Press releases Daytona Rolex 24 Part 2
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2:30 p.,m. ET
Ricky Taylor takes the checkered flag to win the 55th Rolex 24 - a 1-2 finish in the debut of the Cadillac DPi-V.R. Felipe Albuquerque second, 0.671 seconds behind after 659 laps. Dirk Muller follows up last June's victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans by winning GTLM in the No. 66 Ford GT, while Michael Christenson gives Alegra Motorsports its second Rolex 24 class victory in GTD.
2:25 p.m. ET
Ricky Taylor makes his move for the lead entering Turn 1 with six minutes remaining, but has contact with Felipe Albuquerque entering Turn 1 and the No. 5 spins. Lead to Taylor, but the incident is under review. Muller and Christensen retain their respective GTLM and GTD leads.
Word from race control with 3m remaining is that no action will be taken. Taylor lead is 2.043 seconds.
2:14 p.m. ET
Ricky Taylor makes a banzai move entering Turn 1, gets inside of Filipe Albuquerque in the turn but can't make it stick; Albuquerque holds lead by 0.335 seconds. It's just as close in GTLM, Mueller by 0.079 seconds.
2:10 p.m. ET
Green flag with 20m18s remaining. Ricky Taylor fourth in line, trailing lapped No. 90 (Marc Goossens) and No. 85 (Stephen Simpson). Taylor quickly sweeps by botyh lapped cars. Albuquerque lead on lap 647 is 0.803 seconds. Muller leads Pilet in GTLM by 0.4443 seconds.
2:02 p.m. ET
Huge development with 29 minutes remaining, with caution waving with 29 minutes remaining to retreive the stopped No. 93 Acura of Andy Lally, stopped near the entrance of Turn 5. Ricky Taylor was running 8.839s behind leader Filipe Albuquerque at the time of the incident.
1:56 p.m. ET
Ricky Taylor pits for fuel with 34 minutes remaining; Albuquerque regains the lead, stretching it to 8.876s. Mueller takes the lead in GTLM in Turn 1, diving to the inside with side-by-side contact with James Calado. Patrick Pilet takes advantage of the move and follows Mueller through on the inside to take second.
1:54 p.m. ET
Filipe Albuquerque pits for a splash of fuel, giving the overall lead to Ricky Taylor,
Antonio Garcia unsuccessfully attempts to take second from Dirk Mueller, opening the door for Patrick Pilet to take third position as the top four in GTLM run nose to tail wtih 36 minutes remaining.
1:46 p.m. ET
Jack Hawksworth crunches the front end of the No. 15 Lexus in the trioval prior to Turn 1, but manages to pull off without bringing out the caution. Great battle in GTLM, James Calado (62) leads Mueller (66) by 0.390 seconds. Antonio Garcia (3) running third and Patrick Pilet (911) fourth, with both in striking distance.
1:41 p.m. ET
Back to green with 49m remaining. Ricky Taylor (10) caught in traffic as Filipe Albuquerque (5) takes the lead by 4.646s. IMSA reviews restart, no action taken.
1:30 p.m. ET
Under caution for the 20th time with one hour remaining in the Rolex 24. Seven cars are on the lead lap in GTLM and six in GTD - with most of them pitting under the caution. Only contender to stay out is Laurens Vanthoor (912 Porsche), with James Calado (62 Ferrari) beating Dirk Muller (66 Ford) off pit road. Michael Christensen is first out in GTD in the No. 28 Alegra Porsche. ... On the following lap, Vanthoor pits to return Calado to the lead.
1:23 p.m. ET
Yellow flag for debris from the No. 93 Acura, which lost its radiator ducting on the speedway. The big winner could be the second-place No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R driven by Filipe Albuquerque who pitted and completed the stop seconds before the caution. Race leader Ricky Taylor in the No. 10 WTR Cadillac will need to pit under yellow and will likely lose a considerable amount of track position.
1:03 p.m. ET
Ricky Taylor stalks Filipe Albuquerque for the overall lead and throws his No. 10 WTR Cadillac down the inside--with inches to spare--entering the Bus Stop and somehow manages to stay off the grass. Third-place Rene Rast pits the No. 90 VFR Riley/Multimatic and hands over to Marc Goossens who will take the car to the finish.
12:51 p.m. ET
Under caution, the two lead Cadillacs enter pit road side by side. Filipe Albuquerque remains in the second place No. 5, while Ricky Taylor takes over for his brother. As a result, the Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi comes off pit road first - but is still running second as Rene Rast remained on the course in the No. 90 Riley/Multimatic. All four Fords and the lead Corvette pit in GTLM, giving the class lead to the No. 62 Ferrari of Giancarlo Fisichella. In GTD, the No. 33 Mercedes of Jeroen Bleekemolen is now leading, followed by Andy Lally in the No. 93 Acura. Lally is a five-time class winner of the Rolex 24. Only Scott Pruett (with 10) and Hurley Haywood and Peter Gregg (six each) have more.
Back to green with 1h39m remaining. Albuquerque goes to the high side entering the banking to pass Rast and take the lead.
12:30 p.m. ET
Jordan Taylor stays at the wheel of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi during a round of green-flag pit stops, while Filipe Albuquerque took over for Christian Fittipaldi in Action Express Racing's No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi, while Rene Rast stayed in Riley/Multimatic.
As a result of going for the triple stint, Taylor stretched his advantage to 19.462 seconds with two hours remaining; Rast is 1m26.269s back in third.
The 19th caution waved at the 22 hour mark when Sam Bird pulled to a stop at the inside of Turn 6, the entrance to the superspeedway banking. The team reported the engine let go with no warning. He was running second in GTD in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari, with the class now led by Jules Gounon in the No. 29 Montaplast by Land-Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3. Joey Hand led GTLM by 11.103s over Giancarlo Fisichilla (62 Ferrari).
