Lamborghini gets first 24-hour win in GTD

Rolex 24 Grand Marshal Chip Ganassi on verge of 200th overall career win as team owner

The race is the first in Castroneves' transition from full-time competitor in the Verizon IndyCar Series to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

As the team worked to fix the damage and remove the shredded tire, Alonso replaced Hanson behind the wheel.

The trio headed up a one-two finish for Action Express as the #31 Cadillac shared by ex-F1 driver Felipe Nasr, Mike Conway, Eric Curran and Stuart Middleton recovered from overheating issues in the final two hours to fend off the #54 Core Autosport Oreca, which was left to settle for third place at the chequered flag.

Defending GT Le Mans class winners Sebastien Bourdais, Joey Hand and Dirk Muller will start second in class and 19th overall after Hand recorded a lap of 1:42.798 in the No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT. Jan Magnussen, the former Formula 1 driver who also competed in 11 Indy vehicle races in 1995 and '99, won the GTLM pole in the No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R.

GT Daytona proved to be the closest class come the chequered flag as Lamborghini claimed its maiden sports auto victory in a 24-hour race, with the customer GRT Grasser Racing Team securing the win with its #11 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 shared by Mirko Bortolotti, Rolf Ineichen, Franck Perera and Rik Breukers.

Both Ford GTs in GTLM retain first and second which they've held for most of the race, However with the latest caution with almost six hours to go putting the #3 Corvette back on the lead lap, Corvette will be ready to capitalise if any of the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing cars slip up in the closing section of the race. It's the second consecutive Rolex overall victory for Cadillac but came from the team that finished second past year. His teams won six overall titles and now have two class victories.

Dixon and his teammates, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, won the GTLM class of the race, racking up 783 laps.

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The Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi of Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi won the Daytona 24 Hours, as Ford claimed a dominant 1-2 in the GTLM category.

The Cadillac teams seem to have the advantage and have led most of the race at Daytona International Speedway.

Cadillac teams had three of the top four spots six hours into the twice-round-the-clock endurance race.

In the GT Daytona class, Kelvin van der Linde was leading in an Audi for Montasplant by Land Motorsport.

His one regret? Even with three wins in the 24-hour endurance race, he doesn't have a Rolex watch like the winning drivers.

The Penske team of Castroneves, Graham Rahal and Ricky Taylor, who moved to Team Penske this year after winning the Rolex and IMSA championship last year driving for his father's team, finished ninth overall.

"Fernando Alonso is here".

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The Ligier LMP2 was seventh and still on the lead lap after Alonso's stint in the auto. Christodoulou's co-drivers in the Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports entry are Jeroen Bleekemolen, Ben Keating and Luca Stolz.

Castroneves started Saturday's race second and found he was too aggressive at the beginning.

He turned the vehicle over to Ricky Taylor and Taylor struggled to get the door closed as he headed to the track.

The Penske team dropped to sixth after the stop.

Ganassi is the only owner to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. There was an issue with the door of the Acura on the driver change and Taylor was struggling to pull it closed. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Lamborghini.

The Taylor team is the defending race victor, but has an overhauled lineup this year and Dutch driver Renger van der Zande won the pole in a Cadillac Di. Montoya, a two-time Indy 500 victor, now has no announced plans to return to compete in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing". He will give way to Ricky Taylor, who was battling the flu and too sick to qualify the auto.

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso made his debut in a major sports vehicle competition but was saddled by a myriad mechanical problems with his United Autosports entry.

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