IndyCar drivers Dixon and Bourdais 1-2 in Rolex 24

Scott Dixon

IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon and Sebastien Bourdais finished 1-2 in the 53rd running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

After 24 hours, 740 laps and 2,634.4 miles, the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona came down to an eight minute, 30-second dash to the checkered flag. In the final 10-minute sprint after a late caution caused by the crash of the PC leading Colin Braun's No. 54 Oreca, Bourdais closed on Dixon's Ford but came up 1.3 sec. short giving Scott Dixon and his teammates Tony Kanaan (IndyCar), Kyle Larson (NASCAR) and Jamie McMurray (NASCAR) the overall win.

With an international field of drivers in the field, Dixon's teammate Jamie McMurray from NASCAR, admitted IndyCar drivers were the class of the field with McMurray saying Dixon was the fastest driver on his team.

McMurray became the fourth full-time NASCAR driver to win the iconic sports car race at the Daytona International Speedway. Others were Casey Mears, A.J. Allmendinger and Juan Pablo Montoya.

Moreover, McMurray's racing resume now includes wins in some of the country's biggest races -the 24 Hours of Daytona, Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400.

McMurray also joined IndyCar legends A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti as the only drivers to win the Daytona 500 and 24 Hours of Daytona.

The winning No. 3 Corvette in GTLM

Antonio Garcia brought the No. 3 Corvette home first in the GTLM class over Dirk Werner's BMW Z4 while the No. 52 Oreca won the PC class. The No. 94 Dodge Viper won the GTD class.

IndyCar star Scott Dixon drove the closing stint in the Ganassi car, carrying his three teammates – fellow IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan and NASCAR racers Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson – to the Prototype class and overall win. Dixon has won the race before in a Ganassi car, but it's the first win for Kanaan, McMurray and Larson. The victory makes Ganassi the winningest team owner in the history of the race — this is his sixth win in 12 starts.

"It's such a team effort here," Dixon said. "We kept the car clean, tried to look after it as much as possible. It's great to get back here for Team Target and Ford EcoBoost. I'm just stoked for the whole team."

Sebastien Bourdais drove the closing stint in the Action Express car, taking a solid, but still disappointing, second with teammates Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa. The good news for the team: They are running for the season championship, but the No. 02 Ganassi car isn't, so the Action Express car has a good jump on another season championship in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Third was the Corvette DP of Wayne Taylor Racing, with brothers Ricky and Jordon Taylor sharing the car with veteran Max Angelelli. A late-race driver change put the car behind, and it ended up one minute and seven seconds back. The fourth-place Prototype was six laps back, so it was definitely a battle between the top three finishers.

The Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP had to settle for third after an unprepared Ricky Taylor had to step in for brother Jordan.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]"I was not happy to get back in the car," Ricky Taylor said.

The seven minute, 30-second dash to the end was created by a crash, and then a fire, in the class-leading Prototype Challenge No. 54 CORE autosport Chevrolet-powered ORECA FLM09, which was being driven by Colin Braun.

Braun said he was forced off track by a slower Daytona Prototype car, which apparently damaged the rear suspension. He tried to limp the car back to the pits, "but I think the suspension collapsed," and he "hit the wall pretty hard."

The car then caught fire, but Braun escaped without injury.

That left the door open for a Prototype Challenge win by the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports car, driven by Tom Kimber-Smith, Andrew Palmer, Andrew Novich and Mike Guasch. Kimber-Smith was driving at the end, and he said he was "definitely surprised" at the opportunity created by Braun's crash.

"It wasn't nice to see him in the wall, and it definitely wasn't nice to see the car on fire," he said.

The GT Le Mans class race was another close one, with the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R taking the win and a surprising fifth overall, just 0.478 seconds ahead of the No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE. Antonio Garcia drove the winning Corvette home, sharing the ride with Jan Magnussen and Ryan Briscoe.

For Magnussen, a former Formula One driver, the victory was proof that persistence pays.

"I've tried to win this race 11 times," he said. This time, "we stayed out of trouble, made no mistakes, had no damage to the car, and had great pit stops."

