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01/24/09
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Rolex 24 Hour 6: Brumos Porsche leads  Problems suddenly struck two leading Daytona Prototype contenders. AJ Allmendinger was leading the race on lap 155 when his race-leading No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley slowed to a stop in the infield - leading to that car's retirement. Then, the third-place No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Lola suddenly lost power, with the team looking for the cause of the problem.

Just before the six-hour mark, defending race winner Memo Rojas hit a curb, sending the No. 01 TELMEX/Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley to the garage. The team lost one lap making repairs, putting Rojas in 10th position, the first car one lap down.

At six hours, Buddy Rice led in the No. 58 Brumos Porsche Riley, followed by Scott Dixon in the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Christophy Bouchot in the No. 55 Supercar Life BMW Riley and Hurley Haywood in the No. 59 Brumos Porsche Riley.

In GT, Jan Magnussen led in the No. 07 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R followed by Richard Westbrook in the No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Porsche 997.

AJ Allmendinger: "I think, unfortunately, something in the motor suddenly popped. A sense down inside suddenly failed and that triggered it. The motor didn't blow or anything, but it would be a four-hour process to get down to that sensor and change it. Unfortunately, by the time we did that, there would be no point being out there. I feel bad for Michael Shank Racing and for Michael himself - they put their heart and soul into this. They want it as bad as I do. I thought last year's car was the best car I've driven, but this year's car - by far - was better. I was doing about 85 percent out there - I had at least another second in the car. One of those breaks. That's the good and the bad about the Rolex 24. I guess if something's going to happen, it's good to go out on top. I'll be back next year.

Nic Jonsson: "We're not exactly sure what happened yet. Darren (Turner) was out there, running very strongly, and all of a sudden, the engine just stopped - just like the 6 car. They're trying to find out exactly what it was."

Hour 6 Standings (1/4 point)

Pos

No. Class ClPos Current Driver Laps Behind Team/Car
1 58 DP 1 Buddy Rice 179 0.000 Brumos Racing Porsche / Riley
2 02 DP 2 Scott Dixon 179 2.044 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus / Riley
3 55 DP 3 Christophe Bouchut 179 4.542 Level 5 Motorsports BMW / Riley
4 59 DP 4 Hurley Haywood 179 8.298 Brumos Racing Porsche / Riley
5 77 DP 5 Matteo Bobbi 179 10.422 Doran Racing Ford / Dallara
6 10 DP 6 Brian Frisselle 179 10.802 SunTrust Racing Ford / Dallara
7 16 DP 7 Ryan Briscoe 179 15.515 Penske Racing Porsche / Riley
8 61 DP 8 Burt Frisselle 179 19.551 AIM Autosport Ford / Riley
9 60 DP 9 Oswaldo Negri Jr 179 20.353 Michael Shank Racing Ford / Riley
10 01 DP 10 Memo Rojas 178 1 LAP Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus / Riley
11 13 DP 11 Jared Beyer 177 2 LAPS Beyer Racing Pontiac / Riley
12 75 DP 12 Tracy Krohn 175 4 LAPS Krohn Racing Ford / Lola
13 22 DP 13 Ryan Dalziel 175 4 LAPS Alegra Motorsports BMW / Riley
14 99 DP 14 Jimmy Vasser 173 6 LAPS GAINSCO/ Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac / Riley
15 45 DP 15 Kyle Petty 173 6 LAPS Victory Junction-Orbit Racing BMW / Riley
16 07 GT 1 Jan Magnussen 172 7 LAPS Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R
17 87 GT 2 Richard Westbrook 172 7 LAPS Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3
18 66 GT 3 Richard Lietz 172 7 LAPS TRG Porsche GT3
19 86 GT 4 Eric Lux 172 7 LAPS Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3
20 33 GT 5 Phillip Martien 172 7 LAPS Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3
21 67 GT 6 Jorg Bergmeister 171 8 LAPS TRG Porsche GT3
22 65 GT 7 Craig Stanton 171 8 LAPS Riegel/ Stanton/ TRG Porsche GT3
23 57 GT 8 Robin Liddell 171 8 LAPS Stevenson Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R
24 35 GT 9 Lance Willsey 170 9 LAPS Orbit Racing Porsche GT3
25 88 GT 10 Robert Nearn 170 9 LAPS Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3
26 85 GT 11 Michael Gomez 169 10 LAPS Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3
27 26 GT 12 Randy Pobst 168 11 LAPS Gotham Competition Porsche GT3
28 68 GT 13 Steve Miller 168 11 LAPS TRG Porsche GT3
29 97 GT 14 Tom Long 167 12 LAPS Stevenson Motorsports Corvette
30 21 GT 15 Diego Alessi 163 16 LAPS Battery Tender/ MCM Racing Pontiac GTO.R
31 09 DP 16 Guy Cosmo 162 17 LAPS Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche / Coyote
32 76 DP 17 Darren Turner 159 20 LAPS Krohn Racing Ford / Lola
33 56 GT 16 Nathan Swartzbach 157 22 LAPS Mastercar-Coast 2 Costa Racing Ferrari 430 Challenge
34 2 DP 18 Casey Mears 156 23 LAPS Childress-Howard Motorsports Pontiac / Crawford
35 6 DP 19 AJ Allmendinger 153 26 LAPS Michael Shank Racing Ford / Riley
36 30 GT 17 Bryan Sellers 152 27 LAPS Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8
37 52 GT 18 Costantino Bertuzzi 149 30 LAPS Mastercar-Coast 2 Costa Racing Ferrari 430 Challenge
38 69 GT 19 Jeff Segal 148 31 LAPS SpeedSource Mazda RX-8
39 14 GT 20 Jack Baldwin 146 33 LAPS Autometrics Motorsports Porsche GT3
40 32 GT 21 Mike Forest 144 35 LAPS PR1 Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R
41 44 GT 22 Ross Bentley 141 38 LAPS Bullet Racing Porsche GT3
42 63 GT 23 Bruce Ledoux III 137 42 LAPS TRG Porsche GT3
43 64 GT 24 Tim Sugden 135 44 LAPS JLowe Racing Porsche GT3
44 70 GT 25 Sylvain Tremblay 131 48 LAPS SpeedSource Mazda RX-8
45 89 GT 26 Giacomo Petrobelli 122 57 LAPS Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3
46 40 GT 27 Tim Lewis Jr 99 80 LAPS Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8
47 15 GT 28 Owen Kelly 52 127 LAPS Blackforest Motorsports Ford Mustang
48 31 GT 29 Bob Michaelian 47 132 LAPS Battery Tender/ MCM Racing Porsche GT3
49 42 GT 30 Wayne Nonnamaker 24 155 LAPS Team Sahlen Corvette
0 34 GT 31 Aschenbach / Cruz / Rodriguez / Valverde / Willsey 0 Orbit Racing Porsche GT3
0 43 GT 32 Nonnamaker / Nonnamaker / Nonnamaker / Sahlen 0 Team Sahlen Corvette
0 7 DP 20 Bernhard / Briscoe 0 Penske Racing Porsche / Riley

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