January 24, 2009

2009 24 Hours of Daytona

I confess the Daytona Prototype spec cars do nothing for me but a 24 hour race is still a hell of a thing to accomplish.  The 2009 race starts at 3PM EST.    

Juan Pablo Montoya is back and going for three in a row.   Scott Pruett and Scott Dixon are both listed in two cars, the 01 and 02 Chip Ganassi Lexus/Rileys,  I guess that's one way to hedge your bets for a finish. Danica Patrick will be in a Pontiac-Riley trying to be the first woman to win the Daytona 24hrs.   Farnbacher-Loles has five cars in GT .  We'll cheer for them since they take good care of some of the Axis cars!
You can find live timing and scoring at this link HERE

After 16 hours the top four cars are separated by only 2 seconds!

Let's take a trip down memory (or history) lane.



  1. Man, I was supposed to be at the race today but can't make it due to something that came up at the last minute. Sucks. If anyone is interested, you can make the shakedown session for the 12 hours of Sebring this Monday and Tuesday

  2. "I confess the Daytona Prototype spec cars do nothing for me ... "

    I've got to agree with you, and I also have to add that I've heard that from literally hundreds of people.

    It usually goes something like, 'I'd be more interested in watching if those things weren't so damn ugly."

    When I was working in the sponsorship business we had a meeting with one of the Rileys (the younger one, I forget his name at the moment) at the Riley & Scott facility in Indy.

    We asked him about the "ascetics" of the Grand Am cars, and he said: "Our hands are tied on that by the France family. They mandate the hard-ponits for the cage, and the front and rear roll over structures just make the damn things look real boxy. We tried like hell to work around it, but what are you gonna do?"

  3. Say what you will about the cars. The racing is great!

  4. The France family - the only people on Earth who could look at a Consulier GTP and say "Now *that's* a pretty sports car! Can we make our prototypes look like *that* somehow?"


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