The SunTrust Racing Chevrolet Dallara of Max Angelelli led the 49th Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway after one hour of racing. The Italian held a slight lead over Antonio Garcia's Sprit of Daytona Racing Chevrolet Coyote, as the 48-car...
The SunTrust Racing Chevrolet Dallara of Max Angelelli led the 49th Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway after one hour of racing. The Italian held a slight lead over Antonio Garcia's Sprit of Daytona Racing Chevrolet Coyote, as the 48-car field was circulating behind the pace car during the second caution period of the race. Alex Gurney lay third in the Gainsco Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet Riley, followed by the Michael Shank entries of AJ Allmendinger and Oswaldo Negri, respectively.
The pole sitting Flying Lizard Porsche Riley sat in sixth, just ahead of the two Action Express Racing Porsche Rileys. Ricardo Zonta rounded out the top-10 behind the wheel of the Krohn Racing Ford Lola.
Both Ganassi BMW Rileys encountered problems in the first hour. The engine in the No. 01 car driven by Scott Pruett was bumping up against the rev limiter, which forced the team to change the gear cluster at the back of the car during a pit stop at the end of the first hour. While Scott Dixon, driving the other Ganassi entry, suffered a flat right rear tire in the chicane at the end of the back straight around the one-hour mark. Dixon managed to nurse the car back to the pit lane for a new set of tires, but the car suffered minor body work damage as a result of the flat and the car is also coming bumping up against the rev limiter on the straights. Both cars lost a lap to the overall leaders.
"Not the best of starts, but the car is still in one piece," said Dixon after his stint. "I think it's best to get the problems over with early. As night time comes, we may have to change a gear stack as well. But it's 24 hours, so there's still a long way to go."
Craig Stanton's Magnus Racing Porsche was leading the GT class, with the Turner Motorsports BMW M3 of Boris Said and the No. 66 TRG Porsche driven by Dominik Farnbacher holding down second and third, respectively.
The 48-car field took the green flag at 1:30 pm. ET under clear and sunny conditions, with temperatures in the low 70s and an infield jammed with spectators.