Victory in daytona
The proof is in the podiums. Hard work and dedication is bringing us results and the sim world is taking noticeDep. Endurance Director Doug Buchanan
Months of preparation brought 3 victories for over ten MAD Sim Racing Endurance entries in the 2022 iRacing Daytona 24HR in late January. In the program’s second attempt at the biggest event on the platform, one LMP2 and two Ferrari GTD team cars brought home a top podium spot, with many more of the teams bringing podiums and strong runs over 24 hours. There is little to doubt in this class of endurance drivers, as their consistency and safe driving, plus pace, are making strong results in endurance racing a foregone conclusion. Here are your 2022 D24 winners.
THE ENDURANCE WINNERS
Returning co-drivers Chris Cable, Chase Barry, and Justin Wilson again piloted an LMP2 in the 24 Hours of Daytona, this time earning a victory overall in their race. There is little doubt that the three will return again in 2023 to defend.
Dan Keane, a veteran MSR Endurance driver, was joined by new team members Justin Rector and Steven Hatter in a strong performance in the Ferrari GTD. The duo of Rector and Hatter look to become strong elements in the Endurance program into 2022.
In 2021, Doug Buchanan, Charlie Ryan, and Felipe Cocco experienced heartbreak while leading early in a GTD for the Daytona 24, ultimately not finishing the race. This year, with a victory at the iRacing Suzuka Special Event under the belt of the co-drivers and Franciso Quincke, this small super-team dominated GTD in the Ferrari to make up for it.
THE ENDURANCE PROGRAM IN FULL FORCE…
Every resource available to the MAD Sim Racing Endurance Team was in full effect during the Daytona 24, with the sim racing operations being kept track of by the Endurance Directors, and the media updates by “MSR HQ” in North Carolina. A split screen of live feeds provided constant coverage of the teams across the Daytona 24 splits.
Endurance Director Bruce Perry: “Goals were set, met, and exceeded! With all the teamwork we put in; MAD Sim Racing has risen from underdog to powerhouse in a short time. Proud to be a part of this team!”
Deputy Endurance Director Doug Buchanan: “The proof is in the podiums. Hard work and dedication is bringing us results and the sim racing world is taking notice. So proud of what we all did and can’t wait for the next one!”