Attending the Rolex 24 in Daytona Beach is a great experience every year, and this year the racing was exciting in spite of the weather.
The rain on Sunday was relentless; visibility was almost zero, eventually causing the race to be called early. The two Porsche GTs running in the GTLM class ran well, but in the end a third place podium spot was their best finish. BMW and Ferrari finished 1st and 2nd. For the overall win, the prototypes fought it out with the Jordan Taylor Cadillac Dpi team taking the top spot. This team included Formula 1 drivers Fernando Alonzo and Kamui Kobayashi, two of the numerous top international drivers participating in the race.
The PCA Corral is always a good base location, with lots of activities that may be of interest to Region members, as well as large screen TVs to keep up with the race standings. The corral holds at least a couple hundred Porsches of all types for your viewing pleasure (picture). On Saturday morning the Porsche GT factory team drivers came by the tent to speak with the PCA members and take questions. Two of the #912 drivers spoke first, Laurens Vanthoor(left) and Earl Bamber (picture). Then the #911 drivers arrived, along with the third #912 driver. Left to right in the picture: Nick Tandy, Mathieu Jaminet (912), Frederic Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet (picture). Nick Tandy was the GTLM pole position winner for the race.
The livery for the Porsche GTs was a throwback tribute to the many successful Brumos Porsche racers from years past, with the white, blue and red paint scheme they always used (picture). What may be difficult to see in the picture is that the red and blue striping is made up of many small #59s, which was the traditional number used by Brumos.
As you can see in the picture of me pointing to the Appalachian Region name, the Appalachian Region was represented in the corral tent. Another typical activity in the Porsche Corral is a live painting of Porsches by artist Bill Patterson. The painting is then auctioned off for the benefit of the Austin Hatcher Foundation. The picture shows the artist(left) and the auctioneer. The winning bid for the painting was $10,000, one of the highest winning bids I have seen.
The next race and Porsche Corral will be at Sebring 15-16 March 2019.
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