Last year, Highcroft was the most successful rival to the championship-winning Porsches campaigned by Penske Racing. But this year, Dayton faces an even more formidable challenge as he debuts a clean-sheet chassis from Wirth Research and a new engine from Honda. (A second Acura LMP1 car will be run by de Ferran Motorsports.) At the opening race of the season, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the Acuras are expected to face stiff competition from the battle-tested Audi and Peugeot teams. But Honda is used to winning, and so is Dayton. Luckett says that Dayton was, if anything, too fast and too competitive for vintage racing, and he's found his mtier as an ALMS team owner.
"This is insanely challenging," Dayton says. "It's an eighteen-hour-a-day, 362-days-a-year job. But I'm in a perfect place in my life, where I've got the time and the inclination and the money and the ability to do it. This is my shot, and I'm never going to get another one. So if not me, who? And if not now, when?"