ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA RACE NOTES PAT SMITH (Team manager No. 20 Rain-X Ford R&S Mk. III) -- "This is the 11th time we've tried to win this race and something's always bit us. We just counted on the veterans to bring it into contention." JOHN...
ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA RACE NOTES
PAT SMITH (Team manager No. 20 Rain-X Ford R&S Mk. III) -- "This is the 11th time we've tried to win this race and something's always bit us. We just counted on the veterans to bring it into contention."
JOHN PAUL JR. (No. 20 Rain-X Ford R&S Mk. III) -- "It's been going very nice. We're just trying not to abuse it. We kind of neglected them (the No. 20 car) early in the race. We let them run their pace, while we ran the No. 16 car up front. They were running a different, more conservative pace initially. When I got in the No. 20 car the first time, it was absolutely perfect. They did a real good job keeping it nice and fresh. EFR (Elliott Forbes-Robinson) started the 20 car, then John Schneider took over. Then Rob (car owner Dyson) drove a shift, EFR got back in and then I drove. Since the 16 car went out, Butch (Leitzinger), myself and Rob took turns, and now James (Weaver) is getting in. Right now (with six hours remaining), our goal is to maintain a two-lap lead. We're going to run that pace to keep them at that deficit. (Andy Wallace got in the car at about 10:30 a.m.)"
CHARLES MORGAN (No. 3 Scandia Ferrari 333 SP) -- "Our Ferrari will still run fast. We've got the qualifying setup in it, and Fermin (Velez) can still run (one minute) 47s. During the night he was running laps in the 1:46 range. The 4 car and the 20 car are running not quite as fast as us, but they can run steady. I think it's going to be a matter of who has problems. Chances are one of the top three cars (20, 4, 3) are going to win -- it's going to be who can stay out of trouble. I think we can catch the 4, but if the 20 can keep running at the same speed they will be hard to catch. "I got into a shunt last night. Two Porsches were going into the hairpin, and one of them went to the inside just as I moved to the inside. I went off the track and spun twice in the grass, and backed into another car. That bent up the suspension, and we lost about six laps to change an upright. Some trouble with the seat belts cost us -- but everyone has some little things go wrong in a 24-hour race. We lost about 10 laps -- if we didn't, we'd be cruising. I think we can run a record distance at the rate we're going."
TIM ALLEN (No. 65 GTS-2 Home Improvement Saleen Mustang) -- "I drove at night at Daytona! Our car is struggling with a fuel pressure problem. We had it all day yesterday and it came back last night. I got 26 laps in, at about three in the morning. I just got up (7 a.m.), and it's back in the shop -- it's been there all night. I started going so darn slow, that's why I pulled in. But that whole group of cars knew how slow I was going. I was always over to the side. There's only room for one of us through that turn (the chicane), and I got collected with a "racing incident," as they say. But there was no place for me to go -- I have to go through there, no matter how slow. Somebody -- a white car, looks like a bone so it was a bonehead -- hit me. I thought it was a bonehead move but I'm sure the other driver thought I screwed up. He tried to push his way through, hit me in the middle of the door and knocked himself on through. I'm OK -- only my door was damaged.
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EDUARDO DIBOS (No. 4 ATFAB Olds R&S Mk. III) -- "The car ran good all night, and the times were good -- in the (one minute) 46, 47 range. Our only problem was, you can say, unlucky circumstances. When I pitted, I was red-flagged from leaving the pits because of debris at the pit exit. We lost three laps because of that. Our car is running excellent."