5 Questions: Mother and son team up to race in 24-hour sports car race in Daytona

Published: Saturday, Jan. 19 2013 6:50 p.m. MST

Q: What are the keys to winning this race?

Melanie: Wow, that's a tough question. There are so many factors that go into a 24-hour race like this. You need to be fast, have no problems with the car, have no incidents on the track, time the pit stops just right and have lots of luck. There are 30 cars in our class and among those 30 there are 20 teams that have a real chance at winning the race. In the past the competition wasn't as tough but with so many top level teams competing these days it makes for a real challenge. We will be on track racing wheel to wheel against Formula 1 drivers, Indy car Drivers, NASCAR drivers and some drivers that have over 20 years experience racing at Daytona. It will definitely be a hard-fought race, but I feel honored to be able to take part in this prestigious 24-hour race.

Madison: Consistency — the less problems you have, the better you will do. The cars are built so well now that if you happen to have any problem at all then it makes it so much harder to gain the time back and catch up. It's all about staying on the track and turning lap after lap.

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