No.10 WTR Cadillac wins 2nd straight Rolex 24

The winners celebrate
The winners celebrate
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Wayne Taylor was noticeably emotional atop the pit box as Kamui Kobayashi guided his No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R across the start/finish line to the overall win the Rolex 24 At Daytona – the second straight for Wayne Taylor Racing and the fourth total for the team.

And the first without one of Taylor’s sons in the driver rotation.

Kobayashi, Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon and Renger van der Zande filled out the Cadillac’s lineup with Ricky Taylor racing for class rival Acura Team Penske and Jordan Taylor making the move to the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class with Corvette Racing this season.

“I can’t explain it," Wayne Taylor exclaimed when asked what the win meant to him.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]The team became the first to repeat as overall Rolex 24 winners since Chip Ganassi Racing won three straight Rolex 24s between 2006 and 2008. Dixon was part of the winning lineup for that 2006 victory, which was his first in the twice-around-the-clock.

“When they come into this little team of ours, they are just so focused, and so passionate about winning," Taylor added. “And unfortunately, we are really bad losers. So, when we win like this…I have got to talk about Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe, van der Zande. Kobayashi – I mean, the guy is a superstar."

Only van der Zande and Kobayashi returned from the race-winning effort the year before, which also included two-time F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso and Jordan Taylor.

Kobayashi was as effusive as Taylor in his praise for the team.

“We worked together to build the car," he said. “We focused in the race, we came back from the Roar, we found something good so we bring it back for race weekend. And once we rolled out, it was fast. This win is all about people helping each other, bringing the speed, bringing the car together. I think the team really felt like family.

The winning #10 Cadillac
The winning #10 Cadillac

Following the mid-way point in the race, it appeared to be clear sailing for the reigning race winners as they led at the hour mark for the next six hours. But Briscoe’s final turn in the car proved to be a true test for the team.

“That was a roller coaster," he said.

After taking over for van der Zande in the 18th hour, Briscoe faced mechanical issues that caused a loss in power steering as he navigated the bus stop. He was able to pull to the apron, recycle the electronics and avoid pitting to stay in the lead.

But while pitting from the lead under caution at just over 18 and a half hours into the race, Briscoe missed the red light on pit road upon exiting his pit box, landing the team a stop plus 60 seconds penalty.

That put the No. 10 a lap down when Loic Duval in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi overtook Briscoe as he was leaving pit road after serving the penalty. Briscoe was relegated fourth place overall with just over five hours remaining in the race.

Briscoe said the proximity of the team’s pit box to the red light on pit road contributed to the miscue.

“I actually left the pit box and we’re right down at the end there, so the red light is over to the left as soon as I pull out of my pit box," he said after finishing his final stint. “And when I pulled out, I was actually checking my mirrors to see where the competition was.

“It’s my bad, I just didn’t see it.

“Thankfully, we had a couple yellows fall our way, we were able to get back on the lead lap and just go to work."

It was Briscoe who regained the lead from Mustang Sampling, with Joao Barbosa behind the wheel, just minutes after the clock turned to 20 hours completed. And other than a brief trading of the lead during final pit stops, the team never looked back as they drove to a dominating win.

Although the pole-sitting team of Oliver Jarvis, Tristan Nunez and Olivier Pla in the No. 77 Mazda Team Joest Mazda DPi held the lead after the opening two hours of the race, they didn’t lead at an hour mark after the eighth. And, ultimately, couldn’t break the streak of Rolex 24 wins by the Cadillacs since the start of the DPi era (2017) as they finished second.

Barbosa, Duval and Sebastian Bourdais were the other main challengers in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac, finishing third in the race.

The race was a record-breaker. The previous lap record of 808 (set in 2018) was bettered by 25 laps for a total of 833 laps and 2,965.48 miles.

DragonSpeed wins LMP2

The No. 81 DragonSpeed  ORECA
The No. 81 DragonSpeed ORECA

The saying “change is good" rang true for the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) winners of the Rolex 24 At Daytona as DragonSpeed USA won the season opener for the second consecutive season – but with a very different look from 2019.

