DAC Motorsports swaps Lambos to race in Rolex 24

DAC Motorsports swaps Lambos to race in Rolex 24

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DAC Motorsports swaps Lambos to race in Rolex 24

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Emmanuel Anassis was driving the six-week-old No. 18 DAC Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan GT3 during Friday’s final practice for the Rolex 24 at Daytona when suddenly, boom! The left-rear tire exploded going into Turn 1, sending the car into the barrier.

While Anassis was unhurt, the brand-new car was destroyed. Fortunately, the team had a Plan B.

“That put us into a holding pattern all day,” explained DAC Motorsports car chief Jim Thompson. “We knew that the O’Gara Motorsports car that ran in last year’s Rolex 24 and 12 Hours of Sebring was here on display, so we asked IMSA for permission to run that car.”

Mid-afternoon, permission was granted, so the team went out and bought the former O’Gara car. With the two cars side by side in the garage, the team then went to work.

“We swapped over we could from our car that we could – obviously, not the left rear,” Thompson explained. “At 1 a.m., we fired up the car, everything seemed to work OK, so we went back to the hotel.”

Saturday morning, the team continues to dress up the new No. 18 in the proper DAC decals that will be raced later today by Anassis, Brandon Gdovic, Zach Claman and Anthony Massari.

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