Porsche Penske Motorsport Shows Strong Pace in 24 Hours of Daytona

January 29, 2023

  • Both Porsche 963 run within the top-five in first quarter of the event
  • No. 7 falls victim to electrical system issues after five hours three drivers of No. 6 lead laps at Daytona event
  • No. 6 drops from second following accident during the early morning
  • Gearbox issue eventually drops No. 6 from the race. No. 7 finishes the event

Despite not getting the results that Porsche Penske Motorsport would have liked in their debut event, both Porsche 963 show considerable pace at the season-opening 24 Hours of Daytona at the historic Daytona International Speedway.

Stuttgart/Mooresville. The debut of Porsche Penske Motorsport, the Porsche 963 and the all-new GTP class in the 61st running of the 24 Hours of Daytona ended with a P7 result for the No. 7 race car of Felipe Nasr (Brasil), Matt Campbell (Australia) and Michael Christensen (Denmark). The sister car of Mathieu Jaminet (France), Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Dane Cameron (USA) had to retire due to mechanical issues.

"It was a really tough day for the team, but days like today are things we build upon for the future," said Managing Director Porsche Penske Motorsport, Jonathan Diuguid. "I look forward to the future and we will learn for all of the races, beginning in Sebring."

All three drivers of the No. 6 Porsche 963 kept the car in the top-five throughout the first half the race, running as high as second for large chunks of the race and proving they were one of the cars to beat.

Unfortunately, as is often the case in 24-hour events, surviving the nighttime is the name of the game. Tandy suffered an off during the 5:00 am hour, resulting in damage to the nose, rear wing and underbelly of the Porsche 963. After making repairs and only losing three laps in the process, the No. 6 continued in the top-five as problems hindered other competitors. However, despite driving back to just one-lap down with just over two hours to go, a gearbox problem knocked the No. 6 out of the event.

The No. 7 Porsche 963 ran into trouble early and often in the first quarter of the race, suffering drive issues in the first stint with Felipe Nasr, then having to go behind the wall five hours into the event with Michael Christensen behind the wheel with an electrical system issue. It dropped them 19 laps down. Several other mechanical issues eventually dropped the No. 7 some 34 laps down from the leaders over the course of the race’s 24 hours.

Driver comments after the race
Mathieu Jaminet (Porsche 963 #6):
"It was an eventful night. For a long time, we were running up front trying to stay out of trouble, but Nick had an off and it caused some damage on the car. Since then, the car was losing performance. It was really tough out there. We lost a few laps with all of the pit stops. When we changed to the soft/hot tire, we got some performance back in the car."

Dane Cameron (Porsche 963 #6): "An unfortunate end to our first race with the Porsche 963. We had a few small things here or there, but we were handing around withing reach of a podium finish at the end of the day. The guys were fighting hard and put forth a really strong effort. We were just slightly out of touch for the 24 hour. It is too bad that we had to retire in the end with a technical failure. It was great to get the first one going, get it out of the way and launch the team, the car and the program. We can build from here and we know we had strong pace. We will come out stronger with all four cars in Sebring."

Matt Campbell (Porsche 963 #7): "We made it to the end, and that is mission accomplished. It certainly wasn’t an easy race for us. We were quite a few laps down, but we were able to fix the car and make it really fast. We were going to fight to the end. It’s a shame we weren’t able to fight for a win at the end. But I think we learned a lot, and we know what to do from here on out."

Michael Christensen (Porsche 963 #7): "The first race in the Porsche 963 was a bit painful in terms of results and where we ended but getting to drive it and race against everyone else was super cool. Unfortunate, we just had too many issues. We will learn and get better. There is a long road ahead of us."