Live Rolex 24 At Daytona Coverage

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Hour 23 The final driver changes have been completed and the finish line is rapidly approaching. With all the cars on the same lap, Scott Pruett has taken control of the No. 01 TELMEX Ganassi Lexus Riley, Patrick Carpentier is now the driver of the No. 11 SAMAX Pontiac Riley and Jan Magnussen is driving the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley. The No. 85 Fambacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3, which has dominated the GT class, has dropped out. Jean-Francois Dumoulin and the No. 22 Alegra Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup car have now taken the lead in the GT class. HOUR 22 The 45th running of the Rolex 24 is shaping up to be a three-car shootout in the final two hours. The No. 11 SAMAX Pontiac Riley, the No. 01 TELMEX Ganassi Lexus Riley, and the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley are the only cars on the lead lap battling for the overall lead. At 11:11 AM this morning, Katherine Legge, driver of the No. 84 Robinson Racing Pontiac Riley, turned the one-millionth lap in the history of the Rolex 24 No. 85 Fambacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup car, driven by Dirk Werner, leads the GT class and holds the 10th position overall in the race. Hour 21 Hour 21 of the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona unfolded in dramatic fashion when the No. 02 Target Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley with Memo Rojas behind the wheel, cruising in second place, spun unexpectedly in Turn 1, losing control and piling into a wall of tires, ending their hopes of a Rolex title. And as the rain cleared, the No.11 CITGO SAMAX Pontiac Riley raced to first with Ryan Dalziel behind the wheel, and Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 01 Lexus Riley and No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley all stood on the same lap, just four seconds separating the three and setting the stage for an exciting finish. In the GT Series, the No. 85 Team Seattle Fambacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 led throughout the night and sits in 13th place overall, first in the Series. With Kelly Collings behind the wheel, the 07 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R holds down second in the Series, 14th overall with the No. 22 Alegra Motorsports / Fiorano Racing Porsche GT3 running third, 15th overall. Other race notables include Hurley Haywood in the No. 59 Brumos Porsche Riley (5th); Jimmie Johnson in the No. 91 Lowe's Riley-Matthews Pontiac Riley (11th place); pole-sitter Alex Gurney in the No. 99 Gainsco / Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley (36th); and Tony Stewart in the No. 20 Howard Motorsports Pontiac Crawford (43rd place) HOUR 20 The No. 01 TELMEX Ganassi Lexus Riley team put wet tires on during a routine pit stop causing issues on the now dry track. Juan Pablo Montoya remains the driver of the second-place machine. The No. 11 SAMAX Pontiac Riley, driven by Darren Manning, now holds the overall lead in the Rolex 24. The No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley under control of Jan Magnussen, is 1 minute, 4.158 seconds behind the race leader in third place. Jorg Hardt in the No. 85 Fambacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 heads the GT pack and is 11th overall in the Rolex 24. Hour 19 The rain, which began falling on historic Daytona International Speedway just after midnight, fell throughout the night and played into team strategy as Salvador Duran, behind the wheel of the Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 01 Lexus Riley, continued to pace the field in the battle for the right to be called champion in the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona at the "World Center of Racing." With 19 hours complete, just seven seconds behind, the No.11 CITGO SAMAX Pontiac Riley, piloted by Darren Manning sits in second, the only other Daytona Prototype on the lead lap of the 24-hour endurance marathon. Former NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon and his No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley teammates sit one lap down and just over 3 minutes behind in 3th place while Duran's teammate Dan Wheldon and the No. 02 Target Chip Ganassi with Felix

