Rain Falling as Cadillac Reigns at 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship Rolex 24 at Daytona (With Updates)
Rain Falling as Cadillac Reigns at 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship Rolex 24 at Daytona (With Updates)

Eight Hour Update: Cadillac continues to lead the race, with Jeff Giordon in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racinbg Cadillac DPi V.R leading the #22 Extreme Speed Motorsports Nissan DPi driven by Bruno Senna. The #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac lost time behind the wall with a starter problem, the car currently runs sixth.

Toni Vilander in the #62 Risi Ferrari leads GTLM ahead of Scott Dixon in the #67 Ford GT  and Patrick Pilet in the #911 Porsche 911 RSR.

Connor De Phillippi in the  #29 Montaplast Audi currently leads GTDfrom R Liddel in the #57 Stevenson Audi and Jeroen Bleekemolen in the #33 Riley Motorsports-Team AMG Mercedes AMG GT3.

Kyle Massonin the #38 Performance Tech Preca leads Protoype Challenge despite the car having lost time to repair accident damage.

The rain continues to fall, alternating between a light mist and actual rainfall. The track is wet in the infiled and dryer on the banking, which is playing havoc with the Continental rain tires; several teams have had flats probably due to the tires overheating.

The race is currently under caution for the seventh time, with the #16 Change Racing Lamborghini spinning out of the Bus Stop and hitting the wall hard.

UPDATE: With five-and-a-half hours passed, the weather has decided to attend the Rolex 24 at Daytona. 

The rain is not that hard yet, but the radar does not offer a promising prognosis.

The race is once more under yellow as Marcel Fässler in the  Corvette Racing C7.R has stalled on track after being whacked by the #69 Ford GT.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—The Rolex 24 at Daytona is only five hours old—less than a quarter of the way through.

With the race almost a quarter done, Cadillac has been the car to beat at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Dane Cameron in the #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi V.R started from the pole and led for the first three hours before losing the lead to Ricky Taylor in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac. The #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac held onto third despite having an issue with its lighting system.

Olivier Pla in the #68 Ford and in the Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette duel on the front straight in the opening laps of the race. The battle has continued, with the addition of Ferrari. (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)
Olivier Pla in the #68 Ford and in the Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette duel on the front straight in the opening laps of the race. The battle has continued, with the addition of Ferrari. (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)

Ford. Ferrari, Corvette in GTLM

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing brought a quartet of Ford GTs to Daytona, and it paid off, with the #66 leading the GT Le Mans class followed most of the time by the #62 Risi Competitzione Ferrari 488 GTE, with one of the two Corvette Racing C7.Rs in third.

The race is currently under a full-course caution because the #38 Performance Tech PC-class Oreca hithteh wall, tearing off its right front corner.

The #73 GTD Park Place Porsche 911 GT3 R got punted by the #26 Bar1 Oreca PC, multiple Rolex winner Scott Pruett got pushed into the wall in the #15 GTD 3GT Racing Lexus RC F GT3.

The race is currently being broadcast on Fox Sports 2 and IMSA.com.

Felipe Albuquerque in the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac roars past Alexander Sims in the #19 BMW.  (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)
Felipe Albuquerque in the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac roars past Alexander Sims in the #19 BMW. (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)

More to come.

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