DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2015) - Team Seattle -The Heart of Racing's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Rolex 24 at Daytona ended at the eight hour mark.
The No. 23 Team Seattle-Heart of Racing Porsche spent most of the race rebounding from a tough start that had them three laps down to the GTD field just 10-minutes into the event. On lap 248, at 10:20 p.m., Alex Riberas (Barcelona, Spain) radioed that the car was losing power. He pitted and the Team Seattle-Heart of Racing team went to work diagnosing the engine as well as doing the brake maintenance and fixing the front splitter that was damaged on the first lap. The engine issue could not be fixed and the car was declared out of the race at 11:30 p.m.
"We are not sure what happened," Riberas said. "I tried to accelerate out of Turn One and there was no power in the car. Every time I made a downshift I noticed flames out of the rear of the car. I don't know, the power just dropped and I drove it into the pits. A tough way to end a 24 hour race just eight hours into the event."
Team owner Alex Job will have the team ready for Sebring in March.
"That is a rough start to the season," Job said. "We had issues on lap one and we were able to overcome those and were just about to get back on the lead lap. We will do a full diagnosis at the shop to see what happened and get ready for Sebring."
The TUDOR United SportsCar Series will travel to Sebring International Raceway for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring to run March 18-21.