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The 2008 Rolex 24 at Daytona was the first round of the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series season and the 46th running of the 24 Hours of Daytona. It took place at Daytona International Speedway between January 26–27, 2008

Qualifying Edit

In the Daytona Prototype class, pole position was taken by Oswaldo Negri, Jr. in the #60 Michael Shank Racing Ford powered Riley Mk. XI with a laptime of 1:40.793. Teammate A. J. Allmendinger locked out the front row for Michael Shank Racing. In the Grand Touring class, the #70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 GT with Sylvain Tremblay was fastest with a laptime of 1:50.788. The #56 Mastercar Ferrari F430 Challenge qualified 2nd in the teams debut at Daytona.

Race Edit

The #01 Telmex Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus-powered Riley of Scott Pruett, Memo RojasDario Franchitti, and Juan Pablo Montoya led 252 laps and gave Chip Ganassi racing their 3rd successive win at the Daytona 24 Hours. The #01 team took the overall victory by a margin of 2 laps over the #99 Gainsco Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac-powered Riley entry. At the start, many cars (including the eventual race winner) had to start from pitlane after changing their tires from wets to slicks. The #70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 GT of Sylvain Tremblay, Nick Ham, David Haskell, and Raphael Matos were the winners in GT, completing 664 laps and finishing 9th overall. The overall pace of the race was slowed due to wet weather during the night.

A total of 22 safety car periods neutralized the race for 112 laps.

Race results Edit

Class Winners in bold.

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Laps
Engine
1 DP 01 Telmex Chip Ganassi Racing Scott Pruett

 Memo Rojas
 Dario Franchitti
 Juan Pablo Montoya

Riley Mk. XI 695
Lexus 5.0L V8
2 DP 99 Gainsco Bob Stallings Racing Jon Fogarty

 Alex Gurney
 Jimmy Vasser
 Jimmie Johnson

Riley Mk. XI 693
Pontiac 5.0L V8
3 DP 9 Penske-Taylor Racing Ryan Briscoe

 Hélio Castroneves
 Kurt Busch

Riley Mk. XI 689
Pontiac 5.0L V8
4 DP 76 Krohn Racing Darren Turner

 Niclas Jönsson
 Ricardo Zonta

Proto-Auto Lola B08/70 688
Pontiac 5.0L V8
5 DP 10 SunTrust Racing Wayne Taylor

 Ricky Taylor
 Michael Valiante
 Max Angelelli

Riley Mk. XI 687
Pontiac 5.0L V8
6 DP 60 Michael Shank Racing Mark Patterson

 Graham Rahal
 Oswaldo Negri, Jr.
 Justin Wilson

Riley Mk. XI 680
Ford 5.0L V8
7 DP 75 Krohn Racing Tracy Krohn

 Eric van de Poele
 Oliver Gavin

Proto-Auto Lola B08/70 678
Pontiac 5.0L V8
8 DP 91 Bob Stallings Racing Jim Matthews

 Johnny O'Connell
 Ryan Hunter-Reay
 Marc Goossens

Riley Mk. XI 676
Pontiac 5.0L V8
9 GT 70 SpeedSource David Haskell

 Nick Ham
 Sylvain Tremblay
 Raphael Matos

Mazda RX-8 GT 664
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
10 GT 66 The Racer's Group Bryce Miller

 Ted Ballou
 Andy Lally
 Richard Westbrook

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 657
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
11 GT 67 The Racer's Group Tim George, Jr.

 Spencer Pumpelly
 Bryan Sellers
 Romain Dumas
 Emmanuel Collard

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 657
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
12 GT 64 The Racer's Group Jim Lowe

 Jim Pace
 Johannes van Overbeek
 R. J. Valentine
 Tim Sudgen

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 656
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
13 GT 69 SpeedSource Emil Assentato

 Jeff Segal
 Nick Longhi
 Lonnie Pechnik

Mazda RX-8 GT 653
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
14 DP 6 Michael Shank Racing John Pew

 A. J. Allmendinger
 Burt Frisselle
 Ian James

Riley Mk. XI 652
Ford 5.0L V8
15 DP 09 Spirit of Daytona Racing Guy Cosmo

 Michael McDowell
 Marc-Antoine Camirand

Fabcar FDSC/03 652
Porsche 3.99L Flat-6
16 GT 80 Synergy Racing Mark Greenberg

 Damien Faulkner
 Jan Heylen
 Lance David Arnold

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 651
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
17 GT 07 Banner Racing Paul Edwards

 Kelly Collins
 Jan Magnussen

Pontiac GXP.R 647
Pontiac 6.0L V8
18 GT 87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Dominik Farnbacher

 Pierre Ehret
 Timo Bernhard
 Dirk Werner

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 646
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
19 GT 57 Stevenson Motorsports Andrew Davis

 Randy Pobst
 Gunnar Jeannette
 Robin Liddell

Pontiac GXP.R 644
Pontiac 6.0L V8
20 GT 30 Racers Edge Motorsports Ken Dobson

 Robert Thorne
 Drew Staveley
 Craig Stone

Mazda RX-8 GT 642
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
21 GT 74 Autometrics Motorsports Bransen Patch

