After six hours, the No. 58 Brumos Porsche Fabcar of Darren Law held a 50- second lead over the No. 39 Cheever Racing Lexus Crawford of Eddie Cheever in the 44th Rolex 24 at Daytona. The No. 60 Michael Shank Racing, running on the same lap as the...
After six hours, the No. 58 Brumos Porsche Fabcar of Darren Law held a 50- second lead over the No. 39 Cheever Racing Lexus Crawford of Eddie Cheever in the 44th Rolex 24 at Daytona. The No. 60 Michael Shank Racing, running on the same lap as the leaders, was a distant third. One lap arrears lay the No. 02 Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley, followed by the No. 7 Pontiac Riley and the No. 2 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford, all on the same lap.
The leading Brumos entry started 28th and had some on-track contact in the early going, but has run virtually trouble-free since then. Indeed, the car has performed so well that team manager Bob Snodgrass has been imploring his drivers to slow down and save their best laps for the morning hours.
Many of the other front runners have not been as lucky. The SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley was withdrawn after a savage collision with a spinning GT car. The No. 01 Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley lost two laps while the team fixed a cut alternator wire. The pole sitting Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports Porsche Fabcar lost a number of laps fixing a broken rear axel.
In the GT class, the No. 64 TRG Pontiac GTO.R shared by Paul Edwards, Kelly Collins, Jan Magnussen, and Andy Pilgrim held a one lap lead over the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 of Sylvain Tremblay, David Haskell, Jeff Altenburg, and Nick Ham. The second TRG GTO.R, driven by Andy Lally, Marc Bunting, R.J. Valentine, and Johnny O'Connell, was third in class.
"I was happy with my run," said Collins. "The car was a little loose and I was having trouble getting it turned into the fast corners, I was leaving about three or four tenths out there time wise. As the fuel burned off and I was able to work with the brake and the sway bars, it was much better."
So far the race has featured 20 lead changes among 11 drivers and four caution periods.