No. 63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari running second after six hours
Jeff Westphal started the No. 63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo from the front row on the GTD grid.
The driver order for the first six hours: Jeff Westphal (single stint), Cooper MacNeil (double stint), Alessandro Balzan (double stint), and Toni Vilander (double stint)
Toni Vilander drove the car into the GTD race lead on lap 178. The car pitted out of the lead four laps prior to the six-hour mark.
All four drivers had the No. 63 Ferrari in the top 5 during each of their respective stints.
Cooper MacNeil (double stint)
"We made some changes during the last practice yesterday, trying to control the rear end and keep it stable. It seemed to help. But surprisingly those problems seem to have come back at the start of the race. Basically, I was dealing with a lot of oversteer during my first double stint, which was not easy. Especially when this Ferrari normally handles perfectly and life is good. But, it certainly wasn't easy out there. Then again, this is the IMSA WeatherTech Championship Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona so it's definitely not going to be easy. The good news is the car's in one piece and we're running clean, strong."
Alessandro Balzan, (double stint)
"Everything is good. The car is running fine. The problem is the temperatures are different from the Roar and from yesterday. The car has oversteer so it's not so easy to drive. The balance is on the front right now. We're talking to the engineers to understand what to do to make the car easier to drive. It's very important to take care of the rear tires."
Toni Vilander (double stint)
"The first stint was not so easy to get a read on what's happening with the DPi and LMP2 [cars], and even the cars in our class [GTD]. The first 45 minutes, I struggled a little bit. But then, I started feeling really confident. Our spotter made a really good call on the restart. I was able to time it [the restart] right when he called green. I hit the throttle and was able to overtake two cars. Then, it was a matter of measuring our opponents to see where they're strong and where they're weak. A strong point for us is braking going into the corners. We struggle a little bit on the front straight and going into the Bus Stop. I definitely had fun out there. The car's balance changed a little bit towards the end of the stint. But I think it's the same for everybody. Now Cooper is in the car and I heard some applause [from the crew] so maybe we did something good at the six-hour mark."
The 58th Rolex 24 At Daytona got underway at 1:35 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Jan. 25. NBC will carry live network coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. (ET) and provide race coverage throughout the race finishing at 1:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Jan. 26. This is part of the NBC Sports' complete coverage of the event that includes windows on NBCSN, the NBC Sports App, and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
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