Rolex 24: Half-Way Update

Rolex 24: Half-Way Update

For those of you who are still awake, congratulations! You’ve made it halfway through the 2020 IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona. However, just like the cars, drivers and teams competing for a chance at a beautiful Rolex watch, the race is only half way completed, with 12 more hours to go.

As of this writing, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi fielded by JDC-Miller Motorsports leads the field. In fact, Cadillac currently holds the top three positions with the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac running second while the No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac holding down third position.

The No. 77 Mazda, who traded the top spot with the No. 10 car throughout most of the second quarter of the race, was handed a drive thru penalty during hour 11 due to passing a car under the yellow flag. Tristan Nunez, who was driving the car when the penalty occurred, handed the car over to Olivier Pla who currently sits in fifth.

The 11pm fireworks show from Daytona is always a crowd pleaser. (IMSA)

In a seemingly unchanged order in LMP2, the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Oreca leads the No. 81 DragonSpeed Oreca by well over 75 seconds. Both the No. 52 and No. 81 are the only two cars on track who on the same lap. The closest competitor in LMP2 behind the top two drivers is six laps behind.

Mechanical gremlins struck the No. 4 Corvette Racing C8.R during the tenth hour, as Marcel Fassler complained of tires going away quickly on the car during his stint. However, the issue was not tires, but a substantial oil leak. The car was pulled behind the wall and has remained there, and no word has been given whether or not the car will return. However, at the front of the field, the story remains the same as John Edwards still leads driving the No. 24 BMW M8 ahead of both the No. 912 and No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR machines.

The ultra-competitive GTD class has seen numerous cars hold the lead throughout the last six hours. Currently the lead is held by the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 which is driven at the moment by Bryan Sellers. In second is the No. 88 WRT Speedstar Audi R8 GT3 driven by Mirko Bortolotti, with the No. 63 WeatherTech Ferrari 488 GT3 in third driven by Toni Vilander. At the 12 hour mark, Kyle Busch is behind the wheel of the No. 14 AIM Vasser-Sullivan Lexus RC-F GT3 with the car currently in eighth one lap behind the leader in class.

As of now, only two cars have been officially declared out of the race, as both Aston Martin GT3 cars of Heart of Racing and Aston Martin Racing have retired from the race.

Come back in six hours for another Rolex 24 at Daytona update!

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