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Link Posted: 1/27/2010 5:51:29 PM EDT
Thanks for the reminder,  set the DVR to record it all.

Have fun,  stay safe.
Link Posted: 1/28/2010 11:47:53 AM EDT
Hope LARRYG gets back with us, looks like Jimmie Johnson crashed the #99 just up the track from his corner, today in practice.  Just read it over on Speed.

Would like to hear how big it was

Link Posted: 1/28/2010 12:50:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/28/2010 12:53:15 PM EDT by LARRYG]
Originally Posted By jnk556:
Hope LARRYG gets back with us, looks like Jimmie Johnson crashed the #99 just up the track from his corner, today in practice.  Just read it over on Speed.

Would like to hear how big it was



We have a short break and yes he did.  I am in my truck on the corner.  Did they say that he said a GT car got in his way?  That's what he told the ambulance crew.

I am not gonna say anything about that except to say that he had no help crashing.  The rear section of the 99 is pretty torn up and they did not get out for the qualifying session we just had.  Tore up the guard rail pretty good, broke some of our equipment and sent two corner workers diving for cover.  It happened about 10 feet past where I was.  Big crash!

Only got a few pics today and will try to post them tonight.  No off sessions as we don't have a full crew yet.

They just gave the 5 minute warning for the next group.  2 qualifying sessions for the Continental Tire Challenge cars and then night practice.

Course check.  Gotta go!



Link Posted: 1/28/2010 2:07:37 PM EDT
Another short break before night practice starts at 1830 lasting until 2030.

Earlier, during lunch, they rebuilt the guard rail where the 99 car hit this morning.  I guess they weren't happy with what they did because they are now out here again doing more repair.  They have removed some of the new material they put in earlier and are replacing that.

SPEED has been running their cameras during some the of Rolex activities, but I don't think they got the 99 crash.

We just had sunset and are all relaxing.  Several of us are going to Outback at the end of the day.

I will post some pictures later this evening once I get back to the hotel.

Link Posted: 1/28/2010 2:22:34 PM EDT
Cool stuff.

Tag.
Link Posted: 1/28/2010 2:24:00 PM EDT
Night practice in 6 minutes.  Will log back on later.
Link Posted: 1/28/2010 3:24:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/28/2010 3:25:45 PM EDT by jnk556]
Thanks Larry, After I read that on speed, I thought, bet LarryG was right there!  Said on speeds website, they were using Jimmie Johnsons private jet to fly a rear frame section to the track tonight, and have it on the car, for the race.

Speed has some video of one of the RX-8's running, cool sound from the rotary engine

RX-8 Daytona

Infield looks funny down there with no one watching yet

Can't wait for pics!!

Oh, speed says he run into a GT car he didn't see
Link Posted: 1/28/2010 3:29:57 PM EDT
JJ, Juan Pablo, J Macmurray, what other Nascar drivers are in cars for the Rolex?
Link Posted: 1/28/2010 3:35:47 PM EDT
Remember, everyone here wants to see pictures of the Corvettes.
Link Posted: 1/28/2010 3:48:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/28/2010 3:49:55 PM EDT by jnk556]
Hey larry, sometime this weekend, get us a pic of your station there in the corner, we'll get a view, alot don't get

oh, and shameless bump for pics after night practice.

SPEED's site says they will have JJ's car back together for morning practice
Link Posted: 1/28/2010 4:23:21 PM EDT
Thanks Larry, I look forward to these great pics every year
Link Posted: 1/28/2010 7:04:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By jnk556:
Thanks Larry, After I read that on speed, I thought, bet LarryG was right there!  Said on speeds website, they were using Jimmie Johnsons private jet to fly a rear frame section to the track tonight, and have it on the car, for the race.

Speed has some video of one of the RX-8's running, cool sound from the rotary engine

RX-8 Daytona

Infield looks funny down there with no one watching yet

Can't wait for pics!!

Oh, speed says he run into a GT car he didn't see


I guess it was some invisible GT car because, after I heard that he said that, I queried everyone on the corner and no one else saw it either.

