Our North America correspondent continues her round up from the paddock at Daytona during The Roar Before the 24 by catching up with British GT Driver and the youngest Sunoco Whelen Challenge winner - Stuart Middleton. "Daytona is awesome" starts Middleton! "I've never experienced anything like this before, when you are on the high banking it feels like you are being sucked into the ground"
Middleton joins the front-running Action Express Racing squad whose Whelen-sponsored Cadillac DPi VR is completely different to the Ginetta G55 GT4 he’s driven in British GT this year. The Cadillac – a sports-prototype built specifically for long-distance racing – features a 6.2-litre V8 engine and produces roughly 600bhp, twice the power of the Ginetta. The Cadillac will also approach speeds of 200mph on Daytona’s famous oval banking.
"I'm looking forward to racing at night, a first for me" continued Stuart "I'm loving it, its surreal [being here]"
Stuart joins Felipe Nasr, Eric Curran and Toyota LMP1 driver Mike Conway in the #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPI, who will no doubt be aiming for the top step of the podium.
Middleton paid special thanks to his British GT team HHC racing and his team mate Will Tregurtha for getting him to Daytona. For the full interview click HERE