The 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona was a Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series 24-hour endurance sports car race held on January 27–28, 2007 at the Daytona International Speedway road course. The overall winner of the race was the Chip Ganassi/Felix Sabates-owned #01 car, a Lexus-powered Riley MkXI, driven by Juan Pablo Montoya, Salvador Durán and Scott Pruett. The GT class was won by the #22 Alegra Motorsports/Fiorano Racing Porsche GT3 Cup car driven by Driver/Owner Carlos de Quesada, Jean-François Dumoulin, Scooter Gabel and Porsche factory driver Marc Basseng.

Prelude Edit

GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing driver Alex Gurney took the pole, his fourth in Rolex Series competition, with a lap of 1:43.475 at an average speed of 123.856 mph (199.327 km/h).

Race Edit

At the green flag, which fell just past 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, Gurney jumped into the lead and the field made its way around the first lap cleanly. But after only seven laps of the 24-hour race, Gurney crashed into the back of a slower GT car which had lost its hood and unexpectedly slowed dramatically. The team would make repairs, but Gurney's GAINSCO Auto Insurance-sponsored Pontiac-powered Riley, which was co-driven by Jon Fogarty and Jimmy Vasser, would never again be in contention for the win.

On January 28, an early-morning wreck of the #82 Porsche GT3 Cup, driven by Chris Pallis, damaged part of the outer retaining wall, causing the race stewards to display the red flag for only the third time in the history of the 24 Hours of Daytona, temporarily suspending the race while repairs took place.[2] An exciting battle took place between three different teams with a diverse group of drivers. The DP class fight was between eventual winner Telmex Chip Ganassi Racing's Juan Pablo Montoyaand Scott Pruett, SunTrust Racing's Max Angelelli and SAMAX Motorsport's Patrick Carpentier. Polesitter Alex Gurney's hopes for victory were dashed when his GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley was damaged in a first-hour accident.

1,000,000th lap Edit

At 11:11am on the morning of January 28, British-born female Champ Car driver Katherine Legge made history by completing the one millionth lap of the Rolex Daytona 24 hour race, since its inception. Legge, driving the #84 Robinson Racing Pontiac-powered Riley DP car, passed the finish line with less than 2 and a half hours left in the race, completing the 30,419th lap of the 2007 running of the race. Legge was lying in the 31st position at the time.

Juan Pablo Montoya became the first racer in history to have won a Formula One race, the Indianapolis 500, a Champ Cartitle, and the 24 Hours of Daytona. Mario Andretti also won a Formula One race, a Champ Car title and an endurance sports car race at Daytona, but Andretti's victory came in the 1972 event alongside co-driver Jacky Ickx in a six-hour event.

Race results Edit

Note: class winners in bold.

Pos Class No Team Drivers Car Laps
1 DP 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates  Scott Pruett

 Salvador Durán
 Juan Pablo Montoya

Riley-Lexus 668
2 DP 11 SAMAX Patrick Carpentier

 Ryan Dalziel
 Darren Manning
 Milka Duno

Riley-Pontiac 668
3 DP 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Max Angelelli

 Jan Magnussen
 Jeff Gordon
 Wayne Taylor

Riley-Pontiac 666
4 DP 59 Brumos Racing João Barbosa

 J. C. France
 Hurley Haywood
 Roberto Moreno

Riley-Porsche 662
5 DP 61 AIM Autosport David Empringham

 Brian Friselle
 Burt Friselle
 Mark Wilkins

Riley-Lexus 657
6 DP 7 SAMAX Tomáš Enge

 Chris Festa
 Christian Montanari
 Kris Szekeres
 Roger Yasukawa

Riley-Pontiac 655
7 DP 77 Doran Racing Memo Gidley

 Fabrizio Golllin
 Michel Jourdain Jr.
 Oriol Servia

Doran-Ford 655
8 DP 47 TruSpeed Motorsports Timo Bernhard

 Rob Morgan
 Charles Morgan
 B.J. Zacharias

Riley-Porsche 636
9 DP 60 Michael Shank Racing Hélio Castroneves

 Sam Hornish Jr.
 Oswaldo Negri
 Mark Patterson

Riley-Lexus 628
10 DP 19 Finlay Motorsports Rob Finlay

 Bobby Labonte
 Michael DcDoewll
 Michael Valiante

Crawford-Ford 627
11 GT 22 Alegra Motorsports  Marc Basseng

 Carlos de Quesada
 Jean-François Dumoulin
 Scooter Gabel

Porsche 911 626
12 GT 07 Team Drinkin' Mate Kelly Collins

 Paul Edwards
 Andy Pilgrim

Pontiac GXP.R 626
13 GT 64 The Racer's Group Ralf Kelleners

 Jim Lowe
 Jim Pace
 Johannes van Overbreek

Porsche 911 625
14 GT 06 Team Drinkin' Mate Tim Lewis Jr.

 Johnny O'Connell
 Leighton Reese

Pontiac GXP.R 624
15 GT 70 SpeedSource Nick Ham

 David Haskell
 Randy Pobst
 Sylvain Tremblay

Mazda RX-8 624
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