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1 Christian Fittipaldi 31
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13 Boris Said 18
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14 John Pew 18
15 Joel Miller 18
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16 Katherine Legge 18
17 David Brabham 17
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Action Express Porsche wins Rolex 24 at Daytona

Grand-Am season opener
Sunday, January 31, 2010

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Action Express Porsche
The last hour at the Rolex 24 At Daytona is a nail biter: the cars are tired, ailing machines with potential for mechanical breakdowns; the crew are even more tired and pit stops become more challenging because fatigue contributes to the possibility of human mistakes during even routine stops. The 48th edition of this race had the predictable amount of attrition, but it was hard racing all the way. Adding to the difficulty factor was the air temperature, which by noon was down to 50 degrees, affecting not only the grip of the tires but also the comfort of crew members who had been out in the elements since early Saturday morning.

With half an hour left of racing the contest came down to two cars: the #9 Action Express Racing Porsche/Riley driven by Joao Barbosa of Portugal and the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW/Riley driven by Scott Pruett from Auburn, California.

With 15 minutes left in the race the excitement grew because Pruett, who is known as a hard-charger, was only 52.640 seconds behind the leader. The possibility of a yellow flag incident - allowing the field to close up behind the pace car and create a whole new race scenario for Pruett to potentially benefit from - added to the tension as the race reached its conclusion.

In the end, and especially for anyone who enjoys cheering for the underdog, there was ample reason to cheer for the checkered flag finish of the 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona when Barbosa crossed the finish line first after 24 thrilling hours of racing. Pruett had pushed hard to catch him, but in the end the 52.303 deficit was just not attainable.

Action Express Racing 2010 Rolex 24 Champs
The winning #9 Action Express Racing team is a multi-national effort with four nationalities represented just in the driving line-up alone: Barbosa hails from Porto, Portugal; Terry Borcheller from Vero Beach, Florida; Ryan Dalziel from Coatbridge, Scotland; and Mike Rockenfeller from Neuwied, Germany.

When asked what plans they had to celebrate the win, Borcheller said they had not made any. "With all the obstacles we've been having, including all the teething pains, it's hard to 'expect' to win. The Chip Ganassi's of the world, who do all the right things in terms of preparation and take all the right steps, they are the ones you are going to have to beat. So, when you see things are not going exactly like plan, it's hard to 'expect' to win. These things really seem unrealistic. Every time he [team manager Gary Nelson] sent me an email with all the problems, at the end of the email he would write, 'expect to win.' So I think Gary expects to win. I found those emails encouraging."

The #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW/Riley team, led by three-time Rolex 24 At Daytona winner Scott Pruett, included Memo Rojas, Mexico City, Mexico; Justin Wilson, Dacono, Colorado; and Italian racer Max Papis who lives in Miami, Florida. The second-place finishers attributed their loss to a vibration that ultimately went away. "Every year the cars get more refined, more robust, you're not losing a wheel or brakes," said Pruett explaining that at this level of competition it's the finer details that can cost you half a lap - and the win - as it did here. "We just ran the thing as hard as we could the whole run. Because you've been in the winner's circle and the race is so draining when you don't get back to the top it's just emotions. It's always frustrating."

Members of the team #01 team felt second place was a good start to the racing season. "We wanted the watch, but we got the championship points for the season," said Papis, who with about eight hours to go was running like it was the last lap. "We came over here with one team, one goal. We accept it and at the same time I really want to congratulate the #9 car. They did a supreme job, they put us under pressure. You feel you take an opportunity like this, and you know you can lose by some small details. It was a real honor to be part of this team. The way we handled the race in the pit and off the pit, we were one team. It's just a bit of a shame I have to go back with a plastic watch, but I will be back."

Finishing third in Daytona Prototype was the #95 the Crown Royal/NPN Racing BMW/Riley driven by Scott Tucker of Overland Park, Kansas, with Ryan Hunter-Reay from Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Lucas Luhr from Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Richard Westbrook from London, England.