12:11 p.m. ET
Another drive though the pack for the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE, as Giancarloi Fisichella passes the Fords of Harry Tinknell (69) and Billy Johnson (6 to take third in the class. Joey Hand (66 Ford) leads the class by 4.720s, with Fisichella 6.115s back. Sam Bird leads GTD in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa 488 GT3.
11:50 a.m. ET
A sizzling battle resumes with 2h06m with Jordan Taylor leading fellow Cadillac driver Christian Fittipaldi. Pit stops changed the GTLM leaders, with Joey Hand (66 Ford) now leading Mike Rockenfeller (3 Corvette) and Billy Johnson (68 Ford).
11:30 a.m. ET
At the 21-hour mark, the top three Prototypes remain on the lead lap. All three stopped with just over three hours remnaining, with no driver changes. Jordan Taylor (10) leads Christian Fittipaldi (5) by 10.411s, with Rene Rast (90 Riley) .
James Calado (62) has regained the lead in GTLM after passing Joey Hand (66), with the Corvette of Antonio Garcia third. Mario Farnbacher's No. 33 Mercedes leads GTD, followed by Sam Bird (63 Ferrari) and Tom Dyer (No. 86 Acura). Pole winner James French leads PC by 24 laps in the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Oreca;
The 18th caution flag waved at 11:33 a.m. to retrieve bodywork from a backstraight incident involving the No. 81 DragonSpeed Oreca of Ben Hanley, who continued to the garage. He was running fifth in class at the time.
Jordan Taylor leads Christian Fittipaldi on the restart with 3h20m remaining snf 557 laps completed.
10:58 a.m. ET
Shades of 1966, Ford battling Ferrari for the lead at Daytona. Joey Hand regains the lead in GTLM in the No. 66 Ford GT, passing James Calado in the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE at start/finish.
Trent Hindman spins the No. 26 BAR1 Motorsports Oreca exiting Turn 1; he is running second in PC, although 18 laps down. That brings out the 17th full-course caution. Jorday Taylor was leading Christian Fittipaldi by 1.143s and Rene Rast by 1.466s at the time of the incident.
10:56 a.m. ET
Back to green with 3h34m remaining and 551 laps completed in the Rolex 24. Jordan Taylor (10) leads fellow Cadillac driver Christian Fittipaldi (5), with Rene Rast third and on the lead lap in the No. 90 Multimatic/Riley. The No. 2 Nissan, now driven by Pipo Derani, is one lap down but must serve a stop-plus-60s penalty for running the red light at the pit exit.
Six cars are on the lead lap in both GTLM and GTD. Four different marques are running in the top four in GTLM, wtih Ferrari (62 Calado) leading Ford (66 Hand), Corvette (3 Garcia) and Porsche (911 Werner). Mario Farnbacher's No. 33 Mercedes leads Robin Liddell's No. 57 Audi Tom Dyer's No. 86 Acura in GTD.
10:35 a.m. ET
Caution No. 16 for Chris Cumming, who spins in the No. 8 Starworks Oreca exiting Turn 1 and cannot continue.
Just prior to the yellow, James Calado (62) passed Joey Hand (66) for the GTLM lead as the Ferrari vs. Ford battle continues. Jordan Taylor took the overall lead on Renger van der Zande's (90) scheduled pit stop, with Taylor leading Christian Fittipaldi by 1.007 seccond. Meanwhile, a setback for Mazda Motorsports as Spencer Pigot pits while running fifth with a fire in the engine compartment of the No. 70 Mazda DPi. The fire is quickly extinguished, but the team continues to inspect the damage while the car plummets down the scoring pylon.
10:30 a.m. ET
Teams are beginning to switch to slick tires as the Rolex 24 reaches the 20-hour mark. While the rain has stopped, it remains veryu cool and overcast. Both of the Prototype leaders pitted for slicks at 10:24 a.m. Jordan Taylor strapped into the No. 10 Cadillac, taking over for race leader Max Angelelli, while Christian Fittipaldi took over for Joao Barbosa in the No. 5 Cadillac. Fittipaldi spun off and continued in the International Horseshoe on his out lap.
At the 20-hour mark - with 543 laps complete - Renger van der Zande leads in the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Gibson-powered Multimatic/Riley, running 49.420s ahead of Jordan Taylor and Fittipaldi 56.153s behind. Joey Hand (66) leads Janmes Calado (62) by 0.732 in GTLM, with Andy Lally (93 Acura) leading Mario Farnbacher (93 Mercedes) in GTD. Pato O'Ward holds an 18-lap lead over Trent Hindman (26) in PC.
10:12 a.m. ET
Big moment for race leader Max Angelelli. Up front by 12.389s, he slides and slids midway through the chicane, and then goes through the grass to get back onto the circuit Angelelli reenters the banking directly ahead of Joao Barbosa (5), barely managing to retain the lead.
10:05 a.m. ET
Running fourth only eight minutes ago, Toni Villander has worked his way through traffic to take the GTLM lead in the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE. He outbraked Joey Hand (66 Ford GT) for the lead entering the chicane in Lap 532. Up front, Max Angelelli (10) leads Joao Barbosa (5) by 12.180s.
9:57 a.m. ET
Joao Barbosa (5) leads the field to the restart with 4h32m remaining. Max Angelelli (10) and Renger van der Zande are on the lead lap with Scott Sharp (2) one lap behind. Angelelli didn't need long to get to the front, leading Barbosa by 1.983s on 527. Tony Vilander (62) was running third in GTLM, but slid off while battling Antonio Garcia (3) for third. Joey Hand is in the lead No. 66 Ford GT, 2.995s ahead of Kevin Estre in the No. 912 Porsche. In GTD, Adam Christodoulou has moved to the front in the No. 33 Riley-AMG Mercedes.
While the rain has stopped, it's a chilly 46 degrees and overcast in Daytona Beach. Michael Shank put his Acuras on slick tires, believed to be the first team to do so since the all-night rain.
