Grand Am Rolex 24 at 11 Hours: Action Express One,Two

January 30, 2011 Updated: January 30, 2011

The #9 Action Express Racing Riley Porsche driven by Terry Borcheller holds the lead after eleven hours of the Grand Am Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. (John Harrelson/Getty Images)
The #9 Action Express Racing Riley Porsche driven by Terry Borcheller holds the lead after eleven hours of the Grand Am Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. (John Harrelson/Getty Images)
After eleven hours of hard racing, 2010 winners Action Express holds the first two positions, with IndyCar driver Graham Rahal third in the 01 Telmex Ganassi Riley BMW.

Nic Jonsson is fourth in the Krohn Racing Lola Ford, followed by A.J. Allmendinger in the #6 Shank racing car.  

The #59 Brumos Racing Porsche GT3 Cup driven by Marc Leib passes the #36 Yellow Dragon Motorsports Mazda RX-8 driven by Mikel Miller during the Rolex 24. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
The #59 Brumos Racing Porsche GT3 Cup driven by Marc Leib passes the #36 Yellow Dragon Motorsports Mazda RX-8 driven by Mikel Miller during the Rolex 24. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Only the top five Daytona Prototypes are on the lead lap. The #10 SunTrust, 02 Telmex Ganassi, #55 Level 5, and the other two Shank Racing cars round out the top ten, all at least a lap down.

The 02 Gansassi spent time in the garage getting its splitter repaired. The #60 Shank car lost time to a drive-through plus-thirty -sdeconds penalty when it left the pits with an oil can still attached.

In GT, Mazda is finally showing its speed; the #40 Dempsey Racing Rx-8, driven by Joe Foster, leads the class, followed by three Porsches. Andy Lally is second in the #67 TRG, driving without a clutch.

Then comes the #48 Miller Racing machine driven by Rob Bell, and Jeroen Bleekmolen’s #54 TRG/Black Swan/GMG Porsche. Another Dempsey Racing Mazda rounds out the top five in class, the #41 with Dave Lacey at the wheel.

14 Yellows So Far

The #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Riley Porsche driven by Patrick Long, continues to claw back lost laps. (John Harrelson/Getty Images)
The #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Riley Porsche driven by Patrick Long, continues to claw back lost laps. (John Harrelson/Getty Images)
The race has been filled with incidents: there have been 14 cautions so far, compared to sixteen for the entire 24 hours last year.

Some of the most promising cars in both classes are many laps down. In GT, the #57 Stevenson Racing Camaro is 69 laps down; The Turner Motorsports BMW is 135 laps down; the #70 SpeedSource Mazda is 148 laps down.

The #01 Telmex-Ganassi Riley BMW, currently driven by Memo Rojas, has been near the front through most of the race; it is always a threat. (John Harrelson/Getty Images)
The #01 Telmex-Ganassi Riley BMW, currently driven by Memo Rojas, has been near the front through most of the race; it is always a threat. (John Harrelson/Getty Images)
The Banner racing Camaro is down 81 laps; both Ferraris are far back; The pole-winning#66 TRG Porsche lost 21 laps after a number of incidents, including having most of the bodywork blow off on the front straight.

In DP, the Spirit of Daytona Coyote Chevrolet, which led early, is now 53 laps behind; the #99 Gainsco car is 42 laps behind, apparently victim of a dragging muffler after early brake issues; the #45 Flying Lizard, which dominated the first 52 laps and still holds the fastest race lap, is 16 laps down.