Rolex 24 Hour 12: Taylor Bros/Angelelli Corvette DP leads

Jordon Taylor in the No. 10 Corvette DP leads the No. 02 Ganassi Ford DP with Kyle Larson at the wheel by over 4-secs.

"Surreal" is not a word you'd often apply to a motorsports event, but at 2 a.m. in the infield of Daytona International Speedway, almost halfway through the Rolex 24 at Daytona, it applies.

The temperature, nearly 70 degrees at the start of the race, has dropped considerably. Smoke wafts through the air from campfires and smoldering bar-b-ques.

On the track, though, the competition is as hot as it was when the green flag fell. There has been attrition; there are cars on the track repaired under feverish and often heroic conditions, and there are drivers coping with constantly changing conditions and traffic at nearly every turn.

It's when the cream begins rising to the top, and 12 hours into the Rolex 24, the leaderboard is a testament to teams that have preparation, talent and more than a little luck so far.

In the Prototype class, Jordan Taylor, driving for his father Wayne Taylor in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Chevrolet Corvette DP, leads overall, with NASCAR star Kyle Larson less than five seconds back in the No. 02 Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates Racing Ford EcoBoost-powered Riley. Both drivers are cranking out laps in the 1 minute, 39.8-second range, which is close to the pole speed in qualifying.

Another 10 seconds back is the Ganassi No. 01 sister car, driven by 54-year-old veteran Scott Pruett. After 12 hours, and 370 laps on the 3.56-mile track, the top three cars are less than 40 seconds apart.

In the Prototype Challenge class at the 12-hour mark, Jon Bennett in the CORE autosport No. 54 has a one-lap advantage over second place. In GT Le Mans, the two factory-backed Chevrolet Corvette C7.R teammates are leading the class, 25 seconds apart. And in GT Daytona, Jeff Segal has his No. 63 Ferrari 458 Italia 35 seconds ahead of the pursuing No. 48 Audi R8 LMS.

Quite a few of the 53 entries have already packed up, including the DeltaWing, which suffered clutch woes and will be scored 53rd, despite turning some very fast laps early in the race. The No. 2 Extreme Speed Honda-powered Prototype will be scored 52nd after a powertrain failure. An oiling issue sidelined one of the Mazda Prototypes, which is presently scored 48th.

Walk down pit lane, and you'll see snoozing crewmen wrapped in blankets, trying to get a little rest. With 12 more hours of racing left, they'll need it.

Jordan Taylor drove the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP to the lead at the halfway mark of the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona, but it was the pair of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Ford EcoBoost/Riley entries that shared the lead in the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup after two six-hour segments.

After scoring a maximum five points in the opening segment, the No. 01 entry driven by Scott Pruett, Joey Hand, Charlie Kimball and Sage Karam finished the second segment in the third position while the team's No. 02 entry driven by Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson, Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon was second at the end of each segment.

Points in the four-race Patron Endurance Cup are awarded at specific intervals throughout each race – every six hours in the Rolex 24 – with the leader at the end of each segment scoring five points, four points for second, three points for third and fourth-place on back receiving two points.

Similar to Chip Ganassi Racing in the Prototype class, Corvette Racing's pair of Corvette C7.Rs shared the top spot after two Patron Endurance Cup segments in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. Oliver Gavin led at the 12-hour mark in the team's No. 4 entry co-driven by Tommy Milner and Simon Pagenaud while the No. 3 driven by Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Ryan Briscoe finished the segment second.

CORE autosport continued to show the dominance in Prototype Challenge (PC) that guided the team to wins in three of the four Patron Endurance Cup events one year ago. After Colin Braun pitted in the seventh hour with a flat left-rear tire, he later drove the No. 54 ORECA FLM09 he shares with co-drivers Jon Bennett, James Gue and Mark Wilkins back to the lead earning the maximum 10 points through the race's first two segments.

Roles were reversed in the GT Daytona (GTD) class as the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 of Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal and Anthony Lazzaro avenged a late pass by the No. 93 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R driven by Kuno Wittmer, Cameron Lawrence, Dominik Farnbacher and Al Carter at the end of the first segment. With the two teams swapping positions in the opening two segments, both share the class lead with nine points apiece.

Broadcast coverage of the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona continues until 7 a.m. ET, it will be broadcast live on IMSA.com, before returning to FOX Sports 1 Sunday morning at 7 a.m. FOX Sports 1 coverage will continue for the remainder of the race, concluding at 2:30 p.m.

