KUMHO and Miracle third in class at 10-hour mark Just past the ten-hour mark, KUMHO and Miracle Motorsports sit in third place in the LMP2 class and 12th overall. Andy Lally just finished his second double stint of the race and handed off to Ian...
KUMHO and Miracle third in class at 10-hour mark
Just past the ten-hour mark, KUMHO and Miracle Motorsports sit in third place in the LMP2 class and 12th overall. Andy Lally just finished his second double stint of the race and handed off to Ian James, who's starting his third double stint of the race. John Macaluso did a stint while it was still light and will drive again come daylight, relying on Lally and James to get the team through the night.
After finishing his second double stint, James said the team's race strategy is working. "We're following our game plan," he said. "We're not the fastest car out there, but we're trying to be consistent and do the same laps lap in and lap out. Right now the race is coming to us. We moved up to third place, and we're going to stick to our game plan and see how this thing pans out.
"The big downside of our game plan is that we've turned down our horsepower so it's difficult to even overtake the GT cars on the straight- aways. It's been a bit troublesome, but we're making the best of it. The tires have been great. We just did a double stint on them and they were great from start to finish."
After finishing his double stint and handing the car back to James, Lally talked about the traffic.
"We got hung up behind a Ferrari who had some big straight line speed but was parking it in the corners," said Lally. "He was doing 4:02s consistently and we were forced to do it too because he wouldn't concede. Every time I'd go to make a move on him he'd block. This isn't the time in the race to make a charge yet.
"There's still quite a few cars in the race, and there's still guys going off and there's still Audis coming by you and chopping your nose off and we're late into it. Ian and Johnny and I have done a lot of driving so we're getting a little tired."
Lally's stint was run on KUMHO's softest compound, which is also the same tire Miracle used in qualifying. "We did something we didn't think we were going to do," said Lally. "We had our softest tire, our qualifying tire, and we just double-stinted it and it was great. We can still keep going with these KUMHOs and keep taking them to the next level. This is a step in the right direction."
"Our qualifying tire looked fine after two stints," said KUMHO Tire USA motorsports manager Rudy Consolacion. "It's a cool evening so the tire is holding up very well."
Consolacion added that Ian James is driving his current stints on KUMHO's qualifying tire.