IMSA ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP 45-MINUTE SHOOT-OUT Sunday, Oct. 6, Daytona International Speedway (top five and class winners) 1. (78C) David Daughtery, Nissan 240SX, 20 laps; 2. (65C) John Norris, Nissan 240SX, 20; 3. (43T) Joe Nonnamaker,...
IMSA ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP 45-MINUTE SHOOT-OUT Sunday, Oct. 6, Daytona International Speedway
(top five and class winners) 1. (78C) David Daughtery, Nissan 240SX, 20 laps; 2. (65C) John Norris, Nissan 240SX, 20; 3. (43T) Joe Nonnamaker, Mazda MX-6, 20; 4. (31T) Mark Hein, Honda Prelude Si, 20; 5. (84S) Eric Van Cleef, Toyota Supra, 20; 7. (00GS) Paul Hacker, Ford Mustang Cobra R, 20. (32 cars started)
OVERALL AND COMPACT CLASS WINNER DAVID DAUGHTERY (No. 76 Red Line Oil Nissan 240SX) -- The crew worked hard on this car last night and this morning. We put new tires on it and I think that was a big advantage today. The Grand Sports guys were really nice. They worked with us and didn't try to run over us. The Nissan is a great car. It won the (Endurance Championship) Car of the Year and deservedly won this race.
GRAND SPORTS PAUL HACKER (No. 00 Ford Mustang Cobra R) -- David Murry gave me a little education. He's such an excellent driver, I just thought I'd stay with him and learn something. The Pontiacs have got a little more aerodynamics than the Mustang so I thought I'd just stay behind him and try to catch the Nissan. We all thought they (slower cars) were given a little bit too much of a handicap to catch 'em and I think it proved out. The track got slicker and slicker and it was harder and harder to make that pace. It was a great deal of fun. The crew worked all night. We blew a tranny yesterday and borrowed one. TF Racing loaned me their wheels and tires so it was a combined effort. It's the end of an era for us -- we're moving on to something else, so it's a good way to end it.
SPORTS ERIC VAN CLEEF (No. 84 Red Line Oil Toyota Supra) -- It's been a great weekend. This Toyota is just an excellent car. I made a bad call at the beginning of the race. We put on a used set of brake pads because the ones we had on yesterday were a little bit too worn. We didn't have really good brakes in the race but we still came through with a top five and first in class. I want to thank the crew for supporting me and coming out early to get it ready.
TOURING JOE NONNAMAKER (No. 43 Phoenix Promotion Mazda MX-6) -- This was really kind of fun. I haven't finished in a long time and it took me a little while to get used to this. Bill (Pate) does all the finishes and I'm just supposed to conserve the car and give it to Bill. It took me about four laps and I said, 'you know, I'm just going to go out and pass some people instead of just sitting here!' It was a real thrill for me. We had a real race between Dick Starita, myself and the two Hein cars (No. 31 and No. 38 Hondas) for the first half-dozen laps. It was wheel-to-wheel at every corner -- a real sprint race. Then one of them missed the bus stop (chicane), I think, and broke up the train.