DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The DeltaWing's first eight hours at the Rolex 24 at Daytona were filled with setbacks.
The high-tech chrome car, the one that looks like a cross between a fighter jet, a concept design and something out of the pages of a comic book, dropped more than 40 laps behind the leaders after a series of pit stops to fix a gearbox issue, front-end damage and an engine malfunction.
The strangest of the problems came when driver Gabby Chaves took the wheel around 7 p.m. and wrecked on his first lap. The team changed noses and returned to the road course, but ended up back in the garage about two hours later when a connector between the headers and the turbo broke.
It was hardly the start the team wanted after spending countless hours trying to get it ready for the prestigious endurance race.