Sabates Lexus Riley place fourth, also one lap down. In the GT Series, the No. 85 Team Seattle Fambacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 led throughout the night and sits in 13th place overall, first in the Series. With Paul Edwards behind the wheel, the 07 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R holds down second in the Series, 14th overall with the No. 64 TRG Porsche GT3 sitting in third (15th overall). The night racing proved uneventful other than a red-flag which halted the competition for just over one hour when the No. 82 Synergy racing Porsche GT3 slid off course and damaged the guardrail in the infield Turn 2 area. The rain played havoc on track as several cautions also slowed action throughout the night. Other race notables include Hurley Haywood in the No. 59 Brumos Porsche Riley (5th); Jimmie Johnson in the No. 91 Lowe's Riley-Matthews Pontiac Riley (11th place); pole-sitter Alex Gurney in the No. 99 Gainsco / Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley (40th); and Tony Stewart in the No. 20 Howard Motorsports Pontiac Crawford (42nd place) Hour 10 Nearly halfway through the 24-hour endurance marathon, four cars remain on the lead lap on Daytona's 3.56-mile venue as the battle for the lead in the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona continues into the night at the historic "World Center of Racing." With Mexico's Salvador Duran behind the wheel, the Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 01 Lexus Riley held a slim lead over Dan Wheldon and the No. 02 Target Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley. The No.11 CITGO SAMAX Pontiac Riley, piloted by Milka Duno sits in third, just ahead of the No. 05 Luggage Express BMW Riley. All four Daytona Prototypes are the only vehicles on the lead lap of the prestigious event. In the GT Series, the No. 85 Team Seattle Fambacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 sits in 16th place overall, first in the Series. The No. 72 Tafel Racing Porsche GT 3 driven by Robin Liddell stood second among the GT's 17th overall while the 07 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R holds down third in the Series, 19th overall. Hour 9 Trouble has struck the second-place running team in the Rolex 24. With Scott Sharp behind the wheel, the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche was an innocent victim in a two-car GT class accident. The car is now behind the wall undergoing repairs. Meanwhile, the No. 11 SAMAX Pontiac Riley and Darren Manning hold a three-second lead over the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley. "The car is great and I'm not pushing that hard," said Scott Pruett following his recent driving stint. In third place about 20 seconds behind is the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing entry and driver Dan Wheldon. The GT class has the No. 85 Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 and Dirk Werner in the lead. HOUR 8 Scott Pruett and the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley continue to hold a close lead over the No. 58 Brumos Porsche Riley and Scott Sharp in the Rolex 24. The No. 85 Fambacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup car still leads the GT class but with a fresh driver - Dirk Werner. No. 3 Southhard Motorsports Lexus Riley, with Shane Lewis behind the wheel, spun out in Turn one and required a tow back to his pit for repair work. Mark Patterson, driving No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Riley, had a mishap in the chicane to bring out the second caution of the Rolex 24 The No. 23 Ruby Tuesday/Championship Porsche Crawford experienced mechanical problems while under control of Jorg Bergmeister. The car has since returned to the track. Hour 7 Scott Pruett and the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley hold a six-second lead over the No. 58 Brumos Porsche Riley and Scott Sharp in the Rolex 24. Max Angelelli, driver of the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley, is pulling a double shift as we head into hour eight. Jorg Hardt, driving the No. 85 Fambacher Loles Motorsports' Porsche GT3 Cup car, holds the GT class lead. The No. 91 Lowe's Riley-Matthews Pontiac

Riley has returned to the track in 37th position after spending significant time in the garage. Hour 6 As the sun set and the clouds began to move in over the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway, Scott Pruitt wheeled the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley into first place as the 6th hour of the 45th Rolex 24 At Daytona continued Saturday night. Buddy Rice wheeled his No. 58 Red Bull / Brumos Porsche Riley to second place while the No.11 CITGO SAMAX Pontiac Riley with Patrick Carpentier behind the wheel sat in third in the Daytona Prototype Division The No. 74 Tafel Racing Porsche GT3 and driver Dominik Fambacher maintain a lead in the GT class, 21st overall. The No. 85 Team Seattle Fambacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 was in second (23rd overall) while the No. 72 Tafel Racing Porsche GT 3 driven by Dirk Muller place third in the GT Class, 24th overall. After a two-hour stint behind the wheel of the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley, former NEXTEL Cup Champion Jeff Gordon running in his first Rolex along with teammates Wayne Taylor, Max Angelelli and Jan Magnussen sit in 11th place in the DP Division. "I had some of the most fun running with Juan Pablo (Montoya) and I'm not sure who was in the No. 23 car," he said. "We were just having a blast just knocking off some great laps. Just cutting through traffic. I can't tell you how much fun I was having. That experience is already a great one for me." The No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley and the No. 39 Cheever Racing Porsche Crawford returned to the field after spend time in the garage area. Hour 