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01/30/16
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Rolex 24 Hour 8: No. 60 Honda still leads at 1/3 mark
The No. 60 Michael Shank Ligier Honda leads at 1/3 mark
The No. 60 Michael Shank Ligier Honda leads at 1/3 mark

The Michael Shank Racing No. 60 Ligier Honda, now with Oswaldo Negri at the wheel, still leads the Rolex 24 at Daytona as the race reached the 1/3 mark. Just before the 8-hour mark Negri passed the Chevy Corvette DP of Ricky Taylor.

The Ford of Tony Kanaan runs third as the top-3 cars are separated by less than 2-seconds and the top 8 by less than 6 seconds thanks to another caution that bunched the field.

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01/30/16
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Rolex 24 Hour 7: Allmendinger takes lead
Earl Bamber's #912 Porsche leads in GTLM
Earl Bamber's #912 Porsche leads in GTLM
Michael Shank Racing leads the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona with 7 hours complete, with the No. 60 Ligier JS P2 Honda of AJ Allmendinger ahead of the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP and No. 02 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford DP.

Defending Prototype Challenge class champions CORE autosport’s race is done, following engine failure for its Oreca FLM09 in the sixth hour.

It came while Mark Wilkins was comfortably out from in the lead in class, and has given the top spot to the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports entry of Jose Gutierrez.

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01/30/16
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DeltaWing leads 3 times before crashing out
Panoz DeltaWing
Panoz DeltaWing
Panoz DeltaWing Racing made history today with Katherine Legge taking the coupe to the front within the first hour of the race. “We’re really at a stage now where we’re showcasing what it’s got,” said Legge when talking about the car. “I’m proud of the team, I’m proud that they gave me a really good car, and I’m proud of the job that I did, as well.”
 
The coupe consistently ran at an impressive pace, at first chasing then passing the leaders. Both Legge and Andy Meyrick led a combined total of 29 laps out of the 119 completed before disaster struck when the coupe made contact with a PC car sitting stationary on the track.

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01/30/16
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Rolex 24 Hour 6: Kanaan leads in Ganassi Ford
Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan

We've recently gone full course yellow at the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona due to the #26 Prototype Challenge car coming to a rest at the exit of the international horseshoe. With the race approaching the six hour mark, here are a few thoughts bullet-point style followed by the running order.

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01/30/16
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Rolex 24 Hour 5: Pla leads in #60 Shank Honda
Olivier Pla leads the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona after the five hour mark in the #60 Michael Shank Racing w/Curb-Agajanian Honda. Action Express Racing Corvettes sit second and third with Jonny Adam in the #31 and Christian Fittipaldi in the #5.

HOUR 5 Standings

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01/30/16
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Roles 24 Hour 4: Bomarito leads in #55 Mazda
Bomarito
Bomarito

Jonathan Bomarito has moved the #55 Mazda Motorsports entry to the lead as darkness has fallen on the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona. Currently, the race is under caution as the DeltaWing crashed into the back of the #8 Starworks Motorsport machine which was stopped in the middle of turn 1. With significant damage to the front bodywork, it was a disappointing turn of events for the #0 Panoz DeltaWing Racing entry which had led during the early stages of the race.

Jonny Adam sits second in the #31 Action Express Racing Corvette with Max Angelelli third in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette.

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01/30/16
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Rolex 24 Hour 3: McMurray leads in Ganassi Ford
Leading Ganassi #02
Leading Ganassi #02
Three hours of the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona are in the books. Jamie McMurray currently has the 02 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Riley DP out front, 11.5 seconds ahead of the #31 Action Express Racing Corvette driven by Dane Cameron.

Early leader Katherine Legge recently gave way to Andy Meyrick in the Panoz DeltaWing Racing entry. Meyrick sits fifth.

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01/30/16
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Rolex 24 Hour 2: Dixon leads in #02
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon

We've hit the two hour mark in the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona. The field is a bit shuffled currently due to yellow flags and some drivers on alternate pit strategies. Scot Dixon leads in the #02 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing entry about nine seconds ahead of the #10 Wayne Taylor racing entry driver by Jordan Taylor.

Although Dixon and Taylor lead, the fastest cars during the first two hours in the Prototype Class have been: 

#0-Panoz DeltaWing Racing
#2-Tequila Patron ESM
#60-Michael Shank Racing w/Curb-Agajanian

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01/30/16
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Rolex 24 Hour 1: Legge leads in DeltaWing
Katherine Legge - setting the pace at Daytona
Katherine Legge - setting the pace at Daytona

UPDATE We've hit the one hour mark in the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona. Pipo Derani, who took the lead from pole sitter Mikhail Aleshin at the start, just brought the #2 Tequila Patron ESM Honda HPD Ligier JS P2 entry to pit road. This handed the lead to none other than Katherine Legge in the #0 Panoz DeltaWing Racing entry.

