Quick Thoughts on the Rolex 24 Qualifying and Practice

Just a few notes about the first two days at the Rolex 24:

One of the reasons I love going to this race is seeing friends from Indy who come down for the event. It’s great to catch up with them.

The Ford GTLM cars are gorgeous in their throwback liveries. Unable to post current pics until Sunday. Watch some of the coverage on NBCSN if you haven’t seen this yet. The other throwback dressed cars are great too, but Ford/ Ganassi did an outstanding job with the them.

Seeing a 26 year old track record broken yesterday was incredible. Kind of sad that Dan Gurney’s car no longer holds the top spot, but holding a record for more than two decades is quite an accomplishment.

Is LMP2 really its own class? They qualified in the same session with the DPi cars and no P2car was awarded a class pole. IMSA needs to decide if a class with just four cars is worth it.

Watching this morning’s practice from the oval turn 3/4 banking really shows the speed difference between the cars. The GT cars look very slow compared to the prototypes.

I met a man yesterday who is attending his 35th consecutive Rolex 24. To me that is equivalent to at least 50 Indy 500d. Today I met someone at their 50th straight Rolex. I can’t even begin to figure how many 500s that equates to. Going to this race takes a huge commitment.

Sunday look for quick thoughts on the race here, and look for my full weekend wrap-up on Wildfire Sports Monday.