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After Rolex 24
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Scott Dixon 36
1 Tony Kanaan 36
1 Kyle Larson 36
1 Jamie McMurray 36
2 Joao Barbosa 33
2 Sebastien Bourdais 33
2 Christian Fittipaldi 33
3 Guy Cosmo 31
3 Mike Rockenfeller 31
3 Michael Valiante 31
3 Richard Westbrook 31
4 Dane Cameron 29
4 Eric Curran 29
4 Phil Keen 29
4 Max Papis 29
5 AJ Allmendinger 27
5 Matt McMurry 27
5 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 27
5 John Pew 27
6 Joey Hand 26
6 Sage Karam 26
6 Charlie Kimball 26
6 Scott Pruett 26
7 David Cheng 25
7 Robert Gewirtz 25
7 Mark Kvamme 25
7 Shane Lewis 25
8 Byron DeFoor 24
8 David Hinton 24
8 Jim Pace 24
8 Dorsey Schroeder 24
8 Doug Smith 24
9 Rubens Barrichello 23
9 Tor Graves 23
9 Brendon Hartley 23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 23
9 Scott Mayer 23
10 Ryan Dalziel 22
10 David Heinemeier Hansson 22
10 Scott Sharp 22
11 Ben Devlin 21
11 Tom Long 21
11 Joel Miller 21
12 Jonathan Bomarito 20
12 James Hinchcliffe 20
12 Tristan Nunez 20
12 Sylvain Tremblay 20
13 Alex Brundle 19
13 Nic Jonsson 19
13 Tracy Krohn 19
13 Olivier Pla 19
14 Ed Brown 18
14 Jon Fogarty 18
14 Johannes van Overbeek 18
15 Gabby Chaves 17
15 Katherine Legge 17
15 Andy Meyrick 17
15 Memo Rojas 17
16 Max Angelelli 16
16 Jordan Taylor 16 Ricky Taylor 16

1 #02 Chip Ganassi Racing 36
2 #5 Action Express Racing 33
3 #90 Racing 31
4 #31 Action Express Racing 29
5 #60 Michael Shank Racing 27
6 #01 Chip Ganassi Racing 26
7 #66 RG Racing 25
8 #50 Highway To Help Race Team 24
9 #7 Starworks Motorsport 23
10 #1 Tequila Patrn ESM 22
11 #07 SpeedSource 21
12 #70 SpeedSource 20
13 #57 Krohn Racing 19
14 #2 Tequila Patron ESM 18
15 #0 DeltaWing Racing 17
16 #10 Wayne Taylor Racing 16

1 Ford 35
2 Chevrolet 32
3 Honda 30
4 BMW 28
5 Mazda 26
Ganassi teams 1-2 in Rolex 24 at Daytona

Sunday, January 30, 2011


Winning No. 01 Ganassi team celebrates

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates completed the "Chip Slam," winning the 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona to give the team consecutive victories in the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and America's premier endurance race, cheered by the biggest GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 crowd at Daytona International Speedway.

Aiding by a lightning-fast final pit stop, Scott Pruett went from third to first on the final round of pit stops with 48 minutes remaining and held on to give the team its fourth Rolex 24 victory. 

Pruett and fellow Daytona Prototype champion Memo Rojas joined team newcomers Joey Hand and Graham Rahal in the No. 01 TELMEX/Target BMW/Riley. Pruett beat Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon to the checkered flag by 2.46 seconds to score his fourth overall and record-extending ninth class victory in the Rolex 24.

The victory gave the team consecutive triumphs in the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and America's greatest endurance race from February 2010 to January 2011.

Winning No. 01 Ganassi car crosses the finish line
"It is truly awesome," Pruett said.

"To have a 1-2 finish is just incredible. Our No. 01 car has finished every lap here the last five years and won it three times. That in itself is a true testament to what the Ganassi organization does and the preparation on getting this car on the track. They've been busting their butts getting our cars ready for this race since October."

