Brumos Racing's David Donohue was leading just as the first hour was completed in the 47th running of the 24 Hours of Daytona at the Daytona International Speedway. Donohue's Brumos teammate, Joao Barbosa, lay second, followed by Michael Valiante in the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley, Max Angelelli's SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara, and the No. 02 Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley driven by Scott Dixon, last yearUs IndyCar champion.
The second Ganassi car, with Scott Pruett at the wheel, held down sixth, having dropped back from its fourth-place starting position. Pruett, Memo Rojas, and Juan Pablo Montoya won the race last year and are back this year to try to give Ganassi Racing its fourth consecutive 24 Hours of Daytona win. Another prime contender for the race win, the Penske Racing Porsche Riley, was 12th after an early pit stop dropped Timo Bernhard from the race lead.
Dirk Werner led the way in the GT class behind the wheel of the No. 87 FarnbacherLoles Porsche. The TRG Porsche piloted by Andy Lally was running second, followed by the No. 14 Autometrics Motorsport Porsche. The pole sitting SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 of Sylvian Tremblay sat in the garage as the team scrambled to replace the car's fuel tank.
Even though 49 cars took the green flag, the first hour of the race was run without single caution flag.
Additional reports will follow as the race progresses...