DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—After four hours of racing, 2012 runner-up Allan McNish in the #2 Starworks Racing Riley Ford held the lead of the 51st Grand Am Rolex 24 at Daytona, a second ahead of NASCAR star Jamie McMurray in the #02 Telmex-Ganassi Riley BMW. Juan Pablo Montoya in the #01 car, which had led most of the race, was a further thirty seconds back
At the four-hour mark, Allessandro Pier Guidi in the #63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari led the GT class, 15th overall, taking over from the 2012-winning Magnus Racing Porsche which had just pitted. Nicolas Armindo got into the Magnus Porsche and rejoined in second, 2.8 seconds behind Guidi and eleven seconds ahead of third-placed Edoardo Mortara in the Alex Job Racing Audi Sport R8 Grand Am.In GX and 40th overall, Nelson Canache in the #16 Napleton Racing Porsche Cayman led Eric Foss in the # 38 BGB Motorsports Cayman GX.R. Third in class and three laps back was James Clay in the Bullet Racing Cayman.
The fifth hour of the Rolex 24 at Daytona saw more than an hour’s worth of drama.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the #10 Velocity Coyote-Corvette took the race lead after a reshuffling due to a caution period, but he was hotly pursued by the pair of Telmex-Ganassi cars.
On lap 149, at 8:20 p.m. Jamie McMurray caught RHR and overtook him, but had to surrender the position: McMurray drove over some pit equipment during the yellow-flag pit stop and was given a 30-second stop-and-hold. McMurray rejoined in eighth.
McMurray gave the lead back after a lap, but Juan Pablo Montoya stepped up two laps later to seize the lead for Telmex-Ganassi again, stretching the lead to two seconds..
Burt Friselle and Nelson Piquet Jr. in the #9 and #5 Action Express Coyote-Corvettes held third and fourth, twelve seconds back.
Allan McNish brought the #2 Starworks Riley-Ford for what looked like a shock absorber adjustment, and came out flying, catching the Action Express cars. Shortly after the five-hour mark, he got past Piquet to take fourth, and began hunting Frisselle.
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