HALF WAY!

No.01 Ganassi Racing DP. Photo by Mark Weber.

No.01 Ganassi Racing DP. Photo by Mark Weber.

At the Half Way Mark at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, JUSTIN WILSON/No.01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley Daytona Prototype is the overall leader. He had turned the fastest race lap until just now, when DARREN LAW/No.59 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley turned a 125.908 mph/202.629 kph. He was running twelfth overall at the time, eleventh in class.

The fastest GT car is JOHANNES van OVERBEEK/No.67 TRG/Flying Lizards Porsche GT3 Cup, in ninth overall.

No.67 TRG GT. Photo by Mark Weber

No.67 TRG GT. Photo by Mark Weber

Just as I was about to post this, the pole sitter, No.10 Sun Trust Racing Ford Dallara DP pulled into the garage with gear box problems.

Twenty-three Daytona Prototype drivers from 13 of the 15 DP’s have led laps. The dominant No.02 Ganassi DP led 56 percent of the laps – 139 – when JUAN PABLO MONTOYA retired it with a blown engine. The only DP’s not to have led laps are No.55 Crown Royal/NPN Racing BMW Riley and No.90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche Coyote.  Only one of the 15 DP’s has retired.

The only way to determine how many GT drivers/cars have led is to check the hourly reports. Grand-Am T&S can’t show lead changes in class as it can overall, nor can it show how many laps a GT car has led. The cars which have led are: No.23 Alex Job Racing Porsche GT3 Cup; No.32 Corsa Team PR1 BMW M6; No.66 TRG Porsche GT3 Cup; No.71 TRG; No.57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R, and No.67. The pole sitter, No.69 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 led only during the first six laps under caution.

The weather outside is clear and breezy, and feels colder than the 68 degrees F/20 C it shows on my iPhone. I didn’t stuff my suitcase with cold-weather gear for naught, after all.

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