A year ago, DragonSpeed held the prestigious watches aloft with the No. 18 driven by Roberto Gonzalez, Pastor Maldonado, Sebastian Saavedra and Ryan Cullen. Two of the drivers from this year’s winning team – Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman – joined them on the podium, but watched the celebration from a bit of a distance as they finished third in the race.

This time, it was their turn to shine.

The No. 81 ORECA LMP2 07 entry piloted by Hanley, Hedman, Colin Braun and Harrison Newey led the final 212 laps of the race to take the victory. It was the first IMSA victory of any kind for Hanley, Hedman and Newey and – alongside Chaz Mostert (GTLM) and Andrea Caldarelli (GTD) – helped IMSA reach the 1000-driver mark regarding number of drivers who have recorded at least one win in the highest level of racing sanctioned by the governing body.

Prior to the start of the Rolex 24, 997 different drivers had stood atop the podium in the top-tier series. The mark now stands at 1,002 drivers.

“I’m the only American racing rookie here, this is my first time to Daytona," Newey said. “It looks like a simple track on paper, but there are a lot of nuances that could cost you a lot of time. All these guys really brought me up to speed and got me comfortable. There were no secrets, and I think that’s what put us on the top step."

For Braun, it was his second Rolex timepiece, following a 2014 Prototype Challenge win with CORE autosport. And he held no reservations about it being a total team effort to get the victory.

“Ben drove the wheels off the thing," Braun said. “The guys have great pit stops and great strategies all day. When you execute like that and make no mistakes, you’re usually rewarded with a victory."

The battle was intense atop the LMP2 leaderboard for most of the race, and only two teams ever holding the lead – the race-winning DragonSpeed entry and the pole-sitting No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07 piloted by Ben Keating, Simon Trummer, Nick Boulle and Gabriel Aubry.

PR1 Mathiasen held onto the lead for the opening 104 laps of the race. After that initial stretch, the teams traded the top spot frequently until Braun passed Keating just after 7 a.m. on Sunday (17.5-hour mark) for the final time.

Shortly thereafter, PR1 Mathiasen fell four laps behind during an extended pit stop to repair damage and although they got back to just a lap down at the end, the car could never catch back up to DragonSpeed who led the final 212 laps.

The PR1 Mathiasen team finished second while Era Motorsport’s No. 18 car driven by Kyle Tilley, Dwight Merriman, Ryan Lewis and Nic Minassian finished third.

The next race on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts on Saturday, March 21. The race starts at 10:40 a.m. on CNBC. It can also be streamed on the NBC App with authentication and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. IMSA Radio will have coverage available at, and Sirius XM.

BMW wins GTLM again

#24 Rahal Letterman BMW took GTLM honors
#24 Rahal Letterman BMW took GTLM honors

It took every hour of the Rolex 24 At Daytona to determine who would be declared the victor in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class at Daytona International Speedway.

From the start, the strongest contenders appeared to be the two Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR-19 entries – the car’s official IMSA debut – versus the two BMW M8 GTEs for BMW Team RLL. However, Corvette Racing and Risi Competizione took turns in the top three as well.

In the final hours of the race, a blanket could have been thrown over the Porsches and the No. 24 BMW of Jesse Krohn, John Edwards, Augusto Farfus and Chaz Mostert. Edwards handed the car over to Krohn in the lead with two hours remaining, but Nick Tandy in the No. 911 Porsche was able to pass the BMW fairly quickly after the stop.

Krohn lost ground but valiantly fought back to get bumper-to-bumper with Tandy with less than an hour remaining. The Finn pulled his BMW on the outside of the Porsche down the front stretch heading into Turn 1 but was initially unable to complete the “over-under" pass.

However, if you don’t succeed, try and try again.

Just a few minutes later, Krohn pulled the same move on the front stretch and, with momentum, swung from the outside to the inside of Tandy’s Porsche heading towards the International Horseshoe. He stuck the BMW to complete the pass and didn’t relinquish the lead for the remaining 45 minutes.

“It’s stressful," said Krohn. “I had little sleep through the night. It was all on my shoulders in the end. I didn’t want to be the guy who finishes second and denies these guys the watches. I put my head down. I didn’t know how we did it. I’m out of words. No mistakes from anyone at BMW RLL. This is what it takes to win the race."

