Rolex 24 Motorsport.com Column


 

The 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has kicked off with the Rolex 24 now in our rear-vision mirror – one thing we certainly learned is the competition in the GTLM class is going to be tougher than ever.

After winning two years ago and finishing second by inches last year, this year unfortunately the No.3 Corvette just finished off the podium in fourth place.
Years ago, 24 hour races were often decided with winning margins of minutes or even several laps – that’s not the case anymore.

After 24 hours the final minutes came down a fight between Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche and Ford. It is called an endurance race, but realistically it is a 24-hour sprint race!

Antonio Garcia, Mike Rockenfeller and I had done all we can to put the No.3 into contention. At these endurance races it is all about execution – you have to be fast, keep your nose clean and have no contact, make smart calls on strategy and stay out the pits.

This is made all the more difficult when you have weather like we had at Daytona. The rain throughout the night certainly kept everybody on their toes and we also had to make sure we made the right calls on when to change from Michelin wets to dry tires.

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