CITGO Racing- Rolex 24 Friday
SAMAX Motorsport added the final touches to the No. 7 CITGO Pontiac-powered Riley Mk XI on Friday in preparation for this weekend's Rolex 24 At Daytona. The crew installed the car's race engine and the drivers lapped the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway, bedding in new axles and brakes for the 24-hour race.
Dario Franchitti will start the CITGO/SAMAX Riley 15 th on the 67-car grid. He will alternate race stints with Milka Duno, Marino Franchitti and Kevin McGarrity.
"The CITGO/SAMAX crew has been working very hard and we set a good time in today's final practice," Duno said. "I'm feeling very comfortable with the Pontiac-Riley. Dario, Marino and Kevin are great teammates and I feel that we work very well together. I think all the ingredients are there for a good race, so I'm really looking forward to it."
"Daytona is a fantastic way to start the year. It's as much part of my life now as anything else," he said. "It's a very different New Year when you've got to go testing. There's no partying; it's just 'get ready to go to work'. The training doesn't stop, which is kind of a good thing because it keeps me on my toes. I've spent the time since the test training, most days three times. It's my own self-imposed preseason training camp."
night and night
"It gets dark very early here and doesn't get light again until late, but the banking and the infield are quite well-lit. At Le Mans, the pit straight and the parts of the permanent circuit are well-lit, but when you go out the back through the forest, it's very, very dark. And that's the fastest part of the track, so Le Mans is definitely more daunting."
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