Sunday’s victory marked back-to-back GTLM wins at the Rolex 24 for BMW Team RLL. Their 2019 victory being the most recent time the team stood on the top step of the podium.

Farfus is the only driver that was part of both winning lineups. For Krohn, Edwards and Mostert, this is their first Rolex watch. Additionally, IMSA entered the Rolex 24 weekend with 997 winners in the sanctioning body’s top-tier series. Mostert was one of five first-time WeatherTech Championship winners at the Rolex 24, sending that number over 1,000 to 1,002.

“We were back and forth with the Porsche, we’d get out ahead, fall back, get in front," said Edwards. “It was a hard fight. I think running at the end of a Daytona 24 hour is a different race. I’d like to say it was a fun battle, but it took a lot out of me. This is by far the biggest victory of my life."

After Krohn’s pass, the No. 24 BMW set sail, with the Nos. 911 and 912 Porsches dueling among themselves for the final two podium positions. With under 40 minutes remaining, Earl Bamber in the No. 912 passed his teammate Tandy in the No. 911. The finishing order remained the same, with Bamber co-driving with Laurens Vanthoor and Mathieu Jaminet, and Tandy alongside Frederick Makowiecki and Matt Campbell.

Corvette Racing is still in search of its 100th IMSA victory, with the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg finishing the highest of the team’s two entries in fourth.

The BMW Team RLL’s No. 25 of Connor De Phillippi, Philipp Eng, Bruno Spengler and Colton Herta rounded out the top five.

Paul Miller Racing wins in GTD

No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini
No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini

After one of the most intensely competitive battles in the Rolex 24 At Daytona field, the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini edged the No. 44 GRT Magnus Lamborghini by a mere 21 seconds to earn the GT Daytona (GTD) Class victory Sunday afternoon in the classic endurance twice-around-the-clock race on Daytona International Speedway’s infield road course.

From green flag to checkered flag the two Lamborghinis fought each other for the storied race victory. After taking the lead for the last time during a pit stop only 50 minutes before the checkered flag flew, Italian Andrea Caldarelli held off the field and brought the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 to the checkered flag – best in class.

Americans Madison Snow, Corey Lewis and Bryan Sellers rounded out the driving lineup. It’s the first win for all four drivers and for Miller the long-time team owner and former IMSA driver. The victory was the third consecutive GTD Rolex 24 At Daytona victory for the Italian manufacturer.

“A lot of years trying, a lot of years of pain and watching other people walk by you with the watch you want so bad,’’ said Sellers. “It feels so good to have it all finally come together."

Calderelli credited the crew for playing a huge role in the victory. He passed his former teammate and fellow Italian Marco Mapelli in the pits.

“It was very tight,’’ Calderelli noted with a smile. “I used to race with Marco in the same car, so we never really fought one-on-one. I know him. It was a very fair fight and we both represent Lamborghini as well. So we didn’t do any stupid things, but outside it was fun to watch and also inside the cockpit.

“The last eight hours were like a sprint race.’’

The No. 44 GRT Magnus Lamborghini finished second with John Potter, Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly and Marco Mapelli driving the Huracan GT3. The No. 88 WRT Speedstar Audi Sport R8 LMS GT3 was third.

The next race on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts on Saturday, March 21. The race starts at 10:40 a.m. on CNBC. It can also be streamed on the NBC App with authentication and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. IMSA Radio will have coverage available at, and Sirius XM.

