GARAGE GROANS

In the middle of the night at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, there are a few cars in the garage, some under wraps and/or abandoned by crew, while others are being repaired by weary crews. It’s now 59 degrees F/15 C, and feels like it.

No.99 in garage. Photo by Lynne Huntting

No.99 in garage. Photo by Lynne Huntting

JIMMIE JOHNSON just drove No.99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet Riley into the garage for repairs. Owner BOB STALLINGS said it was a chipped first gear. The team went right to work to change the gear stack and add oil to the motor. The problem is not related to the crash damage drama earlier in the weekend.

No.07 Godstone Ranch Motorsport/Team MBR Corvette GT is parked in the garage, with no crew to explain.

No.20 Matt Connolly Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup GT is back in the garage for repairs to the crank pulley which somehow just snapped off.

No.21 Matt Connolly Motorsports Pontiac GTO.R is also back in the garage. The crew said they were just checking the car, but I smelled something burnt.

No.52 Wil Mar Racing Ferrari 430 Challenge GT hit something, so the right side damage of one kind and another is in need of repair. The crew are working on it, and by the looks of it, they have their work cut out for them. The car is up on jacks.

No.63 TRG Porsche GT3 Cup is in the garage for the crew to put in a new front end and check the transmission. The car hit things a number of times.

In the thirteenth hour, MIKE ROCKENFELLER/No.9 Action Express Racing Porsche Riley DP leads overall, just having taken the lead from JUSTIN WILSON/No.01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley DP.

No.57 GT. Photo by Mark Weber

No.57 GT. Photo by Mark Weber

In the GT class, ROBIN LIDDELL/No.57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R leads, in ninth place overall. He is 20 laps behind Rockenfeller.

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