An impressive showing was displayed by Eliseo Salazar and his teammates (Derek Deboer, Kriss Wilson and Max Riddle) in the TRG Aston Martin N°009 at the Daytona 24 Hours where they finished in the eight position in the GTD class. The overall was won by Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray, Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon. The GTD category was earned by Dominik Farnbacher, Ben Keating and Al Carter with a Dodge Viper.
“It was a great physical effort, and could not lose concentration for the large number of cars that had. Having an incident was very easy “I slept only two hours.” said Salazar who added, “We lost 21 minutes in the pits repairing the failure. After that, my partners Riddle and Deboer handled their last shifts to a more conservative strategy, and in the last 30 minutes, the team decided that I closed the race. I went to eighth in the last two minutes of running, passing a Viper. It was really fantastic. Since only on Wednesday, when I was in Santiago, I received the call to run. It was a car that I had never driven and the most powerful Aston Martin have been made to compete. We were the best representatives of the brand and a top ten finish is something that fills me with joy. It’s my second best result here. ”
Photo: Press, Eliseo Salazar
DeltaWing Racing Cars announced today that emerging young racing star Gabby Chaves will join veterans Katherine Legge and Andy Meyrick for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Chaves gained his first sports car racing experience in the DeltaWing coupe at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, recovering from a first lap incident to complete a successful two hour stint in the late evening hours. The 20-year-old Colombian-American – who has an extensive karting and Formula car resume, including a runner-up finish in last year’s Indy Lights title chase – looks forward to taking the lessons learned at Daytona and putting them to work at Sebring.
“Aside from the out lap, I had a good stint at Daytona,” said Chaves, “and I’d like to repeat that at Sebring. Learning how to deal with cars running at such different speeds around you was definitely one of the biggest things to get used to. You have to take into consideration that it’s a very long race, so you don’t want to make any low percentage moves – but you want to make up time when you can and not leave anything on the table. It’s a very fine balance, but it’s one of the important things I can take to Sebring from Daytona.”
Chaves is no stranger to the fabled airport circuit, having raced and tested there numerous times in his young career.
“I did four or five race weekends in Skip Barber plus three or four days testing on the full course, so I’d say I have close to 1000 miles on the big track.”
Team Manager David Price hopes that Chaves enjoys a similar success to other young racers who have driven for DeltaWing Managing Partner Don Panoz over the years.
“Don has always been good at spotting young talent, guys like Klaus Graf and Gunnar Jeannette, who drove for him in their early years,” said Price. “Hopefully Gabby will follow in their footsteps. I was impressed with his enthusiasm for this form of racing and he deserves another opportunity to show what he can do with the car.”
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring takes place on Saturday, March 15.
The Action Express team, with Christian Fittipaldi, Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais as drivers, won the 52th annual Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at the Daytona International Speedway. The N°5 Action Express car was dominant through the race, fighting for the lead with the N°10 car of Wayne Taylor Racing driven by Wayne Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli. It was the strategy that put the N°5 machine in the first place for the last three hours of the race, and there was nothing the Taylors and Angelelli could do to catch them. The second Action Express car completed the podium. The race was highlighted by a lengthy red flag caused by a crash on the second hour of the race, that affected drivers Memo Gidley and Matteo Malucelli. Both escaped severe injuries after the big crash, but are still in Halifax Hospital at Daytona, going through checks and procedures. Gidley had two surgeries in both the left leg and arm.
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