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Wins Record-Setting Rolex 24

30 January 2018, 01:40 | Gordon Grant

Wins Record-Setting Rolex 24

Strategy decided which Ford scored Ganassi's 200th win

Eddie also is now a retired racer (well, retired unless a good ride pops up).

Ganassi scored his 200th victory as a team owner in all forms of motorsports today when one of his Ford GTs - the No. 67 shared by Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook - outlasted the other Ganassi entry to win the GT Le Mans class at the Rolex 24 At Daytona endurance sports auto race.

"My first 24 hours", Middleton said, "to finish on the podium in the Prototype class is just insane. It was our race to lose, and those are the worst races".

"It was an awesome race, with a relentless pace, so it would have been interesting to see what would have happened if we had been able to race hard to the end".

The entry shared by Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon was running second in class behind its sister vehicle.

Two of the best in the business are here at Daytona this weekend, spotting for the Jackie Chan DCR JOTA team's two Oreca LMP2 cars, with a total of eight drivers to keep track of and guide through the brutal Daytona traffic.

The No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi dominated the Rolex 24 At Daytona, setting records for most laps and longest distance, but the last six hours were nothing short of nerve-racking because of engine overheating.

Allmendinger will team with Trent Hindman, Katherine Legge and Àlvaro Parente, driving an Acura NSX GT3 for Michael Shank Racing in the GT Daytona class. Chip Ganassi Racing and GRT Grasser Racing took class victories.

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"It worked out, but it was tense at the end", said Johnson, who has won this race three times since 2010. And that's how we approach every day.

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"The pace was just fantastic", Action Express owner Bob Johnson said. "We're the type of team that we just focus on trying to do the best we can today. Beyond my expectations, really". An alternator issue put the other vehicle in the garage. Roger Penske's return to sports vehicle racing for the first time since 2009 ended with ninth- and 10th-place finishes with a lineup that included Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Graham Rahal. A pole position performance by Van Der Zande in qualifying reinforced that concept, but as the first seventeen hours of racing showed, the tire issues were too much for the crew to complete the contest.

"It's an unfortunate circumstance to retire from the race with such a strong vehicle", Hunter-Reay said.

Barbosa is driving a Cadillac for Action Express Racing and the prototype is the only auto on the lead lap. It was fitting that Dixon was part of the team's 200th victory - he's the longest tenured driver in Ganassi history.

His one-off IndyCar race at the Indianapolis 500 taught him how to go about working with a new vehicle and a new team.

"From our team's perspective, to come here for our first race and have a shot of winning, I'm really proud of the team and the guys, and all the work that Acura did to get to that point", he said.

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