After learning about Wexford-based up-and-comer Kris Wright, I've decided to work on an extended series covering the racer in and out of his iHeartRadio branded car. Catch up on the series here.
Local up-and-coming driver Kris Wright is on the verge of competing at Daytona International Speedway for the fourth time, but it will be the first time he's raced it during the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance event.
The Rolex 24 at Daytona is also the first time Wright will compete in an endurance race at any track.
"I'm getting more excited as the hours tick down until the green flag waves," Wright, who has been in Daytona since Wednesday, told me Thursday evening. "Everything is moving in the right direction. We still have a ways to go to get to where we need to be, but it's a positive feeling and everything is moving in a positive direction with the team."
Of course, it's hard not to hide the excitement of racing at Daytona, even if Wright is a track veteran at this point.
"It's like golfers getting excited to go to Augusta, Ga., every year," said Wright. "Every time I get to race at Daytona or at Indianapolis, it's an exciting feeling. Those are the two places the drivers always like to be at in the States."
Wright is a part of a four person team who will compete in the Performance Tech No. 38 car. He'll be the third driver in the rotation and expects to drive five or six times over the 24 hour race.
"The first time through the rotation, we're all going to do double stints -- that comes out to be about an hour in the car," said Wright.
The team will repeat that order and length for a second time through the rotation before drivers switching to triple stints, an hour and a half's worth of work behind the wheel each go.
I'll be joining Wright in Daytona tonight and will be documenting his time in before the race, during it and after. So, there will be a lot of photos and updates during whatever percentage of the 24 hours I'll be awake and with a camera in my hands.
For those who won't be there and want to watch the race, NBCSN and the NBC Sports app have coverage at times throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday. For those who follow IMSA, IMSA.tv will have full coverage through the website.
The times for NBC's Saturday coverage is as follows: 1-2 p.m. on NBCSN is the 2019 Season Preview Show (re-air), 2-5 p.m. on NBCSN is Rolex 24 at Daytona race coverage, 5-9 p.m. race coverage continues on the NBC Sports app.
And NBC's Sunday race coverage: 12-3 a.m. on NBCSN, 3-6 a.m. on the NBC Sports app and 6 a.m.-3 p.m. on NBCSN.