Pruett's pit stop atoned for a miscue when Hand bumped a tire exiting the pits and was called back for a 20-second penalty with two hours, 45 minutes remaining. Pruett took over with one hour, 45 minutes remaining, running in fourth position.

Hand led a race-high 116 laps, while Rahal won on the 30th anniversary of his father's breakthrough victory at Daytona in 1981.

"I don't drive the cars, I don't change the tires and I don't work on the engines," Ganassi said. "There are lots of people, lots of great competitors, who make up this team. I just get to stand up here and talk about it."

The Final Hour
With 23 hours logged at the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona it would be natural to assume the drivers would be looking to preserve their equipment in order to make it to the finish, but here at Daytona International Speedway it is the exact opposite.  With four DP cars in the hunt for victory, and only one hour left to race, anything can happen as the contenders fight through traffic in pursuit of the lead, occasionally swapping paint while doing so.  The fight intensifies as time runs out and it becomes do-or-die for the front runners.

Among the 18 DP entries, the #02 Telmex/Target BMW Riley had set the pace and led the race since 12:50 pm.  Giving chase was the #9 Action Express Racing Porsche/Riley followed closely by the #01 Target/Telmex BMW Riley, with the #23 United Autosports car also in contention.

“Before I got in the car I discussed what might be our best options,” said Scott Pruett (Sacramento/Auburn, Calif.) of his last stint in the #01 car.  “We knew we had a strong car but you cannot really over think things, you just have to get in the car and go as fast as you can.  All we did as drivers is keep that car as clean as possible.  If you look at it now you will see an immaculate race car even after racing for 24 hours, that’s what it takes to win.”

“This is the big race of the year and everyone comes here to win,” said Pruett having just become a four-time Rolex 24 At Daytona winner (1994, ’07, ’08, ‘11).  “We had the lead toward the end and all we had to do is run smart.  Our car is very fast coming off a yellow-to-green flag.  I was glad that Grand-Am was able to go to green at the end.  I hate when a race finishes under yellow, it’s just a big disappointment for the fans.  I pushed as hard as I could on that last lap.  It takes a team effort and the team starts off by our boss Chip Ganassi and of course the mechanics.  There is so much effort and energy given before we even come here.  The #01 car has finished every lap at the Rolex 24 At Daytona for the last five years so that gives a true testimony for what the Ganassi organization is all about.”

Sharing the driving duty in the winning #01 car was Memo Rojas (Mexico City, Mexico), Graham Rahal (Columbus, Ohio/Indianapolis, In.) and Joey Hand (Sacramento, Calif.).  Rahal was not even born when his father, Bobby Rahal, won the 1981 Rolex 24 At Daytona.  “I grew up looking at Dad’s Rolex and trying to imagine having one of my own.  I never imagined I would have one so soon.”

Capturing the attention of all in attendance was the remarkable come-from-behind performance in the GT Class as the #67 TRG Porsche GT3 went from starting the race in last position, to take a convincing lead in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.  The pole-winning qualifying time of driver Andy Lally (Northport, N.Y./Dacula, Ga.), which set a new lap record, had been disallowed after qualifying.  As the 24-hour endurance challenge went on, it was rumored that the clutch on the #67 car had become problematic, causing the drivers to lift a bit early going into turn one and the bus stop chicane – adding to the drama of the GT race.

“The big problem of course was the matter of losing the clutch with 17 hours to go in the race and that makes things very difficult as you can imagine,” said Lally about the problems with the #67 car.  “What it means is there cannot be any mistakes made.  If you spin out for some reason and have to be towed back to the pits you’re going to lose three or four laps and you might as well just pack it up and go home because your race is done.”

In the end, the lead was converted to a win for the team that included drivers Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, Nev.), Wolf Henzler (Nuertingen, Germany) and Spencer Pumpelly (Arlington, Va./Suwanee, Ga.).

