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Jeff Gordon (along with others) wins the Rolex 24 Hour Race at Daytona

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Yes, that Jeff Gordon. The Taylor Team, driving a Cadillac Prototype won the 24 hours of Daytona. Pretty exciting finish in all of the classes, close hard racing.

 

 

Let the racing season begin.........

 

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Way to go Jeff: driving at night in heavy rain. Did not learn that in NASCAR! Way to go Caddy! Welcome back to racing! Cheers, Hoss C.

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Jeff looked a little lost in his first stint in the cockpit. He took over running in third place and managed to hold his position. He had much more apparent confidence in his second turn. He handled the rain well.

 

The car is magnificent up close!! The final pass for the lead was made in the last couple of laps and the final gap was less than two seconds! It wasn't EVEN the closest contest!! The GTLM contest was between four major brands. The lead changed what seemed to be a hundred times throughout the race. The final lap produced a finish with the Ford GT in first, the Porsche second, Ferrari third, and the Corvette fourth and you could have covered all four with a king sized bed sheet!! There were at least seven of the GTLM cars on the lead lap when the checkered flag fell after 24 hours of racing!!

 

The weather SUCKED!! 42 degrees and rain throughout the night! I caught a hell of a cold and was never actually out in the rain for more than a couple minutes at a time!!!

 

I'd attended every other event held at Daytona at one time or another except for the 24!! Schoolmarm sponsored the trip and spent her time hanging around the beach when it wasn't raining. Now they're adding dirt flat track motorcycle racing. Looks like I've gotta' figure a way to get down there for that sometime!!

Edited by Blackwater 53393

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By the way!! You hear all sorts of engine notes as the cars pass by. Some shriek, some rumble and some squall!! There are those that whine and others that just sort of purr. Those Corvettes could be identified as they passed even if you were blindfolded and fitted with noise canceling headphones!! They literally shook the ground and you could feel it in your legs and chest!!

Edited by Blackwater 53393

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