Kicking off the 2018 season with a podium at Daytona is not too bad – I suppose if you can’t win it, you have to think about the points for the championship. But, it’s not really what anybody came here for. It was a long day, not that many safety cars, so it was a tough race, really physical race.
The No. 3 Corvette really had a faultless race. Antonio Garcia, Mike Rockenfeller and I had great stints throughout the entire race and the Corvette Racing crew was again at their brilliant best. We had no mistakes, no spins, no reliability issues – there wasn’t much more we could do.
We all really wanted that win, but at the end of it, we just didn’t have the speed to be able to compete with the Fords when it mattered. We’ll have to go back, work a little bit harder, and see what we can get out of Sebring.
That’s four years in a row where we have finished on the lead lap at Daytona. We won here in 2015, were second in ‘16, fourth last year and third this year.
This is a hard race to win, and we were thrilled to take that victory back in 2015 – but all three of us wanted another Rolex and to give the guys at Corvette Racing a great reward for all their efforts.
This championship is again going to be an intense battle all year. Antonio and I managed to win it last year by being incredibly consistent. That is what it is going to take again this year.