In GT Daytona, the No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT finished first in class, 13th overall, 7.6 seconds ahead of the No. 22 Alex Job Racing/WeatherTech Porsche 911 GT America. Dominik Farnbacher co-drove the Viper with Al Carter, Kuno Wittmer, Cameron Lawrence and team owner and Viper dealer Ben Keating. Since the factory-backed Dodge Viper team ended its racing program after the 2014 season, Keating said it was important to bring the car back to the Rolex 24.
"This one is for the Viper nation!" Keating said.

Fifty-three cars started the race, which ran under clear, cool skies after a heavy rain ended Saturday morning prior to the start. Race pace was faster than 2014, the first year for the TUDOR Championship, when the winning car completed 695 laps, compared to 740 this year.

Today's race marked the sixth Rolex 24 At Daytona win for CGRFS in just 12 attempts (Winning Percentage 50%)

CGRFS now holds the record for most Rolex 24 At Daytona wins in the 53-year history of the race (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015) – recently tied with Brumos Racing.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]This is the second Rolex 24 win for the No.02 car (2006, 2015)

With his first win, Jamie McMurray joined AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti as the only drivers to win the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

This marked the second Rolex 24 At Daytona win for Scott Dixon (2006, 2015), and the first for Tony Kanaan in just his second start with CGRFS

This marked the first Rolex 24 At Daytona win for Kyle Larson in just his second Rolex 24 start.

This win marked Chip Ganassi Racing Teams' 166th victory

CGRFS engine manufacturer Ford is ranked sixth on the all-time manufacturer's victory list for the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship for the Modern Era (169 wins)


