Photo Caption: From left to right, Max Crawford, driver Bobby Labonte and owner Troy Flis exchange ideas during the Spirit of Daytona test session at Daytona International Speedway.
Bobby Labonte will drive the legendary No. 43 Dodge for Petty Enterprises in the upcoming Pepsi 400 on Saturday, July 1.
On Wednesday, Labonte turned his eyes to one of the prelude events to the Pepsi 400 -- the Brumos Porsche 250 on Thursday, June 29.
Labonte and the Spirit of Daytona Racing team were turning test laps on the historic 3.56-mile road course with a pair of Daytona Prototypes as they prep for the 71-lap, 250-mile event.
The 2000 NASCAR champion will bring his sprint-race mentality to the Brumos Porsche 250, which will be part of his double duty effort during the upcoming Pepsi 400 Weekend.
"Last year, running the 24 hours, that's the first time I've ever run a race in these types of cars," Labonte said. "The next race we went to was here (for the 250) and on restarts, I was amazed how these guys get up and go. I realized it's not 24 hours, it's the 2 ½ hours."
Labonte is quickly becoming a veteran of the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve.
Earlier this year, he competed with Spirit of Daytona Racing in the Rolex 24, his second career start in the prestigious season-opening event. Following the Brumos Porsche 250, he'll compete in two more Rolex events with the team that based in Daytona Beach area.
Racing the ultra competitive Daytona Prototypes in the Grand American Road Racing Association is something Labonte is enjoying.
"They're fun," Labonte said. "They're great to drive. A lot of competition, a lot of great cars out there, great teams out there and great drivers out there. To be a small part of it is really neat. We're just hoping to get a little bit stronger as we go."
The Brumos Porsche 250 will be part of a doubleheader on Thursday, June 29. Following the conclusion of the race, Round 3 of the Crown Royal IROC Series will be contested on the road course, the first road course event for the All-Star circuit in 14 years.
Tickets for the Brumos Porsche 250 and other Pepsi 400 Weekend events are available online at www.racetickets.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.