DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — After all Brad Pitt is on the Rolex 24 at Daytona, essentially the most prestigious endurance race in the USA.
The actor shouldn’t be at Daytona Worldwide Speedway as a fan although. He is truly on observe filming scenes for his yet-to-be-titled Components One film, and the storyline comprises an arc by which Pitt, an ageing driver, has returned to sports car racing.
His presence has been a little bit of a headache to most of the different drivers within the subject, primarily due to the heavy safety on the driver motorhome lot, the place Pitt has a spot for his downtime throughout filming. IndyCar driver Scott McLaughlin complained he was denied access to his motorhome as a result of he wasn’t carrying his credential for entry — an uncommon rejection for an athlete clearly in uniform coming immediately from the racecar.
NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, a daily within the Daytona infield lot, mentioned he is been bumped to an overflow lot, identical for most of the prime drivers within the race. Amongst them? Former F1 champion Jenson Button and IndyCar driver Colton Herta, who puzzled if he ought to ask Pitt for recommendation on tips on how to make it into F1.
They’ve all complained that the filming scenes have saved them awake at night time as capturing begins lengthy after the observe has been cleared of the particular Rolex 24 practices. A filming session requires at the least six vehicles on observe at a time.
Amongst them are three identically ready Porsche 911 GT3’s painted because the precise film automotive. The vehicles are additionally similar to the Wright Motorsports entry that can truly race within the twice-round-the-clock occasion that begins Saturday.
The opposite vehicles on observe are a Mercedes and a BMW which have been described as “non-descript vehicles trying like they’re racing,” in addition to a 1999 Lola V8 that’s the official “digital camera car” and rumbles loud sufficient to sound like a inventory automotive and preserve the drivers awake.
Herta and Button each complained the filming has woken them up this week. Button had a sensible view in regards to the disruptions.
“This race goes to be tremendous cool and the dearth of sleep is the one subject, however I am within the low cost seats,” Button mentioned. “I feel we’re doing OK. We have an enormous race arising and Brad Pitt is taking part in a component within the occasion.”
Jerry Bruckheimer, who additionally produced “Days of Thunder,” is producing this F1 film. Seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton is each a producer and technical adviser, and the director is Joseph Kosinski, who directed “High Gun: Maverick.”
It’s due for launch in summer time 2025.