You'll want to skip the next post if you haven't unwrapped the weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona awaiting you on your (apparently very capacious) DVR. For the rest of you, the 50th running of the event that commences Speedweeks and the sports car racing season saw David trounce several Goliaths: the Ford/Riley of Michael Shank Racing entry piloted by A.J. John Pew, Oswaldo Negri Jr., A.J. Allmendinger and Justin Wilson crossed the line in first. Not only that, their sister MSR car finished in third a minute down.

A.J. Allmendinger was behind the wheel at the checkered flag, his leg cramps so severe that he had to be helped from the car. MSR has been at the Daytona 24 for nine years and this is the team's first victory, while it was Allmendinger's first win in any series (he also competes in NASCAR with Penske Racing) – in six years.

They beat a bunch of drivers you're more likely to have heard of, with names like McNish, Montoya, Rahal, Franchitti and Tracy. The top five positions were filled out by the Starworks Motorsport Ford/Riley with Ryan Dalziel crossing the line in second, Juan Pablo Montoya driving the Chip Ganassi Racing BMW/Riley across the line in fourth, and the Action Express Racing Chevrolet Corvette – the first year for the Corvette in Prototype Class – in fifth. For the complete rundown of all winners in all classes, check out this link from USA Today.


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      samagon0
      • 2 Years Ago
      when did corvette change to a prototype?
      Kevin Holden
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM was so sure they were going to win. Only to be shut out by a 1 2 3 Ford finish. Love it. Oh and congrats to the Boss on with Continental Tire finish.
      Anderson Silva
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was there, and made a home made video of the race... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ReKXa6Yd1U
      JDam4131
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rolex 24 was an awesome race, at the track and at home on tv. Loving the Ford Victory, Chevy did a great job with the corvette DP, its a beautiful race car. Can't wait until next year, rent an RV with a big group of people and bring a golf cart and your golden for 4-5 days of racing and other activities while intoxicated :)
      john64
      • 2 Years Ago
      It was a great race. Even with the NASCAR mandated "bunch up the field" caution. I just wish there were a few more manufactures that could duel it out in GT class with the Porsche. That car is unbeatable in that class at Daytona. Ferrari had a good run this year, as did the Camaro.
        Jason
        • 2 Years Ago
        @john64
        They've always had full course cautions. Unless you are talking about the "free pass" that's new this year and similar to NASCAR. But Grand Am is owned by NASCAR, so what would you expect?
          john64
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jason
          As I watch a good bit of NASCAR, the recent trend is if the lead cars get too spread out they throw a caution. Usually under the pretense of "debris". I remember fondly years ago of having Cup races without a single caution period. Yes there where only a couple cars left on the lead lap, but that racing. But nowadays it has been a push too keep the cars close, as if makes the race appear closer then it should be. So they throw caution to the wind (pun intended) and keep the racing close. As it's good for keeping short attention spans.
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford 1,2,3 FTW! I herd they were the only cars on the lead lap.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope those coyote motor Fords stay strong. One thing that was different than in past races was that the prototypes had problems getting past the GT cars - was it gearing? Off the line or out of a corner the GTs were nearly as fast. Lots of good, clean racing. Felt bad for Pruett - down on power with the BMW motor and busted tranny.
      StephenT
      • 2 Years Ago
      I watched most of the race on SPEED and I thought it was very good. Shame for Wayne Taylor and the #10 car to only last 14 laps or so.