Respectable Performance by Peruvian Driver Ricardo Flores In The Rolex 24
“I was already excited just to be competing in Friday’s 2.5 hour Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race on Friday when the opportunity to drive in the Rolex 24 came up,” Ricardo stated before the start of the race. “That I will be in the Rolex 24, a race like almost no other race in the world, is beyond belief.”
Ricardo’s Rolex opportunity came from Muehlner Motorsports America, in a car and team he had never driven for before race practice on Thursday.
Ricardo was fresh off a top ten finish in the Continental Tire BMW Performance 200 on Friday when he stepped into the Porsche 911 GT America for the Rolex 24. He proceeded to record almost five hours behind the wheel in three different stints, with his longest stint going from darkness to daylight as the sun rose over the speedway Sunday morning.
Ricardo recorded solid, consistent lap times and kept the car clean on the 3.56 mile Daytona road course. However, the car itself had mechanical failures several times during the event and spent more than one third of the race in the garage.
Despite the issues, the car was running at the finish, and was one of only 29 cars out of the 53 car field to take the checkered flag.
“It was an honor to become part of Daytona Rolex racing history with my Lira Motorsports teammate Michael Lira,” Ricardo said after the race. “That was amazing!”
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