“It’s an incredible thing that we did. . . to drive so many hours without incident and shifting gears without a clutch,” said Lally.  “We actually had to knock it out of gear and then match the revs of the engine with the speed that the rear tires were going in order to get the car into gear and to do that for so long is amazing.  It was pretty tricky but we all seemed to figure out how to do it.  This is absolutely the greatest feeling there is to win the Rolex 24 At Daytona.”

For many, and two in particular, the 49th edition of this classic 24-hour endurance race was a watershed event.

“It’s been my dream to be on the podium at the Rolex 24 At Daytona,” said actor Patrick Dempsey who was overwhelmed with emotion after taking the podium with a third-place finish in the GT class driving the #40 Mazda RX-8.  Dempsey was making his fourth career appearance in this edition of the legendary endurance race, having seen his previous best-finish last year with a sixth.  His post-race remarks included joking that he would be retiring from the television show Gray’s Anatomy as a result of his performance here so that he could race more frequently.  “Now there’s a headline,” he said before seriously addressing the contributions of the rest of his team.  “This is a team sport,” said Dempsey.  “We have a lot of people who made it possible for us to be here.”

“This 24-hour race went down to the green white checkered flag,” said Italian racer Max Papis who resides in Miami, Florida, after finishing third in the DP in the #9 Action Express Racing Porsche Riley.  “In my 17 years at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, I never thought I would see it.  For sure, to open the season like this…I’m enjoying a lot what we’ve done today.  To me it was one of the best races I’ve ever been part of.”



