Rolex 24 at Daytona hour twenty-two update

Ron Fellows took the overall lead of the Rolex 24 at Daytona at 10:37 a.m. EST, on lap 599, passing the No. 16 Dyson Racing Ford-M&S Mk III, which has been parked in the garages since the car lost an engine. Fellows, driving the No. 2 Corvette...

Ron Fellows took the overall lead of the Rolex 24 at Daytona at 10:37 a.m. EST, on lap 599, passing the No. 16 Dyson Racing Ford-M&S Mk III, which has been parked in the garages since the car lost an engine.

Fellows, driving the No. 2 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5, finished second overall in last year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, and appeared to be cruising toward his first overall win, not to forget this could be the second straight year that the GTS cars out-last the faster Prototypes.

Ten minutes before Fellows assumed the lead, his teammate, Andy Pilgrim, driving the No. 3 Corvette, lost a left side halfshaft in the infield portion of the D.I.S. road course, and had to nurse the car back to the pits at anguishingly-slow speeds. Pilgrim was running second in class at the time, and fourth overall, but dropped back to fifth in the order during the stop.

It was the second time since midnight that the car has lost a halfshaft; the first time came when Dale Earnhardt Jr., lost one. The team, at that time, first replaced the transmission, but found out that was not the problem. The team did not change drivers, but had time to give the Corvette’s windshield a thorough washing.

In the AGT class, where all entrants have suffered through an agony of mechanical and crash problems, Joe Varde, driving the No. 44 Team Amick/Grant-A-Wish Foundation Chevrolet Corvette C5, had pulled to within five laps of the class-leading No. 11 Camaro, but crashed into the guardrail while exiting the pits, damaging the the radiator supports. The car is being repaired.

The safety car came out at 10:55 a.m. to remove a Porsche which had spun and stalled on course.

The SRP class is still, technically, led by the now-parked Dyson Racing Ford, but just 33 laps behind was the No. 63 Mazda-Kudzu of Jim Downing, Howard Katz, A. J. Smith and Chris Ronson. They should take the class lead in 90 minutes.

Third overall continues to be held by the top-running GT class car, the No. 31 White Lightning/Petersen Motorsports Porsche of Lucas Luhr, Randy Pobst, Mike Fitzgerald, and Christian Menzel. The No. 86 Porsche is second in class, five laps behind.

Other class leaders were the No. 21 Archangel Motorsports Nissan Lola in SRP II, driven by Andy Lally, Paul Macey, Peter Seldon, and Martin Henderson. The No. 11 Hamilton Safe Camaro leads the American GT class by 36 laps over the No. 44 Team Amick Corvette.

-DIS

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Ron Fellows , Andy Pilgrim , Randy Pobst , Lucas Luhr , Andy Lally , Jim Downing , Howard Katz , Joe Varde , Paul Mace , Christian Menzel , Peter Seldon
Teams Corvette Racing , Dyson Racing