Youngster Takes Brumos Porsche 250
Finishing the race with 1.1 gallons of fuel, Bergmeister took the checkered flag 15.496 seconds ahead of Long, while Pruett finished third.
It was the first career Daytona Prototypes victory for Colin Braun, the 17-year-old driver who missed the victory in June's Sahlen's Six Hours of Watkins Glen, when his season in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Riley was filled by Boris Said. Friday, Braun started the race on the front row and drove a solid shift before turning the car over to Bergmeister. The victory made Krohn the youngest winner in the history of the series, and is believed to be the youngest winner of a major American motorsports event.
"This is a big team start, and we had a great pit stop," said Braun.
"I can't thank those Roush/Robert Yates guys. If it wasn't for them, we would have had to come in and put fuel in it. They won us this one. This is Daytona, we wanted to win, and we've got confidence in those Roush Yates guys."
The race was slowed for caution on the second lap for an incident involving Matthew Alhadeff and Milka Duno. That proved to be the lone caution of the event, with the remainder of the 70-lap race run under the green.
The opening 65 laps featured a terrific battle between the No. 23 Ruby Tuesday Porsche Crawford of Mike Rockenfeller and Patrick Long, and the No. 01 CompUSA Lexus Riley of Luis Diaz and Scott Pruett.
"Our team did a very good job turning the car around," said Pruett, who drove the Rolex 24-winning car in the event after his primary car was badly damaged in a wreck at Mid-Ohio last Saturday.
"We didn't have the top-end speed of the Porsche and we couldn't do it in one stop," said Pruett. "Beyond that, we did it by the numbers, and we made all the right calls."
Max Angelelli, who drove in the Crown Royal IROC race immediately following the event, finished fourth in the SunTrust Pontiac Riley he shared with Wayne Taylor, followed by Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty in the Gainsco/Blackhawk Racing Pontiac Riley.
Points leaders Andy Lally and Marc Bunting had to come from behind to score their third GT victory of the campaign. The Tafel Racing Porsche team of Robin Liddell dominated the race, but had to pit for fuel with five laps remaining. They finished second, nine seconds behind.
"We stretched Marc as far as we could go, and they let me press pretty hard the rest of the way," Lally said. "We closed to within 20 seconds during our one-hour shift, and then when they pitted, we had just gone by. We pressed pretty hard to get everything out of it."
Only four races remain in the 2007 Rolex Series season, with the next event the July 30 Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.
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