Barbosa and Taylor come to blows as cars enter the pits in the closing stages.
It might be a 24-hour race, but the lead protagonists – the Action Express Corvette and the similar car of Wayne Taylor Racing – in the Rolex 24 at Daytona just collided.
With 4 hours and 20 minutes remaining, the leaders touched on the track as dived into the pits before they touched again just as they entered their pit box.
Having battled on the track nose-to-tail, Joao Barbosa’s front-left contacted Jordan Taylor’s right-rear as they entered the pitbox. Both cars appeared to escape any serious damage.
Taylor stayed in his car and now leads, while Christian Fittipaldi took over the Action Express machine from Barbosa.
Fittipaldi runs second, 13s back. The Ganassi machines, driven by Sage Karam and Kyle Larson, are running nose to tail in third and fourth.
After pitting from the lead at the end of his stint, Taylor reported: “It’s getting tougher and tougher as the end gets closer. I think everyone is trying to show what they’ve got for the end of the race. When I was behind Barbosa I felt better through the infield, and we got quite close. It’s going well right now, but a lot can still happen.”