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Pontiac DPs and GTs - Mid-Night at Daytona CITGO ...

Pontiac DPs and GTs - Mid-Night at Daytona
CITGO #11 Lead Pontiac DP, Banner Holding in GT at 12-hours

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Jan. 28, 2007 - Under a red flag condition at the half-way point of the race, the CITGO Pontiac powered Daytona Prototype (DP) is the front runner for the brand at the 12-hour mark of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve season opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The race has been halted at approximately 12:56 a.m. to make repairs to the turn one barrier as a result of a racing accident. Officials estimate the race will resume at 1:30 a.m.

Then No. 11 Citgo Pontiac Riley is currently running fourth under the lights at the World Center of Racing. Drivers Darren Manning, Patrick Carpentier, Ryan Dalziel and Milka Duno have ran a near flawless race for the first half of the 24-hours.

"My stints have been ok," Milka Duno said. "The car is good and I had a little contact with some slower traffic my first time out. The team and the drivers are all working very hard and we are running well up toward the front. There is a long time to go and we hope that we can keep our good luck for the rest of the race."

Four time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, together with SunTrust teammates Wayne Taylor, Max Angelelli and Jan Magnussen are also running in the top five.

"I had a great dice with Juan Pablo (Montoya) and the 23 car," Gordon exclaimed. "There are slower cars that are fighting just as hard as those guys that are battling for position. It is a blast out there so far. It will get even more exciting when the rain comes. The race started and Max got the lead. Wayne got in and then the car had some concerns and we had to pit to fix it. We lost some positions. In NASCAR you would have been out of it, but we have a long way to go. We need to hang in there and not have any other problems."

Trying to get into the top ten is the No. 84 74 Ranch Resort Pontiac Riley of Wally Dallenbach, Katherine Legge, George Robinson and Paul Dallenbach.

"We had a tough start, we lost a nose in the Bus Stop and had to come in and put on a new one and that put us down a little," Paul Dallenbach said. "We are able to run 1:47s pretty consistently, but the car is a little unstable under braking. We are coming back, we need to make it to the morning and then start racing."

Also heading into the top ten is the No. 76 of Tracy Krohn, Boris Said and Nic Jonsson.

"The car is running good," Jonsson noted. "We are running consistent times, as fast as the top three cars. I did a double stint to try and make up time. Tracy started the car and is doing a good job. We need to keep putting consistent lap times and stay out of trouble."

In the GT field the No. 06 Banner Engineering Pontiac GXP.R of Kelly Collins, Andy Pilgrim and Paul Edwards is running sixth. The GXP.R trio is being closely pursued by the eighth place running Pontiacs of Leighton Reese, Tim Lewis and Johnny O'Connell.

"There is a lot of traffic out there and some guys are not making the best decisions," Collins explained. "The car is a little loose, but I hope it tightens up as it gets colder tonight. Visibility is tough with the lights and the windshield. It would almost be better if they turned the lights out and let us run on our own head light power. If it rains it will get even harder to see."

-credit: gm racing

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