How does it feel to be driving for Ford at Daytona?
“Daytona is a really special race in America, if not the whole world. Everyone knows about the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
“For an American brand, this is the big one. This is the American Le Mans 24. This is a really important on the checklist for Ford and it’s important for the team to come away with a victory.
“Coming here four cars strong like we did in Le Mans - you can see that everyone is really taking this one seriously.”
Where does Daytona rank on your list of favourite races?
“It’s up there, in some ways it is my favourite. It just comes at the perfect time of the year. When you have been at home getting itchy feet it’s really good to get back. The atmosphere at this track is really great and it’s definitely one of my favourites.”
Can you talk about your best memories of Daytona?
“Probably debuting here with the Daytona Prototype [in 2014]. We lead for a really long time and came very close to a victory, but a seatbelt issue brought us two laps down and that really cost us.
“Last year was also very special with the debut for the Ford GT. We had a real buzz around our garage. Everyone wanted to see it and that was very special. I have come in second and third a few times in this race but I have never won it.”
How does racing at Daytona differ from Le Mans?
“Daytona is special. You can be four laps down in the night and make it back because of yellow flags and safety car periods. That does not happen in Le Mans.
“Being a lap down at Le Mans, you’re pretty much out of contention for first place. In Daytona, you are never out of the race, the most important thing is that you’re on the lead lap with an hour to go. That’s when the gloves come off. It’s an endurance race but it’s all about the sprint in the end.”