Montoya leads at Daytona after six hours

Ganassi Racing's Juan Pablo Montoya led the Rolex 24 after six hours at the Daytona International Speedway. A few minutes before the end of the sixth hour, Montoya drove his BMW Riley around the outside of Lucas Luhr going into Turn 1 on the ...

Ganassi Racing's Juan Pablo Montoya led the Rolex 24 after six hours at the Daytona International Speedway. A few minutes before the end of the sixth hour, Montoya drove his BMW Riley around the outside of Lucas Luhr going into Turn 1 on the restart that followed the race's eighth caution period. Montoya quickly opened up a gap of almost a second on the lanky German, who was not pleased with Montoya's aggressive driving.

Ryan Dalziel lay third in the Action Express Racing Porsche Riley, followed by the Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley driven by A.J. Allmendinger and Scott Tucker in the NPN Racing BMW Riley. The Brumos Porsche Riley, the second Ganassi entry, the Krohn Racing Ford Lola, the Gainsco Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet Riley, and the second Michael Shank Racing car rounded out the top-10.

The SunTrust Ford Dallara lost time in the fifth hour when it had to go to the garage so the team could replace the nose. The nose change was necessary after Pedro Lamy bounced the car off the wall while exiting the pits.

The Gainsco entry also ran into problems, in both the fifth and sixth hours. In hour five, Jimmie Johnson experienced a throttle issue that eventually resolved itself. Then, in the sixth hour, the car's telemetry system stopped transmitting data to the pits.

"The car is competitive and quick," said Johnson after his stint during hour six. "I wasn't going to break the car on my watch. I've already done that once this weekend."

Robin Liddell in the Stevenson Motorsports Camaro was first in the GT class, leading Tim George, Jr.'s TRG Porsche by about 10 seconds. Another TRG Porsche was third in class.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Krohn Racing , Stevenson Motorsports , Action Express Racing , Michael Shank Racing