9:39 a.m. ET
Caution is out for the 15th time for an incident involving the 3GT No. 15 Lexus of Jack Hawksworth. Then Cedric Sbirrazzuoli crashes the No. 27 Dream Lamborghini in the infield. Alessandro Balzan is the new GTD leader in the No. 63 Ferrari, followed by Andy Lally in the No. 93 Acura and Adam Christodoulou in the No. 33 Mercedes.
9:30 a.m. ET
Max Angelelli ran down Joao Barbosa to take the lead at the 19-hour mark of the Rolex 24. He extended his career in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi, staying in to triple-stint on his stop at 9:30 a.m. Joao Barbosa (5) regained the lead as Angelelli struggled on cold tires, followed by Renger van der Zande. Sebastien Bourdais (66) leads GTD and Ryan Hunter-Reay (86) in GTD, with Pato O'Ward enjoying a 16-lap advantage in PC.(3.
9:14 a.m. ET
Making perhaps the final charge of his storied career, Max "The Axe" Angelelli has ran down race leader Joao Barbosa as Cadillacs run 1-2. Seven seconds back following the restart, Angelelli (10) has cut the lead down to 0.278 seconds. Meanwhile, Renger van der Zande (90) has a scare while running third, nearly going off but is able to continue.
8:47 a.m. ET
Back to green on Lap 496. Joao Barbosa took over the lead during pit stops, remaining in the No. 5 Cadillac. Ricky Taylor turned the No. 10 Cadillac over to Max Angelelli, who is second. Renger van der Zande (90 Riley) did not pit and is back on the lead lap, with ESM's defending winner Scott Sharp (2 Nissan) fourth,one lap back. Sebastien Bourdais (66 Ford) leads GTLM.
Shortly after the restart, James Dayson (8 spins in the infield and tags the barrier. Several cars had close calls during the incident, including second-place Max Angelelli (10 Cadillac). Barbosa leads Angelelli by 7.208s, with van der Zande another two seconds back.
8:30 a.m. ET
The 14th full-course caution waves at the 18-hour mark to retrieve bodywork on the course dropped by David Cheng (26), who had just taken over second in PC from BAR1 Motorsports teammate Buddy Rice, whose No. 20 car is in the garage for repairs. James French (3 leads the class by 12 laps, looking to give Performance Tech Motorsports its first WeatherTech Championship victory.
Just prior to the caution, Ricky Taylor continued to lead at the 18-hour mark in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi. Joao Barbosa was second in the No. 5 Cadillac, but his lap times were falling off and he was 55.940s behind. While Renger van der Zande (90 Riley) and Scott Sharp (2 Nissan DPi) saw their cars both on the lead lap, both cars served penalties for repeatedly short-cutting the chicane, dropping them off the lead lap. Jonathan Bomarito is fifth in the No. 55 Mazda DPi, seven laps down.
Patrick Pilet leads GTLM in the No. 62 Ferrari ahead of Sebastien Boudais (66 Ford) and Jan Magnussen (3 Corvette). In GTD, Acuras were 1-2, with Ryan Hunter-Reay (86) leading Graham Rahal (93), with Matt Bell (57 Audi) third.
7:50 a.m. ET
Race leader Ricky Taylor pits and remains at the wheel of the No. 10 Cadillac. Taylor remains in the lead over Joao Barbosa (5 Cadillac), who took over for Filipe Albuquerque the previous lap.
Big developement in PC. Buddy Rice (20 BAR1 Motorsports) has contact and is dragging left-rear bodywork, goes to the garage. He had worked his way up to one lap behind PC leader James French (3. Third place David Cheng (26) is 11 laps behind.
7:30 p.m. ET
Filipe Albuquerque has just taken the lead at the 17-hour mark of the Rolex 24, with the No. 5 Cadillac leading Rickyt Taylor in the No. 10 Cadillac by 0.454 seconds. Marc Goossens (90 Riley) is third, 31.953 seconds back. James Lietz (912 Porsche) leads Mike Rockenfeller (3 Corvette), Giancarlo Fisichella (62 Ferrari) and Sebastien Bourdais (66 Ford) GTLM, while Jeroen Bleekemolen (33 Mercedes) leading the Acuras of Ryan Hunter-Reay (86) and Graham Rahal (93), and the Audi of Andrew Davis (57). James French (3 leads Buddy Rice (20) in PC.
Moments later, Taylor regains the lead from Albuqueque - with the pair racing side by side, while Hunter-Reay goes up in GTD.
7:15 a.m. ET
Dane Cameron talks about the problems that have plagued the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPiw, which has the former race leader ninth in Prototype, 16 laps back with Seb Morris now at the wheel: "It's a bunch of little stuff more than anything. Earlier in the race we got caught up with another car, and we later lost a right-front toe link as a result of that contact. The latest was an electronic glich, and we had to go back to the garage and make some changes that took some time. Unlucky more than anything, unfortunately. It's a bit disappointing to be stuck several laps down with the other Cadillacs running so well, after running 1-2 for most of this race. Always bad luck for me at this race, and it's continuing for another year."
In PC, former Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice (20) has closed to one lap of class leader James French (3.
7 a.m. ET
Back to green after a one hour, 42-minute caution for rain. Still drizzling as racing results, with Filipe Albuquerque (5 Cadillac) quickly passing Mark Goossens (90 Riley) for the overall lead. Sam Bird pits to serve penalty in No. 63 Ferrari. Sky beginning to brighten but remains very cloudy.
6:42 a.m. ET
Still under caution, top two cars pit on Lap 441. Jordan in for brother Ricky Taylor in No. 10 Cadillac, has trouble restarting. Filipe Albuquerque remains in the No. 5. Lead circulates to Marc Goossens (90 Riley), followed by Albuquerque and Taylor. On the following lap, top two Fords pit in GTLM, Dirk Muller (66) and Andy Priaulx (69), lead to Richard Lietz in the No. 912 Porsche. PC leader James French spins and continues. The No. 50 Mercedes - which had an incident shortly after 4 a.m. with Cooper MacNeil at the wheel - is officially retired. ... Rain beginning to let up, now more of a drizzle, with several jet driers dispatched to blow off standing water.
