Lots Of Drama Heading into Homestead

By Michael Shank

Heading into Homestead, we were hoping to build on that momentum and kick start the season…

We were all pretty happy after the Daytona race. Not one of the three cars went to the garage during the entire race which was a real tribute to all the crew members, drivers and support personnel we had on hand for that huge event. The mere fact that we had 50 crew members and 11 drivers all stay on the same page for the entire weekend, especially considering this was the first time we ever ran three cars in the Rolex 24 is a giant signal to the world about how good this team really is.

Heading into Homestead, we were hoping to build on that momentum and kick start the season. We had tested there for two days back in December and both cars had performed very well in the test and we felt pretty good about where we would stack up. We knew that tire wear would be an issue and that it would have to be managed for the race weekend.

The interesting thing about this weekend is that the final word on who would drive the No. 23 car did not come until the Tuesday of race week. These are very stressful times in our series and it is very hard to put the money together to run this great class. Zak Brown and I were able to put a last minute deal together to keep the United Autosports car on track with Blundell and Valiante driving. I have talked about this before, but it is worth saying again that we had a great experience at Daytona with United Autosports and my real hope is that we can continue for the rest of the year with them. The bottom line is that Zak and I made it happen and we headed to Miami.

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