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CHEVY CTSCC AT DAYTONA: Post-Race Notes and Quotes
Posted by: newsla on Jan 25, 2014 - 04:06 AM
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CHEVY CTSCC AT DAYTONA: Post-Race Notes and Quotes


LAWSON ASCHENBACH, NO. 01 CKS AUTOSPORT CAMARO Z/28.R - FINISHED 13TH IN GS CLASS

DO YOU FEEL THINGS WENT AS WELL AS YOU COULD HAVE EXPECTED? "Exactly. It was tough coming here with not turning a single lap on the car. To be able to show up, sort through some issues, make the race and finish in a decent spot, we have to be happy with that. A penalty in pitlane hurt us. But the pace is pretty good and we are excited about that. We have a lot of fine-tuning to do for the longevity of our run, but we’ll get there."

 

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DID RUNNING IN RACE CONDITIONS GIVE YOU ANOTHER LEVEL OF DATA TO EXAMINE? "Definitely. There are so many different cars in this series with so many different attributes. Obviously we have to work on ours. We used to be really good under braking, but we don’t really know where that is until we sort out the setup and so forth. To me, it looks like a very good package that’s good overall. It seems to do everything pretty good. We just have to work on it a little bit more. It seemed a little down on straightline speed compared to the other cars, which is what we thought would happen here. But there are a lot of positive things to think about. Hopefully we can regroup and get things better for Sebring."

ANDY LALLY, NO. 9 STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS CAMARO Z/28.R - FINISHED 24TH IN GS CLASS

HOW WOULD YOU RATE THE START OF THE Z/28.R PROGRAM? "I'm really proud to be a part of Team Chevy, and we were hustling out there. This car looks good. These things are bound to happen. It's a brand new program with a brand new car. This car is spectacular. You just have to work the little bugs out. That will happen, and it will happen soon. I'm already looking forward to getting to Sebring and racing for a win. We will move on from here and get some better results next time."

ROBIN LIDDELL, NO. 9 STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS CAMARO Z/28.R - FINISHED 25TH IN GS CLASS

WAS THIS AN ENCOURAGING START TO THE Z/28.R PROGRAM? "To be honest, the car was going very well. I hadn’t had a lot of green-flag laps. It was a lot of start-stop, start-stop for several laps then we would go yellow. I felt being around people in a race situation that the car was competitive. I made some pretty good restarts. I picked up three places on my next-to-last restart, and on my last one I’m not sure how many I got by Turn 3 but it must have been at least five spots. I got by the two BMWs ahead of me that we were competing with on fuel; they were the two cars that were ahead of us when we left the pits for fuel. It’s a bit frustrating, obviously. We wanted to leave here with some points. But I’m not ultra-disappointed because the car felt competitive."

WHAT CAUSED THE CAR TO STOP ON-TRACK? "It was good up until something went in the driveline. There was oil coming out of the differential when I stopped. When I went to power out of Turn 3, there was a big mechanical bang and then lots of clattering around back there; there was something pretty unhappy flapping around. I lost most of my drive and then just coasted off and out the gate at

Turn 5. We don’t know what it was and need to investigate. The crew worked incredibly hard and it’s disappointing not to finish the race. But I think we’ve shown that this car has some promise. We just need to rebound and get ready for Sebring."

ANDREW DAVIS, NO. 9 STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS CAMARO Z/28.R - FINISHED 25TH IN GS CLASS

DID YOU SEE THE POTENTIAL ABOUT WHAT THIS CAR CAN BE IN THE FUTURE? "There is no doubt. I’m thrilled to be back in the Camaro with the Z/28.R. It’s such a new program with so few laps run in general because we had some issues leading up. It was a big learning experience for me during the race - not just getting used to the GS class, but also learning the Z.28/R. I loved it and thought it was great. Every lap I felt more and more comfortable. Certainly this showed me the potential of the car once we get it sorted out and optimized. I’m really pleased and looking forward to the season. The result today is a little disappointing today, but it was all about gathering data."

ASHLEY MCCALMONT, NO. 00 CKS AUTOSPORT CAMARO GS.R - RETIRED FROM COMPETITION IN FINAL HOUR OF THE RACE AFTER ON-TRACK INCIDENT

WHAT HAPPENED? "On the restart it got a little busy. I was out on old tires and got stuck on the right side after the kink. The car hooked and I was just along for the ride after that."


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