Rolex 24 Hour 23: Action Express Corvette leads Taylor Corvette

We’re coming upon the final hour of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Sebastien Bourdais continues to lead in the #5 Action Express Corvette. Jordan Taylor is second in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette about 11 seconds back, but has been losing ground to Bourdais during the recent stint. John Martin remains third in the #9 Action Express Corvette in third-place, as the Corvette 1-2-3 continues.

Scott Dixon has taken over in the #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford EcoBoost, but remains one lap behind in fourth place. Also, the sister Ganassi #01 has taken another trip to the garage, in what has been a trouble-filled race for the defending winners. The #01 is 45 laps down.

Richard Westbrook is turning in lap times on par with Taylor and Bourdais, and has moved into fifth position in the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette. Westbrook, however, is two laps down, and will need a little luck at this late stage to contend for the victory.

The #6 Muscle Milk Nissan Oreca currently being driven by Klaus Graf is sixth.

Nick Tandy still leads the GTM class in the #911 Porsche. Colin Braun has taken over for Mark Wilkins leads the PC class in the #54 Oreca FLM09. Spencer Pumpelly now leads the GTD class in the #45 Audi R8 LMS. Alessandro Per Guidi has taken over the lead of the GTD class in the #555 Ferrari 458 Italia.

We expect Joao Barbosa to take over for Bourdais shortly in the #5, and Max Angelelli to replace Taylor in the #10.

Alessandro Pier Guidi took over in GTD at the top of the hour, returning the No. 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia. Spencer Pumpelly was second in the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS. 12.275 seconds back.

Patrick Pilet continues to hold a one-lap lead in GTLM in the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR. Joey Hand is the only other driver in striking distance in the No. 55 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE.

Colin Braun leads PC in the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09, with Tom Kimber Smith 65.617 seconds back in the No. 25 8Star Motorsports ORECA.

The hour saw the official retirement of the defending race-winning No. 01 Telcel/Target Ford EcoBoost/Riley. Scott Pruett, denied an unprecedented Rolex 24 victory, said he felt a vibration and took the car to the garage. Earlier in the event, Pruett felt something give as he exited the chicane, sending him sideways and into the outside wall – leading to an extended trip to the garage.

