SARRC Rd. 3 Preview - Daytona International Speedway

     It's that time again! Just over a month ago I scored my first podium in car racing. This time, at Daytona, I plan to supersede my previous performance and score my first win. From the entry list I see I have some stiff competition. I need to capitalize on what I have learned at Sebring and Palm Beach International Raceway to make a win happen.

 

     The race is a seventy-five minute endurance race, fifteen minutes shorter than last round at Palm Beach International Raceway. Again, we have a mandatory five minute pit-stop for all teams. The team(Prism Motorsports) is fielding four cars, in two classes, including myself. 


     Daytona International Speedway's 3.56 mile (5.73 KM) road course consists of 12 turns. Two of those turns are comprised of Daytona's tri-oval configuration with 32 degree banking. The infield/road course portion of the circuit has it's own challenges. Take the "Bus-stop" for example, this quick, yet cunning chicane(placed on the back straight) catches many a drivers off guard. Entry speed and setting the car up for the corner is absolutely critical, too much speed may send you into the barriers. While too little speed and you are surely to be passed in the high-banks.      

     Daytona International Speedway is typically thought of as an oval, not very many people know of it's sports car roots and its' road course. Opened in 1959, Daytona International Speedway was made to host a variety of events ranging from stock cars all the way to motorcycles(and it still does!). The first major sports car race to use Daytona's infield was known as the Daytona Continental. Years down the road, the Daytona Continental transformed into what we know as the 24 Hours of Daytona. A distant yet, just as challenging, cousin of the 24 hours of Le Mans.  


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