#2 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford Daytona Prototype at the 2015 Rolex 24 at DaytonaEnlarge Photo
This past weekend was the 53rd running of the Daytona 24 Hours, and the winning team was Chip Ganassi Racing running a Riley-Ford Daytona Prototype powered by an EcoBoost V-6 in the premier Prototype category. Taking turns behind the wheel of the winning #2 car were Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray, who together covered 740 laps at an average speed of 109.693 mph.
It was a close race between the #2 car and the #5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP of Joao Barbosa, Sebastien Bourdais and Christian Fittipaldi, which finished less than two seconds behind the winner. Rounding out the top three spots was another Prototpye, the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP of Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli.
In the Prototype Challenge category, the win went to the #59 Oreca FLM 09 Chevrolet driven by Tom Kimber-Smith, Michael Guasch, Andrew Novich and Andrew Palmer. They came ninth overall. Second place in the Prototype Challenge category went to the #16 Oreca FLM 09 Chevrolet driven by Johnny Mowlem, Tom Papadopoulos, Tomy Drissi, Brian Alder and Martin Plowman, which came 10th overall, and third place went to the #54 Oreca FLM 09 Chevrolet driven by Colin Braun, Mark Wilkins, James Gue and Jon Bennett, which came 12th overall.
#3 Chevrolet Corvette Racing C7.R wins the GTLM category of the 2015 Rolex 24 at DaytonaEnlarge Photo
In the GT Le Mans category, the winner was the #3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R driven by Jan Magnussen, Ryan Briscoe and Antonio Garcia. They finished fifth overall. Second place was the #25 BMW Z4 GTE driven by Bill Auberlen, Dirk Werner, Augusto Farfus and Bruno Spengler, which came sixth overall. And in third place was the #4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R driven by Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Simon Pagenaud, which came eighth overall.
Finally, in the GT Daytona category, first place went to the #93 Dodge Viper SRT of Kuno Wittmer, Cameron Lawrence, Ben Keating and Dominik Farnbacher, which came 13th overall. Second went to the #22 Porsche 911 GT America of Leh Keen, Andrew Davis, Shane van Gisbergen and Cooper MacNeil, which came 14th overall, and third spot went to the #58 Porsche 911 GT America of Jan Heylen, Patrick Dempsey, Philipp Eng and Madison Snow, which came 15th overall.
The Daytona 24 Hours, officially known as the Rolex 24 at Daytona, is just the first race of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The next stop on the calendar is in Sebring from March 18-21.