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.
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 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 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.