Wayne Taylor Acura (DPi), Corvettes (GTLM) win Rolex 24 at Daytona

The #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05c of Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque, Helio Castroneves, and Alexander Rossi have won the 2021 Rolex 24 at Daytona. This is the third consecutive win at the Rolex 24 for Wayne Taylor Racing.

Running Cadillacs for years, the #10 team bought the Acuras from Team Penske after they exited the series at the end of 2020, and still managed to win with a car they were unfamiliar with.

Ganassi #01 Cadillac driven by Renger van der Zande, who was fired by Wayne Taylor Racing,  was hunting down the #10 Acura Wayne Taylor Acura of Filipe Albuquerque in the closing minutes, but blew a tire late.

“He nearly passed me, but then he was kind of steady for four of five laps,” Albuquerque said. “He was not really getting in there. I was just counting. ‘One more lap. One more lap in the lead.’ When he blew, we were lucky. But there is nobody who has ever won Daytona or any championship without luck.”

Albuquerque drove the No. 10 Konica Minolta-sponsored Acura ARX-05 to a 4.704 second win over the No. 48 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi.V-R of Kamui Kobayashi.

Overall Winners – #10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 Acura DPi, DPi: L to R: Alexander Rossi, Filipe Albuquerque, Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor – – LAT Photo for IMSA

Kobayashi brought the #48 Ally Cadillac home 2nd and the #55 Mazda was third after the #48 passed the #55 Mazda RT-24P of Jonathan Bomarito, Oliver Jarvis, and Harry Tincknell with under 4 minutes to go.

Albuquerque took over controls of the Acura DPi from Ricky Taylor with 90 minutes to go and brought it home first after immense pressure from van der Zande.

A 6.4-second gap following the final round of stops was reduced to less than a second in the final 20 minutes until van der Zande peeled into the pits with a right-rear puncture with eight minutes to go.

It dropped the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac to fifth in the race.

“To see Jordan win in the GTLM class, we’re living a dream,” Ricky Taylor said of his younger brother, who helped the family team to a pair of prototype overall victories in 2017. Jordan Taylor, meanwhile, was elated but relieved.

The attrition rate in DPi had been very low for the first half of the race and trouble did not strike the class until the #5 Mustang Sampling/JDC-Miller Cadillac DPi-V.R. found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. The #16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R was hit from behind by the #9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R in the braking zone of Turn 1. That contact sent the #16 Porsche sliding deep into the turn where it hit the #5 Cadillac.

The #5 Cadillac would go on to retire under half an hour before the finish. With no other DPi cars running into serious trouble, they had to settle for a last-place seventh in class result.


The Era Motorsports #18 Oreca of Paul-Loup Chatin beat the #8 Tower Motorsport Oreca 07 Gibson of Gabriel Aubry after Aubry was forced to serve a drive-through for a jumped restart with 90 minutes to go. Still leading the #8 ORECA team conceded the lead of the race in the final five minutes as they needed a splash-and-dash fuel stop.

Chatin co-drove the No. 18 with Ryan Dalziel, Dwight Merriman and Kyle Tilley.

“It’s amazing,” Merriman said. “I’m really proud of the team. It really is a team effort to win in endurance racing, especially when you get to these super-long ones. It’s just so hard to win, even if you’re good. It requires all aspects of the program to be good.”

#18 Era Motorsport ORECA LMP2 07, LMP2: Kyle Tilley, Dwight Merriman, Paul-Loup Chatin, Ryan Dalziel- LAT Photo for IMSA

Rounding out the top three was the #82 DragonSpeed ORECA 07 of Eric Lux, Devlin DeFrancesco, Fabian Schiller, and Christopher Mies.


Spencer Pigot brought the Riley Motorsport #74 Ligier home for the win with Gar Robinson, Oliver Askew and Scott Andrews. As others in the class ran into trouble, the #74 Ligier kept their feet underneath them with impressive performances from Scott Andrews and Oliver Askew.

“It was a pretty smooth race, to be honest,” Pigot said. “We kind of stayed out of trouble and did our own thing. That was our plan all along. Nobody knew how reliable these LMP3 cars would be. I don’t think they’d ever run a race this long. One thing we knew is that we’d have the best-prepared car in the paddock, and I think we showed that today.”

