Grand-Am Series, 1st round: 24 Hours of Daytona

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by ajzahn, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. this race has been amazing! 4 cars within 1 second after 23+ hours going for the win!
  2. Brumos into the lead with 45 mins to go! This battle is intense!
  3. it all comes down to this boys! 30 minutes left, GO BRUMOS!
  4. that speed of the 58 car on the banking is unreal
  6. W0000000000!!!!! BRUMOS!!!!
  7. Montreal is avenged!
  8. They've had WAY more bad luck than just Montreal. This surely makes up for it all!
  9. I never said they didn't have bad luck other than Montreal! and yes agreed!
  10. Great finish!!!! Congtars to Donohue
  11. I'm starting to like Grand-Am more and more.
  12. Donohue deserves it! Great drive! However, Grand Am is still weak compared to ALMS in terms of cars.
  13. In terms of quantity, Grand Am wins hands down, in terms of quality cars, ALMS will always win.
  14. I gotta say, 4 cars vying for the win after 23:30 of racing is epic!
  15. Grand-Am Series, 1st round, 24 Hours of Daytona, USA, race report: Porsche wins 24 hour thriller in Daytona

    Stuttgart. With a hard-fought victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona, Porsche has again lived up to its role as the most successful manufacturer in the history of the long distance classic in Florida. On the Daytona International Speedway, David Donohue (USA), Darren Law (USA), Buddy Rice (USA) and Antonio Garcia (Spain) won the 47th running of the time-honoured Grand-Am Series season-opener with the Porsche-Riley of Brumos Racing. After a nerve-wracking finale, they secured the 21st overall victory for Porsche by an extremely slim margin of just 0.167 seconds. In the GT class, Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Patrick Long (USA), Andy Lally (USA), RJ Valentine (USA) and Justin Marks (USA) won with their TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and, with this, rounded off the successful start of the new motorsport season for Porsche.

    �This is an amazing result for Porsche and the best confirmation of our customer racing programme and the intensive technical support that we give our teams at the race track,� said Porsche head of motorsport, Hartmut Kristen. �The last Daytona victory for Porsche was six years ago and it�s quite remarkable that then principally the same 911 engine was powering the winning car that is now in the Daytona Prototype of Brumos Racing. There�s nothing like a six-cylinder boxer engine.�

    Manning the second Porsche-Riley fielded by Brumos Racing, Hurley Haywood (USA), Terry Borcheller (USA), Joao Barbosa (Portugal) and JC France (USA) secured third place. However, the Grand-Am premiere for Penske Racing and Porsche did not run as successfully. Timo Bernhard (Germany), Romain Dumas (France) and Ryan Briscoe (Australia) finished sixth after a strong performance. Their start showed promise: After narrowly missing out on pole position in qualifying, Timo Bernhard didn�t hesitate in planting his vehicle at the front after just two laps.

    In the first third of the race, the Penske and Brumos prototypes dominated, leading 207 of 261 laps. After eight hours, Brumos-pilot Joao Barbosa headed the field in the #59 Porsche-Riley. During the night, the Porsche pit crews didn�t have much to do: Tyre change and refuel � complete routine for the well-trained mechanics. After 16 hours, the front-running Penske pilot Ryan Briscoe handed his car over to Romain Dumas. But strong competition from the many big-names from the American IndyCar Series and NASCAR scene upped the pressure. At 8.55am on Sunday morning, the quiet was shattered in the Penske pits: The #16 Porsche-Riley had to be pushed into the garage with a broken drive-shaft. Repairs took 26 minutes and cost 15 laps. But it was not the last setback on this sunny Sunday in Florida: A gearbox change threw Romain Dumas even further back into the field.

    �We took off from the first row, drove the fastest lap and led for most of the laps,� said Timo Bernhard, winner of the 2003 race. �Still, it�s disappointing that it wasn�t enough to win today. But with regard to the championship, our sixth place is worth a lot.� Romain Dumas added: �We know that we can match the pace of the regular front-runners. That�s the most important thing.�

    After the retirement of the #16 vehicle, hopes of many Porsche fans lining the Daytona International Speedway were now resting on the Brumos Racing prototypes. After a few years without much success, the Jackonsville-based Brumos team, run by one of America�s oldest Porsche dealerships and supported by Hurley Haywood as one of the world�s most successful long distance pilots, lived up to all expectations at their home race. In a thrilling and dramatic final phase, pole-setter David Donohue in the #58 Porsche-Riley, first overtook Juan-Pablo Montoya in a Lexus-Riley of Team Ganassi and successfully fended off all attacks from the ex-Formula 1 pilot. At the finish line, Donohue could not hold back the tears: 40 years after his father Mark�s win here, he could now celebrate his Daytona 24 Hour success.

    �We did our home work, we completed 3,000 miles of testing in Daytona and really did all preparation to be able to win this race,� said David Donohue. �We were far off any big wins over the last years but our team never gave up. Our goal was to win. That we reached this goal against such strong competition from Penske and Ganassi makes this victory even sweeter. It�s a huge day for Brumos and Porsche.�

    Porsche also proved unbeatable in the GT class, with the 911 GT3 Cup claiming a clear triple victory. �Right at the start of the race we landed two laps behind through no fault of our own, but were able to catch up again,� said Joerg Bergmeister after claiming the third Daytona win of his career. Team mate Patrick Long added: �We didn�t experience one technical problem over the entire race. I�m sure that was a crucial factor in winning.�

