• DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 26: The #01 Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabetes TELMEX/Target BMW Riley driven by Scott Pruet, Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya, Charlie Kimball and Scott Dixon and the #02 Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabetes Target/Telmex BMW Riley driven by Scott Pruett, Dario Franchitti, Jamie McMurray, Joey Hand and Scott Dixon lead the field for the start of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 26, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 26: The field of GT race cars prepares to take the green flag for the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 26, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 26: The #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Target/TELMEX BMW Riley driven by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya, Charlie Kimball and Scott Dixon leads the field at the start of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 26, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 26: The #01 Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabetes TELMEX/Target BMW Riley driven by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Juam Pablo Montoya, Charlie Kimdall and Scott Dixon at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 26, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 26: The #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates TELMEX/Target Ford BMW Riley driven by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya, Charlie Kimball and Scott Dixon drives during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 26, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 26: The #2 Starworks with Alex Popow Ford Riley driven by Ryan Daiziel, Alex Popow, Sebastian Bourdais and Allan McNish races during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 26, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 26: A group of cars racing the infield course during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 26, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 26: The #02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabetes Target/TELMEX BMW Riley driven by Scott Pruett, Dario Franchitti, Jamie McMurray, Joey Hand and Scott Dixon races during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 26, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 26: The #52 Audi Sport Customer Racing driven by Frank Stippler, Rene Rast, Ian Baas and Marc Basseng, drives during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 26, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 26: Cars race on the track at night during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 26, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 26: The #52 Audi Sport Customer Racing driven by Frank Stippler, Rene Rast, Ian Baas and Marc Basseng, drives during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 26, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 26: The #59 Brumos Racing Porsche GT3 Cup driven by Leh Keen, Andrew Davis, Marc Lieb and Bryan Sellers drives during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 26, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 26: The #30 MOMO/NGT Motorsport Porsche GT3 driven by Henrique Cisneros, Sean Edwards, Kuba Giermaziak and Patrick Pilets drives during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 26, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 26: Race cars drive at night during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 26, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: The #50 Highway to Help BMW Riley car driven by Carlos de Quesada, Jim Pace, Byron Defoor, Frank Beck and Ian James drives in the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: The #02 Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabetes Target/TELMEX BMW Riley driven by Scott Pruett, Dario Franchitti, Jamie McMurray, Joey Hand, and Scott Dixon drives in the early morning fog at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: An early morning blanket of fog covers the race track the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: The #99 Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Gaiinsco Auto Insurance Corvette DP driven by Jon Fogarty, Alex Gurney, Memo Gidley and Darren Law, races during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: Cars drive through fog during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: An early morning blanket of fog covers the race track the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: The #01 Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabetes TELMEX/Target BMW Riley driven by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya, Charlie Kimball and Scott Dixon drives in the early morning fog at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: The #02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Target/TELMEX Ford Riley driven by Scott Pruett, Dario Franchitti, Jamie McMurray, Joey Hand and Scott Dixon leads cars during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: The #02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Target/TELMEX Ford Riley driven by Scott Pruett, Dario Franchitti, Jamie McMurray, Joey Hand and Scott Dixon leads cars during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: The #5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP driven by Brian Frisselle, Nelson Piquet Jr, Felipe Nasr, Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa, drives during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: The #64 Scuderia Corsa Michelotta Ferrari 458 driven by Chico Longo, Xandinhon Negrao, Daniel Serra and Raphael Matos drives during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: The #99 Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Gainsco Auto Insurance Corvette DP driven by Jon Fogarty, Alex Gurney, Memo Gidley and Darren Law drives during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: The #5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP driven by Brian Frisselle, Nelson Piquet Jr., Felipe Nasr, Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa drives the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: The #56 AF-Waltrip RK Motors Ferrari 458 driven by Robert Kauffman, Rui Aguas, Michael Waltrip and Clint Bowyer drives during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: The #99 Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Gainsco Auto Insurance Corvette DP driven by Jon Fogarty, Alex Gurney, Memo Gidley and Darrel Law, races during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: