Daytona Rolex 24 Race Notes, Lap 1 - Lap 139

GOOD MORNING and welcome to Day 3 of the ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA here at Daytona International Speedway. The weather is expected to be perfect for racing - clear and cool. Weather forecasters are predicting overnight temperatures will drop to the mid...

GOOD MORNING and welcome to Day 3 of the ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA here at Daytona International Speedway. The weather is expected to be perfect for racing - clear and cool. Weather forecasters are predicting overnight temperatures will drop to the mid 40s or lower with a slight chance of frost. But that has not kept back the Grand American fans that have packed the infield here at the World Center of Racing, Daytona International Speedway. A field of 79 cars awaits the start for the ROLEX 24 HOURS AT DAYTONA, scheduled for the Green Flag at 1 p.m.

The #54 Bell Motorsports BMW M3 will not start the race today. The car was too badly damaged when it hit the wall hard during Friday action. Driver Peter Cunningham was checked out at the track medical center and released. He is fine. The car's spot on the starting grid will remain open.

The #23 GTU Porsche GT3R missed the pre-race warm-up due to transmission problems. The crew was working on a clutch problem. The team had considered running the car in the HSR and Motorola Cup races just to get some track time.

The #31 Sports Racer Lola of Franz Konrad was working furiously Friday to install a new transmission in time for the race but when they went to drop the new unit into the car, they found it wasn't interchangeable so the crew had to cut the back end off the car to facilitate the new transmission. The car will be ready for the 1 p.m. start of the ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA.

ENTRY CHANGES

SPORTS RACER

CAR CHANGE 47 ADD Richard, McDill, Les Vallarano, Ken Stiver DELETE Ian James as driver

* The command "Gentlemen Start Your Engines" is given at 12:50 p.m. by Honorary Starter David Davis, from Automobile Magazine.

* As the field of 79 cars pull away for the first of 2 pace laps, #17, #90, and #94 stall on Pit Road. #17 gets going on the first lap and #94 joins the field on the second lap. #94 is still stalled and will have to start the race from the pits. #60 is still in the garage area under repairs.

* #24 pulls onto Pit road after the first Pace Lap and the crew pulls the hood off, makes minor repairs and turns the car loose to rejoin the field. * GREEN FLAG waves at 1 p.m. to start the ROLEX 24 HOURS AT DAYTONA! #20 WEAVER takes a big lead, while second-place starter #12 CAFFI spins at Turn 5 and rejoins the field at the back after righting the car. #78 pits on the first lap with #90 behind him. #78 returns after a short stop while #90's stay becomes a long one.

* #20 WEAVER leads the first lap, followed by #8 SCHUBOT, #36 JOHANNSEN, #31 LAMMERS, and #27 THEYS.

* On Lap 2, #13A pits with a flat right rear tire and showing considerable body damage as he pulls to the pit.

* YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 4 to allow Grand-Am safety workers to clean up debris at the high-banked Turn 4 from the #13 incident.

* At 1:10 p.m. (Lap 5) and under a full-course Yellow Flag, the running order is #20 leading, followed by #8, #36, #31, and #27. #12 CAFFI is in 35th spot at this point of the race. #06 has moved up from a 13th spot on the grid to eighth at this point.

* GREEN FLAG waves at 1:15 (Lap 6) to resume the race. #20 leads #8 by 1.5 seconds at the stripe.

* On Lap 6, #62U blows a right rear tire and pulls off course just past Pit Out.

* On Lap 8, #9 pits for a quick stop and heads back onto the track.

* At 1:22 p.m. (Lap 10), the running order is #20 leading, followed by #8, #31, #36, and #27. Later on Lap 10, #8 makes contact with lapped cars and pulls onto Pit Road with front-end damage.

* On Lap 11, #00, #78, #53A, and #38+ all pit. #38+ receives a 20-second penalty for too many crewmen over the wall.

* On Lap 12, #63 pits with serious suspension damage.

* On Lap 14, the leaders start lapping the backmarkers.

* At 1:30 p.m. (Lap 15), the running order is #20 leading by 21.971 seconds over #31, followed by #27, #5, #6, #06, #74, #12, and #3. * On Lap 17, #09 pits.

* On Lap 20, #03 pits.

