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David Donohue exceeded to Juan Pablo Montoya with 39 minutes remaining and maintained the first place to gain 47ª edition of Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona - in 40º anniversary of the victory of its father, Mark Donohue, in the 1969 event.
Exciting arrival of Donohue to the circle of the winners, 40 years of the triumph of its father in this same track
Donohue made equipment with Darren Law, Buddy Rice and Antonio Garci'a to give to the Racing Waxes his him first victory in the Series Grand-A.m. Rolex Sports Car presented/displayed by Crown Royal Cask no. 16 from the 2003, and with denied to the TELMEX/Target Chip to him Ganassi Racing Felix Sabates its fourth consecutive triumph in the event to premier of sport cars in the United States with a margin of 0,167 seconds, the closed end more in the history of the event.
“People put her better effort in this”, commented Donohue. “I am contented to carry the standard. The equipment Waxes is a group of tenacious people, they never occur by won and that was demonstrated today. We arrive here ready to compete and we ran hard all along.”
Montoya pressed to Donohue 39 minutes in the last, but the no. 01 Lexus Riley could not with the power of the Porsche Waxes in peraltes of Daytona.
In spite of the final effort of the Montoya Colombian the Ganassi equipment could not repeat the triumph, lacked very little
“Each curved one was like the 100 percent in all sides”, said Montoya, that handled with Ganassi in the victories of the equipment in 2007 and 2008. “And he was funny, because we handled therefore last the two hours. And we did not commit errors. I gave the 110 percent, and knew that more express could not go if it had made something different.”
Joao Barbosa finalized third party in the no. 59 Waxes Racing Porsche Riley shared with JC France, Hurley Haywood and Terry Borcheller - 5,504 seconds back - while Max Angelelli arrived in fourth place in the 10 no. SunTrust Racing Ford Would cut with a scythe shared with Wayne Taylor, Pedro Lamy and Brian Frisselle, to 10,589 seconds.
Scott Dixon, the winner of the event in 2006, finalized fifth in the no. 02 Target/TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley shared with Dario Franchitti and Alex Lloyd.
The event that broke records had the closed margin of victory more, more pilots in the return of the leader and the greater number of yellow flags, 25 by 117 returns. The first four that arrived at the goal covered 735 returns - the greater number in the era with the Daytona Prototypes. The previous record of the closed end more in Rolex 24 was in the 2000, of 30,879 seconds. The 53 changes of leader between 22 pilots and nine cars were the second higher total in the history of the event.
The last hour was run under green flag, and the four first closely together ran one of the other part of her.
The GT race was defined in a end of 1-2 for the TRG Porsche, with Andy Lally and Justin Marks accompanied by Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Long and RJ Valentine in the 67 no. winning Porsche GT3. In second, a return back, arrived TRG no. 66 from Spencer Pumpelly, Tim George Jr, Richard Leitz and Emmanuel Collard.
The first two hours and 45 minutes of the race were run under green flag, and the Penske Racing along with the equipment Brumos and Penske imposed a very fast rate.
Thymus Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Ryan Briscoe was combined to lead 191 returns in the debut of the Penske Racing Crown Royal 16 Cask no. Porsche Riley before the equipment lost 15 returns in the first hours in the morning to replace the set of the back axis, left which them outside the fight. The equipment finalized sixth, 18 returns back.
The GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley de Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty - accompanied by the three times champion by Glass Sprint of NASCAR, Jimmie Johnson, and Jimmy Vasser - recovered of mechanical problems at the beginning to adjudge the seventh place. Another equipment that recovered of a slow starting was the no. 2 Childress-Howard Motorsports Gentlemen Jack Pontiac Crawford of the three times winning of Rolex 24, Andy Wallace, Rob Finlay, Casey Mears and Danica Patrick, who finalized eighth.
The no. 09 Spirit of Daytona Racing/I go Scouts of America Porsche Coyote of stars of the motociclismo Scott Russell, Jeff Ward and Jason Pridmore - along with Guy Cosmo - reclaimed of two trompos and a fire in pits to obtain 11º place in the class of Daytona Prototypes.
Beautiful nocturnal postcard from Daytona. The activity in pits always was febrile and it did not give breathing to the mechanics
A severe wearing down affected to the equipment with Ford motors, and a mechanical problem - that was tracked to a disc in the crank - retired to six of the seven equipment. Among them Michael Shank Racing Riley was no. 6, who suddenly lowered the speed with AJ Allmendinger to the steering wheel near the mark of the five hours. Only 10 minutes later, Darren Turner arrived at a stop while third party in the no. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Riley went. Similar problems would bring about the retirement of the equipment contender, no. 60 Michael Shank Racing Westfield Insurance Riley, the no. 61 AIM Autosport Riley and the no. 77 Doran Racing McDonald's Would cut with a scythe, that led four returns with Brad Jaeger to the steering wheel.
The new no. 45 Victory Junction - Orbit Racing BMW Riley de Kyle Petty, Bill Lester, Darren Manning and Leo Hendry could not either finish, that left the race after 216 returns with problems in the motor.
Porsche waxes had winning cars in Rolex 24 of 1973, 1975 (like Peter Gregg Racing), 1976 and 1978, and also it sponsored the Joest winning Porsche in 1991. The equipment also gained its class in 1962, 1968 and 1972. The last victory in the general of Porsche in Rolex 24 was in 2003, when TRG put a car GT in the track of the victory.
The Donohue became the third combination father-son in winning in the general in the history of the event, three days after the pair was united to Dan and Alex Gurney like the unique winning father-children of the privilege position. Mark Donohue gained the race in 1969 in a Lola-Chevrolet T70, along with Chuck Parsons. To the Unser and Unser Jr, and John Paul and John Paul Jr also were winning in the general of Rolex 24.

