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Truck Thursday: Transporter Truck Thursday Revisited

So this olelongrooffan is getting rusty. This morning on the way in to schlep some trailers, I decided to stop by the Daytona International Speedway to capture some images of the transporters in town for the Roar Before The 24 this weekend. There was no way in hell I could talk my way past that new security dude and get into that area outside of the track. As such, no images available. So instead, I thought I would rerun my experience on Transport Truck Thursday in 2011. Just wait until this weekend for image overload from this olelongrooffan from the Speedway. With that failure, I feel kind of like this Caddy.

SUNKCADDY

Sometimes even I can’t believe the shit this olelongrooffan gets away with.

This weekend is The Roar Before The 24. It is a test session for the Grand-Am racing series out at the Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the Rolex24 Hours at Daytona the end of this month.

I wanted to head out to capture an image or two of some of the race car transporters, such as this privateer GT transporter below,

for Hooniverse Truck Thursday as they arrived and went through the NASCAR Turn 1 tunnel. It is shown below after the tumulteous rain storms we had in these here parts the summer before last, the summer before the infamous Daytona 500 pothole incident.

And I knew that without one of these,

there was no chance in hell this olelongrooffan was going to be in the garage area at the Daytona International Speedway this Chamber of Commerce weather bearing Thursday afternoon.

However,

As I was stopped in my Comanche at the intersection of International Speedway Boulevard and preparing to turn left onto Midway Drive to head over to that now dried out Transporter Tunnel, I noticed a line up of cars and trucks, apparently unimpeded by security checkpoints, entering the NASCAR turn 4 tunnel thereby gaining access to the infield of the track.

Well, as I had left my credentials for admission to the Roar a well as my credentials for entry to the Rolex24 back at the Taj Mahal and had no little green card on the windscreen, I was doubtful I would be able pull this one off. But like any Hoon worthy of being a Hoon, I pulled right up behind the last vehicle in that lineup. As we approached the security checkpoint just before entering that tunnel, my palms started getting all sweaty and I just knew that security dude was going to see through my ruse and bust the crap out of this olelongrooffan.

My fellows Hoons, that dumbass clueless security guard just waved me on through with nary a second glance. I pulled down into that tunnel, which incidentally is the same age as me, and let out a whoop and a holler! I had gotten into the infield of the Daytona International Speedway without a glitch.

So I proceeded to follow that lineup to a parking area in the grass, just outside the garages. As I parked, the parking attendent said something to me and I thought I was busted as crap for not having one of the requisite green cards. It turns out he merely wanted me to pull the Comanche forward another couple of feet. And I did.

All of the other guys and girls surrounding me were in team uniforms and were unloading laptop cases and other miscellanious bags and heading off to one of the closed and security monitored gates to the garage area. We just stood around a bit and I thought my game was up. I know from experience these dudes guarding the garage do so with a vengence and there is no way to talk your way in without proper credentials. Believe me when I tell you I have tried.

So here I am standing around and the security dude rolls that gate open and steps out of the way thus allowing me unrestricted access to the garage area, along with

about two hundred other folks. But they all had “hard card” credentials or team uniforms while I felt naked as a jaybird with nothing hanging from my neck.

Well Hoons, once inside not one official gave me a second look and I proceeded to just Hoon around checking out all the cool shit that is a part of the sports car racing culture.

While I was wandering around, I saw this truck driver for Stevenson Motorsports polishing the wheels on his recently parked transporter just for this Truck Thursday here in the Hooniverse.

And lest my fellow Hoons think James Garner, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen are the only actors to be involved in motorsports, I submit the Patrick Dempsey (who?) Racing Team for your consideration.

TELMEX is the team Juan Pablo Montoya drives for during the Rolex24 for Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates. Usually quite well I might add.

The Gainsco/Bob Stallings Daytona Prototype is one of my favorite teams in this series. A class bunch and they are always competitive. Last year at the Rolex24, I saw them tear down a transmission and rebuild it right on pit road during a scheduled 30 minute break between the warm up laps and the green flag. I asked one of the big shots overseeing this rebuild why they were doing this? Well, it turns out Alex Gurney, yes that Gurney family, was doing the warmup laps and thought he heard an odd noise and “we decided to play it safe and just rebuild the whole thing before we got underway.” Yeah, sharing this information with an anonomous spectator ranks way up there on the class scale for this olelongrooffan.

The following image is of the Target/Chip Ganassi/Felix Sabates race team transporters prior to them revealing the upper decks where the cars ride. The numbers on the cars of these teams are 01 and 02. Last year they finished 01 and 03 for the season with the Gainsco/Bob Stallings Daytona Prototype team sandwiched in between.

And the MazdaSpeed team will always hold a special spot in the heart of this olelongrooffan as they allowed the Kid and I to occupy some shared pit space about three o’clock in the morning at the Rolex 24, 2008. Besides my favorite number is attached to the side of that white Mazda RX8.

Even the parts vendors have their own transporters down in the garage area.

And just another image for Transporter Truck Thursday taken early upon my ill gotten arrival in the garage area.

Now I am sure my fellows Hoons are wondering if this olelongrooffan feels guilty or regretful for duping the Man and getting admission to this event.

