Update: It's nearly a quarter past 2:00 PM EST. Everything below still stands.
I was supposed to be there already, but here I am, I'm still in the air. The delay of my first flight caused me to miss my connection, and now, I've departed from O'Hare in Chicago to finally land in the Sunshine State somewhere around dinner time. That being said, Thursday will mark The Drive's first day at this year's Rolex 24 at Daytona. We'll have a hefty crew at the race come Saturday, but until then, I'll be reporting from the pits and giving up-to-date info on everything IMSA. So, what do you want to know?
We'll be mingling with drivers and teams at Daytona International Speedway for the rest of the week, so if you've got any questions, now's the time to ask 'em. Whether it be a technical detail about your oh-so-favorite car or you want to know some history of the fabled day-long race, feel free to drop your inquiries in the comment section or on our Facebook feed. There, we'll be able to view your Q's and give an answer ASAP.
Until then, I'll be ogling at race cars and wishing I'd brought earplugs but secretly loving every second of it.
UPDATE 1/25/18 @ 1:57 p.m.:
I landed in Orlando last night at 5:30 p.m. just to drive two hours to Daytona Beach. I huddled up in our five-star (read: tiny, baby blue) motel around midnight to be at the track by 7:00 a.m. Since then, I've been around for FP1 and a few
conferences, not to mention the ongoing practice runs of the Rolex 24's support series.
I'm headed to the track right now for FP2 and will be back to update as soon as things wrap up. Keep the questions coming!
UPDATE 1/25/18 7:54 p.m.:
As the day bows out with night practice near its end, Thursday showed me and everyone else here what Daytona offers up against other races on IMSA's 13-event calendar. By the time we leave, I'll have been here for the better part of fourteen hours and tracked 20,200 steps or 8.0 miles in layman terms. I'm ready to head to the motel I mentioned earlier and bask in the musky smoke smell that fills the place in hopes of having an equally good day tomorrow.
While I think myself to sleep, I'll read back on news from the day and likely pick out a few of my favorite photos per The Drive's staff photographer, Rip Shaub. Above is an example of his work, and to check out more, thumb through more of our race coverage from this season-opening weekend.
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