There was nothing small about this past weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. It was the 50th anniversary for the twenty four hour race and with that brought out a huge field of 59 starters. In those cars were many new entries to the series, possibly the most anticipated being the new Daytona Prototype models. It wasn’t just the field that was big though, as Daytona saw a record breaking number of spectators and in fact sold out infield camping.
As expected, the race was a dog fight from the start and the biggest upset came in the first hour when the Suntrust sponsored DP Corvette was forced to withdraw with mechanical problems.
After twenty four hours of wheel banging racing the Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley came across the line with a well fought win. The top three cars finished on the same lap and were all Ford powered. The fourth place finisher in DP was the Ganassi BMW which had gearbox problems in the closing stages of the race ruining their hopes of a podium finish.
In GT it was a Porsche 1-2-3 with Magnus Racing taking the win over the famous Brumos entry. It was a disappointing weekend for the Mazdas with the highest RX-8 finishing 6th in GT. Out of the new Audi R8s the highest finishing Audi was 31st in class.
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