Rolex 24 Hour 5: Scare for defending winners; rain hits Daytona

Rolex 24 Hour 5: Scare for defending winners; rain hits Daytona

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Rolex 24 Hour 5: Scare for defending winners; rain hits Daytona

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Jordan Taylor had a scare in the defending Rolex 24 At Daytona-winning No.10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R when he cut a right-rear tire shortly before the five-hour mark. Running second at the time, he lost the tire at the chicane and didn’t have far to limp to the pits – resulting in no damaged bodywork. Running second at the time of the incident, he returned to the race in eighth following a 29-second stop to replace the tire.

In another unexpected twist, rain began falling at the five-hour mark – although precipitation was not expected until mid-day on Sunday.

Christian Fittipaldi continued to lead in the No.5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R, 16.436 seconds ahead of Ryan Dalziel in the No.2 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPi. Graham Rahal was third in the No.7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05.

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing held 1-2 in GTLM, with Dirk Mueller in the No.66 leading Scott Dixon in the No.67, with the No.911 Porsche of Frederic Makowiecki in third.

In GTD, Sheldon van der Linde led in the No.19 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini, followed by Luca Stolz in the No.33 Mercedes and Lawson Aschenbach in the No.93 Acura.

Kyle Marcelli took the No.15 3GT Racing Lexus RC F GT3 to the garage for the team to work on an electrical issue.

 

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