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Old 01-29-2012, 11:04am   #21
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When did the Vettes bow out?
The 10 had a valve train issue in the first hour. Toast.

The 99 holed the radiator about 10 last night and then overnight Gurney stuck it in the tire wall. They were 85+ laps down

The 5 got tagged by a spinner and dropped them down about 3 laps.

The 90 is hanging on in 15 laps down.

Barring a problem for the Ganassi BMWs or the Fords, I just don't think the new Corvettes have the umph to podium.
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So disappointed I couldn't make it this year...also pretty disappointed in GMs performance this weekend.
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The 5 got tagged by a spinner and dropped them down about 3 laps.
They just got a lap back on that last caution... 2 down, but it will still take something catastrophic from those Rileys for them to podium.


That 4 wide for the lead was
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I love this kind of racing.
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This is getting exciting! Those Rileys are beating the hell out of each other... and Pruett just beat them both out of the pits. Not sure the BMW has the speed to stay there, but it should certainly make it interesting.
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Not sure the BMW has the speed to stay there
Well that didn't take long. Dinger around the outside in turn 1.
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Michael Shank Racing wins at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The little team with no pedigree knocked off the big boys with all those championships.

Michael Shank Racing did it with a pair of drivers hoping Sunday's victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona is the kickoff to their career comebacks.

NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger closed out the twice-around-the-clock win by piloting the No. 60 Ford Riley for the final stint, a nearly three-hour drive that included some door-to-door banging with Allan McNish for the lead.

It was Allmendinger's first win in a major series in almost six years, and comes about a month after he landed the job of a lifetime with Roger Penske's NASCAR team.

"I feel very fortunate," Allmendinger said. "This is one of the reasons why I love this race, because it really kicks off SpeedWeeks. It's such a prestigious race. It's one of those races you want on your resume and you want to say that you were part of a victory.

"It's amazing. I'm going to cherish this."


AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 60 DP Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson, meanwhile, turned in his own strong performance with a three-hour drive during the morning hours that proved he's healthy -- but more importantly, he's still fast -- after a six-month layoff because of a broken bone in his back. Wilson announced recently he's reuniting with Dale Coyne Racing for the upcoming IndyCar season.

"Hopefully this is the start of a good season," Wilson said. "We just have to work it out. I think it's going to be an exciting year. I'm really looking forward to it."

Allmendinger was suffering from severe leg cramps at the end of the race, and had to be helped from the car in Victory Lane. While waiting to start the post-race news conference, he rested his head on a chair with his eyes closed.

The two paired with Grand-Am regulars Ozz Negri Jr. and John Pew to give Shank its first win in one of the most prestigious sports car races in the world. Shank, who had a second entry that finished third, was nearly in tears in Daytona's storied Victory Lane.

"I am just grateful," he said of winning the 50th running of the 24-hour race. It was Shank's ninth attempt to win Daytona.

Allmendinger was suffering from severe leg cramps at the end of the race, and had to be helped from the car in Victory Lane. While waiting to start the post-race news conference, he rested his head on a chair with his eyes closed.

"I'm beat. I'm cramping all over," he said nearly two hours after the race ended. "I've never felt anything like this. But it's a good feeling."

Wilson said he had cramping in his legs and lower back, but said it was unrelated to the broken vertebrae he suffered in an August accident at Mid-Ohio. He had to wear a protective shell for almost three months after the accident.

Ryan Dalziel was at the wheel for Starworks Motorsport's second-place finish, and Felipe Nasr was driving for Shank when he crossed the line in third. Ford swept the top three spots of the Daytona Prototype class, and won the race for the first time since 1999.

It required holding off the vaunted teams from Chip Ganassi Racing, which finished fourth and sixth after both cars had mechanical issues.

IndyCar driver Scott Dixon was driving during the middle of the night when the shifter broke in the No. 02 BMW Riley. It put that car four laps down during the repair time, and long green flag runs prevented the team from making up the laps fast enough to get back into contention.

NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya was behind the wheel when the "star car" -- the lineup also included IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti and NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray -- crossed the finish line one lap down, in fourth.

Meanwhile, the defending race winner group of Grand-Am champions Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, IndyCar driver Graham Rahal and sports car standout Joey Hand finished sixth, down four laps. Pruett was running inside the top three headed into the final hour, but a late gearbox issue took the defending champions out of contention.

"It was an epic race," Ganassi said. "We just weren't a part of it. We struggled the whole 24 hours to keep pace with the Fords. It was a stretch for us to do it."

