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Saturday
Jan302010

5 1/2 hours in, things are pretty quiet

The Magnus Racing crew did a stellar job to change out our broken radiator (thanks GT car that knocked the cone in front of Jeroen) and since Richard got into the car, we have been running trouble-free laps. In fact, as of right now, Richard has the second-quickest laptime in GT.

We pitted under full course yellow for fuel and tires, and the plan is to next replace Richard with John Potter and send him out into the night.

Saturday
Jan302010

If it weren't for bad luck...

Our string of bad luck in this race continues as Jeroen, who was flying, had to bring the No.44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 Cup behind the wall after hitting a cone and breaking a radiator. He was following another car that clipped a cone, which then bounced in front of our green Porsche.

The crew did a stellar job of repairing the damage in a hurry, and installed Richard Lietz in the car when we got back on track. We're pretty far down in the order - back to 23rd - but we're still driving hard to secure as many points possible for John and Craig in the 2010 GRAND-AM season.

Saturday
Jan302010

Almost three hours in

Jeroen Bleekemolen took over driving the No.44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 Cup at little bit after the two-hour mark. He was comfortable and up to speed, but the TV cameras caught the front hoold of our car coming up after one of the hood pins broke. It seems to be staying put so we are staying out for the mean time. The track is now completely dry and the plan is to have him in for a single stint, with Richard Lietz ready to go. Things are getting very crazy on the track and Jeroen is just keeping us out of trouble.

Saturday
Jan302010

Underway at the Rolex 24 at Daytona!

We are 90 minutes in and things have been pretty eventful up to this point.

Craig started our No.44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 Cup, with the race beginning under yellow due to heavy rain. The rain subsided and we got things started finally, with Craig moving the car from 22nd to 11th until a caution for a car stuck on course. We brought him in for fuel and tires, and with the track conditions drying, the team decided to change him to slicks. However, after only two or three laps, we were black flagged when the rear window of the car became dislodged. The team fixed it quickly, but clearly the track might have been just a little too wet for slicks as Craig hasn't gotten quite up to pace, but with several of the cars up the road still on wets, we will go forward as they will all have to come in with a drying track.

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Saturday
Jan302010

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.