Daytona at Daytona
Posted on Wednesday 26th November 2014
BGMsport went to Daytona with the Ferrari Daytona for the very first time for the HSR Daytona Classic 24 hour event last week. The team prepared the car driven by Tim Summers and shipped it to the event and then took care of it at the event on our usual arrive and drive package. Tim drove superbly all weekend during the practise and qualifying sessions, qualifying 9th, a great achievement for the first time here and amongst such cars as Lola T70’s, Ford GT40’s and various other Chevron’s and Porsche’s.
The main 24 hour race was superb, there were 4 x 50 minute races during the 24 hour period starting at 1300 hours on the Saturday and finishing same time Sunday. Tim finished a superb 4th overall and 1st in class in the what was one of if not the most popular car at the track, a real favourite with crowd and the other drivers and teams, though it was an extremely close finish beating the GT40 of Philip Walker and Mike Jordan by 0.6 seconds and then a Chevron B16 a further seconds behind.
The car ran superbly all weekend with the driver and car dealing with the high banking at Daytona, the original banked design permitted higher speeds and gave fans a better view of the car, it is quite amazing how steep some of the banking is.
It was a shame that none of the seating could be used for the fans, on July 5, 2013, a project started that will remove backstretch seating and completely redevelop the front stretch seating. The project, named “Daytona Rising”, is scheduled to be completed in January 2016, and is expected to cost US $400 million. After the renovations, the track’s grandstands will include 101,000 permanent seats allowing the venue to hold up to 400,000 people.