For racing fans, this month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona promises to be an entertaining race. A total of 50 cars are on the entry list for the opener to the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series, including a field of 20 prototypes that will contain numerous LMP2 cars from the FIA World Endurance Championship.
But while the sheer number of entries should make the Rolex 24 at Daytona an enjoyable race for spectators, the drivers of Corvette Racing are concerned with what all that traffic will mean for passing and safety.
“This year, the traffic will be different with a lot more prototypes than we have seen in the past,” says Antonio Garcia, driver of the No. 3 Corvette C7.R. “Traffic will get crazy, especially with the number of rookies at this race – many who are experienced in other races but they are still rookies here.”
Jan Magnussen, Garcia’s co-driver, agrees. “It takes a lot of respect for each other out there to make it through without getting involved in incidents that end up costing you a trip back to the garage or even worse,” he says. “It will be a tough year in that regard.”
Driver Tommy Milner of the No. 4 Corvette C7.R characterizes the struggle as a “balancing act,” saying that he and his fellow Corvette Racing drivers will have to juggle a “super-competitive fight in GTLM” with the need to exercise caution and patience around “all the new content.”
The 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona will take place from Saturday, January 27th to Sunday, January 28th. Corvette Racing will be defending the Driver, Team, and Manufacturer titles it picked up in last year’s IMSA SportsCar Championship.