VARX Heat Report: Daytona
Photographer: Alison Merion Padron
Global Rallycross Daytona officially kicked off the double-header weekend today on the .931-mile circuit inside Daytona International Speedway. Despite having two scheduled practice sessions, track time for the VARX crew was limited due to precautionary changes to both No. 41 and No. 34 machines. The Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle struggled during the first knockout qualifying session of the season, while the SHARK WEEK Beetle did not make an appearance. Teammates Scott Speed and Tanner Foust put in 15 and 6 laps, respectively, before all on-track action was canceled due to weather.
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On today's qualifying and heat round...
On his return to Daytona International Speedway...
“I think the track flows a bit better this year. After the jump, it’s a little less of a 90 left in the dirt, and it’s a little bit tighter getting onto the tarmac. But then you don’t have that bottleneck hairpin that we had before, which brought all of the cars together for a moment, but in reality, it spread the cars out because they just drag raced out of that corner down the straightaway. So now, I think there’s the opportunity to get closer on the straightaway and possibly do more passes into the joker and into turn one, which is really what we want.”
Thoughts on today's sessions...
"Rollercoaster first day in Daytona for the double-header weekend. It's been an extremely long day dealing with the changes, but the Volkswagen Andretti team has been hard at work getting this Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle back in racing shape. We didn't put as many laps in today as we would have liked, but it's better to find these issues now than on a race day. We'll fight back tomorrow, it's a whole new day of racing and hopefully we can give the Daytona crowd a good show."