The first race of a new season is always something special. The counters are reset to zero. We start from scratch and, once again, anything is possible. After all, the first race of the season also provides us with the opportunity to write a new chapter in motorsport history.
So, we’re starting the year by setting one of the greatest challenges in international long-distance racing: the 24h of Daytona in Florida, USA. In the very first race of this year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – the top sports car series for GT vehicles in North America – the teams and drivers will already have to demonstrate that they are ready to push themselves to their absolute limits.
The 24h of Daytona is one of the biggest and most historic long-distance races in the USA. A place where we have written motorsport history and created icons: exactly 50 years ago, we achieved our first victory with the
Moments full of hope. Full of fighting spirit. Full of drama, disappointment and wild celebrations. Moments that have made us what we are today. They are our legacy. And we are ready to defend that legacy.
The Daytona International Speedway: 4,023 kilometres long – and much more than just a race track.
Daytona is one of the most historic and exciting racetracks in the world. This is predominantly due to its two steep bends which have an impressive 31-degree incline. They not only allow extremely high average speeds, they also make Daytona the season’s only racetrack where you can fight for position both next to and above your competitors.
Discover more about the individual corners and special features of the Daytona International Speedway:
The first section begins with a tightening left-hander. Almost all drivers clip the inside of the track before running out to the right to set up for turn one. However, the optimized lines all show that it is quicker to stay to the outside all the way until turn-in. Turn two can easily be taken flat-out.
Just before turn four we are passing the so called “
Next up is the famous bus stop chicane, which is critical for quick laps. The key is to take apexes at turns 10 (first left kink), 11, and 13 (last turn of chicane), but running just slightly wide of the apex at turn 12. The drivers are trying to take turn 11 at the highest possible speed but still have to concentrate on a good exit to carry all that speed on the long straight.
In 2017, the new 911 RSR made its début at Daytona. Now it is returning, to prove in its second year that it is still the most uncompromising 911 that we have ever built for international long-distance racing. Over 24 hours and for more than 700 laps, it will have to prove that it is equal to the merciless demands of the top GT class.
And the same goes for the drivers. This year, our works team is competing with two vehicles.
At the wheel of the 911 RSR with starting number 911: Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy and Frédéric Makowiecki.
At the wheel of the 911 RSR with starting number 912: Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor and Gianmaria Bruni.
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