Negri leads after first hour at Daytona

Pole sitter Oswaldo Negri, Jr., driving the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley, led at the end of the first hour of the 46th Rolex 24 at the Daytona International Speedway. Under damp, overcast conditions, the Brazilian held a narrow lead...

Pole sitter Oswaldo Negri, Jr., driving the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley, led at the end of the first hour of the 46th Rolex 24 at the Daytona International Speedway. Under damp, overcast conditions, the Brazilian held a narrow lead over Mark Wilkins in the AIM Autosport Ford Riley and Marc Goosens in the No. 91 Riley-Mathews Racing Pontiac Riley.

The Ganassi Racing Lexus Rileys of Scott Pruett and Scott Dixon lay fourth and fifth, respectively, just ahead of Bill Auberlen's Alex Job Racing Porsche Crawford. Pruett, Dixon, Goosens, the No. 99 Gainsco Racing Pontiac Riley of Alex Gurney, and 10 other cars started the race from the pit road when they opted to switch from rain tires to slick tires after the first pace lap.

Sylvain Tremblay's SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 led the GT class, followed by the No. 67 TRG Porsche of Spencer Pumpelly and the No. 62 TRG Porsche of Martin Ragginger.

After one hour, the leaders had completed 39 laps. There had been five different leaders and only one caution period, brought out when the Penske- Taylor Racing Pontiac Riley wheeled by two-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves blew a tire on course.

Contact between several cars near the back of the 66-car Rolex Sports Car Series field left several GT cars, including the Alegra Motorsports Porsche, with damage to their cars before they had reached the green flag.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Alex Gurney , Scott Dixon , Scott Pruett , Bill Auberlen , Sylvain Tremblay , Spencer Pumpelly , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Mark Wilkins , Alex Job , Michael Shank
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Alex Job Racing , SpeedSource , Michael Shank Racing