Link Posted: 1/28/2010 7:04:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By captainpooby:
Remember, everyone here wants to see pictures of the Corvettes.


This is not the ALMS series.  There are just one or two privateer 'vettes entered in this race.
Link Posted: 1/28/2010 7:05:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By LARRYG:
Originally Posted By jnk556:
Thanks Larry, After I read that on speed, I thought, bet LarryG was right there!  Said on speeds website, they were using Jimmie Johnsons private jet to fly a rear frame section to the track tonight, and have it on the car, for the race.

Speed has some video of one of the RX-8's running, cool sound from the rotary engine

RX-8 Daytona

Infield looks funny down there with no one watching yet

Can't wait for pics!!

Oh, speed says he run into a GT car he didn't see


I guess it was some invisible GT car because, after I heard that he said that, I queried everyone on the corner and no one else saw it either.



Not taking up for him, just quoting the speed site.  So what if he fucked up, if he did, grow some balls and admit it
Link Posted: 1/28/2010 7:39:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By jnk556:
Originally Posted By LARRYG:
Originally Posted By jnk556:
Thanks Larry, After I read that on speed, I thought, bet LarryG was right there!  Said on speeds website, they were using Jimmie Johnsons private jet to fly a rear frame section to the track tonight, and have it on the car, for the race.

Speed has some video of one of the RX-8's running, cool sound from the rotary engine

RX-8 Daytona

Infield looks funny down there with no one watching yet

Can't wait for pics!!

Oh, speed says he run into a GT car he didn't see


I guess it was some invisible GT car because, after I heard that he said that, I queried everyone on the corner and no one else saw it either.



Not taking up for him, just quoting the speed site.  So what if he fucked up, if he did, grow some balls and admit it


Not knocking you, just pointing out that the car he says he hit was invisible to everyone else.

Link Posted: 1/28/2010 7:43:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/28/2010 7:44:34 PM EDT by jnk556]
Originally Posted By LARRYG:
Originally Posted By jnk556:
Originally Posted By LARRYG:
Originally Posted By jnk556:
Thanks Larry, After I read that on speed, I thought, bet LarryG was right there!  Said on speeds website, they were using Jimmie Johnsons private jet to fly a rear frame section to the track tonight, and have it on the car, for the race.

Speed has some video of one of the RX-8's running, cool sound from the rotary engine

RX-8 Daytona

Infield looks funny down there with no one watching yet

Can't wait for pics!!

Oh, speed says he run into a GT car he didn't see


I guess it was some invisible GT car because, after I heard that he said that, I queried everyone on the corner and no one else saw it either.



Not taking up for him, just quoting the speed site.  So what if he fucked up, if he did, grow some balls and admit it


Not knocking you, just pointing out that the car he says he hit was invisible to everyone else.



no offense taken, just didn't want to sound like a JJ fan

I don't watch alot of nascar anymore, I'm 100% F! guy now.

or road racing in general, endurance races fascinate me, something about driving long distances
Link Posted: 1/28/2010 7:50:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/29/2010 5:35:23 PM EDT by LARRYG]
From the Continental Tire series, these two cars remind me of the Trans Am days when George Follmer in his Mustang and Mark Donohue in his Camaro were duking it out.  These two cars share the same paint scheme and numbers as those two:





Night practice for the Rolex cars.  Keep in mind that this was with no flash, as my flash unit is not strong enough, and in a hurry as I got very few chances to shoot any pictures:









Link Posted: 1/28/2010 8:06:26 PM EDT
Nice pics!

So let me guess you are right at the entrance to the 2nd horseshoe, right after the "kink"  judging by the pics, and the blacktop runoff there
Link Posted: 1/28/2010 8:07:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/28/2010 8:08:01 PM EDT by LARRYG]
Originally Posted By jnk556:
Nice pics!

So let me guess you are right at the entrance to the 2nd horseshoe, right after the "kink"  judging by the pics, and the blacktop runoff there


Yep.

Talk at y'all later.  Gotta shut this puppy down and get some sleep.  Back out at 0830 in the morning.

