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Rolex 24 at Daytona - Friday Report

This report is short because this is the shortest day we will have here this week.

Morning started with a short practice session, which was followed by our qualifying session.  The session went great – Craig put the No.44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 Cup into second. However, because of the Grand-Am qualifying rules, which set the top-20 in the field according to yesterday’s session in which we were 21st, we will start the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 22nd position.

There was one more session after that, in which John and Jeroen bedded in brake pads for the 24 Hour. Necessary, but not exactly exciting. We will have to change pads once during the race so we need to have the second set of pads ready to go.

With the day for Magnus Racing more or less complete, John and Craig took part in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race. Craig’s car was effectively taken out at the start, while John was in the hunt for a top-10 until his car ran out of gas in the final fifteen minutes, so he ended up 18th. But he was happy that he beat Craig’s Cayman.

The only other thing to do was driver change practice. Assisting the drivers with the changes throughout the race will be Anthony Mosbacher. With a lot to do in less than 30 seconds – refill the drink bottle, get the window net down, replace a tired driver with a fresh one, adjust belts, plug in the radio, get the window net back up, shut the door, and get out of the way – Anthony’s job isn’t easy. But he’s been fired so many times, when he comes back, he gets to do the hard work.

Time for some shut eye. Tomorrow is going to be a long day.

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