Daytona. 24 Hours. The weekend is finally here.
While the Roar Before the 24 technically kicked off the 2018 season, for most teams it’s the 24 Hours of Daytona. This is where we see how a team’s offseason has gone. Most events there is maybe a month to get ready for them. Daytona has almost three. The season ends around mid October, from there, all eyes turn to the “Sunshine State” as anticipation begins to build.
Beast Racing, like most teams, began their preparations early.
“We began talking about Daytona right after Petit. Our plan was to take some time off after a long and grueling season. For the month of October, we all went our separate ways. As November rolled in, we began to discuss testing, practices, roster, etc. During that time we also re-organized our behind the scenes efforts. After Thanksgiving, we started to turn our first laps on track. By the time Mid-December arrived, we were in full prep mode. So it has been about a month and a half to two months.” –Drew
Along with the amount of time spent was the addition of the roster. Earlier we reported the massive offseason changes that the team had made. However, it didn’t stop there. Last week, the team solidified their roster by adding a 5th driver. Jason is a European racer who currently works as a mechanic for a World Endurance Championship (WEC) team.
“After my one off race with Beast at Le Mans in 2016, I’m looking forward to joining the team full time. They are a great bunch of guys and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve in 2018. Hopefully we can kick it off with a win in Daytona” –Jason
This event will also mark the debut of Beast Racing’s new primary sponsor Racespot. The team’s lineup will be Jason, Brock, Ellis, Mike, and Drew.
You can catch Beast Racing’s Team Principal & Owner on RaceSpot’s 24 Hours of Daytona preview show today at 5:00PM EST HERE.
The 24 Hours of Daytona kicks off this weekend, January 20th at 8:30AM EST.