2011 24 Hours of Daytona

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Start of the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Prototypes run at the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona, ran on Saturday and Sunday, January 29–30, 2011 at the Daytona International Speedway, was the 49th running of the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race.[1] The first race of the 2011 Rolex Sports Car Series season,[2] it was broadcast on Speed Channel, with fourteen hours of live coverage,[3] in addition to a considerable attendance.

Qualifying[edit]

Pole position for the race was won by Jörg Bergmeister of Germany, driving the #45 Daytona Prototype of Flying Lizard Motorsports, a Riley Technologies chassis powered by a Porsche engine, with a lap time of 1 minute 40.099 seconds.[4] Pole for the Grand Touring category was won by Dominik Farnbacher in the #66 TRG Motorsports Porsche 911, with a lap time of 1 minute 48.781 seconds.[4]

Results[edit]

Winning the race overall was the Daytona Prototype team of Chip Ganassi Racing, with drivers Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Graham Rahal and Joey Hand driving the #01 Riley & Scott-BMW defeating Chip Ganassi Racing's second team, consisting of IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti, and Sprint Cup teammates Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya in the #02 Riley & Scott-BMW by just over two seconds in a one-lap sprint following a late caution flag.[5] The win was Pruett's fourth overall victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the fourth of four major auto racing wins by Ganassi in the last year, following victories in the 2010 Daytona 500, 2010 Indianapolis 500 and 2010 Brickyard 400;[5] co-driver Rahal's victory came 30 years after his father, Bobby Rahal, won the race in 1981.[6]

The GT division victory was claimed by TRG Motorsports, the #67 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup driven by Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly, Brendan Gaughan, Wolf Henzler and Steven Bertheau winning by a margin of one lap.[5]

Patrick Dempsey, a television actor, placed third in the GT category in the #40 Mazda RX-8.[5]

Although there were no serious accidents during the race, dense fog in the early morning hours resulted in a caution period lasting nearly three hours.[7]

Race results[edit]

TV star Patrick Dempsey, seen here at the 2008 event, placed third in the GT class.

