DAYTONA, Fla.—With a dry but cloudy final session in which only ten cars participated, the Tudor United SportsCar Series 2015 Roar Before the Rolex 24 came to an almost quiet ending.
After three days of four dozen high-powered sports cars thundering around Daytona’s 3.56-mile road circuit, the results are in. Now Tudor series management has to decide which cars, if any, need what sort of adjustment to be competitive.
Based on the two days of dry running, it will be a hard call to make. The latest round of Balance of Performance adjustments seem to have evened things out, with almost every type of car in each class spending a turn near the top of the timesheets. Based just on the Roar, the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona (Jan. 24–25) could be the best in a few years; certainly better than last year’s.
Of course, that will not be known until the cars actually start racing; no one can be sure which teams might “find” a little extra performance which they didn’t show at the Roar, rules designed to prevent that nonwithstanding.
Still, things look better—things feel better—than after the 2014 Roar. TUSC may not have everything right, right now, but the series seems to have made significant progress.
Sure, that is optimism talking—but after 2014, hope for a better future is a rare and important commodity, and TUSC seems to be able to provide some. Bravo, TUSC—may you fulfill the promise of this year’s Roar.
The 2015 Tudor United SportsCar Series Rolex 24 at Daytona runs from Saturday, Jan. 25–Sunday, Jan. 25. Tickets and information are available at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Tickets-Events/Events/2015/Rolex-24-At-Daytona/Rolex-24-At-Daytona.aspx