Well, Day 2 of the Roar Before the 24 has ended in a most mesmerizing fashion. There’s just something about racecars whizzing around a track under darkness, lights aglow, that captures the imagination and puts total peace in a mind where worry can overwhelm. Today was one that teams used to prepare for what should be closer to race temperatures than yesterday.
I was able to take a lot of video today of track atmosphere which I’ll be able to edit and post online Monday. Until then, here are some notes accumulated from today's action:
9 cars total sat out the final session, including the “zebraflauge” C7.Rs. Corvette Racing was pleased with their results from the afternoon and did not run in the hour long night session.
The 01 and 02 of Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates team chose to end their testing early, electing not to participate in tomorrow’s test after engine issues caused them to spend time in the garage.
The 2 Mazda P2 entries also spent a significant amount of time in the garage today, but should be back out in the morning.
Both of Porsche North America’s entries, 911 and 912, were in the garage for longer than the team would have liked this morning. The 911 suffered a malfunction near the gearbox, said Porsche driver Nick Tandy, during practice early in the day. Damage to the front left of the car required a new nose to be put on.
Michael Shank Racing will not be a part of the test tomorrow. The 2011 winning squad had registered for 2 days of the Roar.
The End of Year banquet, which has traditionally been held the day after the final race in both ALMS and Grand-Am, will take place in New York City well after Petit Le Mans. Rumor is that drivers who cannot be in attendance to receive prizes will be fined.
Tune in for much more tomorrow!
P – 5 Action Express
PC – 8 Starworks Motorsport
GTLM – 91 SRT Motorsports
GTD – 71 Park Place Motorsports