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Acura takes first and second in Rolex 24 at Daytona

DAYTONA Beach front, Fla. — What a year for Helio Castroneves, the ageless Spiderman of motorsports.

Castroneves climbed the fence for the third time this calendar yr Sunday soon after earning an additional crown jewel victory, this time a second consecutive earn in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Brazilian shut out the race for Meyer Shank Racing, the workforce that aided him gain a document-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 past May well.

Castroneves in the No. 60 Acura held off Ricky Taylor more than the final hour of the 2 times-round-the-clock race — an ironic close due to the fact Castroneves gained his first career Rolex check out 365 times in the past as Taylor’s teammate in the No. 10 Acura.

Castroneves denied Wayne Taylor Racing a fourth consecutive acquire at Daytona Global Speedway, wherever he of system climbed the fence with his staff in celebration. Now rival workforce owner Taylor went to victory lane to congratulate Castroneves.

The earn for Michael Shank came on the 10th anniversary of Shank’s very first victory in North America’s most prestigious sports activities motor vehicle race. That gain in the 50th functioning of the Rolex with the late Justin Wilson and NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger gave Shank’s fledgling method trustworthiness, and Castroneves considering the fact that May has assisted Shank exhibit the group is a respectable drive.


The 24-hour race was comprehensive of surprises and place the groups as a result of a exclusive circumstance because of to the weather conditions. Unseasonably cold temperatures caused significant grip troubles with the tires. Because tire heaters are not authorized, teams had to go out with tires that drivers described to us as “driving on ice.” In order to come to be grippy and valuable, you want temperature in the tires, which meant the first lap on new tires was a sketchy 1 for each individual driver. We witnessed additional than a couple of terrifying times, skids and crashes that you could attribute to the tremendous-lower tire temps — racing in sub-freezing weather conditions is not typical.


The two the GTD Pro Corvettes and DPi
Cadillacs had tricky times. But even although the DPi Cadillacs completed 3rd and forth, the race in between
GM and Acura remained shut for the complete 24 hours. At the finish, it was only seconds that stood in between Cadillac and victory. A last stint of about 30 minutes in which both of those Acura and Cadillac had been on even footing just proved that Acura experienced additional speed at Daytona this yr.


As for the fan turnout, the chilly weather conditions didn’t do too a lot to dampen spirits. Attendees crammed the grid walk and observe walk prior to race start, signing their names and expressing properly-wishes to their beloved drivers and teams on the start off/complete line. Luckily for the motorists, they only experienced the cold to offer with, as rain that had plagued Daytona in close proximity to to race by no means threatened the whole weekend. It is a good issue, far too, due to the fact precipitation in a sure window right away would’ve been snow, not rain.


Even with the deficiency of rain, Daytona took its share of punches, as entire-system cautions have been regular occurrences. The good thing is for Acura, the two groups stayed clean up all race extended and experienced no dependability issues that plagued their races.


Castroneves will travel the total IndyCar time for Shank this year in a two-car or truck energy that includes his former Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud. Shank grabbed the two Castroneves and Pagenaud to aid his fulltime IMSA athletics auto drivers Olivier Jarvis and Tom Blomqvist win the 60th managing of the Rolex.

The 24-hour race remarkably arrived down to the remaining minutes in four of the 5 courses at Daytona. And it was a enormous day for the IndyCar Collection, which had five motorists declare Rolex watches.

Colton Herta, Pato O’Ward and IndyCar rookie Devlin DeFrancesco rallied DragonSpeed United states from numerous laps down to win the LMP2 course, with Herta heading doorway-to-doorway in the last minutes with Tower Motorsport. Herta arrived out the victor when the two autos practically touched and Louis Deletraz went off study course.

The new GTD Professional class was made a decision by a frantic battle concerning a pair of Porsches, and Pfaff Motorsports, which enlisted IMSA reigning co-winner Felipe Nasr as its endurance driver, attained the win. The last several hours of the race noticed these two Porsches heading wheel-to-wheel, lap soon after lap, and their battle almost finished in final-lap disaster for Acura, as the two 911s produced make contact with as a result of the bus cease chicane.

Riley Motorsports won the LMP 3 class and Wright Motorsports won the GT Daytona class.

The discipline highlighted 61 cars, the most considering the fact that 2014, and was run in document-small temperatures, but it was a delicate 53 degrees and sunny when Castroneves climbed still a different fence.


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