Daytona Beach - Looking to improve on the team’s best-ever finish of fourth in 2010 and 2012, Stevenson Motorsports will open the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season from seventh on the Rolex 24 At Daytona grid after driver Robin Liddell posted a fast lap time of 1:48.330-seconds in qualifying on Thursday with the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R.
“Well it’s never easy qualifying here at Daytona in this car,” said Liddell. “We kind of set the car up very heavily towards the race. We are quite a long wheel based car, so we struggle with getting the car rotated and powered down. But then the car is very good in the fast section through the bus stop and through the kink on the infield, so we made some time up there and braking into (turn) one. Overall the car felt pretty good. It was pretty much what we expected.
“It is not the fastest car for a qualifying situation, but over the race distance it’s pretty much what we are looking for,” said Liddell. “I was quite fortunate to get a good tow, a good draft, so I was able to pick up a few spots. I think without the tow, we probably wouldn't have been where we are. Right now we are happy, but obviously going into the race the car I think we are in good shape for the 24 Hours we have a good reliable car, a good crew, good teammates, nobody is slow to put in the car. I think in the end that will all play to us over the course of the race.”
“It's right where we expected,” said Team Manager Mike Johnson, who also saw the Stevenson Motorsports Camaro take eighth on the grid for Friday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race. “We knew the Porsches would be fast--they've been fast all along. The problem is that they're fast, AND reliable. But last year we had a great race and we really improved our reliability over the year. We have four good drivers, a great team, and I don't expect us to not be there at the end.”