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Rolex 24: The Final Two Hours

Scott Pruett and company push to tie the record

By Chris Jasurek
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 27, 2013 Last Updated: January 27, 2013
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Scott Pruett and his Telmex-Ganassi co-drivers are two hours from tying the record for career wins at the Grand Am Rolex 24 at Daytona, a record held by Daytona legend Hurley Haywood—who happens to be the Grand Marshal for the 2013 race.

The #01 Telomex car was one of the few in the race never visited by ill fate or external interference. Every other team, it seemed, had had bad luck of one sort or another, while every break seemed to be favoring Pruett and his crew.

The one thing bothering Pruett was an old (25 years old) ankle injury sustained in his IndyCar days. It might have hurt, but it sure didn’t slow him down. The 52-year-old veteran was still one of the fastest frivers on the track.

At 1:30 p.m. Pruett was 22 seconds ahead of Max Angelelli who was locked in a battle for second with NASCAR and Aussie-V8 star Marcus Ambrose

Mike Rockenfeller in the #9 Action Express Coyote Corvette was another five seconds back and Antonio Garcia in the Spirit of Daytona Coyote-Corvette was 42 seconds behind him and 1:10 behind the leader.

In GT the situation was much more unsettled. held the lead Anthony Lazzaro in the #69 AIM Autposport Ferrari held an 11-second lead over René Rast in the #52APR Audi. Thirteen seconds behind Rast raced Olivier Beretta in the #63 Sucderia Corse Ferrari. Another ten seconds back came Jeroen Bleekemolen in the #23 AJR Porsche.  

In GX, Shane Lewis in the Napleton Cayman led Seth Thomas in the Bullet Racing Cayman by eight laps.

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