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01/25/15
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Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers Win Two Classes at Rolex 24 at Daytona
IndyCar drivers Tony Kanaan (L) and Scott Dixon (R) teamed with Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray for the overall win
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IndyCar drivers continued their domination in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, taking the overall win and the GT Le Mans class win at the season-opening sports car endurance race. Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, along with their Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates teammates Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray, took the overall race win in the No. 02 Target/Ford EcoBoost Riley.

This is the second Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Dixon (2006, 2015) and the first for Kanaan. The team now has six wins in twelve attempts at the historic event. A Verizon IndyCar Series competitor has co-driven the winning overall entry the past five years.

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01/25/15
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Verizon IndyCar Series -- Rolex 24 quote board
Scott Dixon leads the field at the Rolex 24 at Daytona

SCOTT DIXON, No. 02 Target/Ford EcoBoost Riley, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates: "I think for all of us, this is such a team event. It's obviously 24 hours, we have a mix of team personnel from the different teams that Chip has and Felix, and then the driver combination, too. So I think getting to the point, you just want to do the best you can for everybody in the team. In the (Verizon) IndyCar (Series) side, or whether it's the NASCAR side, it might be your call at the end and you're going to race for the win, but for us it's for all of us up here. We've had a lot of fun the last two years. For me I think my first Rolex was in 2004, I've had a lot of fun coming here. I've have only had the chance to win it once before now and that was with Casey Mears and Dan Wheldon back in 2006.

"The last two days was a lot of fun, the car was very consistent and I think we had good speed. Everybody pulled their weight, everyone did what they needed to do, and that's what gets you through this 24 hours. Everyone kept the car in one piece. You have to be there at the end, you've got to try to look after the car so you have the speed to try to compete for the win."

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01/25/15
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Rolex 24 At Daytona Sunday Notebook
Scott Dixon driving the #02 FordEco Boost Riley DP to victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona
By Steven Cole Smith

The 53rd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona is in the books, topped by a near-flawless run by the overall winner, the No. 02 Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates Ford EcoBoost-powered Riley DP. With six overall wins in 12 attempts, the team now holds the record for victories, and a stunning 50-percent success rate.

PORSCHE ON THE PODIUM: Porsche Motorsport opened the 2015 race season with 12 Porsche 911-based race cars, looking for the German marque’s record 77th career class victory at Daytona International Speedway. Porsche didn’t win, but did take two podium finishes in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s GT Daytona class, continuing a streak of 53 consecutive years with at least one podium result at Daytona for Porsche. The third-place car in GTD was the No. 58 Dempsey/Wright Motorsports Brumos entry, co-driven by Grey’s Anatomy TV star Patrick Dempsey.

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01/25/15
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Rolex 24 Hour 23: Dixon's Ford takes lead with 1-hour to go
Scott Dixon leads in the No. 02 Ganassi Ford
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IndyCar ace Scott Dixon passed Jordon Taylor tanks to a faster pitstop by the Ganassi Ford team and took the lead with one hour to go in the 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona.  However, Taylor is closing and it looks to be a real dogfight to the finish.

Sebastien Bourdais runs third in the Action Express Corvette DP about 24 seconds behind and needs a caution flag to bunch the field and pull off a win, otherwise he's just too far behind.

The No.3 Corvette has pulled out a 33 second lead on the No. 25 BMW Z4 in GTLM class while the No. 54 Oreca leads the No. 52 Oreca by 57 seconds in the PC class.

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01/25/15
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Rolex 24 Hour 22: Two hours to go and it's Chevy vs. Ford
The 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona enters its final two hours with the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP leading at the 22-hour mark with Max Angelelli behind the wheel.

Meanwhile Scott Dixon runs second in the Ganassi Ford and is set to carry the No. 02 to the finish.

Defending race champion No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP is in third not far behind with Sebastien Bourdais currently behind the wheel.

Both the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford and No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda are now out of contention.

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01/25/15
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Rolex 24 Hour 21: Wayne Taylor No.10 leads
With just 3 hours to go in the Rolex 24 at Daytona caution has tightened up the field with the top-4 cars running essentially nose-to-tail.  When the green flag flew Max Angelelli opened up a gap on 2nd place as IndyCar driver Sage Karam made a move and passed Christian Fittipaldi for 2nd, youth getting the best of old age.

And now old man Fittipaldi is falling into the clutches of IndyCar ace Scott Dixon who appears ready to drop the Brazilian back to 4th.  They had better get IndyCar ace Sebastien Bourdais back in the Action Express car if they still hope to win this thing.

The no. 3 Corvette leads GTLM by 1.7 sec. over the Rahal BMW currently driven by Farfus, both on the same lap.

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01/25/15
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Rolex 24 Hour 20: No. 5 and No. 10 Corvette's battle for the win
Angelelli leads the No. 02 Ganassi Ford.  As is usually the case in most racing series, the Fords appear to have nothing for the Chevys
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The No. 5 Action Express Racing entry currently driven by Christian Fittipaldi led at the 20-hour mark but Jordan Taylor in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP on the entry to pit lane and held a 13-second gap over the No. 5 as the two Ganassi Fords in 3rd and 4th don't appear to have anything for the Chevys, although they remain on the lead lap.

