (January 24, 2008) -- It's race day at Daytona International Raceway and the No. 65 The ...

Riegel/Stanton Racing Squad Read for Their 24-Hour Battle at Daytona

Calgary, AB (January 24, 2008) -- It's race day at Daytona International Raceway and the No. 65 The #65 Riegel-Stanton/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/65 Roses/Magnus Racing/Marquis Jet/Resorts International/IPC/Total Lubricants/RSS Road Sport Supply/TRG Porsche presents one of the most talented driver line-ups in the GT field with 2x Rolex 24 race winner, Craig Stanton, American stand-outs John Potter and Bryce Miller along with German Marco Holzer.

The Riegel/Stanton team has shown to be quick all weekend; Holzer qualified the car on Thursday, when he turned the tenth quickest time of the field at 1.50.445. The #65 squad ran in the top-six throughout the day Friday and are confident the have a quick and consistent car for today's 24-hour challenge.

The #65 car represents the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and will race for the foundation, donating money to the CFF for every lap the 65 Roses car completes at this year's Rolex 24. For more information on Riegel/Stanton's partnership with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, please visit www.65roses.com.

John Potter: "I'd say we've had a good weekend so far. We've spent a lot of time on making sure we have a solid race-car. Sometimes it's hard to prep that way, you always want to make the car as fast as you can, but with a 24-hour race you have to set the car up a little differently. The goal is a consistent car that will last throughout the challenge, it's got to be quick, but it must be stable and I am confident we have that."

Craig Stanton: "Everyone's done a great job all weekend. The team is certainly taking a methodical and prepared approach, which is essential in a race this long. The car feels great, our engineers have certainly done the homework and we are in great shape. We'll need a little luck...everyone will to get through a 24-hour race with 40 or more cars on the track, but we are prepared and we've done everything in our power on that front."

Bryce Miller: "We have a manageable and predictable car and I feel great going into today's Rolex 24. This is a great team, everyone's worked very well together all weekend and I am excited. The car could be faster and we know how to do that, but we need it manageable and predictable to get through this kind of race and everyone's done a great job getting us there."

Marco Holzer: "I was a little frustrated after qualifying because I knew we had at least a few more tenths (of a second) in the car, but I kept running into traffic. So, I am optimistic because I know our car is fast but I wish I was able to get that clear run. At the end of the day, it is a 24-hour race and we are in a good starting position, we have plenty of time to play it smart and work our way to the front in the 65 Roses car!."

-credit: rsr

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