Dominates to GTLM Victory in Rolex 24

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The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac DPi with Felipe Albuquerque at the wheel, took the checkered flag in the Rolex 24 on Sunday.

The race has been slowed by full-course caution just four times through the first 18 hours.

All of that combined to open the door more than enough for the No. 5 team, which finished second in last year's Rolex 24 after a late-race incident with the No. 10 Cadillac.

"I'm very careful with a dollar and with our budgets", he said. "Definitely what doesn't kill us makes us stronger". All these flashbacks were coming back in my mid. "I think this is going to be the most exciting 24 ever". So it's a great new engine, this Cadillac. It's the second consecutive Rolex overall victory for Cadillac but came from the team that finished second a year ago.

"It's been business as usual", Pruett said of his final race before adding his trademark line: "I've got to say "Hi" to my family at home - even though a lot of them are here".

"When I was inside of the vehicle I knew exactly what I had to do, but I was always thinking about those last finishes".

Co-driving the winning vehicle were Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi.

"We couldn't feel better", he said.

Sharing the No. 31 cockpit were Mike Conway, Eric Curran and Filipe Nasr.

Fernando Alonso's hopes of a debut podium at Daytona were dashed overnight after recurring braking issues on the #23 United Autosports Oreca, forcing the team into lengthy repairs.

"It was one of the most nerve-racking races", Ganassi said. "There's no thinking about finishing [the race] or finishing second". "Having the opportunity to join the Whelen Engineering Cadillac was an wonderful experience". "We were monitoring our situation very closely". An alternator issue put the other vehicle in the garage. It has been a massive job by the whole team. "I can't wait for the next one".

Briscoe and Ford Chip Ganassi Racing defended its GT Le Mans win in the Rolex 24 at Daytona with a dominant performance in which it led all but ten laps of the race, reports.

Both Ford GTs in GTLM retain first and second which they've held for most of the race, However with the latest caution with almost six hours to go putting the #3 Corvette back on the lead lap, Corvette will be ready to capitalise if any of the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing cars slip up in the closing section of the race.

CORE autosport's Loic Duval closed the gap to the race leaders in the 22nd hour of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

Corvette finished third and fourth, albeit a lap adrift of the Fords, as the Risi Competizione Ferrari squad claimed fifth. Class pole-sitters Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller wound up third in class in the #3 Corvette, having held onto the coattails of the Fords until the final hour of the race.

"For me, it's the personnel", said Dixon, who has won 41 times for Ganassi across sports cars and IndyCars. Other than that, everything worked flawless. The team was the No. 2 qualifier for last year's race. If this was Lime Rock, I'd be super happy with third.

Today, Johnson, 69, splits his time between Daytona Beach and North Carolina, where the team is based. Twenty-five drivers in the Rolex 24 have at least one Indy vehicle race to their credit. "We're spending the money where it needs to be spent and the results are showing". If the Fords were faster than us, we can't do anything else but congratulate them.

The GT Daytona class was won by Rolf Ineichen, Mirko Bortolotti, Franck Perera and Rik Breukers in the No. 11 Lamborghini Huracan GT3. "The first win for Lamborghini in a 24-hour race, I'm really, really proud of that". He shares the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 with Dominik Farnbacher, David Heinemeier Hansson and 57-year-old sports auto legend Scott Pruett, whose 32-year career included 145 races and two Indy vehicle victories. Pruett holds the race record for class victories with 10.

The trio's Ligier JSP217-Gibson led during some early pit stop cycles, but a spate of mechanical issues in the second half of the race forced them out of the main prototype pack. The first thing to do, now, is toast this career with my wife and my family. "And second, it will be just to take a moment to look back, and to savor it all".

With the rumbling of engines for 24 hours, it can be hard to sleep.

Due to different track layout configurations, the overall length record would not be broken until 1:45 p.m.

The previous record of 2,760.960 miles was surpassed on the No. 5 car's 776th tour of the 3.56-mile circuit.

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