Similar Ending But Improved Results for Vision Racing in Second Rolex 24 at Daytona January 27, 2008
similar ending but improved results for vision racing in second rolex 24 at daytona
JANUARY 27, 2007
DAYTONA, Fla. – In Vision Racing’s first attempt in the Rolex 24 at Daytona last year, just 30 minutes and an engine failure separated them from the checkered flag. This year, it was about an hour and an engine failure.
The No. 03 Vision Racing Porsche Crawford Daytona Prototype finished 12th amongst fellow Daytona Prototypes and 25th overall. Vitor Meira qualified the car in the 20th spot.
Last season the team finished 19th amongst the prototypes and 29th overall in their Grand American Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve debut.
Team drivers John Andretti, Ed Carpenter, A.J. Foyt IV, and Meira drove a strong race, even reaching the top 10 amongst prototypes in different parts of the race. The team was running 13th overall with 1 hour, 18 minutes left with Carpenter onboard when smoke from the car was reported and it made contact with the Turn 6 wall. The No. 03 machine retired with engine problems after completing 615 laps.
The team’s 23-hour drive on the 3.56-mile, road course at Daytona International Speedway was cold and wet for much of the event. All told, the team witnessed daylight, darkness, dry and wet conditions, warm and cool temps, raw speed, mechanical failures and more during the twice-around-the-clock event, yet their spirit and determination never wavered.
Team principal Tony George chose to forgo seat time in the race, opting to let the four team drivers handle the duty.
Additionally, fellow team co-owner and famed actor, Patrick Dempsey made his first attempt in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Competing with Hyper Sport in the GT class, Dempsey helped the team to 39th place (24th in class).
Fellow IndyCar Series competitor, Chip Ganassi Racing, won their third straight Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Up next for the team is yet a pre-season open test date with the IndyCar Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway held on February 27-28.
Race Results (Jan. 27, 2007):
Rolex 24 at Daytona (Daytona Prototype Results):
1. No. 01 Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates / Lexus Riley
2. No. 99 GAINSCO/ Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley
3. No. 9 Penske-Taylor Racing / Pontiac Riley
12. No. 03 Vision Racing Porsche Crawford Daytona Prototype (Started: 20th)
Pole Position: No. 60 Michael Shank Racing / Ford Riley