Legge has shown excellent form thus far in the Delta Wing coupe, posting lap times on par with Derani and Oswaldo Negri in the #60 Michael Shank Racing Honda Ligier. Currently, Legge has a 7.5-second lead over Negri.

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01/30/16
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IndyCar Spotter's Guide for the Rolex 24
A spotter’s guide for the Rolex 24 At Daytona cars for which Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy regulars are competing.



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01/30/16
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Where to catch all the Rolex 24 action
UPDATE Reminder.....

01/27/16 The 2016 international motorsports season starts off on a high note with the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona, opening the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. It’s also the opening race for Daytona International Speedway’s reimagined motorsports stadium, following the massive $400 million DAYTONA Rising renovation.

Race fans can follow the non-stop live action on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and IMSA.tv, from the pre-race grid and waiving of the green flag all the way to the checkered flag and Victory Lane celebrations. Fans can also view 16 hours of live competition on the FOX Sports Go app with FS1 authentication.

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01/30/16
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Volkswagen Begins Recall of Dirty Diesel Cars in Europe
Where levels of diesel pollution are over the legal limit across Europe
Where levels of diesel pollution are over the legal limit across Europe
BERLIN— Volkswagen AG began recalling millions of tainted diesel-powered vehicles in Europe this week, but seems no closer to a deal with U.S. environmental officials over how to fix affected cars owned by American consumers.

Kicking off one of the largest product recalls in the history of the automotive industry—a fix that by the end of the year will encompass nearly 11 million diesel-powered vehicles world-wide—the German car maker began asking European owners of its Amarok light pickup trucks to bring their vehicles to a local dealer for the repair.

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01/30/16
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From Start To Finish, Indycar Has Strong Prominence At Rolex 24
Can Dixon and Kanaan deliver for Ganassi?
Can Dixon and Kanaan deliver for Ganassi?
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The start of any racing season offers intriguing and varied storylines.

The same holds true for Verizon IndyCar Series drivers participating in the Rolex 24 At Daytona endurance sports car race, which annually opens the North American motorsports season and gathers racers from multiple disciplines to compete in the 24-hour test of man, machine and resolve on Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56-mile road course.

The twice-around-the-clock event, which starts at 2:40 p.m. ET today, has multiple INDYCAR-related plots in 2016, including:

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01/30/16
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Results From Friday Night A.C. Indoor Auto Racing, Action Continues Saturday
Ryan Flores

Ryan Flores
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Ryan Flores, formerly of Monmouth County, N.J., but now living in Mooresville, N.C., where he works for the Roger Penske NASCAR Sprint Cup team with driver Joey Logano, out-qualified the 92-car Three Quarter (TQ) Midget field inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall Friday night and set a new track record in the process.

Flores’ 7.937 lap time shattered the 8.029 one lap standard set by Erick Rudolph in 2015 qualifying. Rudolph broke his former mark with a 7.980 lap time and Jimmy Blewett’s 8.000 third place clocking was also under the previous record mark.

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01/30/16
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Foyt says Tony Stewart a softy
Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart
AJ Foyt survived his fair share of crashes while racing, and in talking about what advice he had for friend Tony Stewart as Stewart embarks on his final year of Sprint Cup racing, Foyt responded by saying that he hopes Stewart can have a good season.

Foyt was involved in a crash where a driver died in 1956, and said Stewart's involvement in the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. in 2014 has affected him.

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01/30/16
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Legge would consider a NASCAR ride
Katherine Legge
Katherine Legge could no longer afford to buy an IndyCar ride, so now she races sports cars

Katherine Legge has never given up on the idea of driving for a front-line team that's built to win now rather than develop a concept. She is intrigued by NASCAR, where her friend, former Champ Car standout AJ Allmendinger, made the Chase playoffs in 2014.

It's a long shot, because NASCAR rides are hard to come by, even for established drivers. But Legge has taken it as far as meeting with some of Allmendinger's contacts at Michigan International Speedway in 2014, and attending the Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen International last year.

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01/30/16
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NASCAR rule change for pit road wrench color
This is not a ground breaking rule changes but its something that NASCAR wants to see changed. Starting next year, all track bar and wedge wrenches will need be yellow. We don't know for sure but we're guessing that it has something to do with being able to see it with the video cameras that NASCAR implemented last year.

Once again, that is just a guess as to why they want them all the same color but for years teams have had all kinds of colors on their wrenches. In some cases it was to help the carriers know which wrench was a right side wrench vs. left or even to help determine if it was their track bar wrench vs. wedge wrench. Either way, teams will now all have the same looking wrench for the races.

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