Ganassi leads in closing hours at Daytona

Ganassi leads in closing hours at Daytona

After 21 hours, the top four cars in the 47th running of the 24 Hours of Daytona were all on the lead lap, separated by just over 11 seconds. Scott Pruett, driving the No. 01 Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley, held a narrow lead over former Indy 500 ...

After 21 hours, the top four cars in the 47th running of the 24 Hours of Daytona were all on the lead lap, separated by just over 11 seconds. Scott Pruett, driving the No. 01 Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley, held a narrow lead over former Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice in the No. 58 Brumos Porsche, which appeared to be leaking oil during pit stops.

#01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley: Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas.
Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt.

Brian Frisselle's SunTrust Racing Ford Riley,the lone remaining Ford-powered Daytona Prototype, held down the third position, just ahead of the second Brumos car of Terry Borcheller. The lead quartet had completed a total of 641 laps.

The second Ganassi entry, driven by Alex Lloyd, was fifth, four laps down to the leaders. The nose of the car blew off the car during the raceUs 19th hour, sending driver Scott Dixon, last yearUs Indy 500 winner and IndyCar champion, to the pits for a new nose and front splitter.

A lengthy stop replace the car's rear-end assembly dropped the Penske Racing Porsche Riley to sixth overall. It was the first major setback for the Penske squad, which had led for 191 laps.

TRG Porsches were running one-two in the GT class, with the No. 67 of Patrick Long leading the No. 66 of Spencer Pumpelly. Four laps behind the TRG drivers lay Sascha Maassen in the No. 33 Wright Motorsports Porsche.

The race had featured 47 lead changes and 22 caution periods for a total of 90 laps, tying the record for most cautions in the 24 Hours of Daytona.

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