Alex Zanardi, Jesse Krohn experience steering wheel trouble

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Alex Zanardi and his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing teammate Jesse Krohn experienced trouble changing steering wheels early in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

As Zanardi climbed into the car for his first stint at about the 90-minute mark, the car appeared to drop from the jack as he was securing the steering wheel, which may have contributed to the issues. Zanardi lost a lap while getting the steering wheel to respond.

“My steering wheel was dead, not connected to the car,” Zanardi said on the NBC Sports App. “I was ready to jump out of the car, and it would have been the shortest stint of my life.”

At the end of Zanardi’s stint, Krohn also experienced trouble and brought out a full-course caution at the 2-hour, 43-minute mark when the car lost power at pit exit.

The team was able to effect repairs in the garage and reentered the race six laps behind the class leader.

IMSA’s Bill Auberlen joins NASCAR America to discuss this weekend’s race at Lime Rock

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Turner Motorsport GTD driver Bill Auberlen joined NBC Sports’ Marty Snyder on NASCAR America Presents the Motorsports Hour Thursday to discuss a variety of topics, including Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race at Lime Rock Park.

Auberlen, alongside co-driver Robby Foley, enters Lime Rock with a great amount of momentum after finishing on the GTD podium at Watkins Glen and taking the GTD class honors in the most recent IMSA race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

There’s also an extra incentive for the duo to win this weekend as well, as Auberlen is one win away from tying Scott Pruett for the most IMSA victories all-time.

Both drivers will have to be on their A-game this weekend, however, as Auberlen stated that Lime Rock is one of the tougher circuits on the IMSA calendar and compared the 1.5-mile Connecticut road course to a short track.

“It’s what we call the bullring of our season,” Auberlen said. “It is a 54-second lap and we’re going to go around it a million times before the end of the day. It’s going to be a hot one, and I think whoever survives this is going to be on the podium.”

Luckily for the GTD and GTLM teams, with no Protoype and LMP2 entries competing at Lime Rock this weekend, the worry of having to yield to entries from the faster classes is gone.

“These Protoypes are so fast now, that interacting with them, you can’t imagine,” Auberlen said. “We have radars in our car that can alert us when they are coming.

“They get on you so fast that if you’re not always looking or something is not telling you they’re coming, you could have a problem and catch into them. That’s gone. Now it’s going to be focus-forward. You’re going to be focused on everything ahead of you. You got GLTM in there at the same time, but they’re virtually the same speed as us – just a little bit faster.

“It’s going to be nice. When you stand on that podium you might be able to go for an overall victory.”

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