Yeah right. I know every one of us would if the chance could be had.

And since I was there anyway and my committment for Hooniverse Truck Thursday fulfilled, I thought I would gather a few other images to share with my fellow Hoons.

The following image captures the way race tires and wheel are transported around the garage and pit area. This dude was on his way over to the tire tent to pick up some new shoes.

This is the first time I had seen a 1 series BMW in this race. The sister car, #14 was being unloaded off its transporter as I got this image. It will be interesting to see how they fare up against the RX8’s, Ferraris, Mustangs, 6 series BMW’s and the Camaros.

Following is an image I captured of Bob Stallings on the left talking with Hurley Haywood of Brumos Porsche about the used race cars they had available. Hurley Haywood retired last year after driving for Brumos for umteen million years. However, there is an exception to that story.

This year, for the first time since the inception of the Daytona Prototype into the Grand-Am series, Brumos Racing is fielding an entry in the GT Class and Hurley is going to do at least one stint in it. The woman in the following image is part of the Brumos team and is capturing the first image of Hurley Haywood with the new car at a race track. And you, me fellow Hoons, are the first outside of the track to see it.

And similar to Brumos, only in reverse, the Flying Lizard Motorsports team in fielding an entry in the Daytona Prototype class. What makes this interesting, as was revealed to me as I was speaking with a team member as this car was being unloaded, this is the virgin run for this Porsche powered Reilly chassised race car. Half the team, including the guy I was talking to had never seen the car previous to this unveiling.

And even cooler than that is the fact that Flying Lizard Motorsports doesn’t even compete in the Grand-Am series, they field race winning Porsches over in the American LeMans Series! This is their first Rolex24 Hours at Daytona entry.

And last, but not least, an image of the Stevenson Motorsports Camaro I saw punting a tire down pit road at last years Rolex24.

I sure look forward to the Roar this weekend and the Rolex24 the weekend of the 29-30th.

Would you let a Hoon dressed like this into the garage area?

In closing, this olelongrooffan hopes you enjoyed this amended version of Hooniverse Truck Thursday and stay tuned for more from the Daytona International Speedway.

Sunk Caddy Image Shamelessly Stolen From Somewhere
Other Images Copyright Hooniverse 2013/longrooffan

Currently there are "7 comments" on this Article:

  1. OA5599 says:

    Since you are taking pictures for publication anyway, why not become legit and get yourself some media credentials. That way, you won't have to break in new security guards, and you might get some better access to catering.
    http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/About

    • P161911 says:

      Oddly enough I didn't see a cost associated with this. I know for events at Road Atlanta photographers passes are available but usually run $250+, but they allow inside the fence access.

    • longrooffan says:

      I tried that a couple years ago. The criteria is pretty strict including prior print or video publication and a letter from my editor requesting my approval. I don't think that even with media creds I would have gotten in there this morning.

      If you have media credentials, you are more noticed than just another spectator. Plus, it's a hell of a lot better story.

      • OA5599 says:

        Internet sites are specifically mentioned in the eligibility criteria. You certainly have a portfolio of your Daytona event coverage to show them now, and even if the weekly motorsports wrapup isn't under your byline, it is a regular part of this esteemed web publication. And every other story here seems to have some connection to 24HoL.

        If you can't convince the Blooger-in-Chief to write you a letter, you probably ought to reconsider that sales career.

        What do you have to lose by trying?


        MEDIA CREDENTIAL POLICY AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
        ELIGIBILITY:
        •Media credentials will be issued only to recognized daily newspapers, news services, racing publications and other publications and internet sites that regularly cover motorsports, national television and radio networks, and local television stations.
        •Requests must be submitted by the editor, sports editor, sports director or sports producer. Credentials will be issued to authorized personnel only for the purpose of providing timely coverage of the event.
        •Freelance journalists and photographers must be on assignment and included on the application form submitted by the news agency’s editor.
        •Working media credentials will not be issued for employees in marketing, promotions, sales, advertising, public relations, etc.
        •All applications will be carefully screened.

        HOW TO APPLY:
        •If you have not previously covered an event at Daytona International Speedway, please complete the Media Application Form and mail it in with a letter of request on company letterhead. Include copies of your publication and tear sheets of previous race coverage, which should include the credits of the reporters/photographers for which you are requesting. This applies to traditional publications and internet sites.
        •The Media Application Form and letter of request must submitted by mail to:
        Daytona International Speedway,
        Attn: Credential Department,
        1801International Speedway Blvd.,
        Daytona Beach, FL 32114-1243.
        •If you have covered events at Daytona in the past, please complete the Credential Application Form and send as an attachment by e-mail to DISCredentials@daytonainternationalspeedway.com, or by mail to the address above.
        •All requests must be received at least 14 day in advance of the event to be given consideration.
        •Upon review and approval of a news agency’s application, appropriate media credentials will be arranged and confirmation will be sent. Each person receiving a credential must pick up and sign for his/her credential at the Speedway Credential Office on Dunn Avenue.

  2. busplunge says:

    Catch-22

    " Include copies of your publication and tear sheets of previous race coverage, which should include the credits of the reporters/photographers for which you are requesting. This applies to traditional publications and internet sites."

    Once the powers that be read his copy he'll never get in!

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