5 Night is falling on the Daytona International Speedway. The No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley is at the point with Salvador Duran at the wheel. The No. 02 Ganassi entry is second with Dan Wheldon driving the car. Jeff Gordon, driving the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley, is pulling a double stint into hour five and made some contact with the pit wall as he exited pit road. With Sam Hornish behind the wheel, gearbox problems have slowed the No. 60 Lexus Riley. The No. 74 Tafel Racing Porsche GT3 and driver Dominik Farnbacher maintain a lead in the GT class. HOUR 4 Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley is atop the Rolex 24 leaderboard leading the Jimmie Johnson No. 91 car by 20.5 seconds. Three-time Daytona 500 champion Jeff Gordon has taken the wheel of the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley in the fourth hour of the Rolex 24 relieving driver Jan Magnussen. The car, which has suffered electrical problems earlier in the race, is in 19th position. Driver Katherine Legge in the No. 84 Ranch Resort Pontiac Riley had a mishap in the chicane and lose the hood on her machine. The car returned to the pit to get repairs and returned to the race shortly after. The No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley has entered the garage with an overheating coil pack. The team is racing to replace the malfunctioning coils. Other teams that have battled electrical problems include the No. 20 Howard Motorsports Pontiac Crawford, the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Riley and No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley. Despite a spin in the chicane, the No. 74 Tafel Racing Porsche GT3 and driver Dominik Farnbacher maintain a lead in the GT class. "You just have to keep the pace consistent," said an excited Helio Castroneves following his stint in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Riley, which sits eighth overall. Hour 3 Chip Ganassi Racing is in charge of the Rolex 24. Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 01 Lexus Riley has the overall lead while Scott Dixon, behind the wheel of the No. 02 Ganassi entry is in second. Jimmie Johnson sits in third in the No. 91 Pontiac Riley. The No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche had a slight miscue on pit road when Darren Law left the pits with the fuel hose still attached to the car. Electrical problems continue to bother several teams in the field

including the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Riley. "We're not out of it by any means," Paul Tracy said. Three-time Daytona 500 champion Jeff Gordon is next up to get behind the wheel of the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley. It's Gordon's first start in the Rolex 24. Wolf Henzler has done three straight driving stints in the GT-class leading No. 74 Porsche GT3. Hour 2 The No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley with drivers Wayne Taylor, Jeff Gordon, Jan Magnussen and Max Angelelli has experienced a setback in the second hour of the Rolex 24. Driver and owner Wayne Taylor called the problem an "electrical issue." The team spent some brief time in the garage and got the car back quickly back on track. Scott Pruett has handed the wheel to Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley and currently holds the overall lead in the Rolex 24. 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion and 2006 Daytona 500 champion Jimmie Johnson is taking his first shift in the No. 91 Pontiac Riley. Wolf Henzler in the No. 74 Porsche Porsche GT3 holds the lead in the GT class. The No. 20 Jackson Hewitt/SUBWAY Pontiac Crawford with driver Butch Leitzinger is back on track but still battling an electrical issue while the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Riley has gone behind the wall with driver Ian James. Hour 1 "Drivers, start your engines." That was the command from Rolex 24 At Daytona Grand Marshal Richard Petty that started the 45th Rolex 24 At Daytona. The twists and turns of the Rolex 24 have quickly begun. In the first 10 minutes of the twice-around-the-clock challenge, pole winner Alex Gurney suffered a major setback. The No. 99 GAINSCO Pontiac Riley that sat on the pole and took the early lead made contact with a GT class machine coming out of NASCAR Turn 4 and suffered significant front end damage. Italian Max Angelelli behind the wheel of the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley took over the lead and has a 1.5-second advantage over the No. 91 Lowe's Riley-Matthews Motorsports Pontiac Riley and driver Marc Goossens. For Petty, a seven-time Daytona 500 champion and NASCAR's all-time wins leader, this is the first Rolex 24 At Daytona that he has attended in person. So far, he is enjoying himself. "It's just completely different from Cup racing," Petty said. "I come here, there are people wandering around everywhere and all the tents out there. It's like a tailgate party. Looks like everyone is really enjoying themselves. I know I will enjoy myself, too."
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