Team Penske leads just past halfway mark of Rolex 24

Pagenaud leads at Halfway
Pagenaud leads at Halfway
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Simon Pagenaud leads the way just past the halfway mark of the Rolex 24 at Daytona after inheriting the top spot when 12-hour mark leader Team Penske teammate Graham Rahal spun in Turn 1 while leading.

Attrition has set in.

Among the contenders that ran into issues during the overnight hours was the defending race champion No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. of Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Running in the second position, van der Zande went behind the wall at the eight-hour, 30-minute mark after a tire puncture led to a damaged radiator.

The team was able to make repairs, but currently sits 10th, nine laps down.

The #10 Cadillac had problems during the night and are out of contention
The #10 Cadillac had problems during the night and are out of contention

With cars falling by the wayside, the No. 6 Team Penske Acura DPi of Dane Cameron, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud finds itself leading after inheriting the position from Team Penske’s No. 7 entry when Graham Rahal spun in Turn 1 with a five-second lead nine minutes shy of the halfway mark.

The GT Le Mans (GTLM) class has been all Ford with Chip Ganassi Racing’s pair of Ford GTs running 1-2 for the second consecutive segment. Last year’s Rolex 24 winners lead at the end of the second consecutive Patrón Endurance Cup segment with Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 66 opening up a two-point lead over the No. 67 of Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon.

Moving into the lead in the GT Daytona (GTD) class was the No. 86 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3 of Katherine Legge, AJ Allmendinger, Alvaro Parente and Trent Hindman. They lead a pair of Lamborghini Huracan GT3s with the No. 11 GRT Grasser Racing Team and No. 48 Paul Miller Racing entries.

The race was slowed by its second caution when the No. 52 AFS/PRI Mathiasen Motorsports Ligier LMP2 of Roberto Gonzalez spun in the race’s 14th hour and could not continue.

Notes:

Fireworks at the Halfway Point
Fireworks at the Halfway Point

– The hometown favorite Spirit of Daytona Racing team was the first entry to retire from the race. The team went to the garage shortly before the nine-hour mark with an engine misfire that could not be diagnosed or repaired at the track.

– The No. 23 United Autosports Ligier LMP2 went behind the wall in the race’s 11th hour with a brake issue. Prior to that, Fernando Alonso raced from three laps down to within one lap of the leaders after the car suffered a tire puncture in the eighth hour. The team now sits 15th, 25 laps down.

– One of the contenders in the GTLM class ran into trouble when the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR of Nick Tandy went off course in the chicane and made contact with the tire barrier shortly into the race’s ninth hour. The car later returned to the track, but sits eighth in the nine-car GTLM field.

– The No. 2 Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan DPi also suffered mechanical issues with Ryan Dalziel going behind the wall with just over 14 hours remaining with a possible gearbox issue. Dalziel was running fifth.

– During the 11th hour of the race, the No. 29 car, which was leading the GTD class, was assessed a stop plus five minutes penalty for a violation of Attachment 2: Balance of Performance of the 2018 IMSA Sporting Regulations & Series Supplementary Regulations.

– With 407 laps completed at the halfway mark, the race is on pace to set the all-time Rolex 24 lap record. The Nissan Motorsports No. 23 R91CP covered 762 laps in the 1992 event.

