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Callas – 24 Hour LeMans 1998 Technical Assistance

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be behind the scenes at LeMans, behind closed garage doors? See what goes into the preparation, running and accident correction of a Porsche GT2 for the 24 hour world famous endurance race known as LeMans

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The Crew Chiefs Notes: The Daytona 24 hours

The Crew Chiefs Notes: The Daytona 24 hours By Tony Callas and Tom Prine The history of sports car racing at Daytona International Speedway started in 1962 with the Daytona Continental, a 3 hour sprint race and was first won by Dan Gurney in a Lotus 19. This race expanded to a 2,000 Kilometer event in 1964 and then two years later in 1966, Daytona hosted the second 24 hour race in the USA; there will be a little trivia at the end of the article. The 24 Hours of Daytona is the first race of the season. Preparation for the race must start months before the event, even if you’ve purchased a brand new racecar from Porsche Motorsport in Weissach, Germany. Hotel rooms must be booked 3 to 5 months in advance, it is always better to have all crew members of the team staying at the same place, both to keep track of everyone and the ease of shuttling members to and from the hotel and track. The number of crew members is dependent mainly on the ... read more

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What does it take to wear out a Porsche?

What does it take to wear out a Porsche?

A 24 hour race. The 24 Hours of Le Mans or the U.S. equivalent, the 24 hours of Daytona, are both incredible endurance races where just finishing is a cause for celebration. An intense race like the Daytona 500 takes roughly 3-1/2 hours to complete, however this is a “Walk in the Park” when compared to running a car flat out for 24 hours. Consider that operating a street car under these same conditions would be the equivalent of a lifetime of wear and tear, every mechanical system in the car would be completely used up. Like the wear and tear on the racecar, the people involved are also pushed to the limits. The rules allow for a minimum of 3 drivers per car, some teams will have 4 to 5 drivers per car to complete the 24 hour race. The drivers all take turns at the wheel rotating in one hour driving stints and even double stinting on rare occasion for the driver’s that are in incredible physical condition. When they are not in the car, they are trying to slee ... read more

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