The #22 ESM Nissan took the lead briefly at the 9-hour mark as cars cycled through pitstops
As a result of pitstops, as the clock struck the 9-hour mark with light rain still falling, the #22 Nissan with Brendon Hartley at the wheel is in the lead of the 55th running of the Rolex 24. As soon as the #22 made its stop Ricky Taylor was back out front by 26 sec. in the #10 Taylor Racing Cadillac.
The pair of Action Express Racing Cadillacs have been slowed by a variety of issues - the No. 31 car, which suffered toe-link damage as a result of contact with a PC car earlier in the race and lost six laps, although it managed to gain a lap back.
Joao Barbosa’s No. 5 Cadillac lost two laps with a change of rear bodywork, but was only one lap behind the leaders and gaining.
With day having turned to night, Cadillac continues to dominate The Rolex 24 at Daytona. Currently, the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi piloted by Max Angelelli leads Eric Curran in the No. 31 Cadillac with Curran's Action Express Racing teammate Christian Fittipaldi third.
Nicholas Boulle leads Prototype Challenge in the No. 38 entry. The No. 66 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford currently piloted by Dirk Mueller continues to lead GTLM with Matteo Cressoni out in front of the GTD class in the No. 63 Ferrari.
The #31 Action Express Whelen sponsored Cadillac DPI continued to lead the Rolex 24 at Daytona at the 1 hour mark but the #10 Cadillac driven by Ricky Taylor passed Joao Barbosa #5 Cadillac for 2nd and was closing on the #31.
Joey Hand continued to hold the lead in GTLM in the Ganassi Ford GTM.
The #63 Ferrari driven by Christina Nielsen held the lead in GTD.
The 55th running of the Rolex 24 is underway and the Cadillac DPIs, who started 1-2-3, kept their lead at the front but at the 30 min mark the #31 Action Express Cadillac driven by Dane Cameron passed the #5 sister car of Joao Barbosa in the chicane. Ricky Taylor ran 3rd in the #10 Cadillac. In GTLM Joey Hand led in the Ford GT over the Ferrari of Toni Vilander and the Corvette of Jan Magnussen.
The #51 Ferrari of Alessandro Guidi was leading in GTD.
Shank is named recipient of 2016 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence
Michael Shank Racing owner Mike Shank, of Etna, Ohio, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence. The announcement was made during the traditional prelude to the Rolex 24 At Daytona -- the Grand Marshal Dinner -- which was held at the Daytona 500 Club on Friday, Jan. 27. From a short list of three successful team owners who competed in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, a panel of motorsports professionals selected Shank.
Video: Dario Franchitti On The 2017 Rolex 24 Hours Having won the 2008 24 Hours of Daytona, Dario Franchitti will have the honor of opening the 2017 race in his role as Grand Marshal. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the former Sportscar & IndyCar legend as he shares his thoughts on the race ahead, his expectations across the classes and the challenges of taking on Daytona International Speedway over 24 hours of racing. Comment
Bonsignore, Christopher, Zeiner, Iles Win Qualifiers In Atlantic City Indoors
Atlantic City Action
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Justin Bonsignore, Ted Christopher, Zane Zeiner and Mike Iles hit Big Casino Friday inside Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall by winning the four 20-lap A-Main TQ Midget Qualifiers that were the highlight of Friday's program of Indoor Auto Racing. Their wins guaranteed each a starting spot in Saturday's Gambler's Classic 40-lap headliner which offers a $5,000 first place prize.
Bonsignore and Christopher were the winners of the first two TQ Midget 20-lap A-Main Qualifiers. Bonsignore passed race leader Jimmy Blewett to win the first race, then held off Ryan Tidman and Blewett to secure the win.
The names of drivers no longer will appear on a Cup car's front windshield, according to an addition to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rule Book. Instead, Monster Energy will have its logo and name across the top of the front windshield with the car manufacturer's logo.
Both Xfinity and Camping World have their names across the front windshield of the vehicles in their series. The driver's name moves to the rear windshield on Cup cars - matching where a driver's name is located in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series.
Gordon willing to sub, but wants Bowman to be first choice
Four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon said he would be willing to return as a replacement driver for Hendrick Motorsports if needed in an extreme circumstance, but believes 23-year-old Alex Bowman should have the opportunity. Gordon replaced Dale Earnhardt Jr. in eight Cup races last season as Earnhardt experienced a recurrence of concussion. Bowman, who does not have a NASCAR ride this season, replaced Earnhardt 10 times, and scored three top-10 finishes. He won the pole and had a best finish of sixth at Phoenix International Raceway after leading 194 laps. Bowman's lone scheduled Cup start is in the exhibition Clash in the #88 Chevrolet because of the Phoenix pole.
NASCAR's burning questions - is Danica Patrick's career in jeopardy
Danica Patrick is a NASCAR Superstar
Should Danica Patrick be worried about her career if the Nature's Bakery sponsorship falls through?
Lee Davis, ESPN.com motorsports editor: Absolutely. Patrick isn't a bad racer, she just hasn't shown the kind of improvement she needs to on a power team such as Stewart-Haas Racing. As long as she brings in money -- and she always has -- she has a ride. The day she no longer can, that seat will go to a driver who can bring in money, or one with a bigger upside who could eventually bring in money. That's how racing has always worked.
Ryan McGee, ESPN.com writer: Yes. Her on-track performance probably isn't enough to keep running without backing. And I worry that said lack of performance has eroded the crossover appeal that has made her so attractive to sponsors. It really is an interesting time right now with drivers and sponsors and discussion/negotiation when it comes to expectations within those contracts such as appearances, social-media usage, etc. You add the glut of young talent coming up the ladder and it puts all of the above on a very accelerated pace. I think Danica's case will be interesting to watch because of all of the above.
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