Pulse Autosport started off the week by announcing their two car driver line up for the 24 hours of Daytona on Saturday. The drivers are Steven Carlile (US), Kevin Riley (US), Patrick Byrne (US), Blake Haswell (AUS), Justin Fortener (US), Ryan Schuld (US) Hunter Smith (US) and Andrew Greenhalgh (UK).
When the racing started it was Ryan Schuld who started 27th for the Blancpain Sprint Series at Daytona in his Vivo Life Mercedes AMG GT3. The started well, apart from turn two when he made light contact with another car, but with little damage Schuld carried on regardless. Ryan decided to pit early, just twelve minutes into the, just for fuel. He came in in twelfth and exited in eighteenth. The race went down to the wire and Ryan gained three positions in the last three laps to get an amazing fourth. After the flag had dropped he said, “We found speed I didn’t have in testing. I had a great battle for fifth with five minutes to go, staying side by side with one another down the front stretch, through until turn five before completing the move in turn six. I’m really looking forward to carrying this momentum through the 24 hour race next week.”
Steven Carlile was out again in his Vivo Sport Perform Ford Focus at Phoenix Raceway’s Rally cross layout. For race one of Steve’s double header he started in third for heat two, taking the joker on lap one to get clear of other battling cars. His strategy worked and he ended up finishing second and getting through to the main event. In the main he started fourth, getting a perfect launch off the line, but positions three and four wrecked behind and came down the track hitting Steve’s right rear, sending him spinning into the wall with suspension damage and, as a result out of the race. For the second race he started fourth and used the same strategy as the previous race, only this time finishing fourth and advancing to the main event. In the feature he started eighth, deciding to take it easy at the start to avoid carnage. In doing so he was not able to gain back the time that he lost to the leaders and finished seventh. “We were quick in practice here all week, so these poor finishes are really disappointing for us. I thought we had a good shot at a win in the first race, and we were almost able to squeeze by, but just got tagged enough to spin the car around,” was what Steve had to say at the end of the racing.