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01/24/09
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Rolex 24 Hour 3: Penske Porsche takes lead
The No. 16 Penske Riley Porsche out front
Team Penske, Brumos Porsche and Target/TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates continued to pace the field three hours into the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Romain Dumas held the lead in the No. 16 Penske Racing Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Porsche Riley, followed by the No. 02 Ganassi Lexus Riley of Dario Franchitti and the 58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley of Darren Law.

Farnbacher Loles Racing ran one-two in GT, with the No. 87 Porsche GT3 of Wolf Henzler leading the No. 86 of Kevin Roush.

The first caution period began shortly before the three-hour mark when the No. 40 Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8 of Jep Thornton hit the tire barrier in turn three.

The average speed after three hours was 124.85 mph.

Alex Gurney: "I just tried to stay on the lead lap. Jimmy J. will do a good job out there ...he knows what he's doing and he's been very fast in the lead-up. (asked about the pace being fast) It's slightly faster. We expected high 43s and low 43s seem more like it. (about lapped traffic) It's about what we expected. A few GTs don't stay where you want them to stay but they probably will say the same thing about us. Pretty soon you'll start to see people make mistakes - hopefully people ahead of us so we can move up."

Scott Dixon, #02 Lexus: "The first stint was pretty good. We had a great start and moved into P3. We were running light on downforce, so we started to abuse the tires a little bit and fell back a little in the stint. As it starts to cool off, I think we're going to get a lot quicker as we gain grip. Overall, it's definitely good. We were able to go a couple of laps further than everyone else on fuel. I think our Lexus gets stronger at night, as well."

Hour 3 Running Order

Pos Num Class Team Car Laps Gap to 1st
1. 16 DP Penske Racing Porsche Riley 100 0.000
2. 02 DP Chip Ganassi Racing w/F.Sabate Lexus Riley 100 0.777
3. 58 DP Brumos Racing Porsche Riley 100 1.449
4. 6 DP Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley 100 1.747
5. 10 DP SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara 100 2.302
6. 01 DP Chip Ganassi Racing w/F.Sabate Lexus Riley 100 2.386
7. 76 DP Krohn Racing Ford Lola 100 2.994
8. 99 DP Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley 100 3.576
9. 59 DP Brumos Racing Porsche Riley 100 3.864
10. 60 DP Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley 100 22.959
11. 77 DP Doran Racing Ford Dallara 100 24.263
12. 55 DP Level 5 Motorsports BMW Riley 99 1 Lap
13. 22 DP Alegra Motorsports BMW Riley 99 1 Lap
14. 13 DP Beyer Racing Pontiac Riley 98 2 Laps
15. 61 DP AIM Autosport Ford Riley 98 2 Laps
16. 75 DP Krohn Racing Ford Lola 97 3 Laps
17. 45 DP Victory Junction-Orbit Racing BMW Riley 97 3 Laps
18. 87 GT Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 93 7 Laps
19. 86 GT Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 93 7 Laps
20. 65 GT Riegel/Stanton/TRG Porsche GT3 93 7 Laps
21. 67 GT TRG Porsche GT3 93 7 Laps
22. 66 GT TRG Porsche GT3 93 7 Laps
23. 33 GT Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3 93 7 Laps
24. 07 GT Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R 92 8 Laps
25. 57 GT Stevenson Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R 92 8 Laps
26. 88 GT Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 92 8 Laps
27. 35 GT Orbit Racing Porsche GT3 92 8 Laps
28. 14 GT Autometrics Motorsports Porsche GT3 92 8 Laps
29. 89 GT Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 92 8 Laps
30. 32 GT PR1 Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R 91 9 Laps
31. 26 GT Gotham Competition Porsche GT3 91 9 Laps
32. 85 GT Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 90 10 Laps
33. 97 GT Stevenson Motorsports Corvette 89 11 Laps
34. 56 GT Mastercar-Coast 2 Costa Racing Ferrari 430 C 89 11 Laps
35. 68 GT TRG Porsche GT3 89 11 Laps
36. 44 GT Bullet Racing Porsche GT3 89 11 Laps
37. 09 DP Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche Coyote 86 14 Laps
38. 21 GT Battery Tender/MCM Racing Pontiac GTO.R 85 15 Laps
39. 52 GT Mastercar-Coast 2 Costa Racing Ferrari 430 C 85 15 Laps
40. 40 GT Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8 84 16 Laps
41. 30 GT Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8 82 18 Laps
42. 2 DP Childress-Howard Motorsports Pontiac Crawford 81 19 Laps
43. 69 GT SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 69 31 Laps
44. 64 GT JLowe Racing Porsche GT3 68 32 Laps
45. 63 GT TRG Porsche GT3 68 32 Laps
46. 15 GT Blackforest Motorsports Ford Mustang 52 48 Laps
47. 70 GT SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 52 48 Laps
48. 42 GT Team Sahlen Corvette 24 76 Laps
49. 31 GT Battery Tender/MCM Racing Porsche GT3 3 97 Laps

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