NEWS AND NOTES

Defending Rolex 24 champion Action Express Racing ran into trouble shortly before the nine-hour mark when Joao Barbosa stopped on-track with no fuel pressure in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP. The car required a tow to the garage and returned to the track three laps down. At the end of the second segment, co-driver Christian Fittipaldi had moved to sixth, two laps down.

Another Prototype contender ran into trouble early in the second Patr¢n Endurance Cup segment when Tony Kanaan drove the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford EcoBoost/Riley to the garage for a splitter change. The team was able to make the repair under a yellow flag losing only one lap. Kanaan then got the car back onto the lead lap and Kyle Larson drove to the second spot at the end of the 12-hour mark.

Leading into the 10th hour in the GTLM class, Pierre Kaffer pitted the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 Italia with a loss of horsepower. After multiple pit stops to diagnose the issue, Kaffer drove to the garage for repairs and the team later retired from the race reporting an electrical misfire.

A multi-car incident involving the two Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSRs brought out the yellow flag in the 11th hour of the race. Both cars were running in the top five at the time of the collision, but sent the No. 912 of Earl Bamber to pit road and the No. 911 of Marc Lieb to the paddock for repairs.

QUOTEBOARD

Tony Kanaan, Driver – No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Ford EcoBoost/Riley:
"It got a lot better. It was a mistake I shouldn't have made (driving over a curb, breaking the splitter), but it happens. It put us behind for a bit, but we recovered pretty well."

Jan Magnussen, Driver – No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R
"We're eight-and-a-half or nine hours in, and we're still battling like it's a sprint race. It's fantastic and a great feeling. You push really hard all the times and go for the gaps."

Troy Flis, Owner – No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP
"Speed wise, I think the car came to us a little bit. We made a couple changes early in the race and gave up some track position. Ricky (Richard Westbrook) and Rocky (Mike Rockenfeller) really like the car right now. We're a little down on the max speed we're looking for, but I don't think we can trim it out any more. It would be too much a handful."

Shane van Gisbergen, Driver – No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche 911 GT America
"That stint was really enjoyable; I got to lead for about an hour so. I even got to lead the field to the green flag at one point on a restart. It's pretty crazy to get out of a car after a long stint like that and still have something like 14 hours to go."

