Joey Hand driving the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford EcoBoost/Riley held the lead as the the Rolex 24 passes the 6 hour marker, scoring a maximum five points in the opening segment of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.
The Patrón Endurance Cup is a 52-hour endurance competition that encompasses the four marquee endurance races on the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship schedule: the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and the Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda. Points are awarded at specific intervals throughout each race – every six hours in the Rolex 24 – with the leader at the end of each segment scoring five points, four points for second, three points for third and fourth-place on back receiving two points.
Other teams scoring the maximum five points at the conclusion of the opening segment: No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R (GTLM), No. 54 CORE autosport (PC) and No. 93 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R (GTD).
A caution for the stopped No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT America of Andy Lally with roughly 30 minutes remaining in the opening segment prompted a number of lead-lap pit stops. Among them was the race-leading No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP which handed the lead over to the No. 01 Ganassi entry. Hand was able to hold off teammate Tony Kanaan’s No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford EcoBoost/Riley to score the five points in the Prototype class.
While Jan Magnussen and Mark Wilkins restarted in the lead and later held on to score the maximum five points in the GTLM and PC classes, respectively, defending GTLM champion Kuno Wittmer drove around the Ferrari 458 Italia of Jeff Segal shortly before the six-hour mark to lead the segment in the No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R in the GTD class.