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#1 Posted : Monday, January 27, 2014 7:26:40 PM(UTC)
Welcome to another special edition of Rear View Mirror where this week we focus entirely on the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

Herein you will find:

-Cool photos from the race
-Videos of the huge crash that destroyed the pole-setter and the much-loved #62 Risi Competizione Ferrari
-Class by class coverage of who won
-Video highlights and other tidbits

So hop in, read it and then tell me what you thought of the race and how you think the 2014 Tudor USCC is going to go.


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#2 Posted : Monday, January 27, 2014 7:47:00 PM(UTC)
As being a native of Daytona Beach, born in Halifax Hospital, there is no greater race than the 24 Hours of Daytona (in my opinion). I remember numerous occassions with my dad driving through the infield tunnels at sundown to watch the race during the night; it was free to enter the infield back then...circa 80's. Also no lights lighting the track or infield. All you saw were the headlights from the race cars around the high banks, and the glow from the campfires. Also the smell known at Daytona and Talladega as Campfire Cologne.

I am so glad they were able to incorporate the two American Series into one very competetive USCC. This is just the beginning of what a united, diverse racing series should be. More competition=greater racing=more enjoyment for the fans and sponsers. Look forward to the coming years of a wonderful racing series.
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#3 Posted : Monday, January 27, 2014 7:57:19 PM(UTC)
The viewership in the US for motorsport seems to be rising. I think that's a good sign, with F1 coming back, Sebring and Daytona as frequent stops on World Endurance Races, and maybe my boyhood dreams will be fulfilled by the WRC coming to the States. That having been said, cars with that Flying Lizard livery are among my favorites, they always run such tight cars.

Here's to hoping that the popularity of the spirit of racing keeps climbing here in America.

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#4 Posted : Monday, January 27, 2014 8:13:06 PM(UTC)
Great coverage John! It was indeed an amazing race and I think the combination of the two series is what was needed for the auto racing industry. I am excited to see how this series turns out and what changes will come down the road.

Here are a few of my photos from the race.
Vipers taking on the International Horseshoe

The Deltawing sure does shine!

The C7R was great for capturing flames

The #97 Aston brakes heavily entering the horseshoe

The winner during the parade lap

Vipers always stick together.

To see the rest you can visit My Flickr
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#5 Posted : Monday, January 27, 2014 8:15:02 PM(UTC)
Ughhh! I can't believe I missed it! I got so busy with work, i wasn't even paying attention to the time of year. Thanks for the highlights. I'm gonna go cry in a corner now.

On a better note, I'm glad the drivers in that horrendous wreck, were ok.

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#6 Posted : Monday, January 27, 2014 8:17:04 PM(UTC)
I thought that was a great race. Lots of competition. The rest of the season should be great. I really need to get out and go see one of these races.

The accident was scary, I really thought something worse was going to come out of it, but thankfully both drivers will make a recovery.
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#7 Posted : Monday, January 27, 2014 8:23:02 PM(UTC)
Well, It is very interesting to see two of America's big racing competitions come together. I see this giving the series a real diversity of winners, which would be a really great thing for the series.
It was really strange seeing Flying Lizard in Audi's, it looks so different to the Porsches.
It was also good to see so many cars even I recognized from Le Mans last year..
Also, the Daytona Prototypes are such weird things...

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#8 Posted : Monday, January 27, 2014 8:47:26 PM(UTC)
Got to see the start of the race up to that horrific crash. Most of my race watching was near the end of the 24-hours and the controversial decision regarding the win awarded to the #45 Flying Lizard instead of the #555 Revo. After watching he Podium celebrations, I was not aware the win decision was reversed until I read your RVM story.

Thanks for posting the video of the final laps of the Lizard and Revo shows there was no contact between the two cars. However, sometime before the final caution, the two cars did bump and #45 lost some position. There was no discussion of penalties at the time.

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#9 Posted : Monday, January 27, 2014 8:51:32 PM(UTC)
Wow amazing how #555 kind of pushed the Audi to the outside, and that crash god was with the both of them when that happened I couldn't see how they survived especially the driver who had hit the other driver. to be honest I don't know much about this kind of racing but seems pretty interesting.
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#10 Posted : Monday, January 27, 2014 9:29:52 PM(UTC)
that's legend race, and we can see many awesome race car, testing a divers technique, concentrate, intestinal fortitude. is cool.
thanks for sharing.

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#11 Posted : Monday, January 27, 2014 9:56:10 PM(UTC)
I hate missing it! Everytime! Oh well, I'll get it next time. Hopefully, no one was killed in that wreck. But the Ferrari/Audi spotlight moment was pretty controversial. Although I don't care too much for Ferrari, I give props to #55 for holding ground. Good race!

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#12 Posted : Monday, January 27, 2014 10:58:17 PM(UTC)
I am just glad the Ferrari got the win.

That crash withe Ferrari and the corvette was really bad, I have not seen a crash like that in a while it almost reminds me of the Earnhardt crash in the last turn of the last lap on the same track that took his life .... heart stopped at that moment for the Corvette driver. Just glad that he is not dead over that crash.

Thanks for all the race coverage and replay videos You do a great job with these RVM's and I love coming by and reading them. So thank you for that.

