“I’ve had a lot of weird things happen actually! [Pause]… maybe 2004, the Daytona 24 Hours.
“I was driving a Porsche [996 GT3 Cup for Foxhill Racing], and we had a very long yellow flag period behind the safety car. The rain was so bad they had to bring us through the pitlane. And I was in the car for so long that, eventually, I had to use the bathroom. So I called my pit guys, but they said, ‘well, we can’t stop because we can’t give up our position.’ I said, ‘okay, throw me a Gatorade bottle through the window when I come by next time.’ Next lap through the pits, they throw a bottle in, and I… ‘used’ the bottle on the banking at Daytona! We were still under yellow so we were going pretty slowly.
“At the time I was working for the Panoz Racing School at Sebring. One of the guys that helped us at the school was also a corner worker at Daytona, and I knew he would be at turn six on the infield. So when I finished my business, I sealed the bottle and threw it out the window at the corner station. He saw it, radioed it in – ‘something just came off one of the cars at turn six!’ – and as soon as he picked it up, he knew what had happened. He wanted to kill me after the race!”