If you don't wish to know who won the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona, you should avert your eyes right now. We'll even give you a double-space to skedaddle...

For those of you still with us, the first race in the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) is done, but the discussions about it certainly won't end for a while. Daytona Prototypes claimed the first four overall places, the top spot taken by the No. 5 Action Express Coyote-Chevrolet Corvette DP driven by Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Sebastien Bourdain and Burt Friselle. The 16th and final caution of the race bunched the field up for an eight-minute sprint to the flag, so the first place getter finished just 1.4 seconds ahead of the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Dallara-Chevrolet Corvette DP driven by Max Angelelli. Third place went to Brian Friselle in the No. 9 Action Express Chevrolet Corvette DP, 20 seconds down. Chevrolet power hasn't taken the overall win since 2003, eleven years later it scores a one-two-three-four. The No. 6 Muscle Milk/Pickett Racing ORECA-Nissan 03 scored fifth place, the top LMP2 finisher.

The Prototype Challenge class win went to the No. 54 CORE Autosport team of Colin Braun, Jon Bennett, Mark Wilkins and James Gue.

Porsche claimed the GTLM class with the CORE Autosport factory team in its 911 RSR, Nick Tandy, Richard Lietz and Patrick Pilet sharing wheel duties. They were 2.8 seconds ahead of the works BMW RLL team in the No. 55 BMW Z4 GTE piloted by Andy Priaulx, Bill Auberlen, Maxime Martin and Joey Hand. The pole-sitting SRT Motorsports No. 91 Viper GTS-R finished third.

The GTD class wasn't decided until an hour after the race. On the final lap the Level 5 Motorsports No. 555 Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Alessadro Pier Guidi was doing wheel-to-wheel battle with the Flying Lizard Motorsports No. 45 Audi R8 LMS driven by Markus Winkelhock. Exiting the kink between the two infield chicanes, Pier Guidi moved over toward Winkelhock, who drove onto the grass to avoid him. Pier Guidi crossed the line first, but the race director issued him a stop-and-hold plus 75-second penalty for "avoidable contact," demoting him to fourth. Replays did not appear to show contact, Winkelhock said there was slight contact but the bigger issue was having to back off because Pier Guidi was moving over to take the inside line for the next corner. You can watch video of the incident (while it's still up) that appears to show there was no contact.

An hour later, IMSA reversed the decision of the race director, reinstating Pier Guidi to first place, Winkelhock taking second. The formerly second-place but now third-place slot went to the Snow Racing No. 58 Porsche 911 GT America.

That's your 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona, done. We'll have a lengthy recap and lots more photos and video ready soon.


