Not Corvette’s day - Record crowd at Daytona 24-hour IMSA season opener curtailed by rain
Check out reigning GTLM Champ # 3 Corvette pictured in front row celebrating IMSA’s 50th anniversary at the world-class Daytona International Speedway.
The Corvette Racing Team won a choice pit spot at the Roar before the 24.
That advantage was short-lived by time lost to repair the # 3 from a collision in the pits.
Another mistake was reportedly running out of gas, blamed on faulty telemetry. Proves that a human on standby with spiral notebook and pen is a good precaution.
Rain forecast for Sunday turned into an all-day affair. Aquaplaning was common. A slide into the tire barrier and repairs set back the # 4. Standing water, scant visibility, long caution periods and mercifully a red flag ended the action.
On the bright side, these Corvette Racing Team special driver edition Corvettes were a popular display.
This # 17 IMSA Corvette driven at Daytona in 1973 by Jerry Thompson HOF was also displayed for sale.
# 62 Risi Ferrari & # 911 & 912 Porsche in Brumos retro livery were fastest in GTLM regardless of the lousy weather.
Bonus: 20 years of Corvette racing at Daytona (4 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTBMSQf4qRQ
Thanks to Mark Windecker, Larry VanScoy, Jim Rij and Johnny Lightning Och for photos and being on the spot.
This Corvette race report reflects opinions, observations and information from a variety of sources in the moment and in good spirit. Readers advised to consult additional sources for greater accuracy and completeness.
Sebring next hosts IMSA 12 hours and the WEC 6 hours on March 15-17.