    In the second TRG-run 911 GT3 Cup, Emmanuel Collard (France), Richard Lietz (Austria), Ted Ballou (USA), Tim George (USA) and Spencer Pumpelly (USA) occupied second place. �We had a clean race without any collisions and any repairs. That�s the only way to reach the podium,� said Richard Lietz. Emmanuel Collard believed: �Our car was really simple and comfortable to drive. The positions were settled early on in the race. Double victory for TRG � it hardly gets better than this.� Sascha Maassen (Germany), Patrick Pilet (France), Phillip Martien (France) and BJ Zacharias (USA) took the chequered flag third with the 911 GT3 Cup of Wright Motorsports. �Our car ran perfectly. I�ve never worked with this team before and still we secured a podium � this is a result to be proud of,� said Patrick Pilet. Sascha Maassen was also satisfied with third place. �Our goal prior to the race was to reach the flag. That we climbed the podium is due to the fact that no-one in our team made a single mistake.�

    Hartmut Kristen was not only delighted with the superb results for Porsche, but also with the brilliant performance of his drivers. �This weekend,� said the Porsche motorsport boss, �without exception, all nine works drivers as well as our two juniors did a world-class job.�

    Statistics: 1st of 12 races of the Grand-Am Series in Daytona, Florida

    Race result
    1. Law/Donohue/Rice/Garcia (USA/USA/USA/E), Porsche-Riley (DP), 735 laps
    2. Montoya/Pruett/Rojas/Dixon (COL/USA/MEX/USA), Lexus-Riley (DP), 735
    3. France/Barbosa/Borcheller/Haywood (USA/USA/P/USA), Porsche-Riley (DP), 735
    4. Taylor/Angelelli/Friselle/Lamy (USA/I/USA/P), Ford-Dallara (DP), 735
    5. Dixon/Franchitti/Lloyd/Pruett (USA/GB/USA/USA), Lexus-Riley (DP) 731
    6. Bernhard/Dumas/Briscoe (D/F/AUS), Porsche-Riley (DP), 717
    7. Fogarty/Gurney/Vasser/Johnson (USA/USA/USA/USA), Pontiac-Riley (DP), 714
    8. Wallace/Finley/Patrick/Mears (GB/USA/USA/USA), Pontiac-Crawford (DP), 702
    9. Bergmeister/Long/Marks/Lally/Valentine (D/USA/USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 (GT), 695
    10. Collard/Lietz/Pumpelly/George/Ballou (F/A/USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 (GT), 694

    Result GT class
    1. Bergmeister/Long/Marks/Lally/Valentine (D/USA/USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 695
    2. Collard/Lietz/Pumpelly/George/Ballou (F/A/USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 694
    3. Maassen/Pilet/Zacharias/Martien (D/F/USA/F), Porsche 911 GT3 Gup 691

    The 2nd round of the Grand-Am Series takes place on 26th April in Alton, Virginia.
  16. My god those prototypes are ugly
  17. I was really hoping Joao would get past JPM, for a Brumos 1, 2. All Riley's on the podium, that's all that really matters!! <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
  18. I dont dispute the close racing and the quality of the teams, but they're still Daytona Prototypes and they're still second class citizens if you ask me...
  19. It's nice to hear you say something nice about Grand Am for a change. <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/wink.gif"></A>
  20. I don't dislike the concept of Grand Am. They put on a good show. I just hate that the DPs are SO damn ugly and that the GT cars (aside from the Porsches) are crummy tube frame cars.

    They're a good road racing series, but I have a hard time calling them sports car racing.
  21. I don't like that all the DP cars are so similar because of the tight regulations. I'd much rather watch diesel coupes vs. gas roadsters in ALMS.
  22. Yea, when it comes down to it, Grand Am is a spec racing series in a lot of ways, whereas the ALMS makes a point that NOTHING is spec.

  23. American Le Mans Series: Successful test premiere for the new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

    Stuttgart. The new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR has passed its premiere on the race track with flying colours. At the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) winter tests in Sebring, the long distance racer, which received modifications in many areas, immediately proved exceptional in its reliability and handling. The Porsche teams Flying Lizard Motorsports and Farnbacher Loles Racing conducted an intensive three-day test schedule and worked on a basis set-up for the Sebring 12 hour race in March.

    �Right from the start, the cars ran very well and the teams made excellent progress with their work,� said a satisfied Martijn Meijs, head of Performance Porsche Motorsport. �Due to changes in the technical regulations, the cars tackle this season with a smaller air inlet restrictor and the ride height must be five-millimetres higher. For this, the teams can use hardly any of the data from 2008 and virtually have to start from zero with their suspension set-up.�

    Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler (Germany), who competes with his compatriot Dirk Werner for the Farnbacher Loles team, also heads into the ALMS season with optimism after these initial tests. �The GT3 RSR has made another noticeable step forward. I think we are well equipped to win the championship.�

    Porsche works drivers Patrick Long (USA) and Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) also set-up their new racer for the ALMS season-opener in Sebring. �The new GT3 RSR has a much better turn-in than the 2008 car,� Long said enthusiastically. �Now we just have to work on finding an optimal spring-shocks set-up for the extremely bumpy circuit here in Sebring,� added Bergmeister.

    In Sebring with a 2008 GT3 RSR, the Vici Racing squad concentrated on set-up tests with the Michelin tyres, which are new for the team. From the first race of the season, the outfit will also run a 450 hp Porsche 911 GT3 RSR with the new four-litre six-cylinder boxer engine.
  24. word, word
  25. I was just starting to warm up to Grand am and then...

    "The winning No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley was found to be out of compliance for minimum vehicle weight in post-race technical inspection. The car was found to be 12 pounds underweight. The team was fined $5,000 in addition to five driver, team and manufacturer points. This will not affect the race results."

    Despite the fact that I was rooting for Brumos, given the margin of victory those 12 pounds were almost certainly decisive in it winning. Any other series would have excluded the winning Brumos car, but when you're owned by Nascrap, you just get a fine...

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