#74 Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320, LMP3: Oliver Askew, Spencer Pigot, Scott Andrews, Gar Robinson- LAT Photo for IMSA

Three laps behind the winning car was the #33 Sean Creech Motorsports Ligier JS P320 of Joao Barbosa, Lance Willsey, Yann Clairay, and Wayne Boyd. Rounding out the top three was the #6 Muehlner Motorsports Duqueine D08 of Mortiz Kranz, Laurents Horr, Kenton Koch, and Stevan McAleer.


The #3 Corvette of Jordan Taylor held off the #4 sister Corvette of Tommy Milner by 3.5s for a 1-2 win. Taylor made the winning move around the outside of his teammate Tommy Milner in Turn 1 in the final hour. Corvette held onto the top spots in the class for virtually the entire race.

It was an amazing day, I think,” he said. “All 24 hours in this class are always intense, and I think every year you forget how intense it is until it starts again. All the cars were pretty much within 10 seconds all race long, so no one could make a mistake. Any little mistake would put you on your back foot.”

Certainly, Jordan Taylor drove an inspired final stint to rally from a slow pit stop hours earlier that dropped the car he shared with Antonio Garcia and Nicky Catsburg from contending for the win to fourth place at the time. The hard work and inspired drive through the field secured Corvette Racing’s first Rolex 24 victory in five years – by a 3.519-second margin over the team’s No. 4 Corvette. The No. 24 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE finished third.

The last time Corvette won in class was 2016, sweeping the top two podium positions then as well. This was the first endurance win for the mid-engine C8.R that began competing last year. Corvette Racing also holds the top two positions in the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup standings after Round 1 with the No. 4 squad sitting two points ahead of their teammates in the No. 3 by a count of 19-17.

“It’s great for Corvette to get their first endurance win with the C8.R,” Jordan Taylor said. “Last year, we obviously won six sprint races and the championship, but the one that was missing was the endurance win, so to start out 2021 with the Rolex 24 win is amazing, and to do it with Nicky and Antonio. It was our first win as a trio so that’s definitely special and definitely makes us more hungry to win Sebring 12 Hour next.”

John Edwards, Jesse Krohn, Marco Wittman, and Augusto Farfus in that #24 BMW finished third.

The #62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE of Alessandro Pier Guidi, Davide Rigon, Jules Gounon, and James Calado were fourth. The #25 BMW M8 GTE of Connor De Phillippi, Philipp Eng, Bruno Spengler, and Timo Glock were fifth.

The race started bad for the #62. Risi qualifying and starting driver, Italian Alessandro Pier Guidi, was hit on the first lap by the No. 79 Porsche GTLM car, and despite a hard hit, he managed to keep his Rosso Corse Ferrari pointed forward and moved up through the field.

“It was quite an emotional start,” said Guidi.  “It was quite tricky. You don’t expect something like this (being hit on the first lap by the #79 Porsche 911 RSR-19 GTLM) for the start of a 24 hour, but we were lucky honestly. I was hit hard but the car was fine.”

The #3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R driven by Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg beats the #4 Corvette (Photo by Richard Prince for Chevy Racing)

Garcia tested positive for COVID-19 during the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and he drove the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R through the 17th hour of the race until being pulled from the car when results from a routine travel test came back to the team.

“As part of international COVID travel protocols, all drivers and team members traveling in and out of the U.S. are required to take a COVID test before and after any race activities,” a statement from Corvette Racing read.

“While Antonio Garcia tested negative in preparation for his arrival for the Rolex 24, we have received notice that he has now tested positive in preparation to depart the country.

Of course the tests are so inaccurate who knows if he was really positive.

“He was immediately pulled from competition upon notification of the positive test result and, although he wasn’t experiencing any symptoms, will no longer participate in any additional race activities at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“Upon consulting IMSA and its Event Operations Protocols, the series determined Corvette Racing met all conditions under the IMSA event protocols that allowed it to compete in a safe and responsible manner.

“We have notified crew members and others who had contact with Antonio and will conduct testing with racing team members after 72 hours, per CDC guidelines.”

Garcia issued a statement on Twitter:

“Since I was discharged on Jan. 8, I never imagined that I would test positive again in a test that I did later,” he said.


Mercedes was 1-2 with the #57 of Maro Engel, Russell Ward, Philip Ellis, and Indy Dontje  holding off the #75 of Kenny Habul, Raffaele Marciello, Luca Stolz, and Mikael Grenier.

