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It wasn’t only the weather that put a bit of a damp start to our 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The end result for Antonio Garcia, Mike Rockenfeller and myself wasn’t what we were looking for.

The upside, however, was that our Corvette Racing C7.R was very quick all week and we head into the rest of the season full of confidence.

Last year, we managed to come out of Daytona with a podium, but this season we had to settle for sixth place. After qualifying second, we managed to lead a bunch of laps and then had an issue in the pits which put us down three laps.

Then we managed not only to race our way back onto the lead lap but took the #3 Corvette all the way back into the lead. However, before the halfway mark, we suffered issues with the telemetry and the dash which ran us out of fuel and sent us back to the garage – we ended up losing 10 laps to the leaders.

We managed to get two of those laps back, but there was so little running with all the rain, red flags and safety car periods in the second half of the race there was virtually no chance to get back in touch with the guys on the lead lap.

It can make for a very long night when you are in fightback mode like that. You just have to keep circulating as fast as you can and take full advantage of the fantastic strategy work by the Corvette Racing crew to try to get laps back whenever there is a safety car.

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