by Chris on February 1, 2011
Friction teams took 1
place in both races this
past weekend at Daytona International Speedway—the Rolex 24 Hr race and the
Continental Tire Challenge 200 race.
Racing clenched their 4
Daytona 24hr race on Sunday.
The No. 01 and No.2 BMW Riley Daytona prototype cars
took first and second place.
Both of the BMW Riley, Daytona Prototype
cars ran full Performance Friction brake packages.
Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, Grand-Am 200, was no exception as well. APR Motorsports’ VW GTI came away with the win
in ST class. Rum Bum Racing’s BMW M3, driven by Nick Longhi and Matt Plumb,
cruised to an overall victory in GS class followed by Multimatic Motorsports’
Mustang Boss 302R in second place. In addition to the top two finishers, all
four Bimmerworld cars were running PFC brakes.
Performance Friction claiming top 2 finishes in both Grand-Am races at Daytona
including the prestigious Rolex 24, its no fluke PFC dominated the podium,
Performance Friction is QUICKER.
the Rolex 24 hr, the No. 1 BMW Riley car with
driver Scott Pruett behind the wheel held off Scott Dixon in the No.2 Ganassi BMW
Riley car in the final laps to capture one of the most competitive 24-hour
challenges in history. After going down a lap early in the race, both
teams battled back to the lead lap and continued to lead a chunk of the race.
The 01 team faced a penalty in the last few hours of the race for hitting a
tire in their pit box. Driver Joey Hand was forced to bring the 01 BMW Riley back
down pit lane and serve a 20 second penalty. Hand made up nearly the entire 50
second gap to the leader in his stint which put the team back in position to
win. Hand pulled down pit lane to turn over driving duties for the final stint
the team was able to short pit the car, allowing Scott Pruett to pass 2 cars on
pit lane and retake the lead. In the final 10 minutes of the race there was a
late caution for the Coyote-Chevrolet of Sascha Maassen. The previous 23 plus
hours of racing came down to a one lap shootout. Pruett was able to hold off
Scott Dixon in the 02 and claim a record, fourth overall Rolex 24 victory. The victorious 01 driver lineup included
veteran road racer Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Joey Hand and Graham Rahal. In the
02 car were NASCAR stars Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray along with Indy
Car stars Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti.
01 and 02 Daytona Prototypes ran full PFC brake packages with the Zero Drag
caliper. Ganassi Racing used a quick disconnect system on the caliper which
allowed the team to change the entire brake system in a matter of minutes.
Ganassi Racing’s success was due in large part to PFC’s unique patented Zero
Drag brake technology which was just recently named 2011 Most Innovative Motorsports
Product of the Year at the Motorsports Symposium.
Friction’s Zero Drag Caliper system was designed
to eliminate brake drag that is associated with traditional caliper designs.
Most caliper designs allow the pad to drag against the rotor even while not
under braking, creating a significant amount of brake drag. The Zero Drag
Caliper System uses a patented pad retraction system that retracts the pad from
the rotor thus eliminating all drag. Zero Drag technology allows the car to
release cleaner and quicker during transitions, utilize more horsepower, and
reduce brake temperatures—all of which are huge benefits in racing.
TV’s Justin Bell, pointed out the superior Performance Friction braking system
that Ganassi had on the car and the advantage it was giving them vs. other
competitors brake systems. While some teams experienced brake failure during
the Rolex 24, the Ganassi Racing DPs never had a single issue as did any other
team running PFC.
it comes to world class racing you need world class racing products and
technology. Performance Friction gives you the advantage that you need to win
the biggest races in the world.
to all the teams, we are so thrilled to be a part of your victories.