Renger van der Zande tops first Thursday practice for the Rolex 24

Rolex 24 practice

Renger van der Zande posted the fastest time in Thursday afternoon’s first practice session for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona with a lap of 1 minute, 34.649 seconds in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi.

He beat Whelen Engineering’s Mike Conway (1:34.731) by .082 seconds. Harry Tincknell (1:34.786) in the No. 55 Mazda Motorsports entry was third.

Nine drivers for six different teams, all in the DPi class, posted times within one second of one another.

Van der Zande’s teammate Kevin Magnussen landed fifth on the Rolex 24 practice chart with a deficit of .308 seconds.

Making his debut in the Rolex 24, defending NASCAR Cup champion Chase Elliott (1:38.731) landed 29th on the practice chart in the No. 31, which was slightly more than four seconds off the leader’s pace.

Elliott’s teammate from last year, Jimmie Johnson (1:37.705) was 25th.

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In other divisions, Nicolas Lapierre (1:36.153) paced LMP2 over Ben Hanley (1:36.403). Lapierre’s Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca was eight fastest overall (11th among drivers) on the Rolex 24 practice chart.

On his second lap, Cody Ware spun his LMP2 Ligier in the bus stop at the 48-minute mark and continued to the pits for a damage assessment. Ware did not record a time.

Jeroen Bleekemolen (1:42.416) piloted the fastest LMP3 and landed 36th on the charts. He was followed in class by Colin Braun (1:42.855).

The GTLM class was led by Tommy Milner (1:42.766) and Antonio Garcia (1:43.062). Both drive for Corvette Racing.

The largest class in terms of car count, GTD’s chart was topped by Billy Johnson (1:45.822) and Earl Bamber (1:45.862). The margin between the two GTD drivers was also razor thin at .042 seconds.

Closing rates will be fast in the race with the quickest GTD car more than 11 seconds slower than the fastest DPi.

In total, 105 drivers posted laps in this session.

Vicki Golden and 805 Beer tell a unique story from an Inverted Perspective


Vicki Golden has earned a career worthy of a thousand stories and 805 Beer tells at least one of them, as “Inverted Perspective” premiered March 30 on the company’s website and YouTube channel.

Golden did more to break the glass ceiling in SuperMotocross than she ever thought possible. She knows this because riders have never felt the need to explain any of her accomplishments with the disclaimer, “for a girl”. 

At this point in Golden’s career, she’s been the first woman to finish top 10 in AMA Arenacross Lites, the first woman to qualify in the Fast 40 in Monster Energy AMA Supercross and the first woman to compete in freestyle Moto X competition, earning a bronze medal by doing so.

Her love for moto came from childhood while she watched her dad and brother ride. By seven she was on her bike and making waves throughout Southern California. 

Golden, 30, is still madly in love with the sport and has no plans on moving away but her career is already one to talk about. 805 Beer’s film series wanted to do exactly that.

“I’m taken aback by it all,” Golden told NBC Sports about the documentary. “It’s just crazy to see your story, it’s one thing to live your life and battle everything that comes about but it’s another to just sit there and talk about it.”

805 approached Golden about the feature by asking, “Do you even realize that what you do, and your story is special?”

Golden took the question as a blank canvas to map out the highs and lows of her career and life. 

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The title “Inverted Perspective” came from a brainstorming session with Dominick Russo and it highlights Golden’s outlook on the sport of SuperMotocross and her life in general. 

“My whole life, my whole career was thinking differently and looking at things that shouldn’t be done and aren’t there, while being able to make a place for myself, where no one thought there should be a place,” Golden said.  “It’s inspiring someone to think in different ways. It sums up my life.”

Vicki Golden is not “fast for a girl”; she’s just fast. – 805 Beer

While Golden is no stranger to the spotlight, this was the first time she’s been fully involved with the storytelling and creation of a feature about herself. 

“It’s not like a full new experience,” Golden said. “Obviously, you get your standard questions about your upbringing and accomplishments, but I’ve never really put into perspective things that happened in my past with my dad and putting that to light. Also, certain other things that maybe got overlooked in previous interviews or films. I wanted to touch on these and Dom wanted to create a story. It’s just cool to see it come to light, it’s a nearly impossible thing to tell somebody’s life story in 40 minutes.”

Golden’s father was left paralyzed after an ATV accident, robbing him the opportunity to ride again. This happened a few months before the father-daughter duo was set to compete in the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Nationals when Vicki was 12. While she might have been unable to grasp the severity at the time, it’s something she carries with her. Golden continues to ride in his honor.

Years later, an accident in 2018 nearly sidelined the then 25-year-old Vicki when a freestyle accident almost resulted in the amputation of her lower leg. 

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Golden 805 Beer
Vicki Golden has ridden a variety of disciplines in SuperMotocross, which gives her a unique perspective. – 805 Beer

“Inverted Perspective” highlights her father’s diligence in helping Vicki continue with her career and the kindness and strength he carried while fighting his own battle. 

“My dad was the entire reason that I started riding in the first place,” Golden said. “So, to honor his memory and to honor what we went through and how hard he pushed to keep our dream alive and keep everything going – in that sense then, it was really special to be able to honor him and talk about him.”

The 40-minute feature was filmed entirely in black and white, a stark contrast from the oversaturated world of motocross where the brighter the suit the easier it is for fans to find their rider and follow him in the race. By filming in monochrome Russo and Golden had the chance to focus on the race and track from a different perspective. 

“It was cool to be able to film it differently,” Golden said. “It created a challenge in the sense of what was going to be more visually impactful for the film.

“I couldn’t be here without the companies that back me but at the same time, it’s not like the logos or colors disappeared, it’s just different lights shed on different spots. It’s just a cool way to do it and to take color away and still be impactful. When you think of black and white, you think of old school, the OG way of doing things.”