DAYTONA BEACH,Fla. (Jan. 31, 2016) - The Heart of Racing Porsche is currently third after 18 hours of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona.
During the overnight hours, German Wolf Henzler had the controls of the No. 23 The Heart of Racing Porsche and led the GTD class just past the half point in the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona. He came to pit lane on lap 382 for tires, fuel and a driver change. At that point, Henzler had the No. 23 machine in second when teammate Ian James (Phoenix) took over.
"The car feels good," Henzler said. "We haven't changed the [front] brakes yet. But, it's OK. The balance has not changed since the beginning [of the race]. The car feels the same, so that's good. It doesn't feel used up. It still feels fresh. We've just got to keep doing what we're doing for the last 12 hours."
James gave The Heart of Racing team a solid run during his early morning double stint. In fact, he kept the No. 23 Alex Job Racing-prepared Porsche in the top five before handing it over to Spaniard Alex Riberas.
"I had a good double stint," James said. "The track is coming to us a little bit and we're in a good rhythm. The faster guys are slowing down a bit and we're speeding up. We had to put on a new set of brakes. That is a little bit of process. So far, so good. She's running like clockwork."
Riberas took the reins on lap 425, which started his triple stint that included seeing the sun come up over the World Center of Racing. Throughout his stint, he consistently had the car in the top two spots.
"To be honest, I'm pretty tired," Riberas said of his triple stint. "I did a single stint at the beginning of the night, then a double and then a triple. I didn't get to sleep at all. But, I have to say the way the car feels and how good it is to drive it makes you forget that you're tired. It's just a joy to drive this new Porsche 911 GT3R. I'm enjoying every single minute. Luckily, we are in a really good position to do something big. We just need to keep it on the track and we'll see what happens at the end."
Race fans can watch all of the door-to-door action on FOX Sports 1 from 7 to 10:30 a.m., then FOX Sports 2 takes over the coverage. FOX Sports 1 will have the final hours of the race beginning at 1 p.m.
The Heart of Racing accepts donations and pledges for Seattle Children's Hospital at teamseattle.com.
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD (GT Daytona) Class is made up of some the world's most sophisticated cars, including the Porsche 911 GT3 R, Ferrari 488, Lamborghini Huracan, Aston Martin, BMW M6, Viper SRT and Audi R8. All GTD Class cars run on the spec Continental tire.
The Heart of Racing
Founded in 1996, by Don and Donna Kitch, Team Seattle and The Heart of Racing is a group of sports car road racing fans, drivers, and corporate partners making a difference in our community by combining two passions: A love of motorsports and a commitment to Seattle Children's Hospital and pediatric cardiac health care nationally. The team uses the promotion and exposure of the racing program to fund raise and increase awareness of the financial needs for quality pediatric medical care. Since inception, Team Seattle has generated over $5.5 million for their cause. The Heart of Racing accepts donations and pledges for Seattle Children's Hospital at teamseattle.com.
Alex Job Racing
Alex Job Racing is one of the most successful teams in sports car racing with 70 wins (since 1995); including two Rolex 24 GT Class wins in 1999 and 2013. This record is supported by 48 pole positions and 106 podium finishes. The team has won five championships (GTC 2013, 2012, GT in 2004, 2003 and 2002) complimented by their two GT class wins at Le Mans. The team also boasts ten Sebring 12-hour wins.
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD (GT Daytona) Class is made up of some the world's most sophisticated cars, including the Porsche 911 GT3 R, Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan, Aston Martin DB9, BMW M6, Viper SRT and Audi R8 LMS. All GTD Class cars run on the spec Continental tire.