Race car drivers prepare for the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway
By Kate Burgess, Reporter
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Race car drivers are putting the pedal to the metal at the Daytona International Speedway. More than two-dozen teams are there, testing the 3.56 mile road course, gearing up for the Rolex 24.
January 25 will be the 52nd annual Rolex 24 and the first TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Together with his team, Core Autosport driver, Colin Braun, is preparing to take on the speedway.
"It's a really challenging track, it's a tough place, and 24 hours, you can imagine the things that can go wrong, even if you are prepared, in 24 hours," Braun said.
About 65,000 fans will pack into the stands, to watch for that entire day, as racing teams circle the course, which includes laps on the oval and the infield track.
"We're really just focused on trying to get our car dialed in, figure out this race track," Braun added, "The specific class of car that we're racing in the prototype challenge class has never ever been on a high banked, oval track like this."
It may be a new car, but Braun knows the terrain; He's done this race 9 times before.
"This is a race about staying out of the pits, staying out of the garage area, staying out of trouble, so the more prepared we can be, the better we are going to be in the race," Braun said.
The Rolex 24 marks the start of Budweiser Speedweeks at the end of January and the drivers will have one more official practice session before then.