2012 24 Hours of Daytona

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#60 Michael Shank Racing winner of DP category
#44 Magnus Racing winner of GT category

The 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona was a long-distance motor race for sports cars conforming to the regulations of the Grand-Am Road Racing series. The race was held over a duration of 24 hours, starting at 3:30pm on Saturday, January 28, finishing at 3:30pm the following day.[1] The race was held on the sports car version of Daytona International Speedway, which includes only a portion of the NASCAR Superspeedway course and a loop of circuit which winds through the infield of the speedway.

2012 was the 50th running of the race which had begun as a three-hour duration sports car race in 1962. The race was also the opening round of the 2012 Rolex Sports Car Series season. A field of 14 Daytona Prototypes took the start of the race along with a grid of 44 of the slower roadcar-based Grand Touring class cars.[2]

This race also was part of the inaugural North American Endurance Championship.[3]


Pole position for the race was taken by British racing driver Ryan Dalziel driving the Starworks Motorsport run Riley Technologies Mk.XXVI Daytona Prototype sports car recording a lap time of 1:41.119.[4]

In the Grand Touring class, pole was claimed by the Brumos Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup driven by American driver Andrew Davis.[5]


The Michael Shank Racing entry of A. J. Allmendinger, Justin Wilson, Oswaldo Negri, and John Pew took victory in their No. 60 Riley Mk. XXVI Ford, completing 761 laps over the course of the 24-hour race. They enjoyed a spirited battle with the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Riley Mk. XXVI Ford of Ryan Dalziel, Lucas Luhr, Allan McNish, Enzo Potolicchio and Alex Popow, which led the most laps and posted the quickest time of the race, but suffered a minor accident in the 17th hour.[6]

In GT, Magnus Racing earned its first-ever Rolex Sports Car Series victory, with the lineup of Richard Lietz, Andy Lally, René Rast, and John Potter in the No. 44 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. It was Lally's fourth Rolex 24 class victory,[7] and the first for the other three drivers.

Race result[edit]

