Jordan Taylor drove the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP to the lead at the halfway mark of the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona, but it was the pair of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Ford EcoBoost/Riley entries that shared the lead in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup after two six-hour segments.
After scoring a maximum five points in the opening segment, the No. 01 entry driven by Scott Pruett, Joey Hand, Charlie Kimball and Sage Karam finished the second segment in the third position while the team’s No. 02 entry driven by Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson, Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon was second at the end of each segment.
Points in the four-race Patrón Endurance Cup 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.
Similar to Chip Ganassi Racing in the Prototype class, Corvette Racing’s pair of Corvette C7.Rs shared the top spot after two Patrón Endurance Cup segments in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. Oliver Gavin led at the 12-hour mark in the team’s No. 4 entry co-driven by Tommy Milner and Simon Pagenaud while the No. 3 driven by Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Ryan Briscoe finished the segment second.
CORE autosport continued to show the dominance in Prototype Challenge (PC) that guided the team to wins in three of the four Patrón Endurance Cup events one year ago. After Colin Braun pitted in the seventh hour with a flat left-rear tire, he later drove the No. 54 ORECA FLM09 he shares with co-drivers Jon Bennett, James Gue and Mark Wilkins back to the lead earning the maximum 10 points through the race’s first two segments.
Roles were reversed in the GT Daytona (GTD) class as the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 of Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal and Anthony Lazzaro avenged a late pass by the No. 93 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R driven by Kuno Wittmer, Cameron Lawrence, Dominik Farnbacher and Al Carter at the end of the first segment. With the two teams swapping positions in the opening two segments, both share the class lead with nine points apiece.