Brian C. reporting for AR1

Hour 23 Standings

Pos No. Class Name Laps Total Tm Make
1 5 P Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Bourdais/ Bu.Frisselle 662 22:57:27.583 Corvette DP
2 10 P W.Taylor/Angelelli/R.Taylor/ J.Taylor 662 22:57:42.526 Corvette DP
3 9 P Br.Frisselle/Bu.Frisselle/ Martin/Giroix 662 22:58:11.702 Corvette DP
4 02 P Dixon/Kanaan/M.Franchitti/ Larson 661 22:57:47.853 Ford Riley DP
5 90 P Westbrook/Valiante/ Rockenfeller 660 22:58:17.393 Corvette DP
6 6 P Graf/Luhr/Brundle 660 22:58:30.494 Nissan ORECA
7 911 GTLM Tandy/Lietz/Pilet 647 22:58:30.747 Porsche 911 RSR
8 55 GTLM Auberlen/Priaulx/Hand/Martin 646 22:57:30.588 BMW Z4 GTE
9 42 P Pla/Rusinov/Yacaman/Webb 646 22:57:50.315 Nissan Morgan
10 54 PC Bennett/Gue/Braun/Wilkins 645 22:57:35.261 ORECA FLM09
11 25 PC Potolicchio/Kimber-Smith/ Marsal/Huff 645 22:57:50.128 ORECA FLM09
12 2 P Brown/van Overbeek/Pagenaud/ Lazzaro 643 22:57:48.333 HPD ARX-03b
13 91 GTLM D.Farnbacher/Goossens/ Hunter-Reay 643 22:58:55.428 SRT Viper GTS-R
14 38 PC Ostella/Matos/Drissi/ Casagrande/Campos 636 22:57:58.428 ORECA FLM09
15 56 GTLM Mueller/Edwards/Rahal/Werner 636 22:59:02.834 BMW Z4 GTE
16 4 GTLM Gavin/Milner/Liddell 634 22:58:47.717 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
17 52 PC Montecalvo/Jeannette/Cheng/ Guasch 633 22:57:34.894 ORECA FLM09
18 555 GTD Tucker/Sweedler/T.Bell/Segal/ Pier Guidi 631 22:57:53.729 Ferrari 458 Italia
19 45 GTD Canache/Pumpelly/Pappas/ Winkelhock 631 22:58:06.073 Audi R8 LMS
20 58 GTD Snow/Heylen/Seefried 631 22:58:12.407 Porsche 911 GT America
21 72 GTD Rotenberg/Zlobin/Mediani/Salo/ Aleshin 631 22:58:37.344 Ferrari 458 Italia
22 35 GTD Neiman/von Moltke/Latif/ Albuquerque 630 22:58:38.041 Audi R8 LMS
23 556 GTD Tucker/LaMarra/Borcheller/ Cosmo/Valverde 630 22:58:49.003 Ferrari 458 Italia
24 8 PC Schultis/Lux/van der Zande/ Bird 629 22:58:36.050 ORECA FLM09
25 22 GTD MacNeil/Keen/van Gisbergen/ Lewis/Dumoulin 628 22:58:03.962 Porsche 911 GT America
26 94 GTD Cameron/Dalla Lana/Farfus/ Palttala 628 22:58:36.825 BMW Z4
27 30 GTD Cisneros/Giermaziak/Nielsen/ Thiim 621 22:58:36.948 Porsche 911 GT America
28 93 GTLM R.Bell/Bomarito/Wittmer 620 22:57:38.267 SRT Viper GTS-R
29 65 GTD Longo/Serra/Negrao/Gomes 618 22:58:07.553 Ferrari 458 Italia
30 63 GTD Balzan/Westphal/Vilander/Case 616 22:58:26.841 Ferrari 458 Italia
31 64 GTD Randall/Farano/Wilden/ Empringham 616 22:59:02.290 Ferrari 458 Italia
32 73 GTD Lindsey/Estre/De Phillippi/ Hart/Vess 614 22:57:37.678 Porsche 911 GT America
33 44 GTD Potter/Lally/Henzler/Dumolin 614 22:58:13.330 Porsche 911 GT America
34 7 PC Popow/Fuentes/Tutumlu/ Marcelli/Kaffer 612 21:42:58.191 ORECA FLM09
35 23 GTD James/M.Farnbacher/Holzer/ Riberas 611 22:57:46.187 Porsche 911 GT America
36 01 P Pruett/Rojas/McMurray/Karam 610 22:28:31.225 Ford Riley DP
37 50 P DeFoor/Pace/Beck/Hinton 605 22:58:18.331 Dinan Riley DP
38 48 GTD Miller/Rast/Haase/M.Bell 604 22:58:44.847 Audi R8 LMS
39 57 GTLM Krohn/Jonsson/Bertolini/ Dumbreck 593 22:59:03.973 Ferrari F458 Italia
40 51 GTD Griffin/Cioci/Rugolo/Gerber 589 22:58:56.620 Ferrari 458 Italia
41 31 P Curran/Said/Smith/Papis 587 22:58:29.101 Corvette DP
42 49 GTD Perazzini/Roda/Ruberti/Rigon 587 22:58:35.697 Ferrari 458 Italia
43 33 GTD Keating/J.Bleekemolen/ S.Bleekemolen/Collard 584 22:58:49.156 SRT Viper GT3-R
44 28 GTD Engelhart/Ineichen/Bachler/ Willsey 580 22:58:26.202 Porsche 911 GT America
45 97 GTLM Mucke/Turner/Lamy/Stanaway/ Dalla Lana 577 22:57:47.086 Aston Martin Vantage V8
46 19 GTD Taggart/Gewirtz/Kvamme/ Michaelian/Pobst 572 22:57:39.202 Porsche 911 GT America
47 60 P Pew/Negri/Allmendinger/Wilson 567 22:58:51.225 Ford Riley DP
48 007 GTD Block/Carter/Davis/Davison 549 22:59:21.166 Aston Martin V12 Vantag
49 27 GTD Foster/Dempsey/Davis/Lieb 536 22:58:37.850 Porsche 911 GT America
50 71 GTD Norman/Stanton/Siedler/ Bernhard 535 22:57:39.425 Porsche 911 GT America
51 81 GTD Faulkner/Huisman/Faieta /Avenatti 529 22:58:26.987 Porsche 911 GT America
52 18 GTD Amos/Bamber/Blum/Imperatori/ Zitza 492 20:27:12.320 Porsche 911 GT America
53 912 GTLM Long/Christensen/Bergmeister 489 17:38:57.484 Porsche 911 RSR
54 009 GTD Lockie/McIntosh/Nimkoff/ Riddle/Adam 486 22:59:09.582 Aston Martin V12 Vantag
55 07 P Miller/NunezVautier 445 22:33:44.481 Mazda
56 87 PC Rayhall/Kovacic/Bielefield /Kearby/Kasemets 428 22:59:39.939 ORECA FLM09
57 70 P Tremblay/Long/Hinchcliffe 369 15:02:32.418 Mazda
58 08 PC Cumming/Tagliani/Mitchell/Daly 361 13:29:02.295 ORECA FLM09
59 1 P Sharp/Dalziel/Brabham 359 14:20:19.826 HPD ARX-03b
60 3 GTLM Magnussen/Garcia/Briscoe 329 12:48:12.269 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
61 0 P Meyrick/Legge/Rossi/Chaves 288 15:27:57.737 DeltaWing DWC13
62 78 P Mayer/Popow/Hartley /Viso/Saavedra 238 8:50:41.161 Dinan Riley DP
63 09 PC Ende/Junqueira/Hansson/ Menezes 177 9:45:13.844 ORECA FLM09
64 32 GTD Welch/Sofronas/Stippler/ Basseng 151 6:14:29.283 Audi R8 LMS
65 99 P Gurney/Fogarty/Gidley/Law 92 2:46:45.483 Corvette DP
66 62 GTLM Malucelli/Fisichella/Bruni/ Beretta 88 2:46:34.308 Ferrari F458 Italia
67 46 GTD Putman/Espenlaub/Jarvis/Walker 5 9:45.442 Audi R8 LMS

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