Why the Rolex 24 at Daytona is the most grueling race in America


For over 50 years the best drivers travel from around the world to compete in the Rolex24 at Daytona.
The race is composed of dozens of cars that span across three to four different classes that reach speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour.
Scott Pruett, a 10-time winner, takes us turn by turn and explains what makes the Rolex24 a challenge worthy of the best drivers in the world.
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The following is a transcript of the video.

Scott Pruett: There are guys that think that they can win that race in turn one, turn two. They run into people, they go off the track, they take themselves out, they tear up their cars. And this is the start of 24 hours, which is just insane that guys look at things this way.

Hi, I’m Scott Pruett. 10-time in-class winner and five-time overall winner of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and I’m gonna take you turn by turn around this incredible racetrack.

In this car we’ll be doing – in the Lexus RC F GT3, we’ll be rolling about 188, 190 miles an hour. In a prototype, we’re running 210. A bit faster. And then you’re thinking about going from 200 miles an hour to about 70 miles an hour going through turn one. So the amount of braking is insane as you head into turn one in that heavy-braking area. So it’s absolutely incredible. You get down into turn one, you’re going at this high rate of speed, and then turn one, as you exit it, you gotta think of turn one and two as kind of being continual. Because the way you exit turn one, you’re preparing yourself for turn two, and they’re flat out. I mean, they’re literally, they’re – you never lift once you get back to throttle, your hard throttle, up into turn three. This is also one of those circumstances where you have to be acutely aware of the guy you’re passing or the guy who’s trying to pass you. Because there’s not a lot of room. You’re using up a lot of the racetrack, and it’s not uncommon to get a little bit of— tight quarters. I mean, really tight quarters at times, and that’s one of those places where guys have got caught up in somebody else’s mistake. They drop a wheel, their car jumps, catches the car next to him. And unfortunately takes you out of the race.

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From there, you accelerate hard. Back up to about a hundred and… probably about 135, 140 miles an hour as we work our way into turn three. Turn three. Very straightforward, hairpin. Accelerate hard coming off. And, again, as we accelerate hard off it, we’re heading now towards what we call the kink. And the kink is a very fast left-hander. You need to use up the whole track. Again, this is one of those areas where you’re gonna see incidents from time to time. You’re gonna see guys trying to make …read more

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