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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_5 View Post
    I only get mad about the Conti race results getting posted because it airs later and then some people, not mentioning names, post the results in the thread title.
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    spoiler only if they are on the thread title...
    I am sure when title say "Daytona race report", they should know it is a spoiler.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    spoiler only if they are on the thread title...
    I am sure when title say "Daytona race report", they should know it is a spoiler.....
    Yeah, that's fine. I'll watch the Conti race anyway since I missed most of the Rolex.
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    Well, I really didn't do a whole lot this weekend.

    Continental Tire: #61 ROUSH Performance Ford Mustang BOSS 302R

    I drove for around 11 laps total (3 of which were in a customer car which I put P1 -and our #61 in P2) in practice. Jack drove for 1.5 Hours of the 2.5 Hour race so I finished the last hour of the race. This was an exciting one which you should CATCH ON SPEED Channel at 12:00pm EST (NOON).


    Rolex Series: #94 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 in GT

    I drove for a grand total of 2 timed laps, and about 3 or 4 'out-ins' due to yellow flags in practice. I hopped in the car for the race at around 6pm-ish and the motor was already hurt from a mechanical. I think I drove for around half an hour plus more out-ins to try to troubleshoot the problem but we just decided to park it because the motor was too far gone.


    Rolex Series: #77 Doran Racing Ford Dallara in Daytona Prototype "DP"

    So after the #94 was done, I had dinner with the family and drove about 25 miles north heading back home to NC. We stayed the night and went to have breakfast at the Cracker Barrel at 11am when I got a phone call "where are you!!? We need you to hop in the #77 Ford because the other two drivers were in the hospital and couldn't finish the race."

    So I left the CB in a hurry and sped quickly back to the track. Within 30 minutes of me arriving at the track, I was in an orange Circle-K/Combos driving suit, going over the car's controls and switches, and waiting for the car to pull into the pit lane. I have never driven a DP before and honestly, I didn't even know what the car looked like until it pulled into the pits.

    I quickly hopped in the car, the door was shut, the air jacks dropped, and I was reaching for the non-existent shift lever (there's a picture of this) when the team was saying "GO, GO, GO!". It was my natural instinct because I never have driven a paddle-shift racecar before. I grabbed the right lever and left in a nice smokey burnout.

    Within 3 laps I was turning the target laptime for us to maintain position since we were up a few laps from the next position and down a few from the next spot up. I ended up turning a 1:43.0 which was within half a second off of the car's best lap time. -Again, having never driven a DP before.

    I did two full stints which was about 2 hours - which was more than all the driving I did during the whole weekend in the other 2 series combined!




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    You are not a Stuntman. You are a Rock Star!!!

    Way cool Billy.
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    Agreed, that is awesome!! Especially the DP part!

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    I bought a new hat Billy just so I could celebrate your awesomeness.

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    ^^^ Some guys have all the luck . . .
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    good job on the DP !!!
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    Damn Billy! Way to get it done. :-)

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    Nice job Billy!

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    great job dude!!! .5 sec away from fastest lap, first time driving that car in that level of competition is !


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    And I bet the reason Billy didn't go faster is because pesky team owner tell him to stick with a target lap time. And not to go any faster, as there were no chance of catching the next ca at the late hour.
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    Awesome job Billy!

    Let me know when you are running ALMS, I'll be your official photographer.
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    Awesome!
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    Congrats Billy! That was the first road race I've ever watched except for parts of the Infineon nascar race. I was amazed at how many driver's names I recognized on the list. Very impressive field. How'd you like that DP car compared to GT?

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    Great job man

    How did you enjoy the paddle shift DP car?

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    I like the part about reaching for a non-existent shift knob. Good work out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imager993 View Post
    Awesome job Billy!

    Let me know when you are running ALMS, I'll be your official photographer.
    Why don't you just him?
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