Newey thrilled by “fantastic” Daytona win on U.S. debut

David Malsher-Lopez
motorsport.com

Newey teamed with Ben Hanley, Colin Braun and Henrik Hedman in the DragonSpeed Oreca-Gibson and spent almost six hours behind the wheel. It was only the second 24-hour sportscar race of Newey’s career, having raced at Le Mans in 2018, and it was also his first ever race in America.

The 21-year-old son of Formula 1 design genius Adrian Newey, whose March 83G design won the 1984 Daytona 24 Hours, was overwhelmed with the success that saw DragonSpeed defeat PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports by two laps.

Newey said: “To win what is my first race in America, at Daytona, which is such a legendary venue, is absolutely fantastic. We obviously came here with that ambition but knew it would be very hard to execute but we did it and in dominant style.

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“It was a clean run apart from a puncture four hours or so into the race, caused by debris, and then we changed the car’s nose, again due to debris.

“I did around six stints with quite a bit of driving in the night which I enjoyed.

“It’s a great way to start 2020 and hopefully leads to more drives in IMSA.”

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