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The 2016 Rolex 24 – a tale of exhaustion, tinnitus, and bewilderment


Last weekend’s Rolex 24 at the Daytona became an instant classic the moment the green flag dropped. This year’s twice round the clock spectacle saw new, highly anticipated cars in their first race and it was the first event held at the newly renovated Daytona International Speedway, which is now being billed as “the world’s first motorsports stadium”. Expectations for this race were about as high as they could possibly be.

They were especially high for me because it would be my first Rolex 24 adventure and more importantly my first 24 hour race. The plan was to stay up for the entire race and experience as much of it as I could. I wasn’t totally sure what to expect from the whole thing other than some great racing and dangerous amounts of caffeine. After staying up for more or less the whole thing, I can say it was an exhausting, painful, and grueling experience that ruined my perception of endurance almost as much as it ruined my sleep pattern.

But from start to finish, the 2016 Rolex 24 was amazing and spectacular on levels that exceeded all expectations. I’ll show you what I mean…

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A Visit To Alex Job Racing and The Ultimate Rod Shop


Well, my fellow Hoons, this olelongrooffan is still hanging out in the pits and garage area of life these days so, on a fluke, I emailed my Rolex24 buddy, RJ, to see if he was in town for Mother’s Day. Well, it turns out he is in the USA for a few weeks off his job as an engineer on an oil industry supply boat in the Persian Gulf and he asked me to come on over and enjoy his hometown for a few days, catch up with each other and spend all day on Sunday planted on the sofas of his new home getting overloaded on some racing action. Well, can my fellow Hoons guess what this olelongrooffan did?

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An Audio Guide To The Rolex 24 Hours Of Daytona


With the 24 Hours of Daytona coming up this weekend, Eric Rood and I decided to sit down and have a recorded conversation about this absolutely stacked field of talent for this race. It worked well for our 25 Hours of Thunderhill preview last year, so why not do it again?

Every single class has depth, and aside from a few cars here and there, there really aren’t any clear favorites. We break it all down for you, and let you know our pics for the win. This is going to be good!

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Did you know Jeff Gordon raced a Mitsubishi Eclipse?


This weekend, on the way home from a racing event hosted by a magazine I used to work for, my teammates and I found a nondescript diner and sat down for breakfast. Gainesville being the epicenter of Florida college football, we weren’t surprised to see Florida Gators banners and other Florida-themed decor around the place. Even the placemats featured a map of Florida with various tourist hot spots emphasized with pictures. What surprised me was the image of choice for Daytona Beach, home of the famed NASCAR and sports car races.

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


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


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


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


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


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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