The racing team Spirit of Race in Daytona Florida for the Daytona 24 Rolex endurance race.
In this race i had the chance to follow the stunning beautiful Ferrari 488 GT3 both in the garage and in the Pit during the race.
Welcome to Daytona International Speedway
It is raceday and the 66th race of Rolex 24 Hour are just about to get started.
The number 51 Ferrari 488 GT3 are leaving the garage to take its place on pitlane before race start. Everything on the car is it top shape, clean, fresh and looking great on as she is rolling through the garage lane into pitlane.
The race is arranged by IMSA with the main sponsor Rolex, that means the winners will all receive their very own Rolex Dayton watch when entering the prize podium.
Now thats a nice gift.
Here the 51 Spirit of Race are shooting round the turns on the 31 degree banked curves.
But that don’t mean the fans are gone for the night, on the inside track area there are 100’s if not 1000’s of Campers, RV’s, Mobilehomes staying overnight to get the true Daytona experience.
About 6 hours into the race the sky opens up and heave thick rain hits the track, and within just a few minutes the track is soaked.
The decision is an easy one and is quickly taken, get the car in and change to rain tires.
Taking a chance and hoping the rain is just a short shower is too great.
Spirit of Race Team is quickly ready at the barrier when the car approaches the Pit.
Its like a well orchestered symphony were everbody knows exactly what to do, and how to do it. everything is so well syncronized and timed.
As a bystander watching this pitstop you cant but admire how its possible to change all tires, refuel, change driver and make adjustments in just a few seconds.
But for Joackim and the team its a well rehearsed routine.
Back on track and into the race.
After a successful Pitstop with tire change, refuel and driver change the Mechanic Joackim Haguet observes the car intensly as it pulls out on track and back in the race.
But unfortunately around 4 hours before the checkered flag the car rammed the sidewall and was to damaged to go back out again.
They had a great run in a great race, but thats racing. One moment you are on top and the next the race is over.
Thanks to Joackim Haguet and the Spirit of Race team to let me visit during the race.
This classic mid-engine car from Ferrari is known for incredibly well balanced handling, superb brakes and raw power – nothing else sounds quite like a Ferrari V8 engine at full throttle.