Dixon leads rainy first hour at Daytona
Two-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon led the 48th Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway after the first hour -- about half of which was run under caution due to standing water on the track and two separate racing accidents. The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series field had just returned to green flag racing at the one hour mark when at the same time, the leading team Beyer Racing Chevrolet Crawford had a tire puncture.
Driving the Ganassi Racing BMW Riley, the Kiwi held a narrow lead over SunTrust Racing's Max Angelelli and Doran Racing's Memo Gidley. Alex Gurney and Ricardo Zonta rounded out the top-five in the headlining Daytona Prototype class.
The race began behind the safety car because of standing water on the track. Six laps were run under yellow before the 44-car Rolex Sports Car Series field was turned loose on Lap 7.
A spin by Henri Richard in the infield portion of the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course brought out the race's second caution, on Lap 20. Then Dane Cameron lost a wheel near the one-hour mark, bringing out the third caution.
The Alex Job Racing Porsche of Mark Ragginger was out in front of the GT class, with Robin Liddell and Patrick Long running second and third, respectively.
Rain blanketed the track during pre-race activities and then stopped around the 30-minute mark. But the track was still very wet in places, limiting vision and requiring drivers to search for grip on their rain tires.
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