Ten years after winning the GT class of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, our KW Competition customer team Alegra Motorsport have added another class win at the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona in their inSync sponsored Porsche 911 GT3 R powered by Porsche Centre Oakville.
The Alegra team had one plan for the race – take it easy and don’t scratch the car. The multi-championship winning team was made up of Carlos de Quesada (2007 Daytona GT winner), Michael de Quesada (2016 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Gold Champion), Jesse Lazare (2016 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Platinum Champion), Daniel Morad (2016 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama and IMSA North American Champion), and Michael Christensen (Porsche Factory Driver).
As the drivers cycled through into the evening, unfortunate luck and timing in pit lane resulted in the team briefly falling two laps down and in 22nd place. Rain started to all in the evening at times placing the race under several weather related full course yellows.
The time behind the pace car ended up working in the team’s favour. “Our time behind the pace car brought us back onto the lead lap, so that’s always a plus.” Michael de Quesada, who at 17 years old is the youngest driver in the grid, said.