The No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP of Michael Valiante is in fifth 4 laps down.

Corvette Racing has regained control of GT Le Mans, with the Corvette C7.Rs running 1-2, led by Jan Magnussen, who is ahead of teammate Tommy Milner.

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01/25/15
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01/25/15
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Rolex 24 Hour 18: Action Express comes from laps down to retake lead
Last year's winners have made up many laps to take the lead
After stopping out on track and losing many laps when a fuel pressure hose disconnected and the car stopped out on the track, the Action Express Corvette DP with Joao Barbosa at the wheel is back out in front of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The track is currently under caution.

Jordan Taylor runs 2nd in the Wayne Taylor No. 10 Corvette DP.

The two Ganassi Fords run 3rd and 4th and the top 4 cars essentially are nose-to-tail setting up what appears to be a 4-car shootout for the win over the final 6 hours of the grueling twice around the clock race.

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01/25/15
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Rosberg sees no threat from Ferrari in 2015
Rosberg knows Ferrari will be a backmarker again in 2015
Nico Rosberg expects another Formula One title duel with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton but no challenge from fellow German and four-time former champion Sebastian Vettel, who is now at Ferrari.

Rosberg told Germain newspaper Bild that he is highly optimistic ahead of the season starting on March 15 in Melbourne, after three rounds of testing beginning February 1.

"I am fully optimistic and believe it will the duel Lewis against me again," Rosberg said.

Mercedes totally dominated the 2014 season in which Hamilton beat Rosberg for his second career world title. Mercedes also won the constructors' list, ahead of Red Bull, surprise team Williams and Ferrari.

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01/25/15
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Roush had a shot at Jeff Gordon
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Fifteen years ago or so, while researching a NASCAR book, one of the people Tom Jensen interviewed was John Bickford, Jeff Gordon's stepfather and business manager. Bickford, who was the architect of Gordon's career from his early days as a kid in quarter midgets until Gordon was an established NASCAR star, had plenty of interesting stories. One of them surrounded how Gordon wound up in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. After growing up racing open-wheel cars on asphalt and dirt, Gordon ran two full seasons in what's now known as the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 1991 and '92. And while Gordon is one of the most recognizable Chevrolet drivers today, in those days he drove Ford Thunderbirds owned by Bill Davis. Naturally, Ford Motor Co. was keen to see Gordon move up to Sprint Cup in a Ford.

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01/25/15
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Shorter races being considered by NASCAR
NASCAR Chairman Brian France was a recent guest with host Eli Gold on Motor Racing Network's "NASCAR Live." Questions were taken from fans and they covered a number of different subjects.

One subject was shorter races. That subject is near and dear to my heart because I have long suggested that some of the NASCAR races are far too long. The Coca-Cola 600 is more than any fan, or in fact racer, should have to put up with. I actually think that as the race drags on the fans lose interest and drivers just hang on hoping it will all be over SOON.

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01/25/15
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Rolex 24 Hour 17: Ganassi Fords run 1-2 due to pitstop sequence
The No. 3 Corvette leads GTLM class
After 17 hours of the Rolex 24 at Daytona the official clock said that the Ganassi Ford DPs ran 1-2 led by IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan.  However, right after the 17-hour mark Kanaan had to pit and dropped back to third.

That put Joey hand in the No. 01 Ganassi Ford in the lead but the No. 10 Corvette DP driven by Ricky Taylor is right behind.

The No. 3 Corvette currently driven by Antonio Garcia leads the GTLM class while Colin Brawn leads the PC class in the green No. 54 Oreca.

The No. 63 Ferrari currently driven by Jeff Segal leads the GTD class.

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01/25/15
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Rolex 24 Hour 16: Taylor Bros/Angelelli Corvette DP leads at 2/3 mark
Max Angelelli in the No. 10 Corvette DP on the Daytona High Banks
Max Angelelli in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP leads the 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona after 16 hours - the two-thirds mark.

Angelelli passed Jamie McMurray in the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford on Lap 462, in the 16th hour, to regain the lead from the Ganassi entry driven primarily in the overnight hours by Kyle Larson and McMurray.

The lead changed again just before the 16-hour mark as Angelelli and Joey Hand in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford cars took the opportunity to pit, with McMurray then regaining the point.

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01/25/15
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Rolex 24 Hour 12: Taylor Bros/Angelelli Corvette DP leads
Jordon Taylor in the No. 10 Corvette DP leads the No. 02 Ganassi Ford DP with Kyle Larson at the wheel by over 4-secs.
"Surreal" is not a word you'd often apply to a motorsports event, but at 2 a.m. in the infield of Daytona International Speedway, almost halfway through the Rolex 24 at Daytona, it applies.

The temperature, nearly 70 degrees at the start of the race, has dropped considerably. Smoke wafts through the air from campfires and smoldering bar-b-ques.

On the track, though, the competition is as hot as it was when the green flag fell. There has been attrition; there are cars on the track repaired under feverish and often heroic conditions, and there are drivers coping with constantly changing conditions and traffic at nearly every turn.

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