Day With a Race Team: Stevenson MotorsportsWords & Photos: Trevor Andrusko
The 50th Annual Rolex 24 at Daytona. History in the making. MotorSportMedia teamed up with Stevenson Motorsports to provide a behind the scenes story to kick off our Day With a Race Team series.
After some very intense practice and qualifying sessions, the B+ / Guardian Angel Motorsports supported #75 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R qualified 13th out of 44, with the #57 sister car qualifying in the 16th spot on the grid.
After the green flag was waved, things got even more hectic as the clock began to count down to the twenty-fourth hour. The first two hours of racing was reminiscent of a typical two hour, fourty five minute sprint. Once things calmed down though, track positions were held and the cars and drivers settled into a groove.
Bad luck struck the #75 car about three hours in when an axle broke while the car was leaving the pits. A hard working and determined crew managed to get it back on track but seventeen laps behind the leader. The #57 was running comfortably in the 15th spot and on the lead lap.
Axle problems thought to be solved, the #75 broke another half shaft shortly before the clock struck midnight. The car would later be retired in the twenty first hour due to transmission failure.
Morning arrived and the #57 was found in third place on the lead lap, only to get hit in the side by another car which resulted in losing a tire and suspension damage. At the eighteen hour mark the car had to have the brake rotors replaced, which the team expected to lose three to four spots during. However, after only losing one spot the car would stay in fifth place until the twenty-three hour mark.
A hard charge in the final sprint put the #57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R into fourth, where it would ultimately finish the Rolex 24 at Daytona on the lead lap, the first of the non-Porsches.
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