Pos No. Class Name Laps Total Time Make/Model
1 02 P Dixon/Kanaan/Larson/McMurray 740 24:00:57.667 Ford EcoBoost DP
2 5 P Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Bourdais 740 24:00:59.000 Corvette DP
3 10 P J.Taylor/R.Taylor/Angelelli 740 24:02:04.741 Corvette DP
4 90 P Westbrook/Valiante/ Rockenfeller/Cosmo 734 24:02:00.940 Corvette DP
5 3 GTLM Magnussen/Garcia/Briscoe 725 24:01:19.513 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
6 25 GTLM Auberlen/Werner/Farfus/ Spengler 725 24:01:19.991 BMW Z4 GTE
7 31 P Curran/Cameron/Papis/P.Keen 721 24:01:00.211 Corvette DP
8 4 GTLM Gavin/Milner/Pagenaud 718 24:01:32.376 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
9 52 PC Guasch/Novich/Palmer/ Kimber-Smith 714 24:02:25.548 ORECA FLM09
10 16 PC Mowlem/Papadopoulos/Drissi/ Alder/Plowman 713 24:01:26.786 ORECA FLM09
11 60 P Pew/Negri/Allmendinger/ McMurry 705 23:39:08.902 Honda HPD Ligier JS P2
12 54 PC Bennett/Braun/Wilkins/Gue 704 23:37:30.131 ORECA FLM09
13 93 GTD Keating/D.Farnbacher/Carter/ Wittmer/Lawrenc 704 24:01:43.398 Dodge Viper SRT
14 22 GTD MacNeil/L.Keen/A.Davis/ van Gisbergen 704 24:01:50.986 Porsche 911 GT America
15 58 GTD Snow/Heylen/Dempsey/Eng 702 24:02:43.815 Porsche 911 GT America
16 24 GTLM J.Edwards/Luhr/Klingmann/ Rahal 701 24:01:30.317 BMW Z4 GTE
17 85 PC Goikhberg/Miller/Simpson/ Mitchell 701 24:01:52.560 ORECA FLM09
18 49 GTD Lathouras/Rugolo/Aguas/ Griffin 701 24:02:31.168 Ferrari 458 Italia
19 48 GTD Haase/B.Miller/von Moltke/Rast 695 24:01:59.869 Audi R8 LMS
20 63 GTD Sweedler/T.Bell/Lazzaro/Segal/ Westphal 691 23:55:12.338 Ferrari 458 Italia
21 81 GTD Faulkner/Giermaziak/Skeen/ Butcher/Avenatti 687 24:02:24.667 Porsche 911 GT America
22 009 GTD DeBoer/Riddle/Salazar/Wilson 678 24:02:16.938 Aston Martin V12 Vantage
23 33 GTD Keating/J.Bleekemolen/Carter/ Goossens/S.Ble 674 23:29:33.840 Dodge Viper SRT
24 45 GTD Winkelhock/Thorne/Hoshino/ Fujii 670 24:01:59.832 Audi R8 LMS
25 01 P Pruett/Hand/Kimball/Karam 669 22:25:07.201 Ford EcoBoost DP
26 66 P Gewirtz/S.Lewis/Kvamme/Cheng 644 24:01:48.912 BMW Power Riley DP
27 911 GTLM Tandy/Pilet/Lieb/Christensen 640 24:01:40.003 Porsche 911 RSR
28 98 GTLM Lamy/Dalla Lana/Turner/ Mucke/Lauda 632 24:01:36.342 Aston Martin Vantage V8
29 44 GTD Potter/Lally/Seefried/ Ragginger 616 24:01:58.659 Porsche 911 GT America
30 97 GTD Marsal/Palttala/Priaulx/Said 604 24:02:11.309 BMW Z4
31 007 GTD Nielsen/Davison/Nygaard/Davis 593 24:02:16.925 Aston Martin V12 Vantage
32 50 P Pace/DeFoor/Hinton/ Schroeder/Smith 590 24:02:12.337 BMW Power Riley DP
33 912 GTLM Bergmeister/Bamber/Makowiecki/ Christensen 581 20:08:15.782 Porsche 911 RSR
34 64 GTD Longo/Serra/Gomes/Bertolini 545 18:45:12.435 Ferrari 458 Italia
35 18 GTD Basseng/M.Beretta/O'Young/ De Phillippi/Mayr- 539 24:02:21.087 Porsche 911 GT America
36 11 PC Cumming/Junqueira/Hawksworth/ Menezes 535 19:43:05.860 ORECA FLM09
37 73 GTD Lindsey/Pumpelly/Norman/ N. Canache/Estre 532 19:16:27.568 Porsche 911 GT America
38 17 GTLM Henzler/Sellers/P.Long 530 17:44:38.540 Porsche 911 RSR
39 7 P Hartley/Barrichello/ Hunter-Reay/Graves/Mayer 426 14:06:27.409 BMW Power Riley DP
40 19 GTD J.Michaelian/Lira/Flores/ De Phillippi/Mayr-Mel 414 24:01:00.241 Porsche 911 GT America
41 1 P Sharp/Dalziel/Heinemeier Hansson 389 13:11:13.352 Honda HPD ARX
42 61 PC Plowman/Drumwright/Blackstock/ Breukers/Rus 361 14:36:16.841 ORECA FLM09
43 07 P J.Miller/T.Long/Devlin/ Tremblay 348 12:00:54.473 Mazda Prototype
44 62 GTLM Kaffer/Rigon/Fisichella/ Beretta 310 10:24:19.267 Ferrari F458 Italia
45 8 PC Schultis/van der Zande/Popow/ Hedlund/Albuqu 299 11:58:36.637 ORECA FLM09
46 38 PC French/Mee/Vance/Johnston 238 9:00:07.540 ORECA FLM09
47 23 GTD James/M.Farnbacher/Riberas 233 8:06:33.771 Porsche 911 GT America
48 51 GTLM Perrodo/Collard/Bruni/Vilander 211 7:06:13.421 Ferrari 458 Italia
49 70 P Bomarito/Nunez/Hinchcliffe/ Tremblay 198 6:34:55.057 Mazda Prototype
50 28 GTD Bachler/Zoechling/Engelhart/ Willsey/Ineichen 176 7:57:08.940 Porsche 911 GT America
51 57 P Krohn/Pla/Jonsson/Brundle 172 5:26:41.908 Ligier JS P2 Judd
52 2 P Brown/van Overbeek/Fogarty 49 1:40:42.753 Honda HPD ARX
53 0 P Rojas/Legge/Chaves/Meyrick 42 1:21:55.380 DeltaWing DWC13

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