Here's the entire video of the Daytona Rolex 24 Part 2 here
Here's the entire video of the Daytona Rolex 24 Part 3 here
This is one of the best 24h races I have ever watched!! The GTLM class, especially, had me glued to the screens - and I had 3 going with different cars. I'll be open and say I was rooting for the Ford GT #66 team. But man, the Risi Competizione team and their Ferrari were just fantastic. They showed a level of tenacity, hard work and just plain talent that was unmatched by many of the much larger and better funded competition. Glad to see them on the podium as they well deserved to be. What a race! Thanks IMSA!
The last 15 minutes of the Daytona Rolex 24 hours
Daytona Rolex 24 from last restart until the finish
Wayne Taylor Racing Wins the Rolex 24 includes victory lane interviews
Also shows the lead car driving into an overtaking car at the last minute.
Watch it several times if you don't believe me.
After race press conference
The winning team of the 55th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway adress the press
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Jeff Gordon Makes History with Win at Rolex 24 | NASCAR RACE HUB
Jeff Gordon drove in the dark, in the rain, and with wipers not working...
This was the car that eventually won the race.
Three forums of pictures Daytona Rolex 24
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Jeff Gordon hops into the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi 2017 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Jimmie Johnson comments by phone as race is about to resume/yellow flag
Jeff Gordon Rolex 24 At Daytona Interview 1/28/17
Class Winner Interviews | 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona - WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Two Drivers Break Record for Youngest Rolex 24 Winner
Thursday, February 2, 2017
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When the checkered flag dropped on Sunday afternoon after the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona, two drivers found themselves breaking a race record that dates back more than 30 years.
Michael de Quesada, co-driver of the No. 28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, and Patricio O’Ward, in the No. 38 Performance Tech ORECA FLM09, won in GT Daytona and Prototype Challenge, respectively. De Quesada is 17 years, 63 days old, while O’Ward is 17 years, 239 days old, and both smashed the record for the youngest driver to win the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
“It’s incredible,” said de Quesada. “I was there in 2007 when my dad (Carlos de Quesada) won, and since then have dreamed about winning myself. It was the 10-year anniversary since my dad’s first win, which makes it even more special. The dream kept going because I was in a Porsche also, plus doing it with incredible guys like Daniel (Morad), Jesse (Lazare), Mike (Christensen) and my dad was amazing.”
Prior to this year’s race, the record was held by John Jones, winner of the GTO class in the 1985 Rolex 24 At Daytona. He was 19 years, 109 days old. The closest any driver had come to breaking Jones’ record was in 2005 with GT winner Dominik Farnbacher, who at the time was 20 years, 113 days old.
"Winning in Daytona is the biggest accomplishment I have achieved during my 11 years of racing,” said O’Ward. “It was such a special win for me because it was my first ever endurance race with teammates I really enjoyed working with. The race was so difficult because the rain and the cold weather made it absolutely miserable on our legs and hands, but at the end we did it! We won the Rolex 24 in the PC class and I couldn’t be happier to do it with Kyle (Masson), James (French), Nick (Boulle) and the whole Performance Tech team."
FERRARI WINS ROLEX 24 DEKRA GREEN RACING AWARD: The first DEKRA Green Racing Award of the year was awarded to the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE after the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The award goes to the most environmentally clean, fast, and efficient car in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. The Ferrari was the recipient of the award several times in 2016 as well and the Risi team won the year-end team DEKRA Green Racing Award.
IMSA partners with the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Society of Engineers International to develop a formula for calculating each car’s environmental impact. The formula is composed of three components- Clean, Fast, and Efficient- and scores from each component are added together to create a total. The car with the lowest score, representing the smallest environmental impact, receives the Green Racing Award.
“The DEKRA Green Racing Award recognizes the manufacturer that has made an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through technological advances on the team’s engine platform,” explained Geoff Carter, IMSA Senior Director of Technical Regulations and Compliance. “Trophies are handed out after each race, as well as at the end of the year, as a reward for the team and manufacturer that have made the least environmental impact in the GT Le Mans class.”
Risi Competizione now leads the DEKRA Green Racing Team Championship, and Ferrari leads the DEKRA Green Racing GTLM Manufacturers Championship.
CHIP WILE READY TO TAKE ON BUSY FIRST YEAR AS DIS PRESIDENT: Two down, at least 13 more to go – and that’s only between now and the Fourth of July.
But if those first two races – the 55th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, preceded by the BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona – were any indication, Daytona International Speedway hasn’t lost a step in the off-season leadership transition between outgoing Track President Joie Chitwood, III, and his successor, Chip Wile. Chitwood was promoted to the job of chief operating officer of International Speedway Corporation (ISC), which owns the Daytona track.
“So far, so good,” said Wile, in the closing hours of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season kickoff, “though we can’t control the weather.” The fact that about half of the Rolex 24 was run in wet conditions sounds more imposing than it was – most of the time the rain was light, and the last five hours were cool and dry. And with that nail-biting finish – three of the four IMSA WeatherTech class wins were decided by less than three seconds – few were complaining.
Still, literally and figuratively, Wile got his feet wet as he oversaw the sports car racing weekend, good training for the approaching Speedweeks which begins with the Lucas Oil 200 ARCA race on February 18 and ends with the Daytona 500 February 26. Beyond that, there’s Bike Week, the Country 500 music festival, the Coke Zero 400 and more.
“It’s certainly different here,” Wile said, comparing Daytona to his last tour of duty as head of Darlington Raceway, “but still, I’m used to being on the go.”
And after the Rolex 24, he’s certainly sold on sports car racing.
“Our partnership with IMSA, and working together at the Rolex 24, is so important for Daytona,” he said. “It’s great to have so many international brands here – to see the sport growing this way. The vision Jim France has” – IMSA Chairman France is the son of Bill France, Sr., NASCAR founder and builder of Daytona International Speedway – “continues to resonate. He has always believed in sports car racing, as well as stock car racing. To see how the operation handles things here has really opened my eyes.”
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