Rolex 24 at Daytona - 2017
I attended the Rolex 24 at Daytona for the second time this year. I learned a lot last year - around 3am, I had about lost the will to live, and there was still another 12 hours of racing to go! It's an overwhelming barrage of sights, sounds, and smells that pulls you in and keeps you asking for more. Unlike last year, we had rain this time around - what was forecast to be some light showers overnight turned into steady rain - heavy at times - from about 8pm Saturday until 9am Sunday. At the end of it, I was tired, a little damp, but had a great time!
1 - Lining up for a practice session on Friday.
2 - Retired NASCAR star Jeff Gordon raced for Wayne Taylor's team. That's Jeff in the sunglasses facing me, the guy with the glasses on the back of his head is current NASCAR driver Austin Dillon - Dillon's grandfather, NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, built the engines for Gordon's team. Austin's brother Ty, also running NASCAR, is immediately to his right, in the grey sweatshirt.
3 - This thing had more buttons, switches, and dials than some airplanes I've flown!
4 - Dealing with mechanical problems in the middle of the night - I heard a lot of familiar Italian cuss words!
5 - Racing in the rain!
6 - After 23 1/2 hours of racing, a "bump and run" for the win...I guess Jeff Gordon taught his teammates a thing or two about his NASCAR days. ;-)
7 - More racing in the rain.
8 - I'm sensing a trend here...
9 - I ended up with a really neat shot of this car last year, and I seemed to find them the whole weekend this year.
10 - On the high banks
11 - Coming through the International Horseshoe in the infield portion of the course.
12 - What a difference a day makes - the first shot is from Friday's practice round, the second is after 24 hours of racing, half of it in the rain.