DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 3, 2002) * The No. 27 Doran Lista Judd Dallara took the lead in the 20th hour from the No. 37 Intersport Racing Judd Lola and stayed in front the rest of the way to capture the 40th anniversary of thee Rolex 24 At ...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 3, 2002) * The No. 27 Doran Lista Judd Dallara took the lead in the 20th hour from the No. 37 Intersport Racing Judd Lola and stayed in front the rest of the way to capture the 40th anniversary of thee Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The No. 37 entry held the lead since the 10th hour, but a half shaft broke and another mechanical failure forced the car to finally exit, which open the door for owner Kevin Doran's team.
The team of Didier Theys, Fredy Lienhard, Max Papis and Mauro Baldi claimed the victory in the twice-around-the-clock event by a margin of six laps over the runner-up No. 36 Jim Matthews Racing Elan Riley & Scott driven by Guy Smith, Jim Matthews, Scott Sharp and Robby Gordon.
For Theys, who qualified the No. 27 car on the pole on Thursday, it's his second overall Rolex 24 victory, the first coming in 1998.
"It's very sweet, I can't believe it," They said.
The win was also Baldi's second Rolex 24 while it was the first for Papis and Lienhard. The winner's average speed was 106.142 mph.
The No. 8 Rand Racing/Risi Competizione Nissan Lola with drivers Anthony Lazzaro, Bill Rand, Terry Borcheller and Ralf Kelleners, finished third overall and captured the SportsRacing Prototype II class.
Led by Paul Gentilozzi, the No. 3 Rocketsports Racing Jaguar captured the GTS class while the No. 66 The Racer's Group won the GT class.
In the AGT class, the No. 09 Corvette fielded by Flis Motorsports dominated the competition to capture its first class win in the Rolex 24.
"This is a grueling race," said Todd Flis, team manager of Flis Motorsports, a team based in the Daytona Beach, Fla., area. "Between a crash, a broken rear end, a broken front suspension, a couple of flat tires, it's been a real grind. We wanted to win this race for a long time and to be able to do like this and win by almost a 100 laps. It's a pretty dominating performance."
Besides Gordon's runner-up finish, some other Winston Cup veterans had some success in the Rolex 24. Kyle Petty, who shared the driving duties on the No. 43 Orbit Racing Porsche with Peter Baron, Mike Borkowski, and Leo Hindery, finished sixth in the GT class and 14th overall.
"Anytime they'll let me run Grand American, I'll come," Petty said.
Derrike Cope, who was part of the driver team on the No. 33 Scuderia Ferrari of Washington, finished 14th in the GT class and 25th overall.
"It was wonderful," said Cope, the 1990 Daytona 500 champion. "I had a good time. Great group of guys to work with. Despite our problems, it was a great night. If we hadn't had the gearbox problem, we would've been up there."