* Also on Lap 20, #38+ pulls off course at Turn 3 and makes his way back to the garage area on the infield roads.

* On Lap 21, #28U pits and makes a driver change. #9 and #53 pull behind the wall.

* On Lap 22, #20 pits, encounters a bit of trouble with the air jack before completing his Pit Stop and rejoining the field. #20 renters the race in fifth place.

* On Lap 23, #63 and #27 pit. #27 rejoins the race quickly but #63 has an extended stay on Pit Road with the engine cover off, before rejoining the field.

* On Lap 25, #20 again pits as the crew has determined that the car had a bad set of tires. The crew completes the tire change and #20 continues on course but falls to 10th place.

* Also on Lap 25, #78 stalls short of the pit entrance.

* On Lap 26, the #90 and #91 Vipers both make driver changes. BERETTA gets out of the #91 and WENDLINGER gets in. ARCHER gets out of the #92 and DUEZ gets in the car.

* Also on Lap 26, #07U pits and STANTON gets out of the car and PENNINGTON gets in.

* On Lap 27, #49+ and #3+ both pit for routine stops.

* Also on Lap 27, #50U pits with a flat right tire. #5 also pits

* Again on Lap 27, #67U pits with water pouring out of the car. The crew pushes the car behind the wall to work on the problem.

* On Lap 30, #3+ pits and has a driver change. KNEIFEL gets out of the car and FELLOWS gets in.

* At 2 p.m., (Lap 30), one hour into the race, The Sports Racer class is led by #27, followed by #31 and #5. The GTO class is led by #72+, followed by #3+ and #46+. The GTU class is led by #51U, followed by #7U and #81U. The AGT class is led by #84A, then #09A,and #40A.

* On Lap 32, #57+ makes contact with the tire wall in the first turn in the chicane. The driver brings the car into the pits for repairs and too many crewman go over the wall for repairs, incurring he team with a 10 second penalty.

* On Lap 33, #47U pits and BELL gets out, VALLENCOURT gets in.

* On Lap 34, #97U pits and SCHMIDT gets out and KONKEL gets in.

* Also on Lap 34, #33A and #59U make contact at Pit Out and spin on course. Both cars sustain damage but continue on course.

* On Lap 35, #94 reenters the race from behind the wall. Also pitting is #48U, #50U and #4+.

* On Lap 37, #89 pits with a flat left rear tire. #59 goes behind the wall.

* On Lap 39, #41+ pits.

* Also on Lap 39, #10U pits and runs over his air hose exiting the pits. BLACK FLAG waves to bring the driver back in for a stop and go penalty.

* On Lap 39, #51U pits.

* On Lap 43, #88U pits and BARRET gets out, LEWIS gets in.

* Also on Lap 43, #13A loses the rear glass at speed in the east Turn 4 banking. Also, #67U reenters the race from behind the wall.

* On Lap 44, #00 LEITZINGER and #12 CAFFI spin exiting the horseshoe. Both drivers right the cars and continue without contact.

* Again, on Lap 44, #42 pits for a routine stop.

* On Lap 46, #12 pits and CAFFI gets out, McNISH gets in.

* Also on Lap 46, #35U pits and MASSELLI gets out, SCALPINI gets in.

* On Lap 47, #27 pits and THEYS gets out, 3LIENHARD gets in.

* Also on Lap 47, fifth-place #20 WEAVER pit and hands the car over to DYSON. * On Lap 49, #36 pits and JOHANNSEN gets out, SCHMIDT gets in.

* On Lap 50, #23U pits and PROBST gets out, LAMBERT gets in.

* Also on Lap 50, the running order is #5 leading, followed by #6, #27, #31, #20, #74, #91+, #37, and #93+.

* On Lap 52, the leader #6 pits, and #27 takes over the top spot again. LEITZINGER gets out of the car and LAGORCE get in. #6 has a problem with a rear wheel stuck on the car, staying in the pits for over 8 minutes before the crew can get the driver back out. #6 falls to 51st position overall. #5 takes over the lead.

* On Lap 53, there is only #5 and #27 on the lead lap.

* Also on Lap 53, #5 pits and ANGELILLI gets out of the car and TAYLOR takes over the controls.

* On Lap 55, the #91 Viper pits and WENDLINGER gets out and DUPUY gets in.