#57 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3, GTD: Maro Engel, Philip Ellis, Indy Dontje, Russell Ward- LAT Photo for IMSA

Rounding out the top three was the #1 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo of Bryan Sellers, Madison Snow, Andrea Caldarelli, and Corey Lewis.

“We had been battling with the (No.) 21 car probably for a good 16 hours, probably the whole race we had been going at it with the guys,” said Philip Ellis, who was driving the No. 57 at the time. “It was always very hard racing but fair racing. That’s the way we like it and the way we want to see it, and we think the spectators want to see it as well.

“Both of us came out of the pits on cold tires just after pit stops, and I think he just saw an opportunity to make a move early and the tires weren’t quite there yet. And I think he just misjudged it, took a bit too much risk and squeezed me off a little bit which was enough to upset the car. Unfortunately, I hit him and corrected the car. It’s very unfortunate for the (No.) 21 car. You don’t want to see battles end this way. Unfortunately, it did this time.”

This was the inaugural Rolex 24 victory for all four drivers on the winning GTD team and first Rolex 24 win for Mercedes-AMG in five tries. In fact, it’s the first major victory by Mercedes at Daytona International Speedway.

The WeatherTech Championship season resumes March 17-20 with the Sebring 12 Hours at Sebring International Raceway.

Hour 24 Standings (Final)