6:30 a.m. ET
The pace car has led the entire 16th hour, with the field under caution under steady rain, Jordan Taylor leads in the No. 10 Cadillac after 439 laps, followed by Filipe Albuquerque in the No. 5 Cadillac and Marc Goossens in the No. 90 Riley. Fords 1-2 in GTLM, Dirk Muller (66) ahead of Andy Priaulx (69), with James Calado third in the No. 62 Ferrari. Ozz Negri circulates to the front in GTD due to pit stops, leading in the No. 86 Acura, followed by Jeroen Bleekemolen (33 Mercedes) and Graham Rahal (93 Acura). No change in PC, James French (3 two laps ahead of Mark Kvamme (20).
5:30 a.m. ET
Rain is the biggest story at the 15 hour mark, with cars circulating behind the safety car for the 13th time due to a downpour. Four cars are in contention for the overall victory. Jordan Taylor leads in the No. 10 Cadillac, with Marc Goossens (90 Riley) and Filipe Albuquerque (5 Cadillac) also on the lead lap. Defending winner Pipo Derani is one lap down in the No. 2 Nissan. James Calado leads GTLM in the No. 62 Ferrari, followed by the Porsches of Dirk Werner (911) and Richard Lietz (912), then the Ford of Dirk Werner (66) and the Corvette of Mike Rockenfeller (3). Mario Farnbacher (33 Mercedes) leafds seven cars on the lead lap in GTD, with Ezequiel Perez Companc moving up to second in the No. 11 GRT Grasser Lamborghini. PC a two-car race between Kyle Masson in the No. 38 Performance Tech Oreca, two laps ahead of the No. 20 BAR1 entry of Chapman Ducotte.
The weather radar shows the rain clearing mid-morning; it should be clear for the final five hours.
5:18 a.m. ET
Caution waves for the 13th time. It's due to the weather. New leader in GTLM, James Calado in the No. 62 Ferrari, who passed Dirk Werner in the No. 911 Porsche.
5:12 a.m. ET
Back to green on Lap 411, raining heavily. ... Mike Conway returns in the No. 31, 16 laps down. Jordan Taylor (10) leads Marc Goossens (90) by 2.929s. ... Mario Farnbacher has taken the lead in GTD, driving the No. 50 Mercedes, 1.502s ahead of Robin Liddell in the No. 57 Audi. ... Seven GTLM cars on lead lap, six in GTD.
4:43 a.m. ET
12th caution of the race for Trent Hindman stopped in the chicane, running third in PC in the No. 26 BAR1 Motorsports Oreca FLM09. He was four-laps back in the class, and is 80 laps ahead of fourth-place Remo Ruscitti (. Long visit to garage for Mike Conway in the No. 31 Cadillac, team working on electrical issue. Car is 12 laps down and ninth in the class, still in the garage.
4:30 a.m. ET
14 hours into the Rolex 24, Jordan Taylor has just reclaimed the lead in the No. 10 Cadillac on a routine stop by Rene Rast (90), which also put third-place Christian Fittipaldi (5) on the tail end of the lead lap. Change up front in GTLM, with both Porsches of Kevin Estre (912) and Dirk Werner (911) getting around two Fords, with Billy Johnson (6 in third. Robin Liddell took over the GTD lead since the recent restart in the No. 57 Stevenson Audi, followed by the 33 Mercedes of Mario Farnbacher. PC remains in the grasp of Performance Tech Motorsport, with Nicolas Boulle (3 holding a three-lap lead over the two BAR1 Motorsports entries, Chapman Ducote (20) and Trent Hindman (26).
4:16 a.m. ET
Quickly back to yellow on lap 393. Cooper MacNeil's No. 50 Mercedes circulating slowly with significant left-front suspension. Had contact with inside wall entering infield, incident similar to Scott Pruett's earlier in the race although damage not as bad. MacNeil continues to garage. ... Back to green at 4:23 on lap 396, Rene Rast (90) leads Jordan Taylor (10) with one lap-down Christian Fittipaldi (5) between the two leaders.
4:12 a.m. ET
Finally back to green on Lap 392 after nearly an hour behind the safety car due to the rain. It's 43 degree and still raining in Daytona as Rene Rast (90) leads Jordan Taylor (10). We were under yellow for 54 minutes.
3:30 a.m. ET
The 13th hour has Rene Rast and the VFR Riley/Multimatic in the lead under yellow. Kevin Estre leads GTLM in his No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR, Nicholas Boulle leads PC in his No. 38 entry and Mario Farnbacher has the No. 33 Mercedes-AMG GT3 atop GTD.
3:17 a.m. ET
Yellow flag. Weather conditions have deteriorated heavily due to excessive rainfall.
3:12 a.m. ET
Max Angelelli pits the WTR Cadillac for a drive-thru penalty, handing the lead to the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Riley/Multimatic Mk 30 driven by Rene Rast. The penalty was for starting refueling before WTR's fire extinguisher person was in place.
3:07 a.m. ET
Return to green.
2:49 a.m. ET
Yellow for a crash at the Bus Stop by the No. 54 CORE autosport Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Nic Jonsson.
2:30 a.m. ET
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Tampa Racing sincerely thanks Marshall Pruett & J.J. O'Malley
for their efforts with this project.
Press releases Daytona Rolex 24 Part 1
Most recent first...was originally a live streaming from the Track
2:49 a.m. ET
Yellow for a crash at the Bus Stop by the No. 54 CORE autosport Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Nic Jonsson.
2:30 a.m. ET
WTR's Max Angelelli has maintained his lead at the start of the 12th hour--the halfway point--in the No. 10 Cadillac. Kevin Estre leads GTLM in his No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR, Pato O'Ward's teammate Nicholas Boulle leads PC in his No. 38 entry and Acura is atop GTD once more, albeit with the No. 86 NSX GT3.