Race Results

Pos Class PiC No. Drivers Team Car Laps
1 DPi 1 10 R. Briscoe/S. Dixon/K. Kobayashi/R. van der Zande Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac DPi 833
2 DPi 2 77 O. Jaris/T. Nunez/O. Pla Mazda Team Joest Mazda DPi 833
3 DPi 3 5 J. Barbosa/S. Bourdais/L. Duval Mustang Sampling/JDC-Miller Cadillac DPi 833
4 DPi 4 6 D. Cameron/J. Montoya/S. Pagenaud ACURA TEAM PENSKE Acura DPi 828
5 DPi 5 85 J. Piedrahita/M. Leist/C. Miller/T. Vautier JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi 825
6 DPi 6 55 J. Bomarito/H. Tincknell/R. Hunter-Reay Mazda Team Joest Mazda DPi 823
7 DPi 7 31 F. Nasr/M. Conway/P. Derani/F. Albuquerque Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi 822
8 DPi 8 7 H. Castroneves/A. Rossi/R. Taylor ACURA TEAM PENSKE Acura DPi 811
9 LMP2 1 81 B. Hanley/H. Hedman/C. Braun/H. Newey DragonSpeed USA ORECA LMP2 07 811
10 LMP2 2 52 N. Boulle/G. Aubry/B. Keating/S. Trummer PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07 809
11 LMP2 3 18 N. Minassian/D. Merriman/K. Tilley/R. Lewis Era Motorsport ORECA LMP2 07 800
12 LMP2 4 8 J. Farano/R. Dalziel/D. H. Hansson/N. Lapierre Tower Motorsport by Starworks ORECA LMP2 07 798
13 GTLM 1 24 J. Krohn/J. Edwards/C. Mostert/A. Farfus BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE 786
14 GTLM 2 912 E. Bamber/L. Vanthoor/M. Jaminet Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR 786
15 GTLM 3 911 N. Tandy/F. Makowiecki/M. Campbell Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR 786
16 GTLM 4 3 A. Garcia/J. Taylor/N. Catsburg Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette 785
17 GTLM 5 25 Spengler/C. De Phillippi/P. Eng/Herta BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE 772
18 GTD 1 48 B. Sellers/M. Snow/C. Lewis/A. Caldarelli Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan 765
19 GTD 2 44 M. Mapelli/S. Pumpelly/J. Potter/A. Lally GRT Magnus Lamborghini Huracan 765
20 GTD 3 88 M. Bortolotti/R. Ineichen/D. Morad/D. Vanthoor WRT Speedstar Audi Sport Audi R8 LMS GT3 764
21 GTD 4 16 R. Hardwick/P. Long/A. Imperato/K. Bachler Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R 764
22 GTD 5 54 T. Pappas/J. Bleekemolen/T. Estep/S. Muller BLACK SWAN RACING Porsche 911 GT3 R 763
23 GTD 6 96 J. Klingmann/D. Machavern/B. Auberlen/R. Foley Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 763
24 GTD 7 63 C. MacNeil/T. Vilander/J. Westphal/A. Balzan Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 763
25 GTD 8 57 A. Parente/Goikhberg/Hindman/Allmendinger Heinricher Racing w/MSR Curb Acura NSX GT3 762
26 GTD 9 14 P. Chase/J. Hawksworth/K. Busch/M. De Quesada AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3 757
27 LMP2 5 38 Cassels/K. Masson/R. Masson/Yount Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07 756
28 GTD 10 86 M. Farnbacher/M. McMurry/S. Michimi/J. Gounon Meyer Shank Racing w/Curb Acura NSX GT3 747
29 GTD 11 74 G. Robinson/L. Aschenbach/B. Keating/F. Fraga Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 740
30 GTLM 6 62 J. Calado/A. Pier Guidi/D. Serra/D. Rigon Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE 738
31 GTD 12 12 F. Montecalvo/T. Bell/S. van Gisbergen/A. Telitz AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3 728
32 GTD 13 9 D. Olsen/Z. Robichon/L. Kern/P. Pilet Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R 716
33 GTD 14 11 R. Heistand/S. Schothorst/F. Perera/A. Costa GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan 633
34 GTD 15 47 B. Gdovic/M. Kvamme/J. Hoggard/E. Lux Precision Performance Motors Lamborghini Huracan 608
35 GTD 16 19 C. Nielsen/K. Legge/T. Calderon/R. Frey GEAR Racing powered by GRT Lamborghini Huracan 471
36 GTLM 7 4 O. Gavin/T. Milner/M. Fassler Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette 461
37 GTD 17 98 P. Lamy/R. Gunn/A. Watson M. Lauda ASTON MARTIN RACING Aston Martin Vantage 189
38 GTD 18 23 A. Riberas/R. De Angelis/I. James/N. Thiim Heart Of Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage 151

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