Race resumes as rain continues in Daytona

Race resumes as rain continues in Daytona

Grand American Road Racing Association officials finally felt it was safe to resume racing after a red flag delay of more than three hours at Daytona International Speedway. The race was halted around 7:42am due to the very slick conditions...

Grand American Road Racing Association officials finally felt it was safe to resume racing after a red flag delay of more than three hours at Daytona International Speedway. The race was halted around 7:42am due to the very slick conditions brought on by the constant flow of rain.

#7 Southard Motorsports BMW Fabcar: Shane Lewis, Jack Baldwin, George Robinson, Steve Southard, Vic Rice, and #6 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Doran: Kelly Collins, Brent Martini, Cort Wagner, Mike Newton, Thomas Erdos.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.
The 42nd Rolex 24 has seen multiple full-course cautions due to the 3.56-mile road course turning into a slipper mess since the two-hour mark in this weekend's season opener.

Around 10:30am, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. driving the No. 2 Howard-Boss Motorsports Chevrolet Crawford, led the field to the green flag. Earnhardt Jr. currently has a one-lap lead over Andy Pilgrim in the Kodak Bell Motorsports Doran Pontiac.

"Conditions were appallingly bad," commented Pilgrim before the race went green again. "Even when it dried out, it didn't dry out. It just meant puddles were smaller and it was easier to get through the puddles.

"It's been atrocious; certainly the worst Daytona weather I've ever seen. It reminds me and Terry [Borcheller] of Le Mans in 2001, which was the wettest Le Mans that anyone remembered in 60 years. So far, it's on par with that. It's been a tough, tough race."

Max Angelelli, driving the SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley, is third, six laps behind the leading Crawford.

Race stopped: cars under cover.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.
"I think it was a good idea to stop the race," Angelelli reflected during the red flag. "Even behind the safety car, I just could not keep up with the field. The visibility was very poor. There was also a lot of standing water on the track, so I think it was the right thing to stop it."

In the GT class, the Orbit Racing Porsche has a one-lap lead over the Flying Lizard Porsche and a nine-lap lead over the No. 66 Racer's Group Porsche, which has had a number of problems throughout the race.

In SGS, the No. 91 Doncaster Racing Porsche is leading the No. 38 TPC Racing Porsche.

"It was unbelievable out there," Doncaster driver Marc Lieb said. "It was like swimming. It wasn't racing. The visibility was zero, and it was really dangerous to drive the car. You just had no control, and in the bus stop chicane, it was just unbelievable to drive."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis , Dale Earnhardt , Andy Pilgrim , Kelly Collins , Jack Baldwin , George Robinson , Max Angelelli , Marc Lieb , Mike Newton , Brent Martini , Thomas Erdos , Vic Rice , Eric Gilbert , Steve Southard , Michael Shank , Cort Wagner
Teams Michael Shank Racing