Daytona. The dress rehearsal is over; now it won’t be long before Alessandro Zanardi‘s next big challenge gets underway: the 24-hour of Daytona (USA) race on 26th and 27th January. At the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener, Zanardi will share the cockpit of the BMW Team RLL #24 BMW M8 GTE with John Edwards, Jesse Krohn and Chaz Mostert. The car is equipped with a special brake lever that enables Zanardi to brake by hand. This weekend, Zanardi, BMW M Motorsport and BMW Team RLL were involved in the final test before the race, the official pre-event test, the ‘Roar’. This gave Zanardi another opportunity to get to know the BMW M8 GTE, the team and his team-mates better. In an interview, the BMW works driver and BMW brand ambassador talks about the significance of the 24-hour race of Daytona, the reception of the American fans, his impressions in the crucial stage of preparations and the challenges in the actual race.