We don’t normally do this, but I’m going to go a little bit off topic with this post. This is neither NASCAR, nor “inside,” but it’s my blog and I can do what I want. Anyways…
The whole reason I got into working in racing is because I love it. But not just NASCAR. I love most forms of motorsport. Be it drag racing, Formula 1, World Rally, sports car racing, anything. I’ll pretty much watch it all.
For those of you that don’t know, the racing season officially kicked off last weekend with the running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The 24 hour endurance race officially kicks off Speedweeks in Daytona and is the season opener for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. Between Fox and SPEED we got somewhere in the area of 16 hours of live coverage. Wait for it, wait for it…
Yes, I did watch nearly all 16 hours!
I know, I’m crazy [Insert you judging me here]. But it was definitely worth it. After 22 hours of racing, we had four cars running about two seconds apart all on the same lap! The two Brumos Porsches, a Chip Ganassi Lexus, and the Ford of SunTrust Racing were all battling for the lead. During the last two or so hours of the race, I saw some of the most intense racing I’ve seen in a long time.
We had CGR going for their fourth straight overall win, Brumos trying to win their first Daytona Prototype and Rolex 24 in many years, and David Donohue trying to win the Rolex almost 40 years to the day that his father, Mark Donohue, won the same race. Unbelievable.
Watching Juan Pablo Montoya use every ounce of his driving ability to keep the Brumos cars at bay was amazing. The Porsches seemed to have a little bit more horsepower, but JPM drove a great race. In the end, Montoya got caught in behind some GT traffic and Donohue was able to get past him with about 40 minutes left and take the win for Brumos.
After the race, Montoya had the following to say:
“Every corner it was 110 percent everywhere. And it was fun, because we drove like that the last two hours. And we didn’t make any mistakes. I gave it 110 percent, and I know I couldn’t go any faster if I had done anything different.” (Grand-Am.com)
That is exactly what you want to hear from a driver after a race.
So, I’ve been watching this race for a few years now, and after the 2009 version, I’m seriously considering trying to make it down for the race next year. Give me a case of Monster or Red Bull, a lawn chair, and a spot on the infield and I’ll watch the whole damn thing. Who’s with me?!