* On Lap 57, the #92 and #93 Vipers pit for routine stops.

* On Lap 58, #12 spins in the Horseshoe and goes off course at drivers right. The driver rights the car and continues to his pit area, going behind the wall for 10 to 15 minutes to replace a gearbox.

* On Lap 59, #8 pits with water pouring out of the engine.

* At 3 p.m., (2 hours into the race) and on Lap 62, the Sports Racer class is led by first place #27, followed by #31 (51 seconds back) and #5 (54 seconds back) . The GTO class is led by #91+ (6th overall), followed by #3+ (7th overall) and #93+ (8th overall). The GTU class is led by #51U (13th overall), followed by #81U (14th overall) and #7U (16th overall). The AGT class is led by #84A (40th overall), followed by #09A (58th overall) and #40A (60th overall).

* On lap 64, #40A pits with a flat rear tire. The crew makes a quick change and the driver goes back into the race.

* On Lap 65, #9 goes behind the wall with mechanical problems.

* Also on Lap 65, #13A returns from the garage with MONTGOMERY at the wheel.

* Again on Lap 65, #42 returns to the race from the garage.

* On Lap 68, #49 runs off course at Turn 6 but continues on course.

* On Lap 71, #27 pits and gives up the lead to #31.  #27 returns to the
race in third place overall.  Also on Lap 71, #7U pits for a routine stop.  

* Also on Lap 71, #5 pits early. TAYLOR stays in the car.

* Again on Lap 71, #12 goes back in the race after changing the gearbox in the garage. McNISH is now the driver.

* On Lap 72, #31 pits and #27 retakes the lead, having passed #5 on course to take second after leaving the pits from the Lap 71 stop. #31 re-enters the race in second place overall.

* On Lap 74, #20 pits and DYSON gets out of the car and PAPIS gets in.

* Also on Lap 74, #12 spins on course on cold tires and sustains damage to the front end and suspension. The driver keeps the car in the pit box for repairs.

* On Lap 75, #8 pits leaking water.

* On Lap 76, #06 pits and TOIVONEN gets out and GRAHAM gets in.

* On Lap 78, #25U pits with a transmission problem as the driver has to hold the car in gear and has lost second.

* On Lap 79, #74U spins in the chicane and continues on course to the Pit Area. BALDWIN gets in the car.

* At 3:30 p.m., 2.5 hours into the race, all 79 starters are still running.

* On Lap 81, #2 pits and LEWIS exits the car and MAZZACOLA gets in.

* Also on Lap 81, #06 pits for an extended stay for a gearbox problem.

* Again on Lap 81, #60 goes behind the wall. * * YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 85 to allow Grand-Am safety workers to clean the Turn 1 hairpin.

* At the same time on Lap 85, #27 LIENHARD spins in the Horseshoe as the course is going Yellow. The driver brings the car onto Pit Road on Lap 86 and BENTLEY takes over the controls. #31 takes over the lead under this Yellow after #27 pits. #20 and #5 both get back on the lead lap after the #27 pits.

* On Lap 87, #31 pits under the full course Yellow and MAASSEN gets out and KONRAD gets in the car.

* On Lap 88, the #92 and #93 Vipers pit at the same time for a routine stop and #92 overshoots the pit and has to go back around the course and re-enter Pit road.

* Also on Lap 88, #75A pits and NEWMAN gets out and BRECKMAN gets in the car.

* Again on Lap 88, #20 pits for fuel only.

* On Lap 89, the running order is #27 BENTLEY leading #31 KONRAD, followed by #20 PAPIS, and #5 van de POELE. All four leaders are on the same lap.

* GREEN FLAG waves on Lap 91 to resume the race.

* At 4 p.m., 3 hours into the race and on Lap 91, the Sports Racer class is led by #27, followed by #31 (32 seconds back) and #20 (33 seconds back). The GTO class is led by #91+ (6th overall), followed by #3+ (7th overall) and #93+ (8th overall). All three GTO cars are three laps down to the leaders. The GTU class is led by #81U (12th overall and four laps down to the leaders), followed by #51U (13th overall and 5 laps down) and #23U (14th overall and five laps down). The AGT class is led by #84A (42nd overall and 10 laps down), followed by #40A (56th overall and 18 laps down) and #09A (60th overall and 20 laps down).

