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01/31/10
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Rolex 24: 14 Hour Report
The most dominant team in the race, as well as several others contending for the lead, either fell out or suffered fate during the early morning hours Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. Moreover, several former winners took advantage of those problems to put themselves in contention to take the checkered flag - which flies at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the 3.56-mile, 12-turn Daytona International Speedway.

The leader at 5:30 a.m. ET Sunday was Memo Rojas in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW Riley, fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Rojas took over from Wilson during the 13th hour as pit stops cycled through and held a 1m6.807-second advantage over AJ Allmendinger in the Mike Shank Ford.

Twenty-four drivers in 13 cars - the second most all-time in a GRAND-AM Rolex Series race - led the race, which consisted of 365 laps or 1,299.4 miles (2091.45 kilometers). Aside from Wilson and co-driver Scott Pruett, the team's No. 02 Target BMW Riley also led. In fact, the No. 02 was the most dominant team until its demise, leading 139 of the first 249 laps - or 56 percent at that point - before smoke from the car's rear forced it into the pits at 12:05 a.m. ET. Less than 15 minutes later, the car was announced retired with a blown engine.

The 11th hour also stirred up the rundown. Richard Westbrook was running second in Crown Royal/NGN Racing's No. 95 Crown Royal BMW Riley when a stuck seatbelt kept Westbrook from getting out of the car quickly. The team lost a lap before Lucas Luhr went back on the track, and another problem forced the car two more laps behind and out of the top five.

The 24-hour race began Saturday afternoon in a drizzle and the first six laps were run under a full course caution. When the race finally started, Pruett jumped to the front from his fifth-place starting position, and six drivers led the race during the first hour.

The race was already fifth all-time in lead changes with 36 and was run under full course caution 12 times for 39 laps.

Noted Events since last update
5:01 AM ET  Lap 415: Teams are keeping this race clean. There hasn't been a caution period in almost 140 laps, and averaging 109.481 mph, only three mph off the race record!

3:31 AM ET  Justin Wilson (Daytona Prototype) and Johannes van Overbeek (GT) lead their respective classes at the halfway point of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

3:09 AM ET  Lap 352: Justin Wilson is leading. He took over from Scott Pruett on Lap 344. All the regularly scheduled pit stops before the halfway mark have been made.

Hour 14 Standings

Pos

No. CP Current Driver Laps Behind Gap Team/Car
1 01 1 Memo Rojas 441 0.000 0.000 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW / Riley
2 6 2 AJ Allmendinger 441 1:44.096 1:44.096 Michael Shank Racing Ford / Riley
3 9 3 Ryan Dalziel 440 1 LAP 1 LAP Action Express Racing Porsche / Riley
4 60 4 Oswaldo Negri Jr 437 4 LAPS 3 LAPS Michael Shank Racing Ford / Riley
5 95 5 Richard Westbrook 437 4 LAPS 27.938 Crown Royal/NPN Racing BMW / Riley
6 99 6 Jimmie Johnson 432 9 LAPS 5 LAPS GAINSCO/ Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet / Riley
7 75 7 Colin Braun 426 15 LAPS 6 LAPS Krohn Racing Ford / Lola
8 59 8 Butch Leitzinger 421 20 LAPS 5 LAPS Brumos Racing Porsche / Riley
9 57 1 Andrew Davis 417 24 LAPS 4 LAPS Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R
10 71 2 Spencer Pumpelly 415 26 LAPS 2 LAPS TRG Porsche GT3
11 67 3 Patrick Long 415 26 LAPS 1:36.868 TRG/ Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche GT3
12 69 4 Emil Assentato 412 29 LAPS 3 LAPS SpeedSource Mazda RX-8
13 97 5 Gunter Schaldach 411 30 LAPS 1 LAP Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R
14 70 6 Jonathan Bomarito 411 30 LAPS 49.902 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8
15 66 7 Ted Ballou 407 34 LAPS 4 LAPS TRG Porsche GT3
16 40 8 Joe Foster 406 35 LAPS 1 LAP Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8
17 7 9 Mike Forest 405 36 LAPS 1 LAP Starworks Motorsport BMW / Riley
18 94 9 Paul Dalla Lana 401 40 LAPS 4 LAPS Turner Motorsport BMW M6 / Riley
19 88 10 Lance Willsey 399 42 LAPS 2 LAPS Orbit Racing Porsche GT3
20 43 11 Joe Nonnamaker 397 44 LAPS 2 LAPS Team Sahlen Mazda RX-8
21 10 10 Max Angelelli 396 45 LAPS 1 LAP SunTrust Racing Ford / Dallara
22 55 11 Emmanuel Collard 396 45 LAPS 11.084 Crown Royal/NPN Racing BMW / Riley
23 44 12 John Potter 394 47 LAPS 2 LAPS Magnus Racing Porsche GT3
24 22 13 Darryl O'Young 392 49 LAPS 2 LAPS Bullet Racing Porsche GT3
25 18 14 Bruce Ledoux III 382 59 LAPS 10 LAPS TRG/ Guardian Angel Porsche GT3
26 14 15 Ron Yarab Jr 377 64 LAPS 5 LAPS Autometrics Motorsports Porsche GT3
27 23 16 Dominik Farnbacher 376 65 LAPS 1 LAP Alex Job Racing Porsche GT3
28 32 17 Max Hyatt 374 67 LAPS 2 LAPS Corsa Team PR1 BMW M6
29 77 12 Fabrizio Gollin 363 78 LAPS 11 LAPS Doran Racing Ford / Dallara
30 41 18 Don Kitch Jr 358 83 LAPS 5 LAPS Dempsey Racing/Team Seattle Mazda RX-8
31 90 13 Darren Manning 346 95 LAPS 12 LAPS Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche / Coyote
32 48 19 Luke Hines 336 105 LAPS 10 LAPS Miller Barrett Racing Porsche GT3
33 2 14 Dane Cameron 314 127 LAPS 22 LAPS Beyer Racing Chevrolet / Crawford
34 19 20 Sean Paul Breslin 291 150 LAPS 23 LAPS MCM/Black Flag Racing Corvette
35 20 21 Markus Palttala 276 165 LAPS 15 LAPS Matt Connolly Motorsports Porsche GT3
36 02 15 Juan Pablo Montoya 249 192 LAPS 27 LAPS Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW / Riley
37 07 22 Paul Edwards 201 240 LAPS 48 LAPS Godstone Ranch Motorsports/Team MBR Corvette
38 46 23 Richard Zahn 125 316 LAPS 76 LAPS Autohaus Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R
39 63 24 Richard Dean 121 320 LAPS 4 LAPS TRG Porsche GT3
40 52 25 Giuseppe Castellano 112 329 LAPS 9 LAPS Wil Mar Racing Ferrari 430 Challenge
41 64 26 James Walker 100 341 LAPS 12 LAPS JLowe Racing Porsche GT3
42 21 27 Tomas Steuer 93 348 LAPS 7 LAPS Matt Connolly Motorsports Pontiac GTO.R
43 30 28 Todd Lamb 69 372 LAPS 24 LAPS Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8
44 42 29 Joe Sahlen 27 414 LAPS 42 LAPS Team Sahlen Mazda RX-8
0 08 30 Poordad / Sigal / West / Yasukawa 0 Sigalsport Ferrari 430 Challenge

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