January 26, 2013

Ready for Battle!

The night before the storm by Halston Pitman/MSM

Tune in for the 51st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona at 3 PM on Speed TV and at some point on Grand-Am TV.    

Don't have much interest in DP,  just hope Montoya wins.  GT is where it's at, as far as we are concerned with huge competition between Porsche, Ferrari and Audi  slugging it out with BMW and Camaros.  

NGT being the home of the Axis cup car,  we will be cheering for the number 30 Momo Motorsport-NGT Porsche GT3.   Super strong international driver lineup with Venezuelan Henrique Cisneros, Brit Sean Edwards,  Pole Kuba Giermaziak and and Frenchman Patrick Pilet,  a last minute substitution for Jeroen Bleekemolen who will instead drive for Alex Job/Weather Tech.

Sean Edwards qualified the car third on the grid but in post race tech the car were found to have the rear wing too far back and was disqualified.  The team appealed and now rather than starting from the very back, they will start 12th.   You would think qualifying is not that important in a 24 hr race but the reality is that these races are run as 24 hour long sprints so yeah, it does matter.

We'll also keep and eye on the all Brazilian GT3 number 21  team led by Rubens Barrichello and Tony Kanaan.

Audi will also be interesting to watch, obviously the factory has put in a big effort placing top drivers in the different teams, Mortara, Biela, Rast, Stippler, Basseng...  hopefully they will more reliable than last year.

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Click below to view pictures by Halton Pitman / MSM  who is at Daytona with Axis credentials this week end, cool!

Brumos Racing. Davis, Keen, Lieb, Sellers.

Turner Motorsport. Auberlen, Marsal, Martin,  Priaulx, Schaldach.

Ganassi BMW Riley. Dixon, Kimball, Montoya. Pruett, Rojas

Konrad Motorsports/Orbit. Tandy, Christiansen,Engelhart,Willsey

Park Place Motorsports. Graeff, Hart, Lindsey, Long, Pumpelly.

Bullet Racing. Clay, O'Young, Rogers, Thomas,Thomson

Speedsource/yellow Dragon Racing. Miller, Nunez, Pigot, Terada, Vaultier

Action Express.  Barbosa, Fittipaldi, Frisselle, Nasr, Piquet Jr.

APR Motorsport.  Bell, Emprongham, Farano, Figge, Lacey.

Alex Job/Weathertech.   Albaquerque, Jarvis, Mortara, von Moltke.

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