#01 Ganassi Riley-Ford Leads Rolex 24 at Ten Hours

January 25, 2015 12:11 am Last Updated: January 25, 2015 2:06 am

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The GTLM fight expanded during the next green-flag stint, with Pierre Kaffer in the #62 Risi Ferrari and Wolf Henzler in the #17 Falken Tire Porsche joining Antonio Garcia and Tom Milner in the Corvettes, and Nick Tandy in the #911 Porsche.

How much closer could the GTLM battle be? (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)
How much closer could the GTLM battle be? (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)

Kaffer took the lead after the nine-hour mark, with Henzler, Garcia, Milner, and Tandy in a row behind. In the cool night air, the Ferrari and Porsche seemed to have more power than the Corvettes, but Corvette Racing had done a brake pad change on Milner’s car under yellow, which gave the #4 car a bit of an edge there.

Kyle Larson in the #02 Ganassi Riley-Ford EcoBoost led the Rolex 24 with 14 hours to go. (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)
Kyle Larson in the #02 Ganassi Riley-Ford EcoBoost led the Rolex 24 with 14 hours to go. (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)

Things were stable up front until lap 295, when Kyle Larson in the #01 Ganassi Riley-Ford-EcoBoost swept by on the outside in the infield to take the lead which the #60 hadn’t held since the green flag waved.

Scott Pruett in the #01 Ganassi Riley-Ford EcoBoost ran third in the Rolex 24 with 14 hours to go. (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)
Scott Pruett in the #01 Ganassi Riley-Ford EcoBoost ran third in the Rolex 24 with 14 hours to go. (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)

This didn’t last. Ricky Taylor retook the lead on the next lap, but Larson had cast down the gauntlet. A lap later the #90 VisitFlorida Coyote-Corvwtte got stuck in the pits with some electrical malfunction, losing a lap, and Colin Braun came in from the lead in PC. Ricky Taylor pitted on lap 298, giving the Shank car thee lead once again.

Larson pitted on the next lap, giving the lead briefly to Scott sharp in the #1 ESM HPD ARX-04b-Honda. This car was delivered only a few days before the race, and seemed to be mired in minor problems,. The #2 HPD was delivered in time for the Roar, ran with far fewer problems … and dropped out early in the race, leaving the unfinished, untested #1 to carry the torch, which it did most successfully—at least for the first half of the race.

Scott Sharp in the #1 ESM HPD-Honda led the race for a lap. (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)
Scott Sharp in the #1 ESM HPD-Honda led the race for a lap. (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)

Just shy of the ten-hour mark, Kyle Larson resumed the race lead after pitting, with Ricky Taylor five seconds behind.

In GTLM, Antonio Garcia in the #3 Corvette led Patrick Pilet in the #911 Porsche. Jon Bennet in the #54 Core Oreca led PC, and Jeroen Bleekemolen in the #33 Riley Viper led GTD.

The beginning of a fairly impressive fireworks display which marked the eighth hour of racing. (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)
The beginning of a fairly impressive fireworks display which marked the eighth hour of racing. (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)