No. 63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari running second after six hours
In Cooper MacNeil's opening stint, he drove the No. 63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari into the top 10.
The team was forced to pit out of sequence for emergency fuel service under caution at 4:17 p.m.
Dominik Farnbacher briefly led the GTD class prior to his second pit stop.
Cooper MacNeil (started, double stint)
"It was a pretty good start. Everybody was playing nicely. When we got to single file, then people started being a little bit more aggressive. I have the mindset of attrition and that's how you win this race. So, I was just driving easy. But, still with enough pace that kept us in contention - managing the pace, managing the car. I didn't want to beat the crap out of the car early on and wearing it out. There's still a long way to go. It's about managing myself physically and the car.
"The car is running pretty good. It seems that we're pretty competitive. We have top speed around a lot of cars, which is good. Overall, the handling was pretty decent. We still have a little struggle with the rear. Hopefully, the cooler temperatures tonight will help. The car's good."
Jeff Westphal (single stint)
"It was a fun stint. It was actually pretty busy. I came out in traffic and almost raced the whole hour in traffic - passing a couple cars, making some moves. The draft was pretty interesting. I used a tow from an Audi and a push from a Porsche to get around one of them. It was a good stint. It's still the beginning of the race. It's early. It's low risk. We're just trying to avoid some of the crazy prototype moves out there and keep the car clean.
"It's starting to get towards the night. This is when some of the prototype guys act little more desperate and pull some moves that arguably put us [GT and GTD drivers] in danger. As a GTD car, with a little bit less grip than a prototype, we have to be careful about where they move because they can move on a dimes' notice. If we're in the way, we're in the way. So, you've got to give them a little bit of a birth."
Dominik Farnbacher (double stint)
"The car is running great. It's really drivable - good platform. It's not really hard to drive. It's not fatiguing you a lot. It's actually a good car if we have the same car at the end of the race. Nevertheless, it's really hard to overtake on the high speed part. We're lacking a little bit in top speed compared to the others [cars]. But, I think we're really good on tire consumption. Our rear tires don't really wear out like all of the others. So, I'm really positive for the end of the race.
"Everybody is fighting hard. I just tried to pace myself and tried not to fight too hard. I'm an experienced driver now. All of the young drivers, they drive like crazy. So, I paced myself, watching from the outside. We want to survive until the last two or three hours and then it's our time."
Toni Vilander (single stint)
"It was nice to get in the car. I'm not used to waiting so long. It took quite a few hours to get in [the car] and get into the race. The first part of the stint, I was enjoying it. The WeathrTech car's performance was quite good. We lost a little bit of grip during the stint. In traffic, I was doing well. From our category, it's difficult to overtake cars in our class. There are many, many factors. They [the cars] have good corner exits and they have good speed in a straight line. It was difficult to find places to overtake. But, apart from that, it was a good stint.
"Everybody is pushing hard, but avoiding contact. Maybe at the end of the race, they'll push hard and there might be some contact. It looks like the rain will hit hard at some point. It seems like everybody is sort of waiting for the rain as well. We'll see how we're performing then."
The 57th Rolex 24 At Daytona started at 2:35 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Jan. 26, with pre-race coverage on NBCSN starting at 2 p.m. (ET). Continuing live race coverage will switch between NBCSN and the NBC Sports App.
Fans can also listen to live race coverage on IMSA Radio on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, with Rolex 24 race coverage also available on SiriusXM Radio Channel 202 (Streaming 972).