Class Winners in bold.[8][9]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Laps
Engine
1 DP 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates United States Scott Pruett
Mexico Memo Rojas
United States Graham Rahal
United States Joey Hand
Riley 721
BMW 5.0L V8
2 DP 02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates New Zealand Scott Dixon
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
United Kingdom Dario Franchitti
United States Jamie McMurray
Riley 721
BMW 5.0L V8
3 DP 9 Action Express Racing United States Terry Borcheller
United States J.C. France
Portugal João Barbosa
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
Italy Max Papis
Riley 721
Porsche (LBP) 5.0L V8
4 DP 23 United Autosports with Michael Shank Racing United States Zak Brown
United States Mark Patterson
United Kingdom Mark Blundell
United Kingdom Martin Brundle
Riley 721
Ford 5.0L V8
5 DP 10 SunTrust Racing Italy Max Angelelli
United States Ricky Taylor
Australia Ryan Briscoe
Dallara 720
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
6 DP 76 Krohn Racing United States Tracy Krohn
Sweden Niclas Jönsson
Brazil Ricardo Zonta
France Nicolas Minassian
Lola B08/70 720
Ford 5.0L V8
7 DP 6 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian United States A. J. Allmendinger
United States Michael McDowell
United Kingdom Justin Wilson
Dallara 719
Ford 5.0L V8
8 DP 55 Level 5 Motorsports United States Scott Tucker
France Christophe Bouchut
Mexico Luis Díaz
Canada Mark Wilkins
Riley 717
BMW 5.0L V8
9 DP 5 Action Express Racing United States Darren Law
United States David Donohue
United States Buddy Rice
United States Burt Frisselle
Riley 706
Porsche (LBP) 5.0L V8
10 DP 60 Michael Shank Racing United States John Pew
Brazil Oswaldo Negri
Belgium Marc Goossens
Canada Michael Valiante
Riley 706
Ford 5.0L V8
11 DP 95 Level 5 Motorsports United States Scott Tucker
United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
Brazil Raphael Matos
Riley 703
BMW 5.0L V8
12 GT 67 TRG Motorsports United States Steven Bertheau
United States Brendan Gaughan
Germany Wolf Henzler
United States Andy Lally
United States Spencer Pumpelly
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 685
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
13 GT 48 Paul Miller Racing United States Bryce Miller
United Kingdom Tim Sugden
United States Bryan Sellers
United Kingdom Rob Bell
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 684
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
14 GT 40 Dempsey Racing United States Joe Foster
United States Patrick Dempsey
United States Charles Espenlaub
United States Tom Long
Mazda RX-8 681
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
15 DP 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing United States Jon Fogarty
United States Alex Gurney
United States Jimmie Johnson
Riley 679
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
16 GT 44 Magnus Racing United States John Potter
United States Craig Stanton
Austria Richard Lietz
Germany Marco Holzer
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 675
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
17 GT 59 Brumos Racing United States Hurley Haywood
United States Andrew Davis
United States Leh Keen
Germany Marc Lieb
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 673
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
18 GT 70 SpeedSource United States John Edwards
Canada Sylvain Tremblay
United Kingdom Adam Christodoulou
United States Jonathan Bomarito
Mazda RX-8 670
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
19 GT 42 Team Sahlen United States Will Nonnamaker
United States Wayne Nonnamaker
United States Joe Nonnamaker
United States Memo Gidley
Mazda RX-8 661
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
20 GT 4 TRG Motorsports United States Ryan Eversley
United States Daniel Graeff
United States Kenny Wallace
United States Ron Yarab Jr
United States Richard Zahn Jr
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 659
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
21 GT 18 Müehlner Motorsport Canada Mark Thomas
United States Peter Ludwig
South Africa Dion von Moltke
United States Cory Friedman
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 655
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
22 DP 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports United States Patrick Long
Germany Jörg Bergmeister
United States Seth Neiman
United States Johannes van Overbeek
Riley Mk. XI 654
Porsche 4.0L Flat-6
23 GT 41 Dempsey Racing United States James Gue
United States Dane Cameron
United Kingdom Ian James
Canada Dave Lacey
Mazda RX-8 650
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
24 DP 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Spain Antonio García
United States Paul Edwards
Germany Sascha Maassen
Coyote 649
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
25 GT 47 Rick Ware Racing United States Jeffrey Earnhardt
United States Scott Monroe
United States Doug Harrington
United States Maurice Hull
United States Brett Sandberg
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 635
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
26 GT 57 Stevenson Motorsports United Kingdom Robin Liddell
Denmark Ronnie Bremer
Denmark Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Camaro GT.R 629
Chevrolet 6.0L V8
27 GT 66 TRG Motorsports Germany Dominik Farnbacher
United States Tim George, Jr
United States Ben Keating
Germany Lucas Luhr
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 612
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
28 GT 88 Autohaus Motorsports United States Jordan Taylor