TRG Adjudges a End of 1-2 in Class GT of the Rolex Series

Possibly with one of the best alignments of pilots in history, the TRG gained the first two positions in Rolex 24 in class GT of the Rolex Series, with Andy Lally at the top of an equipment that included Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Long, Justin Marks and RJ Valentine to gain the victory in GT and a ninth position in general in the no. 67 TRG Construct Corps/CRG Porsche GT3. It is the second season to the thread in which two cars GT finalize between the 10 first in the general positions.
Lally obtained his second victory in the class in Rolex 24, and closed a dominant weekend for the TRG, that led 301 of the 695 returns. In fact, the pilots of the TRG never saw backwards as soon as Andy Lally inherited the leadership of pilot Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3, Kevin Roush, that left the track in return 553 with shoots with an arrow of broken transmission.
Porsche demonstrated clearly it from the beginning, when Lally interchanged the leadership with the defending champion of the race and winner of the position of privilege in 2009, Sylvain Tremblay in the 70 no. SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 at the beginning of the race. But when Tremblay removed to the Mazda of the track with a broken gasoline tank in the first hour of the race, the Porsche dominated. Of the 695 returns, Porsche led all except 72, and in the 24 intervals of one hour, only three times it did not lead a Porsche.
After that, it was a fight between the TRG and the Farnbacher Loles Racing. Dominik Farnbacher, Matthew Marsh and Kevin Roush put to the 86 no. Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3 to the front during 268 returns, highest of the race, and during the times of the night and of the dawn, the no. 86 and Us. 66 and 67 TRG Porsche GT3 often interchanged the leadership.
But when Roush left the track - almost in the same way that the no. 87 Porsche GT3 of the Farnbacher Loles Racing hours before - during last the four hours, it gave to the TRG everything him what needed to gain the first victory of the equipment in Rolex 24 from 2003, when Bergmeister and the proprietor of the equipment, Kevin Buckler, won in the general and class GT with Michael Schrom and Timo Bernhard.
The victory was third in competitions of Rolex 24 for Bergmeister, and first for Long, Marks and Valentine, of 62 years of original age and of Massachussets, that became the winner in its class of more age in Rolex 24 since Joe Policastro won at the age of 62 years, 10 months and 13 days.
Spencer Pumpelly - that shared the no. 66 TRG AXA/Mitchell Rubber Porsche GT3 with Ted Ballou, Tim George Jr, Emmanuel Collard and Richard Lietz - gave rise to its equipment second to him, to a return of no. 67. The car led 152 returns - three more than no. 66 - until last the three hours.
Not only the TRG swept the first two positions, but Porsche swept in podio. B.J. Zacharias, Phillip Martien and the pilots of mark of Porsche, Sascha Maassen and Patrick Pilet took to 33 no. Wright Motorsports Phillips Way Racing Porsche GT3 to the third place. The quartet did not lead a return, but it was between the five first for more than half of the race.
Others led, but they remained short in the end. The defending champions of class GT of the Series Rolex, Paul Edwards and Kelly the Collins, who shared the 07 no. Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R with Jan Magnussen, were 66 returns in the leadership to only finalize in fourth place.
Nevertheless, Roush, Farnbacher, the Marshes and the Erics Lux did not go with the empty hands. The equipment made the changes and took the picture flag in fifth place, to seven returns of the winners in GT. The other two Porsche GT3 of the Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche also finalized between the 10 first.
By its efforts, equipment no. 70 SpeedSource finalized 17º in its class, and broke a gust of wind of three races gained in the Rolex Series in the track of 5,7 km (3,56 miles).
The following race of the Series Grand-A.m. Rolex Series will be the 26 of April, the Bosch Engineering 250 in Virginia International Raceway.

Source: Grand-A.m., Elena Rose Towers
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