Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor get ready for the start of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Laid up with the flu for three days – only running a mandatory lap in Friday’s pre-event practice – Ricky Taylor was rejuvenated following two and a half stints early in the Rolex 24.
“The Acura DPi was the formula for curing the flu,” Taylor said after stepping out of the No.7 Acura Team Penske car. I had three really good days of rest, while the guys did everything with the car to get it ready for race day. I was just in the motorhome sleeping.
“When I got in the car, I felt great, and I’m excited to get going for the rest of the Rolex 24. But if you had asked me that two days ago, I would have said no way would I be racing.”
Taylor said the team will follow its regular driver rotation for the remainder of the event.
In the meantime, he was impressed with the performance of two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso.
“I was watching his on-board ,” Taylor said. “It’s surreal, knowing that there’s a two-time World Champion out there racing with us. It just goes to show how special this race is.”
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