Rainfall and cold temperatures continue to rule the event.
2:09 a.m. ET
After numerous hours in the garage having its transmission replaced, the No. 70 Mazda RT24-P DPi is back on track.
1:44 a.m. ET
The No. 67 Ford GT driven by Ryan Briscoe hits the garage for a new rear wing after spinning at the Bus Stop and clouting the wall.
1:30 a.m. ET
WTR's Max Angelelli leads at the start of the 11th hour in the No. 10 Cadillac. Fred Makowiecki leads GTLM in his No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR, Pato O'Ward continues to lead PC in his No. 38 entry and Acura is atop GTD once more in the No. 93 NSX GT3.
1:25 a.m. ET
The No. 22 Nissan has returned from almost an hour's worth of repairs in the garage.
12:48 a.m. ET
Return to green.
12:30 a.m. ET:
Ricky Taylor leads Prototype in the No. 10 Cadillac at the 10th hour. Joey Hand leads GTLM in the No. 66 Ford GT. Pato O'ward leads PC in his No. 38, and Andy Lally leads GTD in the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3.
Hartley is out of the Nissan, which is being loaded onto a tow truck.
12:29 a.m. ET
Yellow flag for Hartley's stranded Nissan, which suffered significant steering damage.
12:24 a.m. ET
Hartley leaves the pits for his third stint in the No. 22 and goes off at both hairpins. A big wiggle entering the banking is caught by the spectacular Kiwi, but he's soon hit by a passing GT car which turned the Nissan to the right and into the barriers on the banking. He was in second at the time. The Nissan continued slowly past the Bus Stop but Hartley pulled to a stop on course.
12:11 a.m. ET
Ricky Taylor continues to lead in the WTR Cadillac DPi-V.R. After the pit stope xchange gave Nissan and Brendon Hartley a brief glimpse of the lead, Taylor resumed his place atop the race and has been lapping up to two seconds faster per lap. The WTR car pulled a 41-second lead over the stint before pitting for fuel.
11:43 P.M. ET
Acura takes the lead of GTD for the first time on its WeatherTech Championship debut. Driver Graham Rahal earned the honor in the No. 93 NSX GT3, but has a pit stop for fuel coming shortly.
11:30 p.m. ET
Nissan leads the Rolex 24 at Daytona! That lead, a byproduct of Ricky Taylor pitting in his WTR Cadillac DPi-V.R, is impressive nonetheless. Brendon Hartley led in the No. 22 Nissan Onroak DPi at the nine-hour mark in Prototype, Sebastien Bourdais led GTLM in the no. 66 Ford GT, James French led PC in the No. 38, and Colin Braun led GTD in the No. 54 Porsche 911 GT3 R.
11:23 p.m. ET
The sole remaining Lexus RC F, the No. 15, slows to a crawl exiting the Bus Stop. A blown right-rear tire ripped the fender and associated bodywork from the car while Dominik Farnbacher was running inside the top 10.
11:15 p.m. ET
The No. 96 Turner BMW is headed to the garages for repairs to the steering rack.
10:52 p.m. ET
Back to green on Lap 252, with Ricky Taylor (10 Cadillac) leading Brendon Hartley (No. 22 Nissan) and Renger van der Zande (No. 90 Riley). Sebastien Bourdais (66 Ford) in GTLM, Dominik Farnbacher (No. 15 Lexus) in GTD and Jamers French (3 in PC.
10:37 p.m. ET
Caution out for the seventh time for Brett Sandberg, who spun in the No. 16 Lamborghini and hit the wall exiting the chicane on Lap 248.
10:30 p.m. ET
Jeff Gordon leads the race at the eight-hour mark in the No. 10 Cadillac, 1:20 seconds after of Bruno Senna in the No. 22 Nissan. Marc Goossens (90) is third. Joao Barbosa has fallen to fourth, with the team again changing the rear bodywork on its pit stop, losing a lap in the process. Richard Westbrook (67) leads Sebastien Bourdais (66) in GTLM, Colin Braun (54 Porsche ) is back in front in GTD over Graham Rahal (93 Acura) and Ken Keating (33 Mercedes). James French continues to lead PC in the No. 38 Oreca.
10:06 p.m. ET
New leaders in both GT classes. Mike Rockenfeller out front in GTLM in the No. 3 Corvette as Toni Vilander pits the No. 62 Ferrari. ... Then Rockenfeller pits, and Sebastien Bourdais is back in first in the No. 66 Ford. ... In GTD, Colin Braun had led in the No. 54 Porsche, with Connor De Phillippi returning to the lead in the No. 29 Audi when Braun pits.
9:50 p.m. ET
An exchange of pit stops sees Jeff Gordon leading overall after taking over from Jordan Taylor in the No. 10, although Filipe Albuquerque (5) regains the point one lap later. Light rain continues to fall. Mike Conway is five laps down in the No. 31 Cadillac, which had its suspension damaged by the Turn 6 contact at 7:10 p.m.
There's a new look atop the GTLM charts, with the four Fords running sixth through ninth. Toni Vilander leads in the No. 62 Ferrari, followed by Kevin Estre (912 Porsche), Augusto Farfus (19 BMW), Mike Rockenfeller (3 Corvette) and Patrick Pilet (911 Porsche). Leading the Fords is Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 66.
9:30 p.m. ET
The seventh hour clicks off in the No. 55 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Filipe Albuquerque (5) leads Jordan Taylor (10) by 2.840s, with Michael Conway (31) 9.575s back. Hanghing on to the lead lap are Bruno Senna (22) and Marc Goossens (90). Toni Vilander has passed all four Ford GTs to take the lead in GTLM, driving the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari. Sebastien Bourdais has just pitted in the No. 66 Ford which has dominated so far. Conor De Phillippi has taken over in GTD in the No. 29 Audi, followed by Robin Liddell (57 Audi) and Jeroen Bleekemolen (33 Mercedes). Kyle Masson (3 is a lap up in PC, followed by Chapoman Ducote (20).