 Jim Hamblin
 Joe Safina
 David Murry
 Derek Skea

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 638
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
22 GT 88 Farnbacher Loles Racing Pierre Kaffer

 Frank Stippler
 Dave Lacey
 Greg Wilkins
 Eric Curran

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 637
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
23 DP 59 Brumos Racing Hurley Haywood

 J. C. France
 Terry Borcheller
 João Barbosa

Riley Mk. XI 622
Porsche 3.99L Flat-6
24 GT 84 Farnbacher Loles Racing Chris Bingham

 Don Pickering
 Bill Cotter
 Chris Pennington

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 637
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
25 DP 03 Vision Racing Ed Carpenter

 A. J. Foyt IV
 John Andretti
 Vitor Meira
 Tony George

Crawford DP08 615
Porsche 3.99L Flat-6
26 GT 44 Bullet Racing Zach Arnold

 Dyrk van Zanten, Jr.
 Steve Paquette
 Glenn Nixon

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 615
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
27 DP 58 Brumos Racing Darren Law

 David Donohue
 Buddy Rice

Riley Mk. XI 611
Porsche 3.99L Flat-6
28 DP 7 Sigalsport Matt Plumb

 Quentin Wahl
 Stéphan Grégoire
 Michael Cullen
 Paddy Shovlin

Riley Mk. XI 601
BMW 5.0L V8
29 GT 17 Terra Firma Motorsports Ron Zitza

 Gary Jensen
 Mark Jensen
 Jordan Taylor

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 599
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
30 GT 72 Autohaus Motorsports Max Papis

 Tim Lewis, Jr.
 Craig Stanton
 Lawson Aschenbach

Pontiac GXP.R 590
Pontiac 6.0L V8
31 GT 34 Orbit Racing Lance Willsey

 Mike Fitzgerald
 Tom Papadopoulos
 Johnny Mowlem

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 589
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
32 GT 65 The Racer's Group Russ Oasis

 Tom Atherton
 Jim Stout
 Jason Daskalos
 Tommy Archer

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 585
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
33 GT 86 Farnbacher Loles Racing Eric Lux

 Leh Keen
 Sascha Maassen
 Wolf Henzler
 Jörg Bergmeister

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 580
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
34 GT 52 Mastercar Joe Castellano

 Fred Machado
 Ma Chi Min
 Roberto Ragazzi
 Constantino Bertuzzi

Ferrari F430 Challenge 578
Ferrari 4.3L V8
35 GT 85 Farnbacher Loles Racing Team Seattle Don Kitch, Jr.

 Steve Miller
 Chris Pallis
 Ross Bentley

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 572
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
36 DP 23 Alex Job Racing Bill Auberlen

 Joey Hand
 Patrick Long
 Andy Wallace

Crawford DP08 569
Porsche 3.99L Flat-6
37 GT 06 Banner Racing Leighton Reese

 Robert Nearn
 Marc Bunting
 Andy Pilgrim

Pontiac GXP.R 564
Pontiac 6.0L V8
38 GT 81 Synergy Racing Steve Johnson

 Patrick Huisman
 Robert Doornbos
 Richard Lietz

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 558
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
39 GT 40 Dempsey Racing Joe Foster

 Patrick Dempsey
 Charles Espenlaub
 Romeo Kapudija
 Scott Maxwell

Mazda RX-8 GT 552
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
40 GT 68 The Racer's Group Michael Gomez

 Michael Auriemma
 John Mayes
 Scott Schroeder
 Brent Milner

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 550
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
41 DP 77 Doran Racing Memo Gidley

 Fabrizio Gollin
 Gabriele Gardel
 Brad Jaeger

Doran JE4 546
Ford 5.0L V8
42 DP 3 Southard Motorsports Shane Lewis

 Bill Lester
 Ted Christopher
 Alex Barron

Riley Mk. XI 527
Lexus 5.0L V8
43 GT 14 Autometrics Motorsports Cory Friedman

 Mac McGehee
 Anthony Lazzaro
 Ralf Kelleners

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 524
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
44 DP 02 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dan Wheldon

 Scott Dixon
 Alex Lloyd
 Salvador Durán

Riley Mk. XI 515
Lexus 5.0L V8
45 GT 21 Matt Connolly Motorsports Hal Prewitt

 Spencer Trenery
 Vic Rice
 Diego Alessi
 Karl Reindler

Pontiac GTO.R 513
Pontiac 6.0L V8
46 GT 62 The Racer's Group Claudio Burtin

 Jack Baldwin
 Scott Tucker
 Ed Zabinski
 Martin Ragginger

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 511
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
47 GT 27 O'Connell Racing Kevin O'Connell

 Kevin Roush
 Kris Wilson
 Hugh Plumb

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 473
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
48 DP 61 AIM Autosport Colin Braun

 Brian Frisselle
 Mark Wilkins
 Andrew Ranger

Riley Mk. XI 448
Ford 5.0L V8
49 GT 29 Alegra Motorsport Jake Rosenzweig

 Bob Woodman
 Louis-Philippe Dumoulin
 Scooter Gabel
 Chris Gleason

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 418
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
50 GT 43 Team Sahlen Will Nonnamaker

 Wayne Nonnamaker
 Joe Nonnamaker
 Joe Sahlen

Mazda RX-8 GT 401
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
51