What was a six-way battle for the overall lead has been slimmed to three, with six hours remaining in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. David Donohue aboard the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley holds a five-second lead over the second-placed No. 01 Chip...
What was a six-way battle for the overall lead has been slimmed to three, with six hours remaining in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. David Donohue aboard the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley holds a five-second lead over the second-placed No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley of Juan Pablo Montoya. The sister Brumos Porsche of Terry Borcheller remains on the lead lap in third.
But the story of the morning thus far has come from the once-leading Penske Racing Porsche Riley of Romain Dumas, which suffered a broken halfshaft in the 17th hour. The costly repair job by the Tim Cindric and Roger Penske-led crew dropped the No. 16 machine to sixth overall and 15 laps behind the race leaders.
Two other leading Daytona Prototypes faced minor delays. First, Dario Franchitti in the No. 02 Ganassi Lexus Riley pitted for a brake pad change, losing two laps while in the pits. Then, the race-leading No. 10 SunTrust Racing Ford Riley of Max Angelelli pitted for similar service, but while under a full-course caution, costing the Italian only one lap.
Angelelli is now up to fourth, but there is concern for his engine, as six of the Ford-powered cars have retired from the race because of a faulty engine sensor, the latest causality being the No. 77 Doran Racing Ford Dallara. The SunTrust entry is now the lone remaining Ford on track.
In the GT ranks, the No. 66 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car of Richard Lietz remains in the lead but is under heavy attack from two other Weissach-built cars. Matthew Marsh in the No. 86 Farnbacher Loles Porsche and the No. 67 TRG machine of Andy Lally both run on the lead lap.
"The race is going good," said Lietz's co-driver, Spencer Pumpelly. "The top three cars have been swapping the lead depending on when the yellows come out and when the pit stops happen. The car has gotten better since my first stint. We are looking good so far."
Following an overnight pit lane incident, Jan Magnussen in the Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R has charged up the leaderboard to fourth but remains four laps down from the leading trio.