* The fastest lap after 3 hours of racing is by #20 WEAVER with a lap of 1:42.541

* On Lap 92, #8 retires from the race due to an engine problem.

* On Lap 94, #78 retires from the race with an electrical problem.

* On Lap 95, #27 leads by 12.196 seconds over #20, followed by #31, #5 and #74.

* On Lap 98, #12 pits and the crew briefly goes under the hood. The car returns to the track with McNISH still at the controls.

* On Lap 102, #36 pits and SMITH gets out and MATTHEWS takes over the wheel.

* On Laps 103 thru 105, #20 MAX PAPIS mounts a furious charge all the way around the track to grab the lead from #27 BENTLEY but BENTLEY holds the Italian off.

* On Lap 106, #53A and #60 rejoin the race from the garage area.

* On Lap 108, #84A pits and MAUGERI gets out and McNEAL gets in.

* Also on Lap 108, #14+ pits with smoke pouring from the front. The crew quickly pulls the hood. After a lengthy stop, #14 returns to the race.

* On Lap 109, #60 spins at the exit to Pit Road and stalls the car. Grand-Am safety workers get the car back to the garage area.

* Also on Lap 109, #74 stalls off course at the Horseshoe and Grand-Am safety crews tow the car back to the garage area.

* On Lap 111, #27 has widened the lead by six seconds over #20 in three laps (108-111) and then lost four seconds back to #20 on Lap 112.

* On Lap 112, #14+ and #60 go behind the wall for repairs

* On Lap 114, #27 pits for fuel and tires and rejoins the race. BENTLEY stays in the car. #20 takes over the lead but then pits on Lap 115 and gives the lead back to #27.

* Also on Lap 114, #06 goes behind the wall for repairs.

* On Lap 115, #31 pits for fuel only and returns to the race.

* Also on Lap 115, #63 pits and DOWNING exits the car and KATZ takes over the controls.

* On Lap 116, #93 pits while in second place in the GTO class, and DONOHUE exits the car and BELLOC takes over the wheel.

* On Lap 117, #5 pits and TAYLOR exits the car and van de POELE takes over. * BLACK FLAG is shown to #13 for a Pit Road speed violation. #13 pits for a 15 second penalty.

* On Lap 122, #10U pits and ROHR exits the car and ALZEN takes over.

* Also on lap 122, #56U pits and G. ROSA exits the car and F. ROSA takes over.

* At 5 p.m., four hours into the race and on Lap 123, the Sports Racer leader is #27 leading by 27 seconds over #20, followed by #31. The GTO class is led by #3+ (5th overall and four laps down), followed by #91+ (6th overall and four laps down) and #93+ (7th overall and five laps down). The GTU class is led by #81U (6 laps down), followed by #23U (7 laps down) and #51U (seven laps down). The AGT class is led by #84A (15 laps down), followed by #40A (23 laps down) and #09A (30 laps down).

* Also on Lap 123, #92+ pits and ARCHER exits the car and DUEZ takes over the wheel.

* Again on Lap 123, #2U pits and MAZZACOLA exits the car and BAVARA takes over.

* On Lap 129, #3+ comes off the high banked Turn 4 out of gas and coasts into the pits. The crew services the car and FELLOWS exits the car and KNEIFEL takes over.

* On Lap 131, #74 pits again.

* On Lap 134, leader #27 BENTLEY pulls off course and stalls off course at the chicane. #20 takes over the lead.

* On Lap 136, #95 and #01U make contact in Turn 5 and wind up against the barrier. Both drivers exit their cars under their own power but quite a bit of debris litters the course.

* YELLOW FLAG waves on Lap 137 to allow Grand-Am safety workers to remove the cars of #95 and #01U.

* On Lap 137, #12 pits and McNISH exits the car and KELLNER takes over.

* On Lap 138, #31 pits with an oil leak. The crew changes out the oil cooler during the stop.

* Also on Lap 138, #36 pits and MATTHEWS exits the car and GIDLEY takes over.

* On Lap 139, #91+ pits and WENDLINGER exits the car and DUPUY.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Franz Konrad , Ian James , Peter Cunningham , Ken Stiver