DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2000) -The Gunnar Racing team running in this weekend's inaugural Grand-Am Rolex 24 At Daytona already boasts the oldest driver in the race, the youngest driver in the field and one of Porsche's newest race ...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2000) -The Gunnar Racing team running in this weekend's inaugural Grand-Am Rolex 24 At Daytona already boasts the oldest driver in the race, the youngest driver in the field and one of Porsche's newest race cars.
Now, they also have a unique pit crew to add to the team's diversity. Some current University of Central Florida engineering students will be working the race as relief pit crew for the team and its No. 75 Porsche GT3 R.
The students' classmate, 17-year-old Gunnar Jeannette, is the youngest driver entered in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Among his teammates is actor/driver Paul Newman who is still going strong at 75, the oldest person in the race. The team's GTU class Porsche GT3 R checks in at five months.
Jeannette will be a freshman engineering major at UCF in the fall, but he will not be the only student on the team this weekend. Six undergraduates, mechanical engineering majors and members of the Student Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), will refuel the car, change the tires and, if necessary, replace the brakes during pit stops. The six will also take turns timing the Porsche throughout the 24-hour race that starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday (ESPN2).
Two graduate students from UCF's Precision Engineering of High Performance Engines program will use a computer to track the performance of the Porsche's engine. This is the first time the team has run a race car using this kind of computer technology.
In the days before the race the undergraduates will practice pit stops at the team's headquarters, Gunnar Racing, in West Palm Beach, and the graduates will conduct a test with the actual car on a test track to see just how long a tank of gas will last.
Joining Jeannette and Newman on the team in Michael Brockman, another actor/driver and a 1975 UCF graduate. Michael Laver rounds out the four-driver lineup.