ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA RACE NOTES JOE SAFINA (No. 47 GTS-2 Zippo Ford Mustang Cobra) -- "I was out there driving when I felt it get a little sloppy. I was going to come in, but then it felt better so I told the crew I was staying out. Then it...
ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA RACE NOTES
JOE SAFINA (No. 47 GTS-2 Zippo Ford Mustang Cobra) -- "I was out there driving when I felt it get a little sloppy. I was going to come in, but then it felt better so I told the crew I was staying out. Then it got loose again, and I lost a wheel. I tried to get it back to the pits, but needed a tow. It broke an axle. It's too bad, but we'll get back out."
PRICE COBB (No. 65 GTS-2 Home Improvement Saleen Mustang) -- "Both of our cars are in the garage with exactly the same problem. They both have fuel pressure problems. I guess misery lovs company. Once we find the problem, we'll probably be laughing at ourselves, but until then... It only took me one lap to get into second place, and I think I would have taken the lead in another lap or two. But I was having problems with the fuel pressure almost from the start, and I could feel it going away. The car felt great. It's a fantastic car, and it's going to be very competitive. We just have to work on the details -- part of the new car blues. They're replacing everything (in the fuel system) but are having trouble finding the problem. There's just a gremlin in there somewhere."
DON BELL (No. 95 Supreme Exhaust/Quality Inn on the Beach Chevrolet Kudzu) -- "The car is fine but the track is slick. The car was sliding both front and rear, but we moved up about 31 spots on the second stint after having to come in at the begining of the race due to a vibration in one of the tires. I thought we were going to be able to pick up a lap there at the end but they stopped the leader about three cars before me so we came in and changed drivers. The car is running fine. We had a little trouble in the begining and lost a couple of laps. The car is in fine shape now so let's just keep it running."
BILL COOPER (No. 95 Supreme Exhaust/Quality Inn on the Beach Chevrolet Kudzu) -- "The car is wonderful and I'm still getting used to it. The brakes are a little soft but they aren't vibrating anymore. Traffic is very bad, but other than that, we are just driving around, circulating and trying to be conservative, using only third, fourth and fifth gears unless we get absolutely jammed-up in traffic in the slow corners."
EDUARDO DIBOS (No. 4 ATFAB Olds R&S Mk. III) -- "This is an excellent car, and it feels good driving. If we can continue like this without a problem, this race looks good. But you never know what can happen in 24 hours. I've finished second place (in class) in this race twice, in GTU and GTS-1. Second in this race would be very good in my first race here in an Exxon World SportsCar. I raced for four years in GTU. Looking back, I feel I lost a lot of time. Last year when I first raced in GTS-1, I felt, 'this is my class, I should have been here sooner.' But later in the season, I felt I could go more. When I got in a WSC car, my reaction was, 'this is what I must do all my life.' Learning the WSC car is not the biggest transition. Learning the different tracks and competition is the toughest thing. When I first came here, I felt like a stranger. Now I feel more mature and feel comfortable racing out there. I really enjoy racing the Exxon World SportsCar."