Hooniverse Asks: Did you watch the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona?

The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona was this weekend. It was 24 hours of strong racing action, good weather, and relatively predictable winners. Wayne Taylor Racing continues to kick butt. The team won its third Daytona race in the last four years. The winning #10 Cadillac DPi race car was piloted by Kamui Kobayshi, Regner van der Zande, Scott Dixon, and Ryan Briscoe.

The other classes were won by an LMP2 Oreca, GTLM BMW M8 GTE, and a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in the GTD class.

There was an early on-track incident between an Acura and Mazda, but both cars wound up back in the race. Aston Martin wasn’t so lucky, as its entries couldn’t complete the event. Even though the Mazda team didn’t win, it did produce a best-ever second-place finish at Daytona. The DPi cars from the Japanese automaker are getting better with every event. The drivers put the car on pole this year, and then finished not far behind Wayne Taylor’s Caddy.

Did you watch any of the race? How do you think the weekend played out? Sound off below…

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11 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: Did you watch the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona?”

  1. Mister Sterling Avatar

    I was there, and it was amazing, even though it felt a little routine. My first Rolex 24. Quite a leap from just seeing 3-hour races at Lime Rock. I can’t wait for IMSA to post the full race on YouTube so I can take it all in (the NBC highlights are fantastic and already on YouTube). While drama was almost non-existent and the results were not surprising, some highlights stood out. The battle in GTLM was fantastic. BMW M8 vs. Porsche 911. It had what we crave: pit strategies, lead changes, bold braking into turns and wheel to wheel racing. GTLM was the race within the race to focus on. I think BMW USA will take a few M8 orders this week, which happens to be Wall Street bonus season. Kamui Kobayashi took chances early and late to secure victory. Most incidents were due to drivers diving into turns late – even the pros loose patience or lack experience. A new all-time lap record was set. And we fans got to see and touch the new C8 – most of us for the first time. It was a race and an auto show. I should have done this 17 years ago when I first thought about it. But whatever. I’m going now. Planning 2021 in a few weeks.

    1. danleym Avatar

      First (and only) time I went was 20+ years ago. My dad took me when I was probably around 10. I spent a lot of time at that track growing up, mostly for car shows but we went to the occasional race, too. I live on the other side of the country now though, so it’s a little far to go anymore.

      1. Mister Sterling Avatar

        I was told that prior to 2000, you could sit in the grandstands for free? Parking is still free and nearby, amazingly. I drove past the free Lot 7 for the Daytona 500. Man that is far away.

        1. danleym Avatar

          If that’s true, then we were definitely in the free section. I remember it being a sparse crowd, at least where we were sitting. That’s cool that parking is still free. I went out to COTA for Moto GP last year, and parking was neither free or close…

  2. Zentropy Avatar

    No. Not this one, nor any ever.

  3. caltemus Avatar

    I usually try to watch, but the whole NBC sports situation made it difficult. I resigned myself to watching the final 2 hour replay they put up sunday, and it was a mess. It felt like there wasn’t 2 straight minutes without crap commentators or commercial breaks. It’s hard to follow when there are 6+ voices at any given time. I hope the rest of the IMSA season is better, but I don’t have high expectations. In 2020 If I want to watch a good racing product, VASC is still my best bet.

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  5. George G Avatar
    George G

    Yep, never miss it.

  6. MazdaMZRable Avatar

    I did, about 18 hours worth. That GTLM squabble was great racing. Even my wife got into it.

  7. ptschett Avatar

    In theory, I’d like to watch both the Daytona 24-hour and usually the next weekend’s Bathurst 12-hour.
    In practice, I usually am unable to plant my butt on the couch for one weekend or the other because reasons.
    This year, I’m on course to watch Bathurst.

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