Hour 6 Update For 61st Rolex 24 At DAYTONAby Hunter Thomas January 28, 2023 0 comments
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With six down in the 61st running of the Rolex 24, it’s Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06 leading the way at Daytona International Speedway.
Wayne Taylor Racing with drivers, Filipe Albuquerque, Louis Deletraz, Brendon Hartley and Ricky Taylor leads the way after taking the lead away from Meyer Shank Racing with Curb Agajanian’s No 60 entry around the 18:44 mark.
Currently running second is the No. 31Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac V-LMDh entry, followed by the No 60 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb Agajanian team, No. 02 Cadillac Racing team and No. 6 Porsche Penske Motorsports team.
The No. 11 TDS Racing team leads in LMP2, and they currently sit eighth overall. TDS Racing’s No. 35 team is second in class, followed by the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports team, No. 88 AF Corse team and No. 55 Proton Competition team.
Andretti Autosport who was quick in practice leads the way in LMP3 as they sit 17th overall. Second in class is the No. 33 Sean Creech Motorsport team. Third is the No. 43 entry of MRS GT-Racing. Rounding out the top-five is the No. 87 FastMD Racing team and the No. 17 AWA team.
The Heart of Racing No. 23 team leads GTD Pro while running 23rd overall, and the team’s No. 27 GTD entry leads the way in their class at 24th overall.
The Rolex 24 is a race of endurance, and so far, the action has been somewhat tamed; however, trouble started early. Not long after the green flag flew, the first caution of the day came out when the LMP3 No. 8 entry of Tower Motorsports stalled on the track.
Also in Hour 1, the No. 25 BMW M Team RLL had to enter the garage for mechanical issues.
In Hour 2, the Porsche Penske Motorsports No. 7 car in GTP had its engine shutdown. The team eventually had to change its energy storage system but has returned and is running 52nd overall.
The Team Korthoff Motorsports No. 32 entry in GTD went for a spin after contact with the GTP No. 31 team; however, the No. 32 team has bounced back and is running second in class and 35th overall.
The No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports car went for a spin, but no contact was made.
A scary accident occurred in the first turn, when the No. 42 NTE Sport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2 had a breaking issue. Driver, Robert Megenis kept the car from hitting the inside of the track, and the car just barely slid into the outside tire barrier.
In the same hour, the No. 74 LMP3 entry from Riley retired from the event after suffering an engine issue.
Turner Motorsport’s No. 96 GTD entry came to a halt due to drive line issues.
Wayne Taylor Racing with new tires passed Meyer Shank Racing with Curb Agajanian’s No. 60 for the race lead. After Wayne Taylor Racing visited pit road, the No. 60 team inherited the lead but was soon passed by Porsche Penske Motorsports’ No. 6 car.
Scott Dixon received damage to his No. 01 Cadillac Racing car after being rear-ended while trying to avoid a spinning Tower Motorsports car. Dixon and the team have since recovered and are running sixth overall.
SAT | 10 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. | USA
SUN | 6 a.m. – 12 p.m. | USA
SUN | 12 – 2 p.m. | NBC
You can watch the race in its entirety up until 1:40 p.m. on Sunday on IMSA TV and Peacock.
Photo Credit: Brandon Zumbach Photography