Bomarito, Haskell, Tremblay and Ham celebrate their win
The GT class was a 30-strong field of very competitive cars, of which less than half finished this endurance test. The race was won by the #70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 with an All American team: Nick Ham from Evergreen, Colorado; Jonathan Bomarito from Monterey, California; David Haskell from Plantation, Florida and Sylvain Tremblay from Sunrise, Florida.

I think we built this car in 29 days," said Haskell. I've been at the shop every morning, 7 days a week for the last 90 days from 6 in the morning to 7 at night and it's really been worth it. I'm sure all the guys who are backing up the truck right now are saying the same thing."

#70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8
Finishing second was the #67 TRG / Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche GT3 driven by Jorg Bergmeister of Langenfeld, Germany, Patrick Long from Belleair, Florida; Seth Neiman from Woodside, California; and Johannes Van Overbeek from Oakland, California. Third went to the #66 TRG Porsche GT3 driven by Ted Ballou from Corona del Mar, Calif., with Kelly Collins and Patrick Flanagan, both of Newport Beach, California; Andy Lally from Dacula, Georgia, and Wolf Henzler from Nuertingen, Germany.

Through all the rain and adversity it was a very fast Rolex 24 At Daytona. This 24 had a lot of damage done to it; records were set for distance with 755 laps completed; there were 53 different lead changes; it was the 22nd overall win for Porsche and the 16th class win for Mazda. This Super Bowl of Grand Am racing was won by a new team, who started in the rain and finished in a shower of champagne.