No. Class Pic Drivers Team/Car Laps
1 01 DP 1 Hand/Pruett/Rahal/Rojas Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates/BMW Riley 720
2 02 DP 2 Dixon/Franchitti/McMurray/Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates/BMW Riley 720
3 9 DP 3 Barbosa/Borcheller/Fittipaldi/France/Papis Action Express Racing/Porsche Riley 720
4 23 DP 4 Blundell/Brown/Brundle/Patterson United Autosports with Michael Shank Racing/Ford Riley 720
5 10 DP 5 Angelelli/Briscoe/Taylor/Taylor SunTrust Racing/Chevrolet Dallara 719
6 76 DP 6 Jonsson/Krohn/Minassian/Zonta Krohn Racing/Ford Lola 719
7 6 DP 7 Allmendinger/McDowell/Wilson Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian/Ford Dallara 718
8 55 DP 8 Bouchut/Diaz/Tucker/Wilkins Level 5 Motorsports/BMW Riley 717
9 5 DP 9 Donohue/Frisselle/Law/Rice Action Express Racing/Porsche Riley 716
10 60 DP 10 Goossens/Negri/Pew/Valiante Michael Shank Racing/Ford Riley 705
11 95 DP 11 Hunter-Reay/Matos/Tucker/Westbrook Level 5 Motorsports/BMW Riley 702
12 67 GT 1 Bertheau/Gaughan/Henzler/Lally/Pumpelly TRG/Porsche GT3 684
13 48 GT 2 Bell/Miller/Sellers/Sugden Paul Miller Racing/Porsche GT3 683
14 40 GT 3 Dempsey/Espenlaub/Foster/Long Dempsey Racing/Mazda RX-8 680
15 99 DP 12 Fogarty/Gurney/Johnson GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing/Chevrolet Riley 678
16 44 GT 4 Holzer/Lietz/Potter/Stanton Magnus Racing/Porsche GT3 674
17 59 GT 5 Davis/Haywood/Keen/Lieb Brumos Racing/Porsche GT3 672
18 70 GT 6 Bomarito/Christodoulou/Edwards/Tremblay SpeedSource/Mazda RX-8 669
19 42 GT 7 Gidley/Nonnamaker/Nonnamaker/Nonnamaker/Sahlen Team Sahlen/Mazda RX-8 660
20 4 GT 8 Eversley/Graeff/Wallace/Yarab Jr./Zahn TRG/Porsche GT3 658
21 45 DP 13 Bergmeister/Long/Neiman/van Overbeek Flying Lizard Motorsports/Porsche Riley 654
22 18 GT 9 Friedman/Ludwig/Thomas/von Moltke Muehlner Motorsport/Porsche GT3 654
23 90 DP 14 Edwards/Garcia/Maassen Spirit of Daytona Racing/Chevrolet Coyote 649
24 41 GT 10 Cameron/Gue/James/Kitch Jr/Lacey Dempsey Racing/Mazda RX-8 649
25 47 GT 11 Earnhardt/Harrington/Hull/Monroe/Sandberg Rick Ware Racing/Porsche GT3 634
26 57 GT 12 Bremer/Liddell/Magnussen Stevenson Motorsports/Camaro GT.R 628
27 66 GT 13 Farnbacher/George Jr/Keating/Luhr TRG/Porsche GT3 612
28 88 GT 14 Lester/Marsh/O'Connell/Taylor Autohaus Motorsports/Camaro GT.R 606
29 81 GT 15 Baron/Poordad/Wagner DragonSpeed/Ferrari 430 Challenge 587
30 54 GT 16 Bleekemolen/Curtis/Pappas/Pilet/Sofronas TRG/Black Swan Racing/GMG Racing/Porsche GT3 578
31 2 DP 15 Iannetta/Popow/Potoliccio Starworks Motorsport/Ford Riley 576
32 94 GT 17 Auberlen/Dalla Lana/Plumb/Said Turner Motorsport/BMW M3 564
33 8 DP 16 Braun/Dalziel/Enge/Forest/Lowe Starworks Motorsport/Ford Riley 552
34 63 GT 18 Downing/Grupp/Murry/Spencer/Trinkler Team Spencer Motorsports/Mazda RX-8 543
35 65 GT 19 Lewis/Pagerey/Sheehan/Sweedler Chris Smith Racing/Porsche GT3 494
36 30 GT 20 Buford/Jensen/Jensen/Marsal/Rettich Racers Edge Motorsports/Mazda RX-8 453
37 53 GT 21 Doyle/Michaelian/Mulligan TRG/Nadeau Motorsports/Porsche GT3 422
38 32 GT 22 Cheng/Hyatt/Lewis/Papadopoulos PR1 Motorsports/BMW M6 402
39 07 GT 23 Curran/Gavin/Ledoux/Schaldach Banner Racing/Camaro GT.R 398
40 17 GT 24 Armindo/Baldwin/Burtin/Ragginger/Tandy Burtin Racing/Porsche GT3 378
41 22 GT 25 Lux/O'Young/Walker/Wong Bullet Racing/Porsche GT3 328
42 77 DP 17 Bell/Frisselle/Kaiser/Richard Doran Racing/Ford Dallara 312
43 56 GT 26 Allen/Davidson/Dumoulin/Geddie/Skeen Bennett Racing/Ferrari 430 Challenge 285
44 7 DP 18 Beyer/Heylen/Mayer/Peterson/Valentine Starworks Motorsport/Ford Riley 215
45 69 GT 27 Assentato/Ham/Lazzaro/Longhi/Segal SpeedSource/Mazda RX-8 202
46 43 GT 28 Gidley/Nonnamaker/Nonnamaker/Nonnamaker/Sahlen Team Sahlen/Mazda RX-8 124
47 36 GT 29 Cumming/Hacquard/Marks/Miller Yellow Dragon Motorsports/Mazda RX-8 122
48 86 GT 30 Atterbury/MacNeil/Pobst/Whitis Mitchum Motorsports/Porsche GT3 121
49* 11 GT 0 Empringham/Maxwell/Nastasi/Russell TPN Racing/Blackforest/Ford Mustang 0
50* 00 GT 0 Abergel/Collard/Jones/Lisa/Pompidou Aten Motorsports/Ferrari 430 Challenge 0

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