We are six hours into the 2020 IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona, and the action on the track has been fast and furious!
The highlight of the first quarter of this year’s twice around the clock classic came during hour four of the race when the No. 7 Penske Acura and the No. 55 Mazda came together in the bus stop. While the No. 55 escaped unharmed, the No. 7 would go behind the wall with significant rear-end damage after contact propelled the car into the tire barrier. The resulting garage visit has put the No. 7 22 laps behind the leaders and well out contention.
Another incident, which brought out the lone yellow flag of the race so far, involved two of the GTD competitors. The No. 47 PPM Lamborghini and the No. 23 Heart of Racing Aston Martin collided as the No. 47 was trying to enter the pit lane for service. The incident resulted in heavy front end damage for the No. 23, which has resulted in the car being retired from the race.
At the six hour mark, two Cadillac DPI’s are leading the field overall with the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac of Renger van der Zander leading the No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac of Filipe Albuquerque. The No. 77 Mazda had led from the lead off on and on during the first six hours of the race, and still sits in contention in fourth behind the No. 6 Penske Acura.
In LMP2, the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Oreca leads the class as it has since the drop of the green flag. Gabriel Aubry, who is behind the wheel of the No. 52 at the six hour mark, leads the No. 8 Tower Motorsports Oreca by a solid 88 seconds.
The GTLM class, as it always is, has been the most competitive class throughout the first six hours, with Porsche, Chevrolet and BMW trading the lead numerous times throughout the race. At the moment, the No. 24 RLL BMW M8 of Jesse Krohn leads the class, with both the No. 911 and No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR machines not far behind. The No. 4 Corvette C8.R sits in fourth in the cars competition debut.
Two Lamborghini Huracan GT3 machines lead the GTD field at the six hour mark with the No. 44 GRT Magnus Lamborghini leading the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing car. Kyle Busch was behind the wheel of the No. 14 AIM Vasser-Sullivan Lexus just after 6pm. Busch ran a solid stint, driving for 42 minutes and putting the car back on the lead lap. Busch was pulled from the car in a strategic move by the team after the short drive time. After his stint, Busch spoke to reporters, saying, “I only got one stint in, so I’m ready for more. Sign me up, coach.”
Stay tuned to the Game Changer Sports Network for updates throughout the night and into tomorrow as we cover the IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona!
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