ROLEX 24 HOURS of DAYTONA Daytona International Speedway Sunday - Feb. 6, 2000 Notes The end came too soon for the Hybrid Racing team in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. After a tough start, Hybrid Racing's 24 Hours ended eight-and-a-half...
ROLEX 24 HOURS of DAYTONA Daytona International Speedway Sunday - Feb. 6, 2000
The end came too soon for the Hybrid Racing team in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
After a tough start, Hybrid Racing's 24 Hours ended eight-and-a-half hours too early at 4:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Boris Said was in the AVE-Riley & Scott-Ford racecar at the beginning, and ironically at the premature end with an apparent engine failure.
Before the start of the race, the team experienced gearbox problems. The Hybrid crew performed their version of 'ER' and operated on AVE-Riley & Scott-Ford car, fixing it in time for opening driver Said to join the field at the back of the pack on the parade lap.
A variety of problems befell the team, including a broken header 15 laps into the race, plus some on-track contact. However, at one point with Said driving, the Hybrid team ran as high as third in class and ninth overall, before gearbox problems complicated things for him and drivers Mark Simo, Chris Bingham, and Rick Sutherland.
Said & Mark Simo, both of Carlsbad, Calif., Bingham, of Kirkland, Wash., and Sutherland, of Los Gatos, Calif., all split time in the cockpit putting in 352 laps around the 3.56-mile circuit, for a total of 1,253.12 miles.
They were in sixth place in the Sports Racer class at the time they went out.
"It was fun while it lasted. It's cold outside, but the engine temperature went through the roof. It's not worth blowing the engine apart. We had a good race and the crew did a great job in getting us out in time and for fixing any problem we had before this." - Boris Said, Driver
"I really enjoyed this experience. We'll be back here and it's a long season ahead." - Chris Bingham, Driver
"We came here to win and we proved we could fight our way through the field. We started dead last and made it to the top ten overalls. We overcame our share of problems. We had some contact, a fuel system malfunction, gearbox troubles and a burnt engine." - Rod Everett, Team Manager