The #9 Action Express Racing Corvette DP driven by Mike Rockenfeller, Burt Frisselle, Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa, drives during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: The #56 AF Waltrip Ferrari 458, driven by Robert Kauffman, Rui Aguas, Michael Waltrip and Clint Bowyer drives during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: The #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates TELMEX/Target Ford BMW Riley driven by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya, Charlie Kimball and Scott Dixon leads the #10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas co-drivers of the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabetes TELMEX/Target BMW Riley ride the caqr into Victory Lane after winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: Jaun Pablo Montoya (l), Charlie Kimaball, Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett (r) drivers of the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabetes TELMEX/Target BMW Riley celebrate in Victory Lane after winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: The #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates TELMEX/Target Ford BMW Riley driven by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya and Charlie Kimball, drives during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: Scott Pruett, driver of the #01 Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates BMW Riley poses with team owner Chip Ganassi and former chamion Hurley Haywood as five time winers of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: Jaun Pablo Montoya (l), Memo Rojas, Scott Pruett and Charlie Kimball (r) drivers of the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabetes TELMEX/Target BMW Riley celebrate in Victory Lane after winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 27: The #01 Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabetes TELMEX/Target BMW Riley driven by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya, Charlie Kimball and Scott Dixon drives during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
  • The 8 Star Motorsports Corvette DP drives through the horseshoe turn at sunset in the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Driver Scott Pruett, front left, sprays other drivers including Marco Ambrose, center, of Australia, in Victory Lane after winning the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • ADDS FIVE-TIME ROLEX CHAMPION HURLEY HAYWOOD -From left, Ganassi Racing team drivers Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, of Mexico, Charlie Kimball and Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, hold up their Rolex watches given to them for winning the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Five-time Rolex champion Hurley Haywood, background center, looks on. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Scott Pruett drives the Ganassi Racing BMW Riley (01) to lead the start of the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • The Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley drives down the front stretch during the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Oliver Gavin, of England, drives the Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette DP during the final hours of the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Scott Pruett kisses the windshield of the Ganassi Racing BMW Riley that he helped drive to win the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • The WeatherTech Racing Audi R8 crosses the finish line to win the GT Class of the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Filipe Albuquergue, Oliver Jarvis, Edoardo Mortara and Dion von Moltke were the drivers. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Sebastien Bourdais (2), of France leads passes a group of GT series cars in a horseshoe turn during the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Memo Rojas, of Mexico, in the Ganassi Racing BMW Riley (01) passes a GT series car in a horseshoe turn during the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Max Angelelli, of Italy, drives the VelocityWWW Corvette DP during the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Emmanuel Anassis, of Canada, drives the BTE Sport Ford Riley through the infield course during the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • GT Class winning drivers, from left, Filipe Albuquerque, of Portugal, Dion von Moltke, Edoardo Montara, of Switzerland, and Oliver Jarvis, of England, celebrate in Victory Lane after winning their class in the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Crew members of the (42) Team Salen BMW Riley change tires and add fuel during a pit stop in the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, drives the Ganassi Racing BMW Riley down pit road with teammates on the car, from left, Charlie Kimball, Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, of Mexico, and team owner Chip Ganassi waving the checker flag after winning the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/David Graham)
  • Memo Rojas, of Mexico, in the Ganassi Racing BMW Riley (01) leads Jodan Taylor, left, in the VelocityWWW Corvette DP and Stephane Sarrazin, right, of France in the 8 Star Motorsports Covette DP through a horseshoe turn during the final hours of the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Joao Barbosa, of Portugal, drives the Action Express Racing Corvette DP through the infield course during the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Jodan Taylor drives the VelocityWWW Corvette DP through the infield course during the final hours of the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Ryan Dalziel, of Scotland, drives the Starworks Ford Riley down pit road after stopping for fuel and tires during the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Antonio Garcia, of Spain, drives the Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette DP past the infield midway during the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Justin Wilson, of England, drives the Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley through a turn during the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
It took 24 hours to run the race, but it was the last one was stuffed with the high action as four cars were still trying to figure out how to gain victory on the track and in the pits. Along with the obligatory crashes, spins, mechanical issues and retirements had come numerous penalties, a double-digit number of full-course yellows and two hours of fog that turned early Sunday morning into a stretch of parade laps.

