Daytona Rolex 24 Friday Notes

David Reininger - motorsport.com Daytona Rolex 24 Notes: Paul Newman is back to conquer the Rolex 24 at Daytona. He won the GTO title on his last attempt in 1995. "When we won it in 1995, when I was seventy, I said, 'well, I'll give it ...

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Daytona Rolex 24 Notes:

Paul Newman is back to conquer the Rolex 24 at Daytona. He won the GTO title on his last attempt in 1995. "When we won it in 1995, when I was seventy, I said, 'well, I'll give it another five years and come back again," said Newman.

When asked why he would enter such a grueling contest of speed and endurance, the 75 year old actor responded, "Just for the hell of it."

Mike Brockman, Newman's teammate in 1995, is back to help his friend win again. "I've done this race a lot of times," Brockman said. "I led it once for 13 hours, unfortunately it was the first 13 hours. It took me 15 attempts before I won it, and that was in 1995. Jack Roush, who we drove for in 1995 said it best, we were talking in the morning before the race, and we were talking about race strategy, he said, 'there will be no racing here until the sun comes up, and not until I say so. 'If we make it, and the sun comes up, and we're still alive, then we'll talk about racing.'"

Brockman thinks the Champion/Gunnar team has as good a chance as any to win Saturday's race. "You prepare as best you can, and this car is wonderfully prepared, it's a perfect car. Then you have to have so much luck. And then if you make it through the night and everything's ducky, then you gas it in the morning. It's tough race, a lot of luck, a lot of preparation and everybody has a fifty-fifty chance."

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With Cadillac back in the racing paddock, the Dyson team entered their No. 20 car as a Lincoln Riley & Scott MkIII. The team's Ford engines are prepared by Lozano Brothers Racing Engines. "We're just trying to work with our engine builders and engine developers to see what we can create, and maybe we'll create something," said Dyson. "You never know.

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Lynn St. James, here to drive the Jacobs Motorsports Porsche GTO, looks forward to her special announcement, which will be made during CART's Spring Training at Homestead. The names of four women drivers will be revealed, each of which will participate in a special testing session driving an Atlantic car for PPI Motorsports. The test will take place February 15 and 16 at Button Willow in California.

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Ian James, driver of the outside pole car in American GT, with a lap at 1:54.234, over 14 seconds off the pace of the overall pole time, addressed the problem of traffic and driving in the lower classes. "Obviously, it's very difficult. We're not the quickest car out there, still on the straight aways we're one of the quickest vehicles. Our biggest problem is when we come to the braking areas. We carry a lot more weight so we have to brake earlier. That's when you get people running onto the back of you. The visibility in the car isn't great, you sit very low, plus the side windows are very small, so you actually have to look when you go through the corners and make a good estimate."

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"Is There Anybody Out There", lines the side of the No. 69 Porsche of Derek Bell, Tim Sugden, Stephen Day, and Steve O'Rourke. What's the link to the rock band Pink Floyd? Steve O'Rourke is the band's manager. Harmon Kardon Audio Systems and EMI are the sponsors on the car.

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The Chevrolet Corvette was named as the Official Pace Car for Grand-Am race at Watkins Glen. The Corvette will pace the field at this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway and the BOSCH Summerfest at The Glen held August 25-27, 2000.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ian James , Paul Newman , Tim Sugden , Jack Roush , Steve O'Rourke