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IMSA Point Standings
After Austin
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Jordan Taylor 226
1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

PC
1 Patricio O'ward 216
1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

GTLM
1 Jan Magnussen 182
1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

GTD
1 Christina Nielsen 203
1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

Prototype Teams
Rank Teams Total
1 #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac 226
2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

PC
1 #38 Performance Tech 216
2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

GTLM
1 #3 Corvette Racing 182
2 #25 BMW Team Rll 179
3 #66 Ford Chip Ganassi 172
4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
5 #911 Porsche Gt Team 159
6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

GTD
1 #63 Scuderia Corsa 203
2 #33 Riley Motorsports - AMG 195
3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
Weather gods shine on Daytona

As Rolex 24 gets ready to start on Saturday
Saturday, January 29, 2011

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While much of the U.S. is in the midst of dealing with winter weather woes, the forecast for this weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona couldn’t be better.  Although central Florida did see extreme weather earlier in the week when thunderstorms and 70 mph winds left a trail of damaged structures in its wake, the storm’s effect on Daytona has been to put a shine on the preparations for one of the most iconic endurance races in motorsports.

The historic track at Daytona International Speedway underwent a 23-week repaving project that was completed in time for the 2011 race season, headlined by the Rolex 24 At Daytona.  The entire 2.5-mile tri-oval was repaved, as well as the skid pads, apron and Pit Road, with approximately 50,000 tons of asphalt used to repave more than 1.4 million square feet of track.  The torrential rain earlier in the week cleansed the new surface of any rubber deposited during the recent shakedown for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Roar Before the 24, but the track did not stay green for long as the GT and DP cars headed out to take their laps during practice sessions on Thursday. 

Patrick Dempsey
Television and film star Patrick Dempsey was enthusiastic about the first race of the season after driving his practice session.  “I hope to make as many races as possible this year and that’s why I took last year off to make movies.  We hope to go into production on the film [The Art of] Racing in the Rain this year.  For me it would be great to both race and make a film that will help bring visibility to the series.” 

The Qualifying Sessions to set the grid for Saturday’s race start took place on Thursday afternoon and saw record times set.  TRG’s #67 car, driven by Andy Lally, was disqualified after he set a new track record in the GT class with a time of 1:48:487 when, during the inspection following the qualifying session, the Porsche GT3’s rear wing position was determined to be set a millimeter too far to the rear.  The violation relegates Lally to the rear of the field and he will start the race on Saturday in last position.  Assuming the pole position in GT is his TRG teammate Dominik Farnbacher in the #66 car.  Farnbacher’s pole winning time of 1:48.781 became the GT lap record once Lally’s time was disallowed.  Farnbacher, the GT class winner at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2008, was quite pleased to have inherited the GT pole and feels his Porsche GT3 has benefited from the smoother surface of the Daytona track.

Jorg Bergmeister came over from ALMS with the Flying Lizard team and gave the others a driving lesson
Flying Lizard’s Jorg Bergmeister, in the #45 Porsche Riley, won the DP pole after posting a time of 1:40.099 during the qualifying session.  Bergmeister will start the race in position one, having edged out Max Angelelli, the 2010 pole sitter, who posted a time of 1:40.333.  Ironically, Bergmeister was about to come in from qualifying when he received instructions from the pit to stay out. 

“I was hoping for a top-five, and had some good laps,” said Bergmeister.  “I was about to come in and they told me to try again and I went for it.  It worked out.  Approaching turn one is the biggest improvement [in the track] to me.  The angle is better and the braking point is later.  After the lap I was breathing very little because I was pushing really hard.”

“It’s very nice to be back here on the front row,” said Angelelli who was also pleased with his qualifying session.  “The track is a lot smoother.  On the banking you can go anywhere you want anytime you want.  This year is beautiful and a lot easier all around.”

SPEED's live television coverage of the Rolex 24 At Daytona runs from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 29 (ET), and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 30.  The forecasted sunshine, along with predicted daytime temperatures in the low 70s, and nighttime mid-40s, bodes well for the race teams and track conditions are expected to be ideal when the Rolex 24 At Daytona takes the green flag at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 29.

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