The final hour would make up for the morning – drivers who might have been happy just to get on the podium had a shot at victory as the end of the race approached, and that turned into a few gambles that paid off, and at least one that didn't...
Chip Ganassi's team owned it, the #1 Telmex Riley-BMW taking pole position and the number two spot on the grid and winning the race with Juan Pablo Montoya behind the wheel at the checkered flag. But to get there, it had to hold off defending winner AJ Allmendinger in the #60 Michael Shank Racing Riley-Ford, and two Corvette DP cars.

Cautions – 16 full-course cautions over the course of the race – kept bunching the field back up, so there was never any such thing as a commanding lead. On top of that there were some stellar driving performances, the #60 Riley-Ford coming from seven laps down, twice, due to two mechanical issues, to come closer than anyone would have expected to fighting for the win.



The Corvette DPs, which had their parity formula played with up until the day before the race, didn't go down quietly. The black and orange #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP driven by Max Angelelli at the final stint came in 21 seconds behind Montoya, and was in the hunt for the win until the final burst of pit stops with drivers still on a breakneck pace and no one able to really conserve fuel.

The #9 Action Express Racing Corvette DP with Joao Barbosa doing the final stint had to serve a stop-and-go penalty for avoidable contact – the Daytona officials loved passing that one out – which knocked it out of the battle for the lead. It would finish fourth.




Scott Pruett, one of the drivers on the winning team, collected his fifth win in the 24-hour race at Daytona, joining Hurley Haywood in the league of quintuple victors. The Ganassi team has an astouring 50-percent win rate at Daytona, taking its fifth win in ten tries.



On the GT side, Audi finally took its maiden victory in the race it calls "Showroom Daytona." Filipe Albuquerque qualified his WeatherTech R8 in sixth, followed by René Rast in the #52 APR Audi in 11th, the Rum Bum Racing Audi driven by ex-DTM driver Markus Winkelhock was 16th and Matt Bell in the #51 APR Audi started the race in 27th.

Each team led at least once during the race, but each also suffered penalties and mechanical issues that dropped them back into the pack. The Weather Tech Racing Audi hung around in second and third through the first 23 hours of the race, in spite of a few spins and penalties for incidents like avoidable contact. The black #52 APR Audi was also hit by time penalties and a Daytona Prototype, dropping three laps down by the time the sun came up on Sunday. The Rum Bum Racing Audi was socked with a three-minute penalty when it passed the pace car under a full-course yellow; one of the drivers said the team radio didn't work and the pilot didn't know he was in the lead and forbidden to pass.



One of the APR drivers had said that the Audi's didn't have the best straight-line speed, and it showed in the last hour during a battle with a Ferrari. On just about every lap Rene Rast would swap places with the FXDD Ferrari 458 Italia, the Audi having the advantage on the infield curves, the Ferrari pulling away on the high-speed sections. At the point Rast and Lazzaro were in the lead of the GT class, with Winkelhock in third in the Rum Bum Racing R8 and and Albuquerque in fourth. After Rast and Winkelhock pitted, though, Albuquerque took the lead and was able to build a big enough lead so that when he pitted for a splash of fuel with just seven minutes left, he came out in first place.

It was an all-R8 podium at this point, with Winkelhock in second and Rast in third. Rast hounded Winkelhock, though, and the Rum Bum Racing Audi ran out of gas on the last half of the last lap, through the Bus Stop, cruising to a halt just before the entrance to the pit lane.

Alburquerque took the win by less than 1.5 seconds over Rast in the APR Audi, third place going to the #69 AIM Autosport FXDD Ferrari.



On the way to the airport after the race a colleague asked if anyone thought Audi had been sandbagging about its performance – after all, we went from the head of customer motorsport just wanting to show the brand is competitive to winning the race and having two cars on the podium. We don't think so – after its troubling first year in the series, as well as the genuine excitement we saw when Audi took the lead for the first time, we think the team was as surprised as anyone.

