Fans prepare for around the clock Rolex 24 race

Fans prepare for around the clock Rolex 24 race

Fans prepare for around the clock Rolex 24 race

AJ Allmendinger is focused on racing, but it is sports cars - not stock cars - that had his immediate attention.

Veteran team owner Chip Ganassi was more interested in celebrating Sunday's GT Le Mans class victory at the Rolex 24 At Daytona than reflecting on the 200th overall win for his organization. The No. 66 Ganassi Ford GT shared by Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and four-time Indy auto champion Sebastien Bourdais finished second, 11 seconds behind the No. 67. "It was used occasionally to sort of camp but for the last six or seven years it's just for the race", said Jacobs.

The team of Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon won and defeated its sister vehicle, which was the defending class champion. They swap with teammates-Dirk Mueller, in Hand's case-get some rest and repeat. "While one race may have gotten away, we still have a lot of big ticket races to win this year, along with the championship". His teams won six overall titles and now have two class victories. Included on the sports-car schedule are a 12-hour race at Sebring Raceway in Florida and the Petit Le Mans in Atlanta.

Cautions have been rare in this race and most team troubles have been through attrition.

"There's a time and place to talk about that", Ganassi said.

Jack Webster has been shooting motorsports since the early 1970's, covering Formula One, CanAm, F5000, TransAm, GrandAm and American Le Mans races, among others. "It was our race to lose, and those are the worst races from my point of view because everything is out of my control".

For Chip Ganassi, the ease of the start made the finish that much more hard. We just prayed it would get to the end.

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Allmendinger will team with Trent Hindman, Katherine Legge and Àlvaro Parente, driving an Acura NSX GT3 for Michael Shank Racing in the GT Daytona class.

The Cadillac victor broke two course records, the most number of laps finished (808) and the longest total distance driven (2,876.48 miles), set in 1992 and 1982, respectively.

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso made his debut in a major sports auto competition but was saddled by myriad mechanical problems with his United Autosports entry.

The trio finished 11th overall, 25 laps behind the race victor which came from the prototype class. And as I said, this is in one part of the year that we are quite relaxed, normally preparing ourselves for our season and wherever category you are. "When I finish it, I know we're going to have the power and the auto will be good, too". "It was a very nice experience the whole event".

The second Action Express vehicle, shared by Mike Conway, Eric Curran, Felipe Nasr and Stuart Middleton, claimed runner-up honours, with the two Team Penske teams having each encountered problems shortly after the halfway mark. Although Penske remained atop the team pit stand for nearly the entire 24 hours, one of his cars was knocked out of contention for the victory when Helio Castroneves made contact with Felipe Nasr as Nasr fought to stay on the lead lap. A representative from the company told The Associated Press that cars are "pushing the limits" of aggressive camber and low tire pressure, possibly causing the consistent issues.

Ricky Taylor then signed with Penske for the new sports vehicle operation, and his debut Saturday was almost spoiled by the flu.

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