Donohue expects a hard race at Daytona

With a solid driver lineup and a reliable car, the Red Bull Brumos Racing Porsche-powered Fabcar of David Donohue, Darren Law and Porsche factory drivers Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen is one of the favorites to win the 42nd Rolex 24 at Daytona ...

With a solid driver lineup and a reliable car, the Red Bull Brumos Racing Porsche-powered Fabcar of David Donohue, Darren Law and Porsche factory drivers Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen is one of the favorites to win the 42nd Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. Here is what Donohue, last year’s runner up in the Daytona Prototype drivers’ championship, had to say about the upcoming race.

Motorsport.com: David, your team certainly seems to be one of the odds on favorites to win this race. What do you think?

David Donohue: We’re starting fifth, but I don’t think that really matters because the top five cars are so close together, with the exception of the Ganassi car. We’ll see. I know we have a good car for the race. We didn’t make many changes to the car for qualifying because we’ve had our eye on Sunday afternoon the whole time. We do have the luxury of four great drivers or at least three great drivers . . . . We’re all capable of doing the same times. It’s just a matter of what the car is capable of. This is a strange race and it eats cars alive. The trick is to survive the first half, or at least make it to Sunday morning.

Motorsport.com: Where do you expect your competition to come from?

Donohue: I think that the Bell Doran will be up there, along with one of the Crawfords and Ganassi. There are quite a few cars that could be up there, actually. But you never know how things are going to play out. Some teams meet a lot adversity and we could be one of those that have a great car, but because someone else doesn’t have a single problem, we could find ourselves chasing them. That’s just the way these things go. It’s an unforgiving race in many regards. No matter how much you want it, how hard you try or how much you prepare, sometimes things just happen. That’s racing.

Motorsport.com: How do you plan to approach the race?

Donohue: meeting yet, but I am certain that we will be told what to do. I think in the beginning of the race that people are going to be going pretty hard and the track is going to be really bad, depending on what happens in the Grand-Am Cup race. If it stays dry, the track is going to be really bad for us – really slippery and loose. If that happens, it will probably take two of three hours to rubber in for us.

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