Rolex 24 Hour 11: Penske, WTR, AXR battle up front

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Rolex 24 Hour 11: Penske, WTR, AXR battle up front

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Rolex 24 Hour 11: Penske, WTR, AXR battle up front

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A loose wheel that departed the right-rear corner on Juncos Racing’s No. 50 Cadillac DPi-V.R brought out the Rolex 24’s seventh caution period early into the new hour, and with the time required to hoist the car onto the bed of a tow truck, IMSA opted to use the pause in action allow teams to cycle through their pit stops, if desired.

Results

With just over 35 minutes left in the one-hour block, the field returned to racing where Wayne Taylor Racing’s Renger van der Zande, Acura Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves, and Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani spent time in close proximity. After completing their own stops, Castroneves had been replaced by Alexander Rossi, who led Simon Pagenaud and WTR’s Jordan Taylor.

DragonSpeed’s 1-2 in LMP2 continued uncontested; in GT Le Mans, Porsche’s 1-2 from the previous hour held as the No. 911 took the lead and held a small gap over the No. 912 911 RSR. The perpetually competitive No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari was farther back in third.

Riley Motorsports returned to the GT Daytona lead after holding the point in the opening hours of the event. Its No. 33 Mercedes-AMG GT3 had the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GTE and the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 hot on its tail as another hour was completed.

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