Pos Class No. Drivers Car Laps Behind
1 DPi 10 Ricky Taylor/Filipe Albuquerque/Alexander Rossi/Helio Castroneves Acura DPi 807 0.000s
2 DPi 48 Jimmie Johnson/Kamui Kobayashi/Simon Pagenaud/Mike Rockenfeller Cadillac DPi 807 4.704s
3 DPi 55 Oliver Jarvis/Harry Tincknell/Jonathan Bomarito Mazda DPi 807 6.562s
4 DPi 60 Dane Cameron/Olivier Pla/Juan Pablo Montoya/A.J. Allmendinger Acura DPi 807 54.418s
5 DPi 01 Renger van der Zande/Kevin Magnussen/Scott Dixon Cadillac DPi 807 1m07.744s
6 LMP2 18 Dwight Merriman/Kyle Tilley/Ryan Dalziel/Paul-Loup Chatin ORECA LMP2 07 787 20 Laps
7 LMP2 8 John Farano/Gabriel Aubry/Timothé Buret/Matthieu Vaxiviere ORECA LMP2 07 787 20 Laps
8 DPi 31 Felipe Nasr/Mike Conway/Pipo Derani/Chase Elliott Cadillac DPi 783 24 Laps
9 LMP2 82 Eric Lux/Devlin DeFrancesco/Fabian Schiller/Christopher Mies ORECA LMP2 07 783 24 Laps
10 LMP2 51 Cody Ware/Salih Yoluc/Austin Dillon/Sven Muller Ligier LMP2 778 29 Laps
11 GTLM 3 Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor/Nick Catsburg Corvette C8.R 770 37 Laps
12 GTLM 4 Tommy Milner/Nick Tandy/Alexander Sims Corvette C8.R 770 37 Laps
13 GTLM 24 John Edwards/Jesse Krohn/Augusto Farfus/Marco Wittmann BMW M8 GTE 769 38 Laps
14 GTLM 62 James Calado/Alessandro Pier Guidi/Jules Gounon/Davide Rigon Ferrari 488 GTE 769 38 Laps
15 GTLM 25 Connor de Phillippi/Philipp Eng/Timo Glock/Bruno Spengler BMW M8 GTE 768 39 Laps
16 LMP2 11 Thomas Steven/Tristan Nunez/Thomas Merrill/Matthew Bell ORECA LMP2 07 764 43 Laps
17 GTLM 79 Cooper MacNeil/Kevin Estre/Richard Lietz/Gianmaria Bruni Porsche 911 RSR – 19 760 47 Laps
18 LMP3 74 Gar Robinson/Spencer Pigot/Scott Andrews/Oliver Askew Ligier JS P320 757 50 Laps
19 LMP3 33 Lance Willsey/Joao Barbosa/Wayne Boyd/Yann Clairay Ligier JS P320 754 53 Laps
20 LMP3 6 Moritz Kranz/Hoerr Laurents/Kenton Koch/Stevan McAleer Duqueine D08 750 57 Laps
21 LMP3 91 Jim Cox/Dylan Murry/Austin McCusker/Jeroen Bleekemolen Ligier JS P320 746 61 Laps
22 GTD 57 Russell Ward/Philip Ellis/Indy Dontje/Maro Engel Mercedes-AMG GT3 745 62 Laps
23 GTD 75 Kenny Habul/Raffaele Marciello/Mikael Grenier/Luca Stolz Mercedes-AMG GT3 745 62 Laps
24 GTD 1 Bryan Sellers/Madison Snow/Corey Lewis/Andrea Caldarelli Lamborghini Huracan GT3 745 62 Laps
25 GTD 16 Trent Hindman/Patrick Long/Jan Heylen/Klaus Bachler Porsche 911 GT3 R 745 62 Laps
26 GTD 23 Ian James/Roman De Angelis/Darren Turner/Ross Gunn Aston Martin Vantage GT3 745 62 Laps
27 GTD 96 Bill Auberlen/Robby Foley/Aidan Read/Colton Herta BMW M6 GT3 744 63 Laps
28 GTD 97 Maxwell Root/Charles Eastwood/Ben Keating/Richard Westbrook Aston Martin Vantage GT3 744 63 Laps
29 GTD 21 Simon Mann/Nicklas Nielsen/Daniel Serra/Matteo Cressoni Ferrari 488 GT3 743 64 Laps
30 GTD 28 Daniel Morad/Michael de Quesada/Billy Johnson/Maximilian Buhk Mercedes-AMG GT3 741 66 Laps
31 LMP3 54 Jon Bennett/George Kurtz/Colin Braun/Matt McMurry Ligier JS P320 737 70 Laps
32 GTD 88 Rob Ferriol/Earl Bamber/Katherine Legge/Christina Nielsen Porsche 911 GT3 R 737 70 Laps
33 GTD 44 John Potter/Andy Lally/Spencer Pumpelly/Mario Farnbacher Acura NSX GT3 736 71 Laps
34 DPi 5 Tristan Vautier/Loic Duval/Sébastien Bourdais Cadillac DPi 723 84 Laps
35 LMP2 47 Roberto Lacorte/Antonio Fuoco/Andrea Belicchi/Giorgio Sernagiotto Dallara LMP2 710 97 Laps
36 GTD 9 Zacharie Robichon/Laurens Vanthoor/Lars Kern/Matt Campbell Porsche 911 GT3 R 702 105 Laps
37 LMP3 38 Rasmus Lindh/Cameron Cassels/Mateo Llarena/Ayrton Ori Ligier JS P320 687 120 Laps
38 GTD 12 Robert Megennis/Zach Veach/Townsend Bell/Frankie Montecalvo Lexus RC F GT3 681 126 Laps
39 GTD 63 Ed Jones/Bret Curtis/Ryan Briscoe/Marcos Gomes Ferrari 488 GT3 676 131 Laps
40 GTD 42 Alan Metni/Andrew Davis/J.R. Hildebrand/Don Yount Audi R8 LMS GT3 665 142 Laps
41 LMP2 52 Ben Keating/Mikkel Jensen/Scott Huffaker/Nicolas Lapierre ORECA LMP2 07 664 143 Laps
42 GTD 14 Aaron Telitz/Oliver Gavin/Kyle Kirkwood/Jack Hawksworth Lexus RC F GT3 641 166 Laps
43 GTD 64 Ted Giovanis/Owen Trinkler/Hugh Plumb/Matt Plumb Porsche 911 GT3 R 515 292 Laps
44 LMP3 7 Mark Kvamme/Ryan Norman/Gabby Chaves/Charles Finelli Duqueine D08 413 394 Laps
45 GTD 111 Rolf Ineichen/Mirko Bortolotti/Steijn Schothorst/Marco Mapelli Lamborghini Huracan GT3 347 460 Laps
46 GTD 19 Mikhail Goikhberg/Franck Perera/Albert Costa/Tim Zimmermann Lamborghini Huracan GT3 195 612 Laps
47 LMP2 29 Frits van Eerd/Giedo van der Garde/Job Van Uitert/Charles Milesi ORECA LMP2 07 64 743 Laps
48 LMP2 20 Dennis Andersen/Ferdinand Habsburg/Anders Fjordbach/Robert Kubica ORECA LMP2 07 56 751 Laps
49 LMP2 81 Rob Hodes/Garett Grist/Rinus van Kalmthout/Ben Hanley ORECA LMP2 07 53 754 Laps