Hour 12 Standings

Pos No. Class Name Laps Total Tm Make/Model
1 10 P J.Taylor/R.Taylor/Angelelli 369 12:00:40.105 Corvette DP
2 02 P Dixon/Kanaan/Larson/McMurray 369 12:00:44.755 Ford EcoBoost DP
3 01 P Pruett/Hand/Kimball/Karam 369 12:00:54.836 Ford EcoBoost DP
4 60 P Pew/Negri/Allmendinger/ McMurry 369 12:01:14.304 Honda HPD Ligier JS P2
5 1 P Sharp/Dalziel/Heinemeier Hansson 368 12:02:03.439 Honda HPD ARX
6 5 P Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Bourdais 367 12:01:20.121 Corvette DP
7 90 P Westbrook/Valiante/ Rockenfeller/Cosmo 367 12:01:23.245 Corvette DP
8 7 P Hartley/Barrichello/ Hunter-Reay/Graves/Mayer 364 12:01:24.506 BMW Power Riley DP
9 4 GTLM Gavin/Milner/Pagenaud 361 12:02:08.088 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
10 3 GTLM Magnussen/Garcia/Briscoe 360 12:00:44.927 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
11 17 GTLM Henzler/Sellers/P.Long 360 12:00:46.026 Porsche 911 RSR
12 25 GTLM Auberlen/Werner/Farfus/ Spengler 360 12:01:12.242 BMW Z4 GTE
13 54 PC Bennett/Braun/Wilkins/Gue 358 12:01:03.156 ORECA FLM09
14 52 PC Guasch/Novich/Palmer/ Kimber-Smith 357 12:01:03.360 ORECA FLM09
15 31 P Curran/Cameron/Papis/P.Keen 352 12:01:06.388 Corvette DP
16 63 GTD Sweedler/T.Bell/Lazzaro/Segal 351 12:00:58.772 Ferrari 458 Italia
17 93 GTD Keating/D.Farnbacher/Carter/ Wittmer/Lawrenc 351 12:01:03.544 Dodge Viper SRT
18 48 GTD Haase/B.Miller/von Moltke/Rast 351 12:01:35.748 Audi R8 LMS
19 22 GTD MacNeil/L.Keen/A.Davis/ van Gisbergen 351 12:01:37.556 Porsche 911 GT America
20 33 GTD Keating/J.Bleekemolen/Carter/ Goossens/S.Ble 351 12:01:37.685 Dodge Viper SRT
21 64 GTD Longo/Serra/Gomes/Bertolini 351 12:02:47.533 Ferrari 458 Italia
22 73 GTD Lindsey/Pumpelly/Norman/ N. Canache/Estre 350 12:01:33.403 Porsche 911 GT America
23 16 PC Mowlem/Papadopoulos/Drissi/ Alder/Plowman 349 12:01:53.181 ORECA FLM09
24 85 PC Goikhberg/Miller/Simpson/ Mitchell 349 12:02:12.523 ORECA FLM09
25 07 P J.Miller/T.Long/Devlin/ Tremblay 348 12:00:54.473 Mazda Prototype
26 58 GTD Snow/Heylen/Dempsey/Eng 346 12:01:31.983 Porsche 911 GT America
27 912 GTLM Bergmeister/Bamber/Makowiecki/ Christensen 343 12:01:22.841 Porsche 911 RSR
28 49 GTD Lathouras/Rugolo/Aguas/ Griffin 341 12:01:23.642 Ferrari 458 Italia
29 009 GTD DeBoer/Riddle/Salazar/Wilson 341 12:01:53.398 Aston Martin V12 Vantage
30 81 GTD Faulkner/Giermaziak/Skeen/ Butcher/Avenatti 338 12:02:39.289 Porsche 911 GT America
31 911 GTLM Tandy/Pilet/Lieb/Christensen 337 11:10:27.745 Porsche 911 RSR
32 24 GTLM J.Edwards/Luhr/Klingmann/ Rahal 332 12:00:55.079 BMW Z4 GTE
33 44 GTD Potter/Lally/Seefried/ Ragginger 321 12:01:33.601 Porsche 911 GT America
34 50 P Pace/DeFoor/Hinton/ Schroeder/Smith 320 12:01:10.606 BMW Power Riley DP
35 45 GTD Winkelhock/Thorne/Hoshino/ Fujii 318 12:02:38.648 Audi R8 LMS
36 11 PC Cumming/Junqueira/Hawksworth/ Menezes 315 12:02:19.628 ORECA FLM09
37 18 GTD Basseng/M.Beretta/O'Young/ De Phillippi/Mayr- 313 12:01:49.503 Porsche 911 GT America
38 66 P Gewirtz/S.Lewis/Kvamme/Cheng 313 12:02:30.268 BMW Power Riley DP
39 62 GTLM Kaffer/Rigon/Fisichella/ Beretta 310 10:24:19.267 Ferrari F458 Italia
40 8 PC Schultis/van der Zande/Popow/ Hedlund/Albuqu 299 11:58:36.637 ORECA FLM09
41 61 PC Plowman/Drumwright/Blackstock/ Breukers/Rus 288 12:02:18.543 ORECA FLM09
42 007 GTD Nielsen/Davison/Nygaard/Davis 285 11:45:54.458 Aston Martin V12 Vantage
43 98 GTLM Lamy/Dalla Lana/Turner/ Mucke/Lauda 269 12:01:11.792 Aston Martin Vantage V8
44 97 GTD Marsal/Palttala/Priaulx/Said 252 12:02:35.757 BMW Z4
45 38 PC French/Mee/Vance/Johnston 238 9:00:07.540 ORECA FLM09
46 23 GTD James/M.Farnbacher/Riberas 233 8:06:33.771 Porsche 911 GT America
47 51 GTLM Perrodo/Collard/Bruni/Vilander 211 7:06:13.421 Ferrari 458 Italia
48 70 P Bomarito/Nunez/Hinchcliffe/ Tremblay 198 6:34:55.057 Mazda Prototype
49 28 GTD Bachler/Zoechling/Engelhart/ Willsey/Ineichen 176 7:57:08.940 Porsche 911 GT America
50 57 P Krohn/Pla/Jonsson/Brundle 172 5:26:41.908 Ligier JS P2 Judd
51 19 GTD J.Michaelian/Lira/Flores/ De Phillippi/Mayr-Mel 146 11:24:42.667 Porsche 911 GT America
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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