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Archive of Porsche Lola Race Reports/News/Photos 2000/2002

 
 

 

 

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2001 Dayton Finale

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  Champion Porsche/Lola Second at Daytona Final!  
     
  It was an outstanding race for the Champion Porsche-Lola at the Daytona Finale. Because this event was postponed and had to run alongside the Daytona Historics, there was no qualifiying, but instead the field started based on team points, so Champion's Lola had to start from the fourth row, at the back of the SRP field.
Porsche Legend Hurley Haywood started, and worked the Lola up to third place at the first pit stops, where he handed over to Andy Wallace. A combination of excellent driving by Andy and ace pit strategy by the team found the Champion Lola leading the race (first time for the Lola) with just forty-five minutes remaining in the three-hour night race.
With the Dyson Racing R&S/Ford of Butch Leitzinger chasing Wallace down, it was only a matter of time, and Leitzinger made the pass for the lead going into Turn One, with just under 30 minutes to run.
Wallace held on for a fine second-place finish, the best-ever result for the Champion Lola-Porsche. Drivers Andy Wallace and Hurley Haywood were jubilant in Victory Lane, and the whole team ended up soaked in Champagne.
 
     
 
Hurley waits while the crew makes final pre-race preparations in pit lane Hurley works infield traffic shortly after the start A fast first pit stop - Hurley out, Andy in, gas, tires
Wallace at Turn One Exhausts glowing in the Daytona night... Final fuel stop timing nets Champion the race lead
Stars and Stripes at Daytona Anxious faces watch the scoring monitor in pit lane... First-ever laps led (but not enough of them) for the Lola/Porsche
Hurley Haywood and Andy Wallace take Champion Porsche Racing to Victory Lane at Daytona Victory Lane and a fine Second Place for Champion Porsche Racing at Daytona Hurley describes his excellent opening stint for TV
Hot Driver...Cold Champagne Brad Kettler, who built this car, enjoys its best-ever finish...
 
     
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