When I got out of the car Manuel got back in and I started talking with the crew about shock changes. We tried one when Manuel pitted for a driver change with Emil. In the end, we made three shock changes and stiffened the rear bar trying to combat understeer, but nothing seemed to work.
After our second time through the line up we were up to sixth. I got back in for another double stint at about 11:00pm. The understeer had gotten worse. It seemed like the track was going away from us. I stubbornly tried to drive through the understeer, not because that was a particularly smart thing to do, but because I was really mad at myself for missing the setup so badly.
I had my only really close call during this period. We were under a full course caution and I was slowly approaching the bus stop at the back of the line. It was dark, but when I checked my rear view mirror I saw two headlights approaching from behind at a high rate of speed. I turned the car left as hard as I could down to the bottom of the banking. A Daytona Prototype slid straight through the bus stop with all four Brakes locked up. I made sure to leave him a lot of room to pass me on the restart. We were still in sixth when I got out of the car, but I had made up a lap on several of the GT cars in front of us, and after they came in for their pit stops we were up to third. We stayed there through Emil and Manuel's stints while I went back to the trailer to lie down for an hour. I've never been able to sleep during the race, but sometimes lying down for a few minutes helps me to recharge.