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Rolex 24 at Daytona: 24 Hours Down, 364 Days To Go

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That’s right.  The race is over, and the trophies have been handed out, but the teams have already begun thinking about what went wrong, and what they can do to prevent that from happening next year.  For the teams that managed to do well, they’ll document how they can go even faster next year.  Every year, this race blows my mind with how close the finishes are, and this year is no different.

Breaking news update – IMSA has issued a statement on the state of GTD classification.  See new information after the jump.

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Rolex 24 at Daytona: 18 Hours Down, 6 To Go

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Compared to our first two updates for this race, this third update is relatively sedate.  The last six hours or so have been very calm, and not much has occurred, aside from pounding out the laps, keeping calm and cool and collected.  It seems like after the first 12 hours of beating and banging that the drivers went through, they’ve finally begun to calm down.  Don’t worry, though, because now that the sun has come out, they’re going to go back to scrapping for the win.  Here comes the best part of the race in the next bit!

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Rolex 24 at Daytona: (More Than) Halfway Home

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Well, it’s happened again.  Every year at the 24, I tell myself that I’m going to stay awake for the entire 24 hours.  Every year, I fail to make that happen.  This year, I knew I’d be up against the wall, though, as my recent move out west necessitated a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles early this morning.  The earlier I wake up the morning of the 24, the earlier I fall asleep the night of the 24.

My first visit to the 24 saw me catch a cat-nap in the back seat of my Crown Victoria.  My second visit, I fell asleep drinking luke-warm coffee in the media center.  My third visit, I nodded off with my feet propped up on a plastic chair in the photography room.  This time, however, I counted sheep from the warm comfort of my office desk chair at home.  Unfortunately, this means my report is now late…  I’m sorry, Hoons.

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Rolex 24 at Daytona: 6 Hours In, 18 To Go

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I have been to the Daytona 24 hour race three times, and each time was a phenomenal experience.  This year, however, I’m watching from my armchair, and while the sights and sounds are a little muted, and I won’t have the photographs to add to my archives, this is still quite a nice experience.  I’ve got the Fox broadcast on one screen, I’m bouncing my two laptops between a number of different onboard internet streams, and I’m using my desktop to follow timing and scoring, and all of the action on Twitter and Facebook. … Continue Reading

Rolex 24 At Daytona: The Spotter Guide

SG_640_TUSCThis weekend marks the launch of yet another racing season with the start of the 52nd Daytona endurance classic event on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like any of the Hoon crew will be there, as Ole Longroof has relocated further south into Florida. You can bet that I’ll be following along, and will have a race recap for you after the weekend, though, so fear not.

This year, with the mix of classes added in, the merger of two series, and a whole new sanctioning body for the race, you’ll need a spotter’s guide this year more than ever before. An insane amount of cars will be circulating at Daytona this weekend, and there is likely to be some attrition, so I like to print out a copy of the guide, and X out the cars that officially retire. Whether you are watching the event on television on the Fox network of channels (Fox, Fox Sports 1, and Fox Sports 2, on the internet at IMSA.com, listening live on MRN, watching one of the numerous live feeds (usually available from Magnus Racing, Turner Motorsports, and likely AudiTV) or even following a multitude of twitter feeds and blogs, these sheets will become absolutely invaluable.

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The Roar Before The 24: A 2014 Stroll Around The Garages With This olelongrooffan

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So, earlier this olelongrooffan mentioned I had attended the Roar Before the 24 up at the Daytona International Speedway. It was a blast to meet a fellow Hoon who also happens to be an engineer on the DeltaWing race team and to see some pretty cool stuff in the lot while there. I thought my fellow Hoons might enjoy a brief stroll through the garage area with this olelongrooffan.

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In The Lot At The Roar Before The 24

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So this past weekend this olelongrooffan was up in the World Center of Racing to attend the Roar Before The 24. This is the practice session for the newly formed TUDOR race car series prior to the Rolex 24 Hour of Daytona. And, as has been mentioned many times by many of my fellow Hoons, at events such as this, sometimes the coolest cars are in the lot. This day was no exception. Go ahead and make the jump to see what I spotted that day.

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No-Snow Weekend Edition: Last Call: It Was A Touch Warm Here In The World Center Of Racing

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This past weekend and the next couple days are forecasted to provide a significant amount of snowfall accumulation here in the United States, especially in the upper midwest and northeast. Luckily, snow was the last thing on the mind of these TUDOR racing fans here in the World Center of Racing.

Stay warm and safe my fellow Hoons.

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The TUDOR Series DeltaWing Or How This olelongrooffan Met Yet Another Fellow Hoon

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So this past weekend, the practice session for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona was going on. It’s known as the Roar Before the 24 and this olelongrooffan has attended many of them. But the fact this olelongrooffan now resides in my new old hometown of Naples, Florida and due to a fun new job, I knew an extended weekend to enjoy the actual race, unfortunately for the first time in a long time, would not be in the cards. As a result, my attendance at this practice session, now a five hour drive away as opposed to within earshot, was mandatory. And a fellow Hoon made this all possible. And it was a part of my Hoonimas present to boot. Make the jump to see a bit more about this race car and how this olelongrooffan met a fellow Hoon.

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A Texan Hoon Goes to GRAND-AM, and other Texans Win! We Talk to One Winning Driver.

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The Circuit of the America’s, Austin’s new road course, opens up 2013′s wicked year of racing with GRAND-AM. GRAND-AM comprises of a mixture of production-based road cars and purpose-built race cars, known as the Daytona Prototypes (Which still used production-based motors). For the production cars, GRAND-AM gives us the GT and GX classes, where an array of manufacturers battle your entertainment: Chevrolet, BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, Audi, and Mazda. This is the first major event at COTA since last November’s F1 race. The new course still proves to be a unique challenge for drivers thanks to the new surface, and the course layout lends itself to some great passing, all of which makes for exciting racing. I called up friend of Hooniverse and mildy-insane Pikes Peak racer Brianne Corn as my hot-shoe photographer, and we set out to COTA  for a weekend of racing. 

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