January 28 2014
Former RMA Instructor At Daytona 24 Hours
The saying "so near and yet so far" probably best sums up Marino's Rolex 24 Hours this weekend. He took the #02 car from eighth to second position overall during his first stint which began seven hours into the race at 9.30pm on Saturday evening as the double stints of the driver rotations took effect. His second stint which commenced just after 4.00am on Sunday morning was just as strong which made the final outcome for the #02 car in the inaugural race of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship such a huge disappointment.
The CGRT #02 Target/Telcel/Big Machine Records car lead the race on two occasions, and held a podium position for a considerable amount of time, consequently it was totally unexpected, when occupying fourth overall in the race with just under an hour remaining, and without having accidents or incidents, that a broken floor brought a halt to the team's podium challenge.
"It wasn't the result we were hoping for in the end", said Marino after the race, "But it was a flawless performance by the whole Chip Ganassi racing team as well as by my team mates Scott, Tony and Kyle; it was just a pleasure to be a part of the whole programme. I want to say a big thank you to everyone involved in getting the car ready for the Rolex 24 hour and to all our partners, especially Big Machine label group; it was a great debut for the Ford Ecoboost motor. I'm hoping we can do more together in the future and we're working hard on making that happen."
The second round of the TUSSC is the 12 Hours of Sebring which takes place on Saturday, 15th March.