Aasco Motorsports Ready For Rolex Return in Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 28, 2005 -- Aasco Motorsports returns to the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Thursday with the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona. Pat Flanagan (Aliso Viejo, ...
Aasco Motorsports Ready For Rolex Return in Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 28, 2005 -- Aasco Motorsports returns to the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Thursday with the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona. Pat Flanagan (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) and Patrick Long (Las Vegas, Nev.) will join behind the wheel of the Dennis Aase-prepared No. 26 New Century Mortgage Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for the third time this season in the Grand Touring (GT) class. The 250 mile/ two hour and 45-minute race will run on the world-famous Daytona International Speedway (DIS) road course following a full day of activity that will see the New Century Porsche practice and qualify leading into the nighttime start. The one-day schedule will prove a unique challenge to every car in the seventh Rolex Series event of the year.
While Long and Flanagan each raced in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, they did it for different teams leaving the Aasco team one race behind the competition. However, that disadvantage is minimized by two major factors. First, team owner and manager Dennis Aase has extensive experience as a driver and owner at the track. Secondly, since that February race, the 3.56-mile road course has been repaved negating any advantage that the first-race competitors might have had. The new pavement stretches across the infield of the oval/road course circuit. That new asphalt will greatly increase the grip, and therefore speed, at which the New Century Porsche will traverse the infield portion of the track significantly dropping overall lap times. The new pavement and minimized track time will force Aase, Flanagan and Porsche factory ace Long to make decisive setup decisions to be competitive when the flag falls at 7:15 PM.
Pat Flanagan: "We're very excited to be headed back down to Daytona. The 26 car is back together after the accident at Laguna, tested, polished and shined and ready to go. Daytona will be a very interesting race with a couple of elements to it. First, with the race being a one day event, on a newly paved infield course, it will be critical to be good out of the box and find a good race setup immediately. There are some big questions around what the track will be like. We wonder how good our data will be from years of driving on the old track surface? Secondly, the new GT car will be making its debut and I think everyone will be interested to see how it performs. As always, Aasco will give us the best prepared car in the paddock, and with Patrick Long driving with me, I am confident we will have a great race."