Rolex 24 at Seven Hours

January 25, 2014 8:31 pm Last Updated: January 25, 2014 9:29 pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Night has fully fallen at Daytona, as the remaining five dozen racers contest the remaining 17 hours of the the 52nd Tudor United Sports Car Championship.

Daytona Prototypes have dominated the race; the LMP2s are essentially a second class, not able to compete with the DPs.

Perennial DP leaders Action Express, Telmex-Ganassi, Spirit of Daytona, and Wayne Taylor Racing have shared time at the front. The fastest P2, the #42 Oak Racing Morgan-Nissan, has been struggling to stay in the top ten.

The GT-Le Mans battle was tight from the drop of the green flag. The Vipers ran one-two for much of the race, with the Corvettes and factory Porsches right on their tails. The Risi Competizione Ferrari was part of this battle until it wrecked just before sunset.

Six Hours

Six hours after the green flag waved at 2:10 P.M. the 52nd TUSC Rolex 24 at Daytona is under caution for the fourth time.

Memo Rojas in the #01 Telcel-Ganassi Riley-Ford leads the race ahead of the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Dallara-Corvette driven by Max Angelelli and the #5 Action Express Coyote-Corvette of Sebastian Bourdais

SRT Vipers lead the GTLM class with the #93 car driven by Rob Bell in tenth overall, ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay in the #91, with Ryan Briscoe in the #3 Corvette trailing.

Seven Hour Update

After a brief yellow the race went back to green; after 20 minutes of racing it went back to yellow was the race leading #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Dallara-Riley driven by Max Angelleli collided with the another car which was braking hard to avoid the spinning #32 GMG Audi R8 LMS which lost control in Turn One and slammed the concrete wall at Turn Two.

Max Angelelli had to pit, giving up the lead.

After the restart, the running order was Mike Rockenfeller in the #90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Coyote-Corvette led Sebastian Bourdais in the # 5 Action Express Coyote-Corvette by 19 seconds, with Jamie McMurray #01 Ganassi Riley-Ford a further 19 seconds behind.

Richard Lietz in the #911 GTLM Porsche North America 911 RSR led the GTLM class, running tenth overall. Less than a second behind was the charging #3 Corvette Racing C7.R driven by Jan Magnussen, and only a hundredth of a second behind him was Jörg Bergmeister in the #912 Porsche RSR.