Link Posted: 1/28/2010 8:08:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/28/2010 8:09:24 PM EDT by jnk556]
Damn, never been there, and I know exactly where it's at, observant aren't I??

have a good time, will be watching for ya this weekend
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 4:15:09 AM EDT
Wow, those first two pics bring back some memories. I would love to see a full time series of some kind for the pony cars come back.
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 4:21:14 AM EDT
Love the retro Trans Am look.
Rolex 24 is without a doubt my favorite race of the year.
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 5:07:54 AM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 5:10:24 AM EDT
Another big thank you, Larry.  I really enjoy the updates and pics.
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 5:25:57 AM EDT
Thanks for the info & the pics!  The 24 is no doubt the best race at Daytona by far!!! Looking foward to more of your coverage!
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 6:40:07 AM EDT
99 is back out this morning in the first practice session.  

The Continental Tire cars are out right now.  I finally have an off session, took some pictures, then realized I left the upload cable back at the hotel.  Damn, was gonna post them while the session is going on, which it is right now.

Final qualifying for the Rolex cars is next.  We will see how the 99 does.  Lunch after that with one last Rolex series practice for both classes, then the Continental Tire challenge at 1345 for 3 hours.  This particular bunch can get exciting, especially given that they are racing on street legal, albeit race compound, tires.

Then our social event at the end of the day with pizza and beer.

Will take some more pictures during the day and post them tonight.

Link Posted: 1/29/2010 6:43:40 AM EDT



Originally Posted By LARRYG:



Originally Posted By captainpooby:

Remember, everyone here wants to see pictures of the Corvettes.




This is not the ALMS series.  There are just one or two privateer 'vettes entered in this race.



Is Lou Gigliotti there?



 





Link Posted: 1/29/2010 6:59:30 AM EDT
If you get a vehicle pass, you need to paint a large bolt face logo that covers the entire top of your Fleet top.  Or, you could paint it onto a white bedsheet and drape that over your Fleet top and tie it down with bungees (redneck style). I guarantee the cameras will pick that up if you're parked in the right spot.  That would be awesome!
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 7:01:24 AM EDT
LARRYG, Thank you for the photos and updates...corner workers are the best folks in the world...I Instruct HPDE for PCA, BMW CCA and NASA, and I used to race in PCA Club Racing...I always tell  my students to wave to the corner workers during the cool down lap...no waves, no saves...Thank you for the work you do...
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 9:52:41 AM EDT
LarryG,

I've been meaning to ask this for a while now;
Did you ever have a Red RX8?
Shoot Tuesday night IPSC matches at Shooters in Gwinnett?
If so I know you from the IPSC days at Shooters & other local matches.

And BTW keep the pix coming.  I've been to the 24 a couple of times & other races their in DB.  I use to live there back in the 80's~good times.

7mm
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 11:35:57 AM EDT
Shameless bump for the awesomeness of this thread
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 11:37:02 AM EDT
Larry



Do they do any 24 road races for motorcycles?
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 2:09:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By nightstalker:
Larry

Do they do any 24 road races for motorcycles?


Check into the WERA race schedule.  
Back in the mid 80's they would run 6hr road races at Road Atlanta.  I don't know about any where else though.


7mm
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 3:43:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 7mm-08:
LarryG,

I've been meaning to ask this for a while now;
Did you ever have a Red RX8?
Shoot Tuesday night IPSC matches at Shooters in Gwinnett?
If so I know you from the IPSC days at Shooters & other local matches.

And BTW keep the pix coming.  I've been to the 24 a couple of times & other races their in DB.  I use to live there back in the 80's~good times.

7mm


Negative on the RX8.  My 1988 Anniversary Edition Turbo II looks better than an RX8 and will outrun them.

No on the rest.

Link Posted: 1/29/2010 4:05:27 PM EDT
Some shots from the corner station:

Relaxing between sessions:


Next session about to begin, shift captain giving instructions:


Couple of shots of where JJ hit the guard rail.  All that dirt was missing where the guard rail had given and sent a bunch of dirt flying.  The track crew replaced the posts and a section of guard rail and filled in the dirt.  See the curved skid mark?  That was JJ's car sliding after the crash.  The straight ones are from another car during another incident.





