It’s almost race weekend in Daytona for the running of the 2016 Rolex 24 hour race. This race is special because it marks the return of the Ford GT to sports car racing in the United States. Today was qualifying, and rain in Florida made it a challenge.
Joey Hand, one of the drivers of the #66 Ford GT had this to say about qualifying;
The conditions were treacherous. I’m actually surprised we were qualifying in those conditions. You couldn’t even get through the Bus Stop. The Bus Stop is usually third or fourth gear, and this was first gear. There’s a lot of places that were just not good and I thought we could’ve wrote off some cars. A lot of guys took it easy.
Remember though, this type of racing is an endurance marathon and not a sprint. Hand is very cognizant of that;
Our main goal with this car is not really to throw down the ultimate lap in this first race, it’s to finish 24 hours. We hate to get in a situation and get the car in the fence and have the guys have to work all night to just get a pieced-together car to go race 24 hours, so our main thing when we left pit lane was to get it back in one piece and that’s what we did. We went out a little late. We then caught a red flag at the beginning, so we didn’t get our laps in the way we should have or could have. The good thing is, I don’t think the car is bad in the rain. I think it’s actually pretty good. We just had to really tip-toe in these conditions and make sure we had a race car come the start of the Rolex 24.
The field will be re-set by category for the Rolex 24 due to the rain scattering the field during qualifying.
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