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#13 Posted : Monday, January 27, 2014 11:48:35 PM(UTC)
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#14 Posted : Monday, January 27, 2014 11:59:52 PM(UTC)
Great racing, the Le Mans series are awesome, I love the cars and that different classes race at the same time.
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#15 Posted : Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:45:17 AM(UTC)
It's a shame about the #62 Risi Ferrari. It's always been one of my favourite racing Ferraris in Forza and it almost hurts to see it all destroyed. Glad the both drivers are ok.

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#16 Posted : Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:54:25 AM(UTC)
Great race. Looks like a lot of competition this year. It's too bad for the Risi Competizione, but glad the drivers are okay. Saw some of my favorites in this race.

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#17 Posted : Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:55:19 AM(UTC)
Good race. I loved seeing all the different cars on track together, that's what racing is all about. Exciting for the viewers and plenty of actions to be done by the drivers.

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#18 Posted : Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:57:38 AM(UTC)
Thanks for another awesome RVM John! That flying lizzard R8 looks so sick, and there was some really nailbiting moments there when the Ferrari went off the track. Luckely no one got injured bad and escaped with minor injuries. And if you're still giving out unicorns
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#19 Posted : Tuesday, January 28, 2014 2:00:31 AM(UTC)
Those dirty online tactics... it even works in real life.

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#20 Posted : Tuesday, January 28, 2014 2:11:36 AM(UTC)
Nice coverage of the 24h of Daytona.
But I miss that Ford developed a new Daytona Prototype for this year and nothing about the Deltawing.
The Flying Lizard R8 LMS looks amazing. Hope to see that go to Le Mans this year as well.

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#21 Posted : Tuesday, January 28, 2014 2:25:37 AM(UTC)
i seen a few bit of this on the internet here in the good ol uk but i did not see that crash, that was bad...very bad, its hard to imagine what went through his mind at the split second, i like to think its the same has most of us forza players when we just about to crash in to the car in front and have to chance of helping it " oh no oh no "

Thanks for another good read at work

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#22 Posted : Tuesday, January 28, 2014 3:48:11 AM(UTC)
Endurance races are my favourite, also i love GTLM and GTD car classes. Glad to know that the drivers in the wreck are ok! Also i just now realised Forza has an Instagram account, Followed :D . Thanks for the coverage have a great week !!

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#23 Posted : Tuesday, January 28, 2014 4:31:37 AM(UTC)
Wow what a horrible crash. Can't really put the fault on anyone for that one, the poor Risi was disabled and the Gainsco driver had no way of knowing that the Risi was disabled at that spot at the time. Lucky that both drivers are ok. Another great read, really cool to read news about something with substance rather than hear about a bunch of celebs being stupid *cough* justin beiber*cough*. Could anyone message me a site or sites that it would be possible to watch these races online? I don't have sky anymore and I really hate missing all the action. The Mines R34 that you gave me is another great addition to my selection of drift cars, I think I will try a track car next.

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#24 Posted : Tuesday, January 28, 2014 4:44:40 AM(UTC)
Nice write up and read I enjoyed the pictures too.
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#25 Posted : Tuesday, January 28, 2014 5:05:47 AM(UTC)
Longtime UK based ALMS fan here.....in short I'm quite worried how this series will play out.

I think the BoP has swung too far in favour of the DP's, I know Daytona is a bit of an odd track (reminds me of Sunset Pennisula Reverse) but I felt steps should've been taken to rectify the disparity between the Daytona Prototypes (DP's) and the LMP cars after qualifying revelead the large deficit between them. In reality LMP cars are more advanced and quicker, the DP's seem a good ten years out of date. I feel the LMP cars have been hindered unfairly by the regulations under the guise of BoP to make the DP's seem more relevant and 'cutting edge'.

I know there's a few manufacturers (ie HPD) ready with a new P2 car but are unwilling to commit to building them until a set number of orders are met. Now customer teams won't commit to buying something until they see quantifiable performance on track, it's a catch 22 situation. Come the end of the year if the disparity isn't resolved i can quite easily see the LMP car runners saying they've had enough and will go off elsewhere where they can compete fairly, leaving the DP's to take over 100%. It's a way for Grand Am (aka NASCAR) to effectively take control of ALMS and then phase the ALMS characteristics out of the sport. Many of the manufacturers already have great existing relationships with teams over the DP cars and I can't see anyone wanting to take a punt on an untested version of the LMP cars. They need to be very careful to not dissuade LMP runners from participating.

Luckily the GT divisions seem better matched and more competitive and I have a lot less concerns.

As for the race itself was good, the final battle between the GT LM cars was fantastic stuff. I found the Gidley crash the worst thing I've seen live since McNish's and Rockenfeller's horror crashes at Le Mans 2011. It was an appalling accident and it was horrendous to see how much the DP car folded at the front. I can't help but feel if the design was a little more modern Gidley would've fared slightly better and potentially not had as severe injuries.

I'm very happy the racing year has properly gotten underway and we're just over a month and a half from Sebring. My first trackside action of the year begins when I get to Silverstone in April to see the opening round of the WEC. I'm very lucky in living 10 miles from Silverstone Circuit and having friends who build prototypes for a living. I've been enjoying some hands on looks at the new KERS units for the WEC teams, with Porsche coming back, I can't wait. Just a shame McNish has retired!!

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