Daytona Motorola Cup Race Notes

At 2:35 p.m., the Pace Cars begin to roll with the field of 63 cars in tow for the first of two pace laps. GREEN FLAG waves at 2:44 p.m. to start the Three Hour Motorola Cup Enduro. ...

At 2:35 p.m., the Pace Cars begin to roll with the field of 63 cars in tow for the first of two pace laps.

GREEN FLAG waves at 2:44 p.m. to start the Three Hour Motorola Cup Enduro. #53 Parker Jr., starting second, misses a shift at the line and traffic backs up four wide behind the front row.

Lap 1 has #11 leading by 2.75 seconds over #98, #53, #30, and #44. #03 pits for a lengthy stop with a problem on the left side wheels.

#50, the third-place starting Viper, has dropped to eighth place after the first three laps with a mechanical problem. The car is back up to speed by Lap 4.

#53 PARKER Jr. takes the lead on Lap 3 with the #11 Corvette second and the #98 Corvette third.

#11 takes the lead on Lap 6, but is passed by #53 coming out of the east banking. #53 leads Lap 7 to the first turn but is passed by both Vipers (#53 and #50) before he gets to the horseshoe.

On Lap 8, the #30 Corvette takes the lead, coming up from his 14th-place start.

On Lap 10, approximately 22 minutes into the race, the running order is #30, #11, #98, #53, and #44. #50 has fallen back to eighth place.

On Lap 11, #24 pulls onto Pit Road with a flat left front. The driver loses a lap to the leaders before he can rejoin the field. Pit Road officials report a streak of oil trailed down Pit Road by #24 as he exited the pits.

At 3:14 p.m., #13 pulls off course at the exit of the Horseshoe with oil showing at the front of the car.

At 3:15 p.m., 13th-place #40 spins at Turn 1 and loses over 30 seconds to the leaders before he gets the car straightened out. #07 spins right behind #40 and stalls in the middle of the groove.

YELLOW FLAG waves at 3:16 p.m. to allow the safety workers to retrieve the stalled car of #07 in the middle of the Turn 1. Safety workers get the car restarted and #07 rejoins the field but the driver lost at least three laps to the leaders.

The running order at 3:20 p.m. (16 laps) under a full-course Yellow Flag, is #30, followed #98, #11, #53, #44, #50, #47, #43, and #08.

At 3:26 p.m. (Lap 18), #53 and #50 pit along with quite a few backmarkers.

On Lap 20, the GREEN FLAG waves in Turn 6 to restart the race. The leaders missed the Green Flag and #08 Pobst passes at least the top nine positions to take the lead on the west banking. #08 started 63rd on the grid, dead last and now leads the race by four seconds. The remainder of the field comes up to speed and begins to chase #08 down.

On Lap 22, #98 pulls onto Pit Road and a large amount of smoke rises when the crew opens the hood. The crew services the car and #98 continues on course.

On Lap 24, #08 pits and hands the lead back to #30, followed by #11, #53, and #99.

At 3:43 p.m., one hour into the race (Lap 25), the running order is #30 leading by two car lengths over #11, #53, #99, #50, #32, #97, #40 and #33.

On Lap 25, #98 again pits for lengthy repairs, a possible rear end problem plaguing the car.

On Lap 26, #97 pulls off course at Turn 6 with a flat right front tire and the driver exits the car.

At 3:50 p.m., (Lap 28), leader #30 pits and hands the lead to his teammate #11. #30 returns to the race in fifth position.

At 3:56 p.m., (Lap 30), #99 pits and drops from fourth to out of the Top 10 positions before he can return to the race.

At 3:56 p.m., #11 pits and loses his 20-second lead to the Vipers (#53 with #50) first and second place, respectively. #11 returns to the race in fifth position approximately 20 seconds behind the two Vipers.

At 4:08 p.m., Lap 35, the running order is the first and second-place Vipers (#53 and #50), leading the Corvettes (#30 and #11) in third and fourth place respectively. #32 is fifth, followed by #32, #22, #44, and #10.

At 4:09 p.m., (Lap 36), #30 passes the second-place Viper #50 at Turn 1. At Turn 5, the #11 Corvette passes the #50 at Turn 5 to take third.

At 4:13 p.m., one and a half hours and halfway through the three-hour race (Lap 38), the running order is the Viper #53 leading by 18.5 seconds over the pair of Corvettes (#30 and #11) running nose to tail in second and third. The #50 Viper runs fourth, followed by #22, #33, #44, #10 and #19. #10 started in 50th position and represents one of the biggest gains of the race at this point.

At 4:15 p.m., #11 passes #30 to take over second place.

By 4:20 p.m., (Lap 42), the second and third-lace Corvettes (#11 and #30) have close to within three car lengths of the leading Viper #53. Both Corvettes pass the leader off Turn 2 and drop #53 to third place. Within one lap, #53 has lost 11 seconds to the leaders. At the same time, the #50 Viper also begins to smoke at speed around the track.

At 4:30 p.m., (Lap 46), #53 pulls onto Pit Road and gives up third place to #50. Parker exits the car and Amick takes over. #53 falls to ninth place before the Viper can get back into the race.

At 4:35 p.m.  (Lap 49), #53 pits again and the crew goes under the car for
repairs.  #53 falls out of the top ten positions.

At 4:43 p.m., two hours into the race, (Lap 52) the leader is the #11 Corvette, leading by one car length over teammate Corvette #30, followed by the #19 Porsche and the #10 Audi in fourth. The Porsche #16 is fifth, followed by the #22 BMW in sixth, the #44 Mustang in seventh, the #40 Firebird in eighth, and the #33 Firebird in ninth.

At 4:45 p.m., #83 slides to a halt on the inside on Turn 6 and stalls. #90 slides to halt moments later and stalls on the outside of Turn 6.

At 4:55 p.m., #11 pits and, moments later, #30 pits. Both cars maintain their one-two positions.

At 5 p.m. (Lap 60), #11 pulls off course at Turn 5, apparently out of the race, after dramatically slowing on course. #30 takes over the lead, followed by #19, #16, #44, and #22.

At 5:13 p.m., (Lap 66) 2.5 hours into the race, the running order is #30 leading by two laps, followed by #19, #16, #22, #10, #99, #44, #33, and #40.

At 5:17 p.m., #10 passes #22 to take over fourth place.

At 5: 28 p.m., with 15 minutes to go in the race, the running order is #30 leading by two laps, followed by #19, #16, #10, #22, #99, #44, #33, and #40.

At 5:38 p.m., #49 runs off course at Turn 4 and makes hard contact with the retaining wall. The driver is uninjured in the incident but the car is retired due to contact.

CHECKERED FLAG flies to end the Motorola Cup race with the winner, the Powell Motorsports Covette #30, driven by Craig Conway and Peter Tonelli taking the victory by two laps over the #19 Fiorano Racing Porsche 993, driven by David Shep and Richard Spenard. Third place goes to the #16 Mical Motorsports Porsche 993, driven by Al Wortzman and Mike McCalmont, which came all the way from 39th position of the grid. The #10 Team Hurricane Racing Audi comes from 50th place on the grid to take fourth, driven by John Bourassa and Lance Stewart. Fifth place goes to #99, the Phoenix American Motorsports Camaro, driven by Tom Oates, R.K. Smith, and John Heinricy.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers John Heinricy , Craig Conway , John Bourassa , Lance Stewart , Peter Tonelli , Richard Spénard , David Shep , Mike McCalmont , Tom Oates
Teams Phoenix Racing