Michael Conway takes the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac to the garage and falls to seventh, six laps down, with the team working on the right-front toe-in.
9:25 p.m. ET
Another bullet dodged by the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DPi as Mike Conway slides off wide in Turn 1. He continues, but loses second position to Jordan Taylor.
9:14 p.m. ET
Toni Vilander is on the charge in the No. 62 Ferrari, passing the Fords of Andy Priaulx (69) and Olivier Pla (6 entering the banking to move from fifth to third in GTLM. ... Seven mjinutes later, Vilander gets around the No. 67 Ford GT of Scott Dixon. He's up to second, 1.014 seconds behind GTLM leader Sebastien Bourdais.
9:08 p.m. ET
It's worth noting that Tequila Patron ESM has worked the cautions and wave-bys to get the No. 22 Nissan DPi - currently driven by Bruno Senna - back on the lead lap. Also back on the lead lap in the No. 90 Gibson-powered Multimatic/Riley now being driven by Marc Goossens. The three Cadillac DPis had been the lone cars on the lead lap; now there are five, led by Filipe Albuquerque (5), Michael Conway (31) and Jordan Taylor (10), with the sixth-place No. 2 ESM Nissan of 2016 Rolex 24 winner Pipo Derani now one lap down.
We've got nine lead-lap cars in GTLM, and 12 in GTD. Green flag waves to resume racing at 9:08 p.m. on Lap 203.
8:51 p.m. ET
Caution No. 6 waves on Lap 198 for PC leader Kyle Masson, who spins in the class-leading No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsport Oreca directly in front of Michael Conway in the second-place No. 31 Whelen Cadillac. Conway avoids the incident, but Masson has trouble restarting his car. Seconds after the caution flag waves, Masson finally gets away, preserving his three-lap lead in PC. ... Race leaders pit under caution, with Conway getting away without difficulty (the car was push-started behind the wall following its last two stops).
8:30 p.m. ET
The six-hour mark also is the end of the opening segment of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup - a trophy captured three straight years by the No. 5 Action Express team. That organization demonstrated why it keeps winning that unique competition when it pitted both cars under the recent caution seven minutes prior to the end of the segment, and switched to rain tires even though it was barely raining. Five minutes later, leader Jordan Taylor (10) was forced to pit for rain tires as percipitation increased. At the six-hour mark, Filipe Albuquerque led in the No. 5 Cadillac -earning the five Patron Cup points, followed by teammate Michael Conway (31) and Jordan Taylor (10). In GTLM, Patrick Pilet led in the No. 911 Porsche, followed by Sebastien Boudais (66 Ford) and Augusto Farfus (No. 19 BMW). Shane Van Gisbergen led GTD in the No. 50 Riley Mercedes, followed by Pierre Kaffer (23 Audi) and Jack Hawksworth (15 Lexus).
Four minutes later, Bourdais put the No. 66 Ford GT back in front of GTLM - where it's been most of the race. Kaffer took the GTD lead but pitted, putting Hawksworth in front, while Cooper MacNeil had a broken wheel shortly after taking over from Van Gisbergen in the No. 23 Audi.
8:28 p.m. ET
Work continues in the Starworks' garage to repair both of the team Orecas. Repairs on the No. 8 is nearly completed, with the major damage being the mounting point for the rear wing. The No. 88 broke both the right-front and rear suspension; repairs to that car will take at least another hour.
8:17 p.m. ET
Back to green on lap 180.
8:05 p.m. ET
During pit stops under caution, the No. 31 Whelen Corvette DPi again has trouble restarting. The team again pushes the car back towards the garage entrance, and push starts it with Michael Conway now at the wheel. Teams cannot push start a car on pit road. Pit choice is a bonus for winning the championship. Albuquerque stays in the No. 5 Cadillac and takes the lead, with Jordan Taylor taking over for Max Angelelli in the No. 10 and is running second. ... Oliver Gavin is now on the No. 4 (which brought out the current caution), and returns to the pits for fuel one lap after taking over for Marcel Fassler. ... Rain picking up, teams contemplating transition to wet-weather tires. ... No. 81 DragonSpeed Oreca running very slowly, apparently without power.
7:53 p.m. ET
Marcel Fassler (No. 4 Corvette) loses the electrics and comes to a stop on the inside of the backstretch. He was running fourth. The incident brings out the fifth full-course caution on lap 172. But just before the yellow waves, Sam Bird (63 Ferrari) passed Mark Wilkins (93 Acura) for the GTD lead in the trioval. ... Meanwhile, it begins to rain, with the sprinkles from 15 minutes ago beginning to intensify.
7:43 p.m. ET
Tremendous battle for the GTD lead. Mark Wilkins up front in the No. 93 Acura, chased by Maxime Martin (No. 96 BMW, .219s back), Sam Bird (63 Ferrari, -0.711s) and Shane van Gisenbergen (50 Mercedes) and Patrick Long (54 Porsche), all within 2.280 seconds). While we were checking out GTD, Max Angelelli (10) passes Eric Curran (31) for the overall lead.
7:39 p.m. ET
Two fastest race laps, set back to back, in the sizzling Prototype battle among the three Cadillac DPis. Filipe Albuquerque (5) runs 1m36.534s on Lap 163. The following lap, Max Angelelli (10) turns a 1m36.394s). ... Light sprinkles reported.
7:30 p.m. ET
It's back to green after the fourth caution of the race.
