Daytona Finale: Duncan Dayton race report

Dayton has a rough trip Saturday in brand-new PAP Parts FABCAR BMW-Powered ...

Dayton has a rough trip Saturday in brand-new PAP Parts FABCAR BMW-Powered #7

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 1 - Duncan Dayton of North Salem, N.Y. had a scare or two at Daytona International Speedway Saturday as the PAP Parts FABCAR BMW #7 made its debut in the Grand American Rolex Series during the Grand American Champions Weekend.

Dayton, of North Salem, N.Y., and his teammate, Steve Southard of Powell, Ohio, ended up ninth in the Daytona Prototype class and 27th overall in the two-hour-and-45-minute race, which was broadcast live on SPEED. (A third driver listed on the entry sheet, Chip Vance of Dublin, Ohio, ended up driving one of the team's other cars.)

Dayton started the race but he had a problem with his brake pedal before the event was a half-hour old.

"First the brake pedal was sticking in the chicane, and finally it jammed completely," he explained later. "It was the brake bias bar. I went off at the f irst part of the Bus Stop [a turn], and then a few laps later it jammed completely and I went off in the Kink [another turn]."

Somehow Dayton got back to the pits, where the crew used a pry bar to remedy the situation.

"It really scared me," Dayton said of the incidents.

As with most new race cars, a lot of gremlins reared their heads in the car's debut.

"You can't slide it at all," Dayton noted. "It had an understeer and then when the tires started to wear it went off in the rear. I went to full stiff on the front but it was still loose. It was sideways a lot and really almost impossible to drive."

The Florida heat also complicated things.

"To improve the aerodynamics the team stuck foam in the vents before the race, so I was roasting in there," Dayton said. "I bet it was 150 degrees in the car today."

Still, the always-chipper Dayton was optimistic.

"The BMW power was great and the team worked hard," he said. "After the bugs are worked out, this car will be right there."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Duncan Dayton , Chip Vance , Steve Southard