Finance

'My team-mate crashed our Daytona car!' - Alonso

'My team-mate crashed our Daytona car!' - Alonso

The entry of Dane Cameron, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud finished 10th.

ANNOUNCER: Ford, past year it was the 66th that took the victory here. If the Brazilian can accomplish the feat, he will be only the fourth driver in history to do so.

"[For the Indy 500] we had the race in our minds, in our heads, before entering the start", he said.

"(We) really only (use it) once a year.

"We've always had the cars, and we have them now more than ever", said Scott Atherton, the I.M.S.A. president.

Castroneves lost the 2017 Indy 500 to Takuma Sato by.2 seconds. He recovered in time to take his place in the driver rotation as Taylor attempts to win the race for a second consecutive year.

The four-driver team that won last year's Rolex 24 at Daytona included none other than Jeff Gordon, the four-time Nascar champion who retired from full-time competition in 2015.

Only Senna, nephew of the late F1 champion Ayrton Senna, has experience in the Rolex, having made his first appearance in the 24-hour endurance a year ago.

Scott Pruett, who retired after the Rolex 24, won 44 sports auto races driving for Ganassi from 1998 to 2015 and is the all-time winningest driver in team history. He rode with his younger brother, Jordan. Wayne Taylor Racing, victor of the 2016 running at Daytona and pole sitter for this weekend's day-long race, fell victim to costly punctures five times, eventually forcing them to retire from the race with six and a half hours remaining.

"Last year was obviously a great year", Taylor said. Helio Castroneves in an Acura was running second overall, but a pair of Cadillacs were right behind the Team Penske driver. "I really enjoyed the traffic management [and] the auto itself".

He's retiring after this race as the winningest driver in American sports vehicle competition with a record 60 victories.




The two teammates have spent over 10 days testing their vehicle, which is the most time Taylor has ever tested.

With the Taylor entry out of the race and the Penske's not in contention for the victory, Action Express just needed to make it to the finish and hold off its sister auto for the victory. "There's so much more technology...driving a auto with power steering, which I have never drove before". I don't know. I'm just blown away, the race was flawless. To be honest, I'm still learning.

The 36-year-old admitted however he had been unnerved by the experience.

Another adjustment for Castroneves is sharing the vehicle, which is not a part of IndyCar racing.

"I can't say enough about Chip and his organization", Pruett said. We'll need everything aligned to achieve that kind of result. He likes this and I like that. "It's tough. At least I can drive in his seat with the insert".

Taylor enjoys helping Castroneves but takes time to learn from the veteran as well.

"Fernando wants to get the experience". "I don't think it's because of the engine, but the aerokit seems quite inefficient". I try to absorb it. I mean, it's a big day. "When we're talking to our little grandkids, we'll talk about 200 wins". "He's had a bunch of seconds". "And I won't be packing my bags and going". First 24 hour race win for us. So there's a little less pressure because we've checked it off.

"It's one thing not to win the races".

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Ricky Taylor has the flu and has been limited this week in preparations for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

But even with new goals in this season of change for Castroneves, one thing remains: claiming another Indy 500 title. Petit Le Mans endurance event, smiled when he said of the amateurs: "They can help you, if there's someone in front of you that you're catching".


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