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      dinobot666
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm curious as to why the P2 cars were neutered so badly. Before the merger, they would have been faster than a Daytona Prototype. Hopefully there will be some rule changes as the season progresses.
      StephenT
      • 10 Months Ago
      The coverage in my area was awful. The local Fox station carried college basketball all afternoon so I didn't get to see the start. The only way to get Fox Sports 2 is with another cable package costing an extra $20 a month and even then it's not in HD. So I had to wait until 8PM to get streaming video from Imsa.com and even then it wasn't working. Finally around 9 or so my time someone figured out that the actual race broadcast was being carried on one of the in car feeds. Not a good start.
        cantera.developments
        • 10 Months Ago
        @StephenT
        Same here as well....in the end I had to have three tabs open on my laptop !1 to see the in car and track shots, 2. to see timing and scoring thus track position, 3. to get an audio feed (Where was Jeremy Sahw) a much better commentator.
          StephenT
          • 10 Months Ago
          @cantera.developments
          Unfortunately with the merger we won't get Jeremy Shaw and John Hindaugh anymore. Sad really because Hindaugh and Shaw were my favorite race announce crew. But at least Hindaugh still does the WEC races.
          fuzzyfish6
          • 10 Months Ago
          @cantera.developments
          I won't miss Jeremy Shaw, he always ramble on and often have awkward pauses because he loses his train of though. John Hindaugh is a huge loss though...
      Grimace73
      • 10 Months Ago
      Good race, but after watching about 8 hours of it, I came to the following conclusion: If Fox Sports 1 and 2 are going to play commercials every minute then please provide more than 10 commercials. Good lord, those get old quick. At least we won't need to hear that guy say "Your home for the super bowl!" during the next race.
      Adamnski
      • 10 Months Ago
      All in all this was a great race that was almost ruined by a bad call at the end. Thankfully it was overturned and pure racing won out. I loved watching ever hour that I could absorb on TV. This product is far superior to NASCAR, much more entertaining. Also the cars clearly are either pure race cars or based off production cars, there is not trickery and bad stickers. We need more USCC on mainstream TV.
      Rotation
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm glad to hear the results in GTD were changed back, that call was questionable. I was not happy with the last yellow either. That seemed more like IMSA wanting to bunch up the cars than to ensure safety.
      fuzzyfish6
      • 10 Months Ago
      The DP just don't look right out there, bring back the LMPs!
        Aaron N
        • 10 Months Ago
        @fuzzyfish6
        The LMPs were out there. They were just getting their a**es handed to them by the DPs. By the way, how in the hell do DPs not look right out there when this is the track they were developed on and have a crapload of experience on?
      Napoleon Rogers
      • 10 Months Ago
      Aww.....neither C7R or Viper GTS-R wins.....dang!
        Rotation
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Napoleon Rogers
        The C7.Rs were strong at the start, but both broke. The #3 overheated about halfway through and the #4 broke a rear gearbox housing about 20 hours in. The #3 never returned I don't think. The Vipers seemed to be letting themselves down, errors-wise.
          fuzzyfish6
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Rotation
          Vipers seems to be letting themselves down? The 91 had a broken steering hose and that put them 10 laps down, otherwise they were flawless. The 93 had one incident that trashed the front left, the repairs put them 6 laps down and the car was pulling to the left after that. These things are both common in endurance racing, it happens. Both cars had great pace and durability otherwise.
      DeeDubb
      • 10 Months Ago
      All about the chasis and downforce boys. You ll see the lmp dps do way faster times on the twisty tracks.
      Doug
      • 10 Months Ago
      That late caution flag was disgusting. It takes a minimum of a minute and usually much more before most full course caution flags come out, because they assess the situation with marshal's reports and so on, and give it a chance to resolve itself. Except those where the track is totally blocked. In this case a car went off and was not anywhere near the track, was not damaged, and drove off very shortly thereafter. The full course yellow was started as the car drove off! Race day fixing artificial show. The organizers should be ashamed of themselves for ruining the race like this and leaving us with a sour taste in our mouths for what product they intend to push in future.
        Steve K
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Doug
        Welcome to NASCAR officiating in sportscars.
          Aaron N
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Steve K
          Wrong. This is IMSA officiating. Just because there's a France name in it, doesn't mean that they're using NASCAR officials.
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Steve K
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        • 10 Months Ago
        @Doug
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      rcavaretti
      • 10 Months Ago
      No contact and a little theatrics from the NASCAR fiefdom. They have no business in anything sport cars.
      Steve K
      • 10 Months Ago
      The call at the end was ridiculous and cooler heads only prevailed after an absolute uproar on the internet and twitter. This is what happens when NASCAR officials officiate sportscar racing bringing their WWE circus mentality with them. The late full course caution set the stage even though the Porsche presented no danger, was immediately able to get going again, and countless far worse incidents throughout the event previously had just been handled with just a local yellow. The Flying Lizard Audi was injured and was in no way going to win. The Level 5 Ferrari team had it in the bag, but the caution bunched the field and a small bobble let the Audi get on the outside of the Ferrari on a high speed left on the last lap. The Ferrari hit its mark, never made contact with Audi and crossed the line first. Then the NASTARDS had to spoil the day handing the Level 5 car a 75 second penalty for "avoidable contact." The problem? EVERYONE COULD SEE THERE WAS NO DAMN CONTACT! The interviews in pit lane were comical as the announcer kept referring to the Audi team as winners and they kept referring to themselves as podium finishers. They obviously din't think they won or that anything that happened there deserved them to be handed the victory. Even worse, it dropped the Level 5 team completely off the podium. Yeah, they fixed it all three hours later, but the Level 5 guys never even got to stand on the podium. What a shame. Keep this Ricky Bobby nonsense in your Bubba racing series, please.
        Aaron N
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Steve K
        Must not be a Flying Lizard fan if you're getting this worked up over it.
        mbukukanyau
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Steve K
        The whole commentator team in the booth should be let go. they are an embarrassment to the sport. They play favorites.
          • 10 Months Ago
          @mbukukanyau
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        gtv4rudy
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Steve K
        Isn't every Nascar race artificial? A Nascar race is no different than a demolition derby, a monster truck race motorcycle daredevil jumping
          • 10 Months Ago
          @gtv4rudy
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        ScottT
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Steve K
        No way they were going to win? Level 5 had it in the bag?? What race were you watching???
      • 10 Months Ago
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        Sir Duke
        • 10 Months Ago
        It was a great race, my guys just didn't win. Corvette will eventually sort themselves out. They ran strong for a new out of the box car, they are going to be a nightmare for competitors by mid season. The new C7-R livery is bland as hell. The Vipers were strong but not durable. Reliability should be their strength by now, they have the least stressed motor out there. Okay SRT, its been 1 1/2 seasons now, no more excuses.
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Sir Duke
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          muspod
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Sir Duke
          PORSCHE..There is no substitute. Better luck next year.
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