“Last year was a lot of fun,” said Waltrip. “I always grew up admiring the guys that got to run in that race, and it was quite an honor to be part of it. It's pretty dramatic as far as the way the cars perform. The Cup cars have so much horsepower. That's their main commodity is all the power (they have). They don't stop real well, and honestly, they don't handle too well.
|Bowyer: "I was talked into it."|
”The Ferrari is the opposite. It has a significant amount of power, but nothing like a Cup car. But when you go to hop on the brakes, that baby comes to a stop and you can really whip it through the infield. So that's what's so fun about getting to drive the Ferrari. It's diversely different than the discipline that I'm accustomed to racing, and it makes it a lot of fun.”
Bowyer claimed to have been “talked into the Rolex deal. I went down there and tested, and I was struggling to find where I needed to be on the race track. There was cars that were way faster than me and that's something that was new for me.
“It was a lot of fun to be able to race with both bosses,” he said. “Rob Kauffman and Michael Waltrip were my teammates. It's just kind of an enjoyable weekend to be able to test down there. Looking forward to the race and hanging out with the guys for a long time. Twenty-four hours is a long time to stay focused. There's going to be plenty of 5-hour ENERGY used during the race.”
Kauffman gave his teammate higher marks, saying, “We had a really good test a few weeks ago and are quite optimistic about the 24 Hours. Clint Bowyer took to the Ferrari very quickly and was up to speed. He’ll have a great time. If we can keep it on the black stuff (pavement) and out of the garage, I think we have a good competitive position. This is just such a great event, we are all very pleased to be able to participate.”