Hour 12 Standings

Pos Pic Nr. Class Drivers Team Vehicle Laps Behind Gap
1 1 7 P H. Castroneves/R. Taylor/G. Rahal Acura Team Penske Acura DPi 407 – 301
2 2 6 P D. Cameron/J. Montoya/S. Pagenaud Acura Team Penske Acura DPi 407 11.886 11.886
3 3 31 P F. Nasr/E. Curran/M. Conway/S. Middleton Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi 407 19.600 7.714
4 4 5 P F. Albuquerque/J. Barbosa/C. Fittipaldi Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi 406 1 Lap 1 Lap
5 5 22 P J. van Overbeek/P. Derani/N. Lapierre Tequila Patron ESM Nissan DPi 405 2 Laps 1 Lap
6 6 37 P L. Stroll/F. Rosenqvist/R. Frijns/D. Juncadella Jackie Chan DCR JOTA ORECA LMP2 404 3 Laps 1 Lap
7 7 32 P W. Owen/H. de Sadeleer/P. Di Resta/B. Senna United Autosports Ligier LMP2 404 3 Laps 22.653
8 8 54 P J. Bennett/C. Braun/R. Dumas/L. Duval CORE autosport ORECA LMP2 402 5 Laps 2 Laps
9 9 78 P H. Tung/A. Brundle/F. Habsburg-Lothringen Jackie Chan DCR JOTA ORECA LMP2 401 6 Laps 1 Lap
10 10 10 P J. Taylor/R. Van Der Zande/R. Hunter-Reay Konica Minolta Cadillac Cadillac DPi 398 9 Laps 3 Laps
11 11 85 P S. Trummer/R. Alon/D. DeFrancesco/A. Cindric JDC-Miller Motorsports ORECA LMP2 398 9 Laps 33.840
12 12 38 P French/P. O'Ward/Masson/J. Miller Performance Tech ORECA LMP2 397 10 Laps 1 Lap
13 13 99 P C. Miller/S. Simpson/M. Goikhberg/G. Menezes JDC-Miller Motorsports ORECA LMP2 394 13 Laps 3 Laps
14 1 66 GTLM J. Hand/D. Mueller/S. Bourdais Ford Chip Ganassi Racing 391 16 Laps 3 Laps
15 2 67 GTLM Briscoe/R. Westbrook/Dixon Ford Chip Ganassi Racing 391 16 Laps 0.785
16 3 3 GTLM J. Magnussen/A. Garcia/M. Rockenfeller Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette 389 18 Laps 2 Laps
17 4 4 GTLM O. Gavin/T. Milner/M. Fassler Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette 388 19 Laps 1 Lap
18 5 912 GTLM L. Vanthoor/E. Bamber/G. Bruni Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR 388 19 Laps 27.606
19 6 24 GTLM J. Krohn/J. Edwards/N. Catsburg/A. Farfus BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTLM 385 22 Laps 3 Laps
20 7 62 GTLM T. Vilander/A. Pier Guidi/J. Calado/D. Rigon Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE 384 23 Laps 1 Lap
21 14 52 P S. Saavedra/G. Yacaman/R. Gonzalez/N. Boulle AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Ligier LMP2 382 25 Laps 2 Laps
22 15 23 P P. Hanson/L. Norris/F. Alonso United Autosports Ligier LMP2 382 25 Laps 51
23 16 55 P J. Bomarito/H. Tincknell/S. Pigot Mazda Team Joest Mazda DPi 378 29 Laps 4 Laps
24 8 911 GTLM P. Pilet/N. Tandy/F. Makowiecki Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR 377 30 Laps 1 Lap
25 1 86 GTD K. Legge/A. Parente/T. Hindman/A. Allmendinger Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 376 31 Laps 1 Lap
26 2 11 GTD R. Ineichen/M. Bortolotti/F. Perera/R. Breukers GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan 376 31 Laps 2.321
27 3 48 GTD B. Sellers/M. Snow/A. Caldarelli/B. Miller Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan 376 31 Laps 14.060
28 4 44 GTD J. Potter/A. Lally/A. Davis/M. Winkelhock Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 375 32 Laps 1 Lap
29 5 64 GTD B. Sweedler/T. Bell/F. Montecalvo/S. Bird Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 375 32 Laps 12.648
30 6 51 GTD P. Dalla Lana/P. Lamy/M. Lauda/D. Serra Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3 375 32 Laps 29.427
31 7 33 GTD B. Keating/J. Bleekemolen/A. Christodoulou/L. Stolz Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Mercedes-AMG GT3 375 32 Laps 2.516
32 8 15 GTD J. Hawksworth/D. Heinemeier Hansson 3GT Racing Lexus RC F GT3 373 34 Laps 2 Laps
33 9 29 GTD S. van der Linde/K. van der Linde/J. Schmidt Montaplast by Land Audi R8 LMS GT3 372 35 Laps 1 Lap
34 10 75 GTD K. Habul/T. Jaeger/M. Engel/M. Grenier SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 372 35 Laps 18.637
35 11 69 GTD C. Gilsinger/R. Eversley/S. Rayhall/J. Falb HART Acura NSX GT3 371 36 Laps 1 Lap
36 12 71 GTD K. Koch/R. Foley/L. Spinelli/J. Perez P1 Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 371 36 Laps 1:40.842
37 13 73 GTD P. Lindsey/J. Bergmeister/N. Siedler/T. Pappas Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R 370 37 Laps 1 Lap
38 14 59 GTD S. Smith/R. Walls/H. Proczyk/S. Muller/M. Cairoli Manthey-Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R 370 37 Laps 3.364
39 15 93 GTD J. Marks/L. Aschenbach/M. Farnbacher/C. Ledogar Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 369 38 Laps 1 Lap
40 16 63 GTD C. MacNeil/A. Balzan/G. Jeannette/J. Segal Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 369 38 Laps 37.982

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