The GX class was swept by Porsche Caymans, David Donohue driving the winning #16 Porsche Cayman FX to the finish. The three diesel Mazda6 GXs suffered from the start, their speeds down on competitors – Clint Bowyer calling them "chicanes" an interview – two of them retiring in the first hour, the last one, driven by rookies, going into the fourth hour but stopping on the track.

Grand-Am returns on March 2 from Texas, when the series moves to the Circuit of the Americas just outside Austin. While you wait for the calendar to turn over six weeks, enjoy the video below of the four Audi Sport customer racing R8s being built from start to finish, time-lapse style.

Audi Time Lapse at Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona


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      MaX PL
      • 2 Years Ago
      so you guys spoiler a race result for a race that wont be shown again on tv, yet have no issue with the top gear story being spoiled. how cute.
        Autolegend
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MaX PL
        This is a 24 hour event. You were seriously planning on watching a 24H event this week on your own time?
      Christo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jon, this is THE best-researched article I have seen on the 2013 Rolex 24! I really enjoyed reading it. Did you ever check out SPEED's live feed? Funniest thing is you could not congratulate Ganassi Racing on it because they blocked any words containing "ass", "butt", and a few more -- you get the idea. So you could say "hell" all you wanted but "Nice chassis, Ganassi!" would appear as "Nice ch***is, Gan***i!" http://www.onehotlap.com/2013/01/the-2013-rolex-24-is-wrap-final-results.html Mazdas? What a bummer for Mazda fans! RX-8 owners must be pulling their hairs out. Best definition of SkyActiv: "You look to the sky and you scream "WHY YOU NO LONGER ACTIV?!?!?!?!" LMAO!!
        Masschine
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Christo
        I've used my nickname since 1998 and when Speed updated their system I got booted from their forums and Fantasy bidding.
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 24 Hours of Daytona will always be a "close" race. Reason? NASCAR loves "debris" cautions.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Compared to the ALMS series, this is like watching a SCCA race.
      mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rolex is a farce. Scott Pruett ‘hi everyone at home’ is everywhere and somehow German cars are always faster than Japanese and American Cars. Year in year out. How is that? I hope the grand Am shenanigans do not transfer to the new series when they team up with ALMS.
        Masschine
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Blame the manufacturers not the series. I think there was one Camaro in the GT class with the rest Porsche's and the 3 Audis. And while the BMW won the race it was followed closely by Corvettes and Fords in DP.
          Autolegend
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Masschine
          Um, how are we supposed to blame the manufacturers? The whole point of Grand Am is to keep them out. The DP structure is take a spec contraption and put different stickers and different engines. (Nascar anyone) oh and the engines aren't even built by BMW, Ford, or Chevy. The BMW in the Ganassi car is from the E39 M5 V8. Why would BMW in anyway want that engine in it's modern motorsport program. That's right, they dont. I wore all my ALMS gear all weekend and let all the fans know what real prototypes are. Oh and that Camaro, tube chassis. Tube chassis = NOT A GT CAR.
      Bobby Tiger MacRae
      • 2 Years Ago
      yeah, what he said.......
      Julio Arreaga
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd like to hear more about what happened to the Mazda 6s. Very disappointing indeed.
      IOMTT
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am not sure if the GX class is for green technology or any experimental GT machinery. Unless the commentators were incorrect, the Caymans were running previous generation GT3 engines of 3.8 liters. Now I am all for a Cayman with 911 power levels, but not sure how this is "green". It is somewhat experimental I suppose. It was disappointing to see the Mazdas do so poorly. I know they were not really ready, but I was hoping for them to exceed expectations. I know Grand Am has a lot of detractors, but they do seem to get several cars in DP and GT on the same lap very late in the race after 24 hours. When I was growing up, most 24 hour endurance races were won by several laps and cars came in to the pits for a wash to look good in the finish line photos!
      djpatrick35
      • 2 Years Ago
      It was actually a pretty good race that went down to fuel strategy between three manufacturers in the last few laps... That's all you can ask for of any racing series in terms of entertinment. Don't get me wrong, I prefer the ALMS, but this year's Daytona 24 rivaled last year's ALMS Road America showing. These two series can't combine fast enough 'cause there's plenty of awesome racing ahead!
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