DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — DeltaWing's Daytona debut was a dud, yet a relatively successful run for the upstart team.
The odd-looking chrome car had several issues in the first third of the Rolex 24 at Daytona and then retired after 16 hours because of transmission failure. Despite the problems, drivers were optimistic because the technologically advanced car went its farthest distance to date.
The prototype sports car logged 288 laps — 407 fewer than the race winner — and 1,035 miles in the endurance race. DeltaWing finished 61st out of 67 cars.
"It's hard not to finish, but we know that we are heading in the right direction," driver Katherine Legge said. "And it's just a matter of continuing what we're doing."
The coupe made 18 trips to pit road and spent nearly 5 ½ hours getting repaired.
"It's disappointing that we weren't able to finish, but I think the car made it longer than it has in the past, so that's a positive," fellow driver Alexander Rossi said.
The car turned heads at Daytona International Speedway because of its unique appearance. It looks like a cross between a fighter jet, a concept car and something out of a comic book. It was the talk of the garage leading into the race — some positive, some negative — and had more mixed reviews on the track.