Mercedes-AMG Customer Sports Teams Lead and in Contention in Daytona and IMSA Debut

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Mercedes-AMG Customer Sports Teams Lead and in Contention in Day

The No. 33 AMG-Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 twice raced in the top three, running second with Jeroen Bleekemolen and then in third place during co- driver Ben Keating’s second driving shift of the race. The No. 33 has been on the race’s lead lap since the start.

Mercedes-AMG Customer Sports Teams Lead and in Contention in Day

The No. 75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 was the first of the three Mercedes Customer Sports entries to race into the top 10. Boris Said improved five positions from 18th starting place on the first lap of the race and then ran a race-high seventh early in the second hour.

The SunEnergy1 team later lost over a dozen laps in hour four after a pit stop miscue damaged the No. 75’s refueling system.

The Rolex 24 is being streamed live on IMSA.tv to international audiences.

Mercedes-AMG Customer Sports Teams Lead and in Contention in Day

Live US television coverage can be seen in alternating coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and FOX Sports (FS2). The coverage includes the race’s final hours, finish and post-race coverage on FS1 on Sunday, January 29, from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. EST.

Jeroen Bleekemolen, Driver – No. 33 AMG-Team Riley Motorsports-Mercedes-AMG GT3: “We do miss some top speed as expected. In the fight in traffic, it is sometimes a little hard. The only way to make it work is really to take risks, which I haven’t so far, but in the end I am going to have to take some risks in traffic to get the job done. If we are there at the end for sure we can fight for it.”

Gunnar Jeannette, Driver – No. 50 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3. “So far our Mercedes-AMG GT3 is running great. Everyone on the crew is giving us good pit stops and we’re moving forward. Our car is strong, but about half of the GTD field pulls away from us in a straight line. It’s kind of frustrating because you can actually get stuck behind cars that you are faster than, but you can’t do anything because they pull out 10 lengths on you on the straights. We sort of knew that coming in with the change in the regulations.”

Maro Engel, Driver – No. 75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3: “[With the pit miscue,] It was really unfortunate what happened but you have to accept that, take it on the chin. The car is handling really, really well. Out there in the wet we are consistently the fastest car. We managed to make up four laps, which is great, but there are another 11 laps we have to make up. We definitely need a lot of yellows and some luck to come our way, but we will keep pushing. Nothing is impossible, definitely not at this race.”

Contacts:

Jochen Übler, Tel .: +49 (0) 7144 302-92 470, jochen.uebler@daimler.com
Birgit Zaiser, Tel .: +49 (0) 7144 302-581, birgit.zaiser@daimler.com
Robert Moran, Tel.: +1 770-705-2270,  robert.moran@mbusa.com

Further information from Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Benz USA is available on the Internet: www.media.daimler.com, www.mercedes-benz.com and www.mbusa.com.

For more information on AMG Customer Sports, please visit www.mercedes-amg.com/customersports.

Source: Mercedes-Benz USA

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