Five hours into the 55th Rolex 24, Cadillac remain 1-2-3, the lone cars on the lead lap. Eric Curran (31) leads Filipe Albuquerque (5) and Max Angelelli (10). Dirk Mueller continues to lead GTLM in the No. 66 Ford GT, followed by Antonio Garcia (3 Corvette) and Scott Dixon (67 Ford), with the No. 62 Ferrari of Giancarlo Fisichella falling to ninth after running in the top 3 most of the race due to brushing the wall and getting a drive-through penalty. It's Mark Wilkins leading GTD in the No. 93 Acura, followed by Sam Bird (63 Ferrari) and Maxime Martin (96 BMW). Kyle Masson (3 has a two-lap lead in PC over Chapman Ducote (20). Temperature 50 degrees and dropping - downright chilly - with showers forecast to hit around 2 a.m.
7:10 p.m. ET
More trouble for the No. 88 Starworks Oreca of James Dayson, who contacts barrier in Turn 6 while being passed by the third-place No. 31 Cadillac of Eric Curran. Dayson tries to continue with right-front suspension damage but can't make it back to the pits, bringing out the fourth full-course caution on lap 153.
6:54 p.m. ET
Scare for the former PC class-leading No. 88 Starworks entry when James Dayson stalls and cannot refire on pit road after taking over for Sean Rayhall. Car finally gets going, with Dayson called back in to serve a penalty after speeding on pit road during his exit. He's now running second, but two laps behind leader Nicolas Boulle (No. 3.
6:30 p.m. ET
We've got a terrific fight up front after four hours of racing in the Rolex 24. Cadillacs are 1-2-3 - the lone cars on the lead lap with Max Angelelli (10) leading Christian Fittipaldi (5) and Eric Curran (31). Best of the rest is Rene Rast in the No. 90 Riley, two laps down. It's been Ford vs. Ferrari - with Corvette not far back - in GTLM, wtih the Le Mans-winning No. 66 Ford GT, with Dirk Mueller now at the wheel, leading Giancarlo Fisichella in the No. 62 Ferrari. Matteo Cressoni leads GTD in the No. 63 Ferrrari, while it's Nicholas Boulle leading PC in the No. 38.
6:24 p.m. ET
Eric Curran, driving the second place No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi, turned in the fastest lap of the race on L125, 1m36.793s. He trails Max Angelelli (10) by 0.500 seconds. ... Five laps later, Angelelli ups the ante with a lap of 1m36.556s. Both Curran and Angelelli bettered Joao Barbosa's pole-winning lap of 1m36.903s.
6:18 p.m. ET
Max Angelelli (10) - driving his final race - passes Eric Curran (31) to take the lead. Moments later, Mike Guasch spins the No. 52 Ligier in the International Horseshoe in front of both cars - who fortunately manage to avoid him.
6:10 p.m. ET
Back to green. The No. 8 Starworks Oreca given a stop plus 10 minute penalty for causing the incident with the No. 73 Porsche. ... Matteo Cressoni now leading GTD in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari. ... Also penalized is Spencer Pigot in the No. 55 Mazda DPi, 3m18s for improper wave by.
6:05 p.m. ET
The engine cover comes off the race-leading No. 5 Cadillac of Christian Fittipaldi - but it's no big deal. The team replaced the tail due to tail light failure. Fittipaldi is now third behind race-leading teammate Eric Curran in the No. 31 and Max Angelelli in the No. 10, with Cadillacs remaining 1-2-3.
5:51 p.m. ET
Third caution on lap 110 due to a two-car incident involving Matt McMurry, who had been running second in GTD in the No. 73 Park Place Porsche, and John Falb in the No. 8 Starworks Oreca. The two made contact coming into the chicane, and both slid into the barrier. McMurry hit first, and Falb then slid into him. Both cars appear to be badly damaged.
5:48 p.m. ET
Big scare for the former race-leading No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DPi when Eric Curran stalled the car after taking over for Seb Morris. The car was pushed back to the pits, restarted and continued, although dropping to third behind Christian Fittipaldi (5) and Max Angelelli, who has taken over for Jeff Gordon in the No. 10.
5:30 p.m. ET
Three hours into the Rolex 24, Cadillac DPis are running 1-2-3 and have lapped the remainder of the Prototype field. Seb Morris (No. 31) leads Action Express teammate Christian Fittipaldi (5) by 21.692s, with Jeff Gordon (10) 29s behind the leader.. Renger van der Zande (90 Riley) is fourth. The No. 66 Ford GT has dominated GTLM, with Dirk Mueller now leading teammate Ryan Briscoe (67) by 4.398s, with the No. 62 Ferrari of James Calado third. In GTD, Jules Gounon leads in the No. 29 Audi, followed by Matt McMurry (73 Porsche). All five PC cars are in contention, led by Performance Tech Motorsports' Patricio O'Ward (3. ... Two cautions so far, with the most serious incident an accident by Scott Pruett that resulted in the retirement of the No. 14 3GT Racing Lexus RCF.
5:15 p.m. ET
The No. 14 Lexus has been retired due to the damage that brought out the second caution. Scott Pruett was driving at the time. ... Joey Hand has pitted the No. 66 Ford GT while leading, turning the car over Dirk Muller, James Calado (No. 62 Ferrari) and Ryan Briscoe (No. 67 Ford) each lead during the round of green-flag pit stops.
5:07 p.m. ET
Seb Morris retains the lead in the No. 31 Cadillac DPi after a green flag round of routine opit stops. The 20-year-old Welshman earned his ride by winning the Sunoco Whelen Challenge which involves several European series. Competing in the British GT series, Morris won a race and secured four pole positions.
5:03 p.m. ET
The No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM has been retired after completing 15 laps. John Edwards was running 10th when he felt a vibration in the rear of the car. Coming to the pits, the car locked up. The team replaced the transaxle and ran one more lap before going back to the garage with an unknown powertrain technical failure.
4:57 p.m. ET
Ricky Taylor on his thoughts early in the race: "I didn't want to be the one who crashed the car and Jeff Gordon didn't get to race. That would have been the worst." ... Ryan Dalziel is on pit road in the No. 2 Nissan DPi, rear engine cover off.
