Borcheller holds lead at Daytona24 halfway mark

Borcheller holds lead at Daytona24 halfway mark

Terry Borcheller has the No. 9 Action Express Racing Porsche Riley in the Rolex24 at Daytona lead at the halfway mark. Last year's winning team still has 12 hours to land the back-to-back win but they also have the pressure of Memo Rojas just 1.275...

Terry Borcheller has the No. 9 Action Express Racing Porsche Riley in the Rolex24 at Daytona lead at the halfway mark. Last year's winning team still has 12 hours to land the back-to-back win but they also have the pressure of Memo Rojas just 1.275 seconds behind in Grand-Am Rolex Series 2010 championship car.

#9 Action Express Racing Porsche Riley: Joao Barbosa, Terry Borcheller, Christian Fittipaldi, JC France, Max Papis.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.

Chip Ganassi Racing's Rojas maintains second in the No. 01 BMW Riley, knowing there is still a long way to go. In third is David Donohue in the No. 5 Porsche Riley from the Action Express team. Like Ganassi's team the sister cars, they too are staying up on the leaderboard.

Earlier in the race, Donohue commented on endurance challenge: "We don't have the type of car that can qualify up front or run the lap times like some of these other guys are doing, but if we can make it up on green flag lap averages instead, we can come out ahead. Our guys are really prepared and hopefully we won't miss any time in the pits. That's how these races are won."

While it looks like a fight to the end for the Action Express and CGR teams, one cannot count out the lone team car from Krohn Racing. Nic Jonsson holds down a solid fouth, just over two seconds out of the lead in the No. 76 Ford Lola. The top four overall leaders have completed 348 laps.

Trying to make up ground in the Ganassi No. 02 is Scott Dixon who has moved up into fouth but needs to get back on the lead lap.

While the Daytona Prototypes continue their battle, the GT cars are in their own fight for the victory while they hope their racing machines make it to the checkered flag.

TRG's No. 67 Porsche GT3 Cup holds the class lead even when Andy Lally went into the pits for a driver change in the final minutes of the 12th hour to hand the Porsche over to Wolf Henzler.

#67 TRG Porsche GT3: Steven Bertheau, Brendan Gaughan, Wolf Henzler, Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly.
Photo by Darren Pierson.

Brendan Gaughan handed the car over to Lally after his stint and said, "It has been a phenomenal ride so far. We started in the back and then got down two laps due to some unlucky circumstances and we are now in the lead. This has been a ton of fun to be a part of this program."

Joe Foster in the Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8 sits behind Henzler by 13.784 seconds but has a nice edge over the two who hold 3rd and 4th.

Sitting third is Jeroen Bleekemolen in another of the TRG Porsche's but the one with Black Swan Racing with GMG Racing on board for the No. 54 GT3 Cup. Tim Sugden holds fourth in the No. 48 Porsche GT3 Cup for the Paul Miller Racing team.


See also: Pruett holds edge as hour 9 ends with caution at Daytona

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Max Papis , Christian Fittipaldi , Scott Dixon , Andy Lally , Terry Borcheller , David Donohue , JC France , Joao Barbosa , Memo Rojas , Brendan Gaughan , Spencer Pumpelly , Chip Ganassi , Jeroen Bleekemolen , Tim Sugden , Eric Gilbert , Wolf Henzler , Paul Miller , Joe Foster , Steven Bertheau
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Krohn Racing , Black Swan Racing , Action Express Racing , Paul Miller Racing