January 26, 2012
Daytona Day 1: rough start.
We arrived at the Daytona Speedway after our epic M5 trip just in time to find the Axis GT3 being transported back to the garages...oh oh...not good. An unexpected brake lockup at the "bus stop" sent the car towards the wall.
It was a glancing blow but it did quite a bit of damage. Right side front and back suspensions, bent shocks, subframes, possibly damaged fuel cell... big job. The guys at TRG stripped the car, engine, suspension, all came out. As I write, night practice has started and the car still sits. There is a small chance it will be ready but in any case, it will be good to go for tomorrow's practice sessions.
We missed qualifying but we are in good company, the engine failed on the Chip Ganassi DP of Joey Hand/Scott Pruett and they will be starting from the back as well. 24 Hours is a long time.
2012 Rolex24 at Daytona qualifying results
Live Timing and Scoring
UPDATE: as of 7:30 PM, the engine, transmission and fuel cell are back in the car, Suspension is going in next. TRG Mechanics are doing an awesome job for Axis!