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Team Seattle-The Heart of Racing is Third After Six Hours of Rolex 24
Posted by: newsla on Jan 26, 2014 - 06:07 AM
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Team Seattle-The Heart of Racing is Third After Six Hours of Rolex 24


Team Seattle-The Heart of Racing is running third at the six hour mark of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Rolex 24 at Daytona.

 

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Ian James, of Phoenix, Ariz., started the No. 23 Team Seattle Porsche 911 GT America from the 10th row in the GTD class and drove an impressive double stint to start the 52nd Rolex 24. On lap 74, he was up to third place in class before making a pit stop that included four tires, fuel and a driver change.

"It was a pretty eventful first stint, considering it is a 24 hour race," James said. "I just tried to keep my nose clean and stay out of trouble. We were able to pick up a lot places over my two stints. As my time in the car when on I was adjusting the sway bars quite a bit. We just need to get through these warm hours and into the coolness of the night and we will be fine."

During the pit stop, co-driver Mario Farnbacher, of Ansbach, Germany, got behind the wheel of the No. 23 Alex Job Racing-prepared Porsche. He made 19 circuits around the 3.56-mile, 12-turn road course before the race was stopped due to an accident involving the No. 99 Prototype and the No. 62 Ferrari.

The race went green on lap 100 and Farnbacher was sixth. Three laps later, he briefly took GTD lead. Unfortunately, he could not hold that position and finished his stint in third before handing the car over to teammate Alex Riberas, of Barcelona, Spain.

"In the beginning, it was a bit strange for me because there was a lot of traffic," Farnbacher said. "During the middle of my stint, I got used to it. Our goal is always to be really consistent and stay out of trouble. I think we did it, and because of it, we're near the front."

While the No. 23 Team Seattle-The Heart of Racing machine is running well through the first six hours, the team's fundraising efforts for the Seattle Children's Hospital had reach $100,000.

"We've won this race twice," said Don Kitch Jr., Team Seattle team manager. "But, more importantly, we've won it every year for the last 16 years in the fact that we've taken $5 million out of this race for Seattle Children's Hospital. Everything we're doing goes to the heart center at the hospital. We've built a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit strictly for cardiovascular challenged kids. Right now, we're working on a new surgical suite called a hybrid room. We'll probably leave here this weekend with a quarter of a million dollars. But, that's just a start because this is a season-long deal thanks to our friend Gabe Newell and all of our racing family at Valve Software."

Team Seattle has produced an informational video on its Heart of Racing program. To view, please click on the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWtG6RNJJkI&app=desktop We are accepting donations and pledges at teamseattle.com.

The new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona is being broadcast live on FOX Sports 2 from 4 to 9 p.m. Overnight streaming will start at 9 p.m. on IMSA.com and continue to 7 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. FOX Sports 1 will air the final hours of the race beginning at 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. MRN Radio will broadcast the Rolex 24 in its entirety on IMSA.com, MRN.com, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90). WNDB-AM 1150 is the local radio affiliate.


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