United States Bill Lester
United States Johnny O'Connell
Hong Kong Matthew Marsh
Chevrolet Camaro GT.R 607
Chevrolet 6.0L V8
29 GT 81 DragonSpeed United States Cort Wagner
United States Fred Poordad
United States Doug Baron
United States Nick Jones
Ferrari F430 Challenge 588
Ferrari 4.3L V8
30 GT 54 TRG Motorsports/Black Swan Racing/GMG Racing Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
United States Tim Pappas
France Patrick Pilet
United States James Sofronas Bret Curtis
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 578
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
31 DP 2 Starworks Motorsport Venezuela Enzo Potolicchio
Venezuela Alex Popow
France Romain Iannetta
Venezuela E.J. Viso
Riley 577
Ford 5.0L V8
32 GT 94 Turner Motorsport United States Bill Auberlen
United States Boris Said
Canada Paul Dalla Lana
United States Matt Plumb
BMW M3 565
BMW 5.0L V8
33 DP 8 Starworks Motorsport Canada Mike Forest
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
United States Jim Lowe
United States Colin Braun
Czech Republic Tomáš Enge
Riley 552
Ford 5.0L V8
34 GT 63 Team Spencer Motorsports United States Rich Grupp
United States David Murry
United States Jim Downing
United States Owen Trinkler
Mazda RX-8 544
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
35 GT 65 Chris Smith Racing United States Bill Sweedler
United States Shane Lewis
United States Tom Sheehan
United States Mitch Pagerey
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 495
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
36 GT 30 Racers Edge Motorsports United States Scott Rettich
United States Mark Jensen
United States Michael Marsal
United States Gary Jensen
United States Jade Buford
Mazda RX-8 453
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
37 GT 53 TRG Motorsports/Nadeau Motorsports United States Jim Michaelian
United States Bob Doyle
United States Coulter Mulligan
United States Joe Castellano
United States Ken Dobson
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 423
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
38 GT 32 PR1 Motorsports China David Cheng
United States Tom Papadopoulos
United States Ryan Lewis
United States Max Hyatt
BMW M6 402
BMW 5.0L V8
39 GT 07 Banner Racing United States Bruce Ledoux
United States Eric Curran
United States Gunter Schaldach
United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
Chevrolet Camaro GT.R 398
Chevrolet 6.0L V8
40 GT 17 Burtin Racing Argentina Claudio Burtin
Austria Martin Ragginger
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
France Nicolas Armindo
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 378
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
41 GT 22 Bullet Racing Hong Kong Darryl O'Young
United Kingdom James Walker
United States Brian Wong
United States Eric Lux
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 328
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
42 DP 77 Doran Racing United States Brian Frisselle
United States Henri Richard
United States Matt Bell
United Kingdom Ross Kaiser
Dallara 312
Ford 5.0L V8
43 GT 56 Bennett Racing United States Mike Skeen
Canada Jean-François Dumoulin
United States Michael Davidson
United Kingdom Glynn Geddie
United States Dan Harrington
Ferrari F430 Challenge 286
Ferrari 4.3L V8
44 DP 7 Starworks Motorsport United States Doug Peterson
United States R.J. Valentine
United States Jared Beyer
United States Scott Mayer
Belgium Jan Heylen
Riley 215
Ford 5.0L V8
45 GT 69 SpeedSource United States Emil Assentato
United States Jeff Segal
United States Nick Ham
United States Anthony Lazzaro
Mazda RX-8 202
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
46 GT 43 Team Sahlen United States Joe Sahlen Mazda RX-8 124
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
47 GT 36 Yellow Dragon Motorsports Canada Taylor Hacquard
Canada Chris Cumming
United States Mikel Miller
United States Justin Marks
Mazda RX-8 122
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
48 GT 86 Mitchum Motorsports United States Joey Atterbury
United States Cooper MacNeil
United States Randy Pobst
United States Derek Whitis
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 121
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SunTrust Racing: 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona Preview". The Auto Channel. January 27, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  2. ^ "2011 Rolex Series: GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Schedule". Grand-Am Road Racing. Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  3. ^ Harris, David (January 12, 2011). "GRAND-AM: SPEED Set For 14 Hours Of Live Rolex 24 Coverage". SPEED Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Bergmeister Captures Pole for Rolex 24 At Daytona". Daytona International Speedway. January 27, 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d Spencer, Reid (January 30, 2011). "Pruett delivers Rolex 24 win for Ganassi". The Sporting News. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  6. ^ Dagys, John (January 30, 2011). "ROLEX 24: Ganassi Goes Big With Rolex 1-2". Speed Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  7. ^ "Chip Slams Them, Wins Rolex 24 at Daytona". Grand-Am Road Racing. January 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Results from the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona". Daytona International Speedway. January 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  9. ^ "Rolex 24 At Daytona Entry List". Grand-Am Road Racing. January 30, 2011. Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 


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