Results

Pos

No. Class CP Drivers Team/Car Laps Best Lap
1 9 DP 1 Barbosa / Borcheller / Dalziel / Rockenfeller Action Express Racing / Porsche Riley 755 1:41.722
2 01 DP 2 Papis / Pruett / Rojas / Wilson Chip Ganassi Racing / BMW Riley 755 1:41.606
3 95 DP 3 Bouchut / Hunter-Reay / Luhr / Tucker / Westbrook Crown Royal/NPN Racing / BMW Riley 751 1:42.161
4 75 DP 4 Braun / Jonsson / Krohn / Zonta Krohn Racing / Ford Lola 735 1:42.814
5 60 DP 5 Frisselle / Negri / Pew / Wilkins Michael Shank Racing / Ford Riley 726 1:42.023
6 10 DP 6 Angelelli / Lamy / Taylor / Taylor SunTrust Racing / Ford Dallara 711 1:41.101
7 6 DP 7 Allmendinger / Frisselle / Patterson / Valiante Michael Shank Racing / Ford Riley 707 1:41.695
8 70 GT 1 Bomarito / Ham / Haskell / Tremblay SpeedSource / Mazda RX-8 707 1:50.396
9 67 GT 2 Bergmeister / Long / Neiman / van Overbeek TRG/ Flying Lizard Motorsports / Porsche GT3 703 1:49.975
10 66 GT 3 Ballou / Collins / Flanagan / Henzler / Lally TRG / Porsche GT3 691 1:50.225
11 57 GT 4 Davis / Liddell / Magnussen Stevenson Motorsports / Camaro GT.R 683 1:50.540
12 44 GT 5 Bleekemolen / Lietz / Potter / Stanton Magnus Racing / Porsche GT3 683 1:50.523
13 40 GT 6 Dempsey / Espenlaub / Foster / Maxwell Dempsey Racing / Mazda RX-8 682 1:50.616
14 43 GT 7 Nonnamaker / Nonnamaker / Nonnamaker / Sahlen Team Sahlen / Mazda RX-8 682 1:52.621
15 94 GT 8 Auberlen / Dalla Lana / Hand / Said Turner Motorsport / BMW M6 Riley 675 1:50.760
16 71 GT 9 Bernhard / Dumas / George Jr / Labonte / Pumpelly TRG / Porsche GT3 668 1:50.519
17 97 GT 10 Bell / Borkowski / Refenning / Schaldach Stevenson Motorsports / Camaro GT.R 661 1:52.351
18 32 GT 11 Finlay / Hyatt / Merrill / Westphal Corsa Team PR1 / BMW M6 657 1:50.491
19 23 GT 12 Baldwin / Burtin / Farnbacher / Pagerey / Ragginger Alex Job Racing / Porsche GT3 656 1:50.296
20 22 GT 13 Bentley / McIntosh / Nierop / O'Young Bullet Racing / Porsche GT3 632 1:52.582
21 99 DP 8 Fogarty / Gurney / Johnson / Vasser GAINSCO/ Bob Stallings Racing / Chevrolet Riley 630 1:42.584
22 41 GT 14 Gue / Keen / Kitch Jr / Lacey Dempsey Racing/Team Seattle / Mazda RX-8 620 1:50.299
23 55 DP 9 Bouchut / Bourdais / Collard / Maassen / Tucker Crown Royal/NPN Racing / BMW Riley 619 1:41.752
24 77 DP 10 Gidley / Gollin / Jaeger / Johnston Doran Racing / Ford Dallara 612 1:43.018
25 14 GT 15 Friedman / Gatlin / Graeff / Thomas / Yarab Jr. Autometrics Motorsports / Porsche GT3 611 1:52.448
26 59 DP 11 Donohue / Haywood / Law / Leitzinger / Matos Brumos Racing / Porsche Riley 582 1:41.394
27 7 DP 12 Forest / James / Lester / von Moltke Starworks Motorsport / BMW Riley 549 1:43.207
28 69 GT 16 Assentato / Lazzaro / Longhi / Segal SpeedSource / Mazda RX-8 488 1:50.989
29 88 GT 17 Baker / Cosmo / Mowlem / Papadopoulos / Willsey Orbit Racing / Porsche GT3 444 1:51.284
30 48 GT 18 Hines / Ludwig / Miller / Roush Miller Barrett Racing / Porsche GT3 411 1:51.339
31 18 GT 19 Doyle / Ledoux / Quinlan / Sheehan / Watkins TRG/ Guardian Angel / Porsche GT3 386 1:56.893
32 90 DP 13 Garcia / Manning / Menard / Rice Spirit of Daytona Racing / Porsche Coyote 346 1:43.699
33 63 GT 20 Brown / Dean / Richard / Thomas / Villeneuve TRG / Porsche GT3 335 1:52.171
34 2 DP 14 Beyer / Cameron / Kapudija / Lueders / Wagner Beyer Racing / Chevrolet Crawford 319 1:45.631
35 19 GT 21 Breslin / Breslin / Romagnoli / Romanini / Vinkemulder MCM/Black Flag Racing / Corvette 316 1:55.327
36 20 GT 22 Lapierre / Menten / Palttala / Slingerland Matt Connolly Motorsports / Porsche GT3 276 1:53.920
37 02 DP 15 Dixon / Franchitti / McMurray / Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates / BMW Riley 249 1:42.530
38 07 GT 23 Edwards / Jones / McCutchen / Reese / Russell Godstone Ranch Motorsports/Team MBR / Corvette 201 1:51.217
39 21 GT 24 Briody / Lassally / Rosa / Steuer / Trenery Matt Connolly Motorsports / Pontiac GTO.R 153 1:54.822
40 46 GT 25 Collins / Ianetta / Lewis / Zahn Autohaus Motorsports / Pontiac GXP.R 125 1:54.466
41 52 GT 26 Castellano / Michaelian / Michaelian / Safina / Schmidt / Swartzbaugh Wil Mar Racing / Ferrari 430 Challenge 112 1:55.373
42 64 GT 27 Lowe / Lux / Pace / Sugden / Walker JLowe Racing / Porsche GT3 100 1:54.559
43 30 GT 28 Bocchino / Buford / Edwards / Lamb / Taylor Racers Edge Motorsports / Mazda RX-8 69 1:55.409
44 42 GT 29 Nonnamaker / Nonnamaker / Nonnamaker / Sahlen Team Sahlen / Mazda RX-8 27 2:09.548
45* 08 GT 0 Poordad / Sigal / West / Yasukawa Sigalsport / Ferrari 430 Challenge 0 -

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