"I started to lose power, then lost boost on one side," Dalziel said. "From one lap to the next we lost about 20kph on the front straight. The car was running good on the field. Clearly we were the best of the rest."
4:36 p.m. ET
Tom Long had a series of problems after taking over in the No. 70 Mazda DPi. The car stalled exiting the pits and had to be pushed back. After it was refired, Long rejoined the field at the restart, and then spun in the International Horseshoe. He was then penalized for improper course entry, a stop-and-go plus one minute penalty. The sequence of events cost the team two laps. ... Also penalized was the No. 48 Lamborghini, a stop-plus 3m30s for Bryan Sellers in the No. 48 for improper wave-by.
4:30 p.m. ET
Back to green following the second caution period. At the two-hour mark, Seb Morris (No. 31 Cadillac) passes Jeff Gordon to take the overall lead, followed by Christian Fittipaldi and Gordon. Patricio O'Ward (No. 3 leads Alex Popow in PC. Joey Hand (No. 66 Ford) continues to lead in GTLM, followed by the No. 3 Corvette of Jan Magnussen and the No. 62 Ferrari of James Calado. Jules Gounon leaads GTD in the No. 29 Audi, followed by Norbert Seidler (No. 73 Porsche) and Christina Nielsen (No. 63 Ferrari). ... Scott Pruett evaluated and released from the infield care center after the incident that brought out the second caution.
4:23 p.m. ET
Still under caution, Jeff Gordon takes the overall lead in the No. 10 Cadillac during the round of pit stops.
4:17 p.m. ET
Running under caution, Neel Jani is running very slowly in the fourth-place No. 13 Rebellion Oreca. Car goes behind the wall, losing 11 laps.
4:14 p.m. ET
Dane Cameron talked about his opening stint in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi: "It was a fun opening to the Rolex 24. It was great to see both Action Express cars in the lead with our new Cadillacs. I didn't know what to expect over the long run, because I didn't have any real long runs in testing. The first time was a real deal for sure! At the beginning I hung out with JB [Joao Barboss] and let him set the pace. Then I was able to sneak by in traffic and lead some. I was surprised to see how quick the pace was. It was great to get the feel so we will know what to expect later in the race. Long way to go yet!"
4:08 p.m. ET
Scott Pruett hits the wall on the left-side of Turn 2 while running in traffic in the No. 14 Lexus, bringing out the second full-course caution on lap 57. Car sustains significant front-end damage.
"I got nudged," a frustrated Pruett told RACER. "I was just riding around minding my own business and got hit."
3:50 p.m. ET
Ricky Taylor takes the lead from Joao Barbosa on Lap 46, two laps after Barbosa took it from Dane Cameron as Cadillacs continue to run 1-2-3. ... New GTD leader is Patrick Lindsey (No. 73 Porsche) after passing Christina Nielsen (63 Ferrari) on lap 37. Also a change in PC, with new leader Chris Cumming (8 Oreca).
3:30 p.m. ET
At the one-hour mark, Cadillacs running 1-2-3, Dane Cameron (No. 31) leads Ricky Taylor (No. 10) and Joao Barbosa (No. 5). James French leads PC, followed by Starworks teammates Alex Popow (8 and Chris Cumming (. Joey Hand leads GTLM in No. 66 Ford, followed by Toni Villander (62 Ferrari) and Jan Magnussen (3 Corvette). Christina Nielsen is the new leader in GTD in the No. 63 Ferrari, followed by Patrick Lindsey (73 Porsche) and Rolf Ineichen (No. 11 Lamborchini). ... A scare for the No. 27 Lamborghini on its pit stop, with a fuel fire underneath the car quickly extinguished. The team continued with its stop, with Paolo Roberti taking over from Lawrence DeGeorge.
3:20 p.m. ET
Ricky Taylor leads in the No. 10 Cadillac as the Action Express teammates Joao Barbosa and Dane Cameron both pit on Lap 22. All three Cadillac DPis have now lead. Taylor pits two laps later, putting Joel Miller up front in the No. 70 Mazda DPi - which had pitted in the opening laps. Lead cycles back to Cameron in the No. 31 Cadillac when Miller pits on Lap 24.
3:03 p.m. ET
Dane Cameron in the No. 31 Cadillac passes teammate Joao Barbosa's No. 5 Cadillac to take the overall lead. ... Ricky Taylor sets fast race lap in the No. 10 Cadillac, 1:36.909.
3 p.m. ET
30 minutes into the Rolex 24, pole sitter Joao Barbosa has led all 16 laps in the No. 5 Cadillac, 0.389s ahead of teammate Dane Cameron in the No. 31. ... James French leads PC in the No. 38 ahead of Johnny Mowlem in the No. 26, with both drivers taking turns up front. Joey Hand leads Toni Villander in GTLM in a No. 66 Ford vs. No. 62 Ferrari battle. ... GTD pole winner Alessandro Pier Guidi still up front in the No. 51 Ferrari.
2:40 p.m. ET
First caution waves on Lap 6 for the No. 16 Change Racing Lamborghini of Greert Jeroen Mul, off at the West Horseshoe. ... Back to green for the beginning of Lap 8, Joao Barbosa still in command. Kimber-Smith back out in the No. 52 Ligier but is running slowly.
2:35 p.m. ET
Joao Barbosa leads the first lap in the pole-winning No. 5 Cadillac DPi. Tom Kimber-Smith pits at the end of the opening lap with a shifting issue in the No. 52 Ligier. Joel Miller pits the No. 70 Mazda on the following lap, takes fuel, looking to get away from the pack.
2:30 p.m. ET
Green flag waved by honorary starter Hurley Haywood to start the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona. Grand Marshal Dario Franchitti gave the command to start the engines. 55 degrees, cool and cloudy with a chance of rain during the early morning hours. It's a clean start, with 55 cars underway.
2 p.m. ET
30 minutes from the start. Huge crowd on the grid for pre-race festivities.
1:30 p.m. ET
We're an hour away from the green flag.
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