Our fire truck and ambulance:


Some general shots of the corner.  You can see slide marks where various cars have had some rides:








Link Posted: 1/29/2010 4:18:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/29/2010 4:54:37 PM EDT by LARRYG]
During final qualifying today, this GTO lost it in the high speed kink, Turn 4, went off to driver's right and slid for a long way in the grass.  Now, if they slide far enough, they will cross the track again where Turn 5 makes a 90 degree right turn.  This guy slid that far, but fortunately there was just enough gap for him to slide across without hitting anyone:









Link Posted: 1/29/2010 4:20:11 PM EDT
Top Notch Larry, just what I wanted to see!  kinda sets the backgound
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 4:26:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By captainpooby:

Originally Posted By LARRYG:
Originally Posted By captainpooby:
Remember, everyone here wants to see pictures of the Corvettes.


This is not the ALMS series.  There are just one or two privateer 'vettes entered in this race.

Is Lou Gigliotti there?
 




I don't know if Lou is here or not as we don't get much time to go over and mingle before the race, but these are the 2 Corvettes in the 24:



Link Posted: 1/29/2010 4:29:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/29/2010 4:32:32 PM EDT by jnk556]


YOU ROCK LARRYG!!!!

Got any pics from the continental race??

If you get a chance, get us some night pics if you get a break tomorrow night  those were awesome earlier
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 4:31:49 PM EDT
Larry, outstanding photos as always bro.
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 5:01:03 PM EDT
Some shots from the morning practice:



The 99 car made it out for the morning practice, but was a no-show for the final qualifying.  I guess they figure they will just start at the end of the DP field and work their way forward.  After all, it's a 24 hour race.













Notice the flaming exhaust in the next two pictures:








Oops!


You heard it here first.  This car will blow his engine before the race reaches halfway.  They have had nothing but problems all week long:

Link Posted: 1/29/2010 5:12:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/29/2010 5:13:32 PM EDT by jnk556]
ahh, race porn who doesn't love it

Hey, maybe the speed cam across the Horseshoe, will get a shot of you
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 5:43:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By jnk556:


YOU ROCK LARRYG!!!!

Got any pics from the continental race??

If you get a chance, get us some night pics if you get a break tomorrow night  those were awesome earlier


The ones with the black windshield strips are GS and the ones with white windshield strips are ST:



Omigod, a Miata was on the pole up against Beemers, a Porche Boxter, and others.


























Yer goin the wrong way, dummy.


This happened on the last lap!  The 99 car was top 5 in ST and the 52 was top 10 in GS.






Link Posted: 1/29/2010 5:59:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/29/2010 6:07:40 PM EDT by jnk556]
Nice!

Dude they race cobalts, that is just wrong

Got your rain coat for tomorrow Larry??
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 6:22:12 PM EDT
Originally Posted By jnk556:
Nice!

Dude they race cobalts, that is just wrong

Got your rain coat for tomorrow Larry??


Raincoat, rain boots, etc.

Link Posted: 1/29/2010 6:27:51 PM EDT
I might be working sebring :) have fun, i have my DVR set, do you have a BFL on your persons, stick it on a wrecked car
Link Posted: 1/29/2010 7:26:18 PM EDT
I plum forgot this was going on!  Excellent reminder.
Link Posted: 1/30/2010 10:16:21 AM EDT
Looks like it's going to be a wet start down there.  Maybe Larry will get some off time during the race, and give us updates
Link Posted: 1/30/2010 10:18:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2010 10:25:46 AM EDT by CarbineDad]
Originally Posted By LARRYG:
Originally Posted By jnk556:
Nice!

Dude they race cobalts, that is just wrong

Got your rain coat for tomorrow Larry??


Raincoat, rain boots, etc.



Tag

Hope you are able to stay a little dry this year Larry  
Link Posted: 1/30/2010 10:35:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2010 12:11:37 PM EDT by jnk556]
If he get through this evening, it is supposed to dry out down there for tomorrow

I think I may have spotted Larry's truck?? He said it was a white frontier, with a leer top.  I think it may be backed in by the ambulance, there in turn 5??
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