Last year, during the first season of the BMW M8 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Rahal admits that the car was initially out of place, due to the lack of knowledge of the team and the fact that IMSA technical staff decided on the settlement of the Balance of Performance. Now he feels that the M8 – led by John Edwards, Jesse Krohn, Chaz Mostert, Alex Zanardi (car # 24) and Tom Blomqvist, Connor De Phillippi, Philipp Eng and Colton Herta (# 25) – are fast enough to "I think when we got our first car in Daytona and Sebring last year, it was not competitive," he told "But over the course of the season, we have been able to evolve and develop the car so that it" improves "in itself," and IMSA helped make it equal – or closer to equality. – with the fastest cars in the class. "As I've said to a lot of people, we're not looking for a benefit, but we're trying to be as consistent as possible and then it's up to us to catch up with the rest of the difference to win. That's all we ask. "Towards the end of last year, we won two races. [VIR and Laguna Seca] and part of that, frankly, was based on pit strategies – or Connor De Phillippi pulled the last drop of fuel to win in Laguna! So it was not an absolute speed, but we were close enough to be in the race. "At the moment, I think we look like this performance compared to others, and I'm good at it. We have the chance. Rahal admitted that it had been difficult outside of the season to assess which aspects – whether it was BoP modifications, new Michelin compounds or the development work of RLLR – have made the biggest difference in terms of performance. It's a good question that is frankly impossible to answer, "he said. "The tire situation is definitely a challenge for us, it seems. Last year, we tested the car on the WEC Michelins and we hoped to get a little more performance than we had obtained: "I do not impose that at all on Michelin; it's up to us to work with what we have. So there has been a lot of work in this area, and it continues because we are not where we need to be. But we got good information last week in the Roar test, which will help us. With regard to the tradeoff between generating enough speed on the Daytona banking system and having the necessary strike force for point and squirt field sections, Rahal says the M8's competitiveness will be competitive. "Depending on the temperature." He said, "If it's hot, the challenge will be met. The cold air makes things more enjoyable when cornering – but then it becomes beneficial for everyone, of course. So, I do not know if we have found that balance, but it's the best decision to make in the days before the race when we have a more accurate picture of the conditions. "We know the car better than we did a year ago. and I think we have a better idea of ​​what the car needs. Asked about the GTLM's favorite team, Rahal said, "I do not think we know what the ultimate potential of anyone is. In fact, I do not think anyone really knows what everyone has until the last hour of the race! "In recent years, it's usually Ford vs. Corvette. I think Ford has been a bit reduced since then, but … let's be honest, BoP is a dubious topic – what we have is what we have and we just have to get the most out of it. re in the hunt even though we are not quite the fastest yet. We should be close enough to places where we can at least make strategy calls that help offset any difference in performance. "If we can start where we seem to have passed the tests, then we have to do a better job, a team and we hope to fight for victory in the last stints."