WeatherTech Rolex 24 At Daytona Quotes after 18 hours

January 27, 2019

 

No. 63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari running fourth 18-hours into the Rolex 24

 

Race Notes:

  • Cooper MacNeil led the GTD class from 2:48 a.m. to 3:36 a.m.

  • MacNeil retook the GTD class lead at 3:47 a.m. until 4:15 a.m. when Jeff Westphal got in

  • Rain began at 4:52 a.m.

  • Jeff Westphal led the GTD class from 4:15 a.m. to 4:59 a.m.

  • Dominik Farnbacher got in at 6:19 a.m. under yellow and rain coming down

  • At 7:21 a.m., the race was red flagged due to rain and standing water on the track 

  • Race restarted at 9:07 a.m., Farnbacher in WeatherTech Ferrari

Dominik Farnbacher

"I got up and we were actually in a pretty good position. Jeff [Westphal] was running second and when he got out he was fifth. But, it started to rain pretty heavily when I got in the car. Then, we got a full course yellow. I was in the car for almost one hour just driving behind the safety car. Then, [IMSA] decided to throw the red flag until the weather gets better. But, on the radar, it doesn't look like the weather is going to improve for at least the next three hours. We might have to wait a little bit and see. Then, it might be down to the two gold drivers to drive that last three or four hours.

 

"Safety is always first. The problem was there's puddles on the race track you can hardly see. Also, the bus stop is pretty much flooded. So, when you drive through there, you're pretty much out of control. I think it's a good decision to wait until it [the rain] stops." 

 

Toni Vilander

"It's not been a super tough race, but it's been a super competitive race. There's been moments where we were performing really well. Then, we had a little bit less performance. We managed to work a little bit on the tires. We found a few little details that improved our performance during a stint. All four drivers have done a really good job - especially Cooper because he led the whole class and he kept the lead he whole stint. That was awesome. Now with rain, everything changes. The first indication was that we struggled with aquaplaning - meaning that there's a lot of water the tire can't clear away the water and we lose control of the car. So, that's not a good sign. Now with a lot of [standing] water, they stopped the race - red flagged the race. Now it's a waiting game to see when we'll go back racing and then we'll see what happens. If it comes down to a one to three hour race, then it's crazy. Then, it's like [we're] all in. You'll see a different aggression level. You'll see drivers battling for the position - wanting that podium, wanting that win. There will be more action because we're in the closing stages of the 24 hours."

 

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).

 

 

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