Levitas and TPC Racing Victorious in the Rolex 24 at Daytona! It's a clear, cool morning. No one on the road. You're heading up an Interstate on-ramp, feeling a little devilish. You floor it, winding it out, engine a whirling dervish, fast as...
Levitas and TPC Racing Victorious in the Rolex 24 at Daytona!
It's a clear, cool morning. No one on the road. You're heading up an Interstate on-ramp, feeling a little devilish. You floor it, winding it out, engine a whirling dervish, fast as you can.
Now imagine doing that, over and over, stopping only for gas, crossing the USA from coast-to-coast in maniacal bumper-to-bumper traffic in 24 hours straight. That is what the historic and world-renowned Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona is like.
The #36 Ajilon Consulting Porsche 911 raced nearly 2500 miles, day and night, averaging over 100 mph. Drivers shifted almost twenty thousand times, slammed on the brakes 3500 times, slid through 7500 hairpin turns and long high banked corners at up to 170 mph, yet stopped only for fuel, BBS wheels and tires and the occasional driver change.
The TPC racing crew did first-class job of preparation, and 24 hours of fast, efficient, sleepless pit stops, backing up the driving team of Michael Levitas, Spencer Pumpelly, Ian Baas, and Randy Pobst.
Though marathon in length, the pace was like a fifty yard dash. It was neck-and-neck for twenty-three long hours, until the final remaining challenger slowed with gearbox problems. At the checkered flag, the Ajilon Porsche crossed the line three laps in the lead, to shouts and tears, hugs and cheers, and a brand new engraved Rolex Daytona watch for all four drivers.
Team leader Michael Levitas does it all, from JRZ shocks and wrenching on the car, to sponsorship and driving. TPC Racing had been knocking on the door for three years, and Levitas had a careful plan for the long run. Race strategist TC Kline anchored the pit, and TPC fixture Tom Chan managed the manic genius of Levitas, as all the pieces fell in to place. Speed, reliability, no crashes, and excellent pit work.
This great victory for TPC Racing is dedicated to the fond memory of TPC racer James Haggerty, son of Ajilon Consulting CEO Roy Haggerty.
Michael Levitas bases his TPC Racing team at his Turbo Performance Center, manufacturer of TPC Supercharger kits for Porsches, in Jessup, Maryland. See www.tpc-racing.com, and www.tpcsuperchargers.com
by Randy Pobst for TPC Racing