DARREN'S DAYTONA DISASTER Most professional racing drivers will have at least one race each season that they want to forget. Daytona was Darren's. Everything went well prior to the race and it was Darren who qualified the No.76 car in seventh...
DARREN'S DAYTONA DISASTER
Most professional racing drivers will have at least one race each season that they want to forget. Daytona was Darren's.
Everything went well prior to the race and it was Darren who qualified the No.76 car in seventh place, just a couple of tenths off third place on the tight Grand-Am grid. He took the start from the third row of the grid and was running well until a mishap on lap six.
When Darren did the Daytona 24 Hours with Krohn Racing his two team-mates, Ricardo Zonta and Nic Jonsson, were both left-foot braking. This put him at a bit of a disadvantage, as the pedals were set up for left-foot braking. When Krohn tested in Atlanta last week Darren had a go at left-foot braking and found that it suited him. He used the technique from that moment on and everything was fine until six laps into the race on Saturday.
As he went for the brake pedal going into Turn 5 at Daytona he caught the throttle as well so the car didn't slow for the corner. The resulting accident damaged the rear of the car and Darren had to pit for repairs. He rejoined the race five laps down, going carefully at first to make sure all was well after the damage, and was then able to run competitively until he handed over to Jonsson at the end of his stint.
Jonsson had a hard slog when his new tyres had him running five seconds off the pace. He pitted for an old set and was right back on it! Ultimately though No.76 retired after picking up a vibration.
"I'm very sorry to the team because obviously we lost a chance to have a good result. I just caught the throttle when I braked and this backed me into the wall. The car was great once it was repaired but we were five laps down by that point. I'm pretty annoyed with myself but I'll definitely persevere with left-foot braking. All of that aside though the car was really good and has definitely improved a lot since January and, as usual, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Krohn Racing guys."