The Ganassi drivers noted many times the Ford were far superior in horsepower, and it was obvious in how the competition drove away from a Ganassi car every time a battle for position reached the oval portion of Daytona's course.

"All you have to do is have a pair of eyes and see what's going on. We had a pretty big deficit in power," Pruett said. "We kind of knew where we were at a third, halfway into the race. They could have us. We couldn't match their pace. They were running a half mph faster than we were easily."

Andy Lally, NASCAR's rookie of the year last season in the elite Sprint Cup Series, marked his return to sports car racing with a victory in the Grand Touring class for Magnus Racing.

Lally struggled through his NASCAR season, but loved every minute of racing stock cars, even though he's now back in sports cars this year.

"Knowing how tough it was going to be, I'd do it all over again," Lally said. "As tough as it was and as humbling as it was and as much of an underdog as you could be, we were, but it was still a blast. And to come back and drive with talents like (this) ... is cool trying to transition back into it and get back in the swing of things right off the bat."

The race marked the debut of the Corvette in Prototypes, and the Ferrari and Audi in GT. The highest finishing Corvette was Action Express Racing, which wound up fifth.

The top finishing Ferrari was from Risi Competizione, at fifth in GT. The highest Audi was APR, at 31st in GT.

The Corvettes suffered a huge blow less than an hour into the race when the SunTrust Racing entry blew its engine.

"It's really disappointing but at the same time this is what happens in this game," team owner Wayne Taylor said.

IndyCar driver Marco Andretti was a last-minute addition to the Starworks Motorsport team, and arrived at Daytona after a two-day test session for IndyCar at Palm Beach International Raceway. He had to be treated for dehydration after his final stint in the car.





AJ Allmendinger leads Michael Shank Racing to Rolex 24 at Daytona win - ESPN
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'Dinger was pretty damn impressive in that last few hours.
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'Dinger was pretty damn impressive in that last few hours.
He's a good driver ( as these results prove ). It will be interesting to see how he does with his Penske car this year
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Old 01-30-2012, 9:54am   #30
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I just got back after spending the weekend there. After the number 5 Corvette was in the pits after one lap, I tuned my scanner to them. The driver would say, "The engine is still ****". The crew chief would say, "We're looking at the data, do the best you can." They would radio out for the driver to flip a few switches, and he'd say, "It's still crap".

I took about 1200 photos while I was there. I'll post some hopefully tonight.
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I just got back after spending the weekend there. After the number 5 Corvette was in the pits after one lap, I tuned my scanner to them. The driver would say, "The engine is still ****". The crew chief would say, "We're looking at the data, do the best you can." They would radio out for the driver to flip a few switches, and he'd say, "It's still crap".

I took about 1200 photos while I was there. I'll post some hopefully tonight.
Looks like it was valve train/ top end issues. Aren't they using a C5r based engine / derivative?

At this point those things should be damn near indestructible / the builder should be able to build those in his sleep, a mechanical problem for a GM supported race car is pretty much inexcusable. JMHO
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I thought the engines were built by Katech.
I must be mistaken because their engines are bullet proof.
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I thought the engines were built by Katech.
I must be mistaken because their engines are bullet proof.
Katech's been building their race engines since the C5r haven't they?
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Post the glowing brake rotors and exhaust tip pics and shet!
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Post the glowing brake rotors and exhaust tip pics and shet!
I miss the old LOLA open cockpit cars you could see the brakes & exhaust glowing really well.
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I watched a little of it when there were 3 fords in the top 5
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Congratulations to Shank Racing and AJ Almendinger!

The #57 Camaro finished 4 on the lead lap, not bad I didn't think.
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Anyone got any nightime pics? Those are my favs.
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Katech's been building their race engines since the C5r haven't they?
Katech lost the contract after the ALMS GT1 efford ended (C6R). Since GM has been racing GT2 they have brought the engine program in-house.

The DP motors are a destroked LS9 block running 5.0 liters. I'm pretty sure these guys are one of the main motor builders for the GM setups: Welcome to Facebook - Log In, Sign Up or Learn More
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Katech lost the contract after the ALMS GT1 efford ended (C6R). Since GM has been racing GT2 they have brought the engine program in-house.

The DP motors are a destroked LS9 block running 5.0 liters. I'm pretty sure these guys are one of the main motor builders for the GM setups: Welcome to Facebook - Log In, Sign Up or Learn More
Well that explains how they can screw up the top end on an engine that hasn't material changed in two decades.
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