Class Winners in bold.[8]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Laps
1 DP 60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian United States A. J. Allmendinger
Brazil Oswaldo Negri
United States John Pew
United Kingdom Justin Wilson
Riley Mk. XXVI 761
Ford 5.0L V8
2 DP 8 Starworks Motorsport United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
Germany Lucas Luhr
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Venezuela Alex Popow
Venezuela Enzo Potolicchio
Riley Mk. XXVI 761
Ford 5.0L V8
3 DP 6 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Venezuela Jorge Goncalvez
United States Michael McDowell
Brazil Felipe Nasr
Colombia Gustavo Yacamán
Riley Mk. XX 761
Ford 5.0L V8
4 DP 02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates New Zealand Scott Dixon
United Kingdom Dario Franchitti
United States Jamie McMurray
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Riley Mk. XXVI 760
BMW 5.0L V8
5 DP 5 Action Express Racing United States David Donohue
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
United States Darren Law
Corvette DP (Coyote CPM) 758
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
6 DP 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates United States Joey Hand
United States Scott Pruett
United States Graham Rahal
Mexico Memo Rojas
Riley Mk. XXVI 757
BMW 5.0L V8
7 DP 77 Doran Racing United States Brian Frisselle
United States Burt Frisselle
United States Billy Johnson
United States Jim Lowe
Canada Paul Tracy
Dallara DP-01 748
Ford 5.0L V8
8 DP 90 Spirit of Daytona Spain Antonio García
United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
Denmark Jan Magnussen
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
Corvette DP (Coyote CPM) 746
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
9 DP 9 Action Express Racing Portugal João Barbosa
United States Terry Borcheller
United States J. C. France
Italy Max Papis
Corvette DP (Coyote CPM) 739
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
10 DP 2 Starworks Motorsport United States Marco Andretti
United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
United States Scott Mayer
Canada Michael Valiante
Riley Mk. XX 736
Ford 5.0L V8
11 GT 44 Magnus Racing United States Andy Lally
Austria Richard Lietz
United States John Potter
Germany René Rast
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 727
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
12 GT 67 TRG United States Steven Bertheau
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Belgium Marc Goossens
Germany Wolf Henzler
United States Spencer Pumpelly
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 727
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
13 GT 59 Brumos Racing United States Andrew Davis
United States Hurley Haywood
United States Leh Keen
Germany Marc Lieb
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 726
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
14 GT 57 Stevenson Motorsports Denmark Ronnie Bremer
United States John Edwards
United Kingdom Robin Liddell
Chevrolet Camaro GT.R 726
Chevrolet 6.0L V8
15 GT 63 Risi Competizione Monaco Olivier Beretta
Italy Andrea Bertolini
Finland Toni Vilander
Ferrari 458 Italia 726
Ferrari 4.5L V8
16 GT 70 SpeedSource United States Jonathan Bomarito
United Kingdom Marino Franchitti
Canada James Hinchcliffe
Canada Sylvain Tremblay
Mazda RX-8 722
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
17 GT 66 TRG Germany Dominik Farnbacher
United States Ben Keating
France Patrick Pilet
Denmark Allan Simonsen
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 721
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
18 GT 69 AIM Autosport/Team FXDD Racing with Ferrari United States Emil Assentato
United States Anthony Lazzaro
United States Nick Longhi
United States Jeff Segal
Ferrari 458 Italia 716
Ferrari 4.5L V8
19 DP 76 Krohn Racing United States Colin Braun
Sweden Niclas Jönsson
United States Tracy Krohn
Brazil Ricardo Zonta
Lola B08/70 713
Ford 5.0L V8
20 GT 88 Autohaus Motorsports United States Paul Edwards
Hong Kong Matthew Marsh
United States Tommy Milner
United States Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Camaro GT.R 713
Chevrolet 6.0L V8
21 GT 40 Dempsey Racing United States Patrick Dempsey
United States Charles Espenlaub
United States Joe Foster
United States Tom Long
United States Charles Putman
Mazda RX-8 713
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
22 GT 32 Orbit/GMG France Nicolas Armindo
United States Bret Curtis
United States Shane Lewis
United States James Sofronas
United States Lance Willsey
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 713
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
23 GT 42 Team Sahlen United States Dane Cameron
United States Joe Nonnamaker
United States Wayne Nonnamaker
United States Will Nonnamaker
Mazda RX-8 711
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
24 GT 03 Extreme Speed Motorsports United States Ed Brown
United States Guy Cosmo
United States Scott Sharp
United States Johannes van Overbeek
Ferrari 458 Italia 707
Ferrari 4.5L V8
25 GT 24 Alex Job Racing United States Michael Avenatti
United States Bob Faieta
United States Fred Poordad
United States Bill Sweedler
United States Cort Wagner
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 707
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
26 GT 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports with Wright Motorsports Germany Jörg Bergmeister
United States Patrick Long
United States Seth Neiman
Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 706
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
27 GT 93 Turner Motorsport United States Bill Auberlen
Canada Paul Dalla Lana
United States Michael Marsal
Germany Dirk Müller
Germany Dirk Werner
BMW M3 691
BMW 5.0L V8
28 GT 23 Alex Job Racing France Emmanuel Collard
Germany Marco Holzer
United States Butch Leitzinger
United States Cooper MacNeil
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 689
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
29 GT 26 NGT Motorsport United States Henrique Cisneros
United Kingdom Sean Edwards
United States Carlos Kauffmann
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 688
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
30 GT 64 TRG Venezuela Gaetano Ardagna
Chile Eduardo Costabal
Venezuela Emilio Di Guida
Colombia Santiago Orjuela
Chile Eliseo Salazar
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 688
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
31 GT 22 Bullet Racing United States Randy Blaylock
Hong Kong Darryl O'Young
United States Kevin Roush
Canada Brett Van Blankers
United States Joe White
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 681
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
32 DP 50 50+Predator/Alegra United States Byron DeFoor
United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson
United Kingdom Brian Johnson
United States Jim Pace
United States Carlos de Quesada
Riley Mk. XI 672
BMW 5.0L V8
33 DP 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing United States Jon Fogarty
United States Memo Gidley
United States Alex Gurney
Corvette DP (Riley XXVI) 672
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
34 GT 82 Dick Greer Racing United States John Fergus
United States John Finger
United States Dick Greer
United States Mark Hotchkis
United States Owen Trinkler
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 665
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
35 GT 56 AF Waltrip Portugal Rui Águas
United States Robert Kauffman
United States Travis Pastrana
United States Michael Waltrip
Ferrari 458 Italia 645
Ferrari 4.5L V8
36 GT 65 TRG United States Joe Castellano
United States Spencer Cox
United States Mike Hedlund
United States Jack McCarthy, Jr.
United States Jim Michaelian
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 643
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
37 GT 68 TRG Canada Chris Cumming
France Kévin Estre
Republic of Ireland Damien Faulkner
United States Carlos Gomez
United States Ben Keating
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 640
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
38 GT 55 Acumen Motorsport United States Frank Del Vecchio
United States Doug Grunnet
United States Tony Kester
United States Scott McKee
United States Randy Pobst
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 626
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
39 GT 18 Mühlner Motorsports America United States Davy Jones
United States Bill Lester
United States John McCutchen
Canada Mark Thomas
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 609
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
40 GT 41 Dempsey Racing United Kingdom Ian James
United States Rick Johnson
United States Don Kitch, Jr.
Canada Scott Maxwell
United States Dan Rogers
Mazda RX-8 608
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
41 GT 12 Alliance Autosport United States Jon Miller
United States Hal Prewitt
United States Scott Rettich
United States Matt Schneider
United States Darryl Shoff
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 604
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
42 GT 19 Mühlner Motorsports America United States Scott Dollahite
United States Ian Nater
United States Rhett O'Doski
Germany Marco Seefried
United States Derek Whitis
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 599
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
43 GT 75 Stevenson Motorsports United States Matt Bell
United States Al Carter
United States Eric Curran
United States Hugh Plumb
Chevrolet Camaro GT.R 577
Chevrolet 6.0L V8
44 GT 51 APR Motorsport United States Ian Baas
Venezuela Nelson Canache, Jr.
United States Jim Norman
Italy Emanuele Pirro
South Africa Dion von Moltke
Audi R8 447
Audi 5.2L V10
45 GT 74 Oryx Racing United Arab Emirates Humaid Al Masaood
United Arab Emirates Saeed Al Mehairi
United Kingdom Steven Kane
Audi R8 202
Audi 5.2L V10
46 GT 17 Burtin Racing with Goldcrest Motorsports Germany Sebastian Asch
United States Jack Baldwin
Argentina Claudio Burtin
Austria Martin Ragginger
United States Bryan Sellers
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 424
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
47 GT 20 Liqui Moly Team Engstler/Mitchum Motorsports United States Jade Buford
Germany Franz Engstler
United States David Murry
United States Gunter Schaldach
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 416
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
48 GT 34 Orbit/GMG United States Michael DeFontes
United States Phil Fogg
Slovakia Miroslav Konopka
Czech Republic Jan Vonka
Netherlands Ronald van de Laar
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 383
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
49 GT 4 Magnus Racing United Kingdom Justin Bell
United States Ryan Eversley
United States Daniel Graeff
United States Ron Yarab, Jr.
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 310
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
50 GT 36 Yellow Dragon Motorsports United States Jarett Andretti
United States John Andretti
Canada Taylor Hacquard
Norway Anders Krohn
Mazda RX-8 270
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
51 GT 15 Rick Ware Racing United States Chris Cook
United States Jeffrey Earnhardt
United States Doug Harrington
United States Timmy Hill
United States John Ware, Jr.
Ford Mustang 256
Ford 5.0L V8
52 GT 48 Paul Miller Racing United Kingdom Robert Bell
Germany Sascha Maassen
United States Bryce Miller
Canada Mark Wilkins
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 224
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
53 GT 46 Michael Baughman Racing United States Michael Baughman
Netherlands Ivo Breukers
Belgium Armand Fumal
United States Ray Mason
United States Jeff Nowicki
Chevrolet Corvette 172
Chevrolet 6.2L V8
54 GT 62 Risi Competizione Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Brazil Raphael Matos
Ferrari 458 Italia 154
Ferrari 4.5L V8
55 GT 87 Racers Edge Motorsports United States Tony Ave
Belgium Jan Heylen
United States Doug Peterson
Belgium Maxime Soulet
Costa Rica Emilio Valverde
Dodge Viper 101
Dodge 8.0L V10
56 GT 94 Turner Motorsport United States Bill Auberlen
Canada Paul Dalla Lana
United States Billy Johnson
Germany Dirk Müller
United States Boris Said
BMW M3 86
BMW 5.0L V8
57 GT 43 Team Sahlen United States Joe Nonnamaker
United States Wayne Nonnamaker
United States Will Nonnamaker
Mazda RX-8 21
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
58 DP 10 SunTrust Racing Italy Max Angelelli
Australia Ryan Briscoe
United States Ricky Taylor
Corvette DP (Dallara DP01) 14
Chevrolet 5.0L V8


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