In anticipation of the 2020 season kicking off this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, race teams are finalizing plans on how to come away victorious at the World Center of Racing. This holds especially true for ECR Engines, who will take more than 50 engines and 25 engine tuners to the Rolex 24 and the Daytona 500. With two of the biggest races of the year just around the corner, the pressure to perform is at an all-time high.
When preparing for Daytona, Wes Adams, ECR Engines’ trackside manager, states that the durability of the engines is just as important as performance. “We look at the data we collect from engine builds last season and apply those to the parts and pieces that are going into this years’ engines. Of course, the 24-hour race is huge for durability meaning it’s more important than ever to avoid being in the garage at all during the race. With the engine-change rule taking place at this year’s Daytona 500, it is incredibly important that our engines are capable of handling over 800 miles of superspeedway racing. Every component found in these engines runs through our QC labs, they go back through our assemblers, they’re check listed, and then we take them to the racetrack and continue to perform checklists on them multiple times throughout the week to make sure they are healthy.”
This time of year is always really special for the men and women who work at ECR. All you have to do is look down the main hallway in ECR’s Production building to see every engine ready to ship to the various teams. “It’s a reminder of just how large the operation has become since its inception. Knowing the amount of man hours that go into producing each one of these engines (when you’re taking upwards of 55 engines to one event), you realize how much effort has gone into it from every single employee. And then to go and represent ECR at the track definitely gives you a sense of pride.”
ECR engines will take the first green flag of the 2020 race season during the Rolex 24 this weekend, and then again for the NASCAR Daytona Speedweeks starting February 7th through the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 on February 16th.