Porsche hour twenty-three update Rolex 24 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - February 4, 2001 - In a dramatic couple of hours since daylight began to bathe the Daytona International Speedway, the reliability of the Porsche cars have begun to wear down the competition with only three hours remaining...

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - February 4, 2001 - In a dramatic couple of hours since daylight began to bathe the Daytona International Speedway, the reliability of the Porsche cars have begun to wear down the competition with only three hours remaining in the 2 001 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

In the overall standings, the Dyson Ford had a 26-lap lead over the factory Corvette when the Dyson lost its engine to give the #2 Corvette first place overall. That puts the #31 Petersen Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Mike Fitzgerald/Randy Pobst/Christ ian Menzel/Lucas Luhr, which is leading the GT class, second overall.

The #31 Porsche, which took over the lead when the BMW M3 V8 lost its engine during hour #19, has changed its front sway bar to help stabilize the handling for the charge to the finish. Randy Pobst, who spent about four hours in the car overnight, said th at the increased stiffness should give them a little more speed in the infield.

"The drive train has been terrific all race, but the elements - including a dry area where I flat-spotted a tire during the rainy overnight - have dictated our pace," said Pobst.

Behind the second factory Corvette - currently fifth overall and second in GT - is the #86 Freisinger Motorsports with Wolfgang Kaufman/Cyril Chateau/Lance Stewart Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Third in GT is the defending Rolex 24 GT championship group of drivers - Fabio Rosa/Gabrio Rosa/Fabio Babini/Alex Caffi - in the #56 Seikel Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RS, while the #43 Orbit Porsche 911 GT3 RS of Kyle Petty/Leo Hindery/Peter Baron/Gian Luigi Buitoni fourth in class and eighth overall. Rounding out the top fi ve in the GT class is the #81 G&W Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Darren Law/David Murry/Cort Wagner/Matt Drendel.

In GTS, the #01 Bytzek Motorsport Porsche GT1 of Henry Bytzek/John Brenner/Larry Schumacher/James Holtom has moved up seventh overall and third in class. The other Bytzek car, the #0 Porsche GT of Scott Maxwell/David Empringham/Richard Spenard/Klaus Bytz ek, lead the GTS class early, but overheated the transmission and spent many hours changing the unit in the garage area. Although #0 is now back and running, it is 174 laps behind the class-leading Corvette.

If Porsche can keep its top five positions in the GT class, it would be the marque's 53rd class victory at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. Of those 53 victories, 27 of those have been earned by Porsche 911s.

Besides Porsche.com, other web sites that will follow the overall event include the Grand American Road Racing site which has live timing and scoring (www.grand-am.com), the ON TRACK site, (www.ontrackonline.com), The Race Site (www.theRaceSite.com), Speed vision site (www.speedvision.com), the CompuServe site (www.motorsportsforum.com), and www.motorsport.com.

Besides Porsche.com, other web sites that will follow the overall event include the Grand American Road Racing site which has live timing and scoring (www.grand-am.com), the ON TRACK site, (www.ontrackonline.com), The Race Site (www.theRaceSite.com), Speed vision site (www.speedvision.com), the CompuServe site (www.motorsportsforum.com), and www.motorsport.com.

# # # <pre> 2001 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona - 21 Hours - Top Ten Class Standings

Car # Drivers

31 Mike Fitzgerald/Lucas Luhr/Randy Pobst/Christian Menzel, Porsche 911 GT3 R, 567 laps

86 Wolfgang Kaufman/Lance Stewart/Cyril Chateau, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, 563 laps

56 Fabio Rosa/Gabrio Rosa/Fabio Babini/Alex Caffi, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, 555 laps

43 Kyle Petty/Leo Hindry/Gian Luigi Buitoni/Peter Baron, Porsche 911 GT3 RS 549 laps

10 Rick Fairbanks/Bill Auberlen/Chris Gleason/Chris Miller, BMW M3 V8, 547 laps

81 Darren Law/Matt Drendle/David Murry/Cort Wagner, Porsche 911 GT3 R, 547 laps

39 Michael Petersen/Hugh Plumb/Michael Culver/Kim Hiskey, Porsche 911 GT3 R, 547 laps

50 Craig Stanton/Andy Hajducky/Bob Oniglia, Porsche 911 GT3 R, 541 laps

40 Luca Cattaneo/Antonio DeCastro/Renato Bicciato/Franco Bugane,Porsche 911 GT3R 519 laps

34 Spencer Pumpelly/Steve Ivankovich/Rick Dilorio/Tom Pumpelly, Porsche 911 GT3R 518 laps

-Porsche Racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kyle Petty , David Murry , Bill Auberlen , Randy Pobst , Lucas Luhr , Leo Hindery , Peter Baron , Kim Hiskey , Darren Law , Lance Stewart , David Empringham , Michael Culver , Spencer Pumpelly , Richard Spénard , Hugh Plumb , Alex Caffi , Fabio Rosa , Craig Stanton , Rick Fairbanks , Michael Petersen , Fabio Babini , Christian Menzel , Chris Miller , Cort Wagner