Pit infractions by the same team were the talking points early in the 11th hour at Daytona as Alex Brundle ran over a piece of pit equipment and was called in to serve a penalty, and his Jackie Chan DC Racing teammate Robin Frijns received an invitation to join him for a longer stay after ignoring the red light at the end of pit lane during his previous stop.
At 1 a.m. ET, Fernando Alonso – just five laps into his stint – pitted in the No.23 United Autosports Ligier and climbed out. Lando Norris climbed in and steered the car to the garage.
“He complained of a long brake pedal and it looks like one of the brake master cylinders has failed,” said UA’s Trevor Foster. “It should take about 20 minutes to repair.”
The No.23’s chances of winning were lost with the failure as the car went from being on the lead lap to 25 laps arrears after 38 minutes were required to fix the Ligier.
Action Express Racing’s Felipe Nasr pulled off the pass of the race – so far – on the run from the infield to the Bus Stop as Acura Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud and AXR’s Joao Barbosa fought over second place, running side-by-side on the approach to the high-speed chicane. Nasr, unimpressed by the two-car duel, slid down the inside under braking and took both positions, vaulting from fourth to second using sheer bravery.
A round of pit stops soon followed with Graham Rahal taking over the lead Acura from Ricky Taylor, but his position ahead of the field was brief as Barbosa and the sister Cadillac with Nasr onboard moved ahead of the IndyCar driver.
Barbosa held 4.2 seconds over Nasr as the race crossed into the 11th hour. The GT Le Mans duo of Dirk Muller and Ryan Briscoe held a full lap over Mike Rockenfeller’s Corvette, and in GT Daytona, an out-of-sequence Adam Christodoulou held 31.5 seconds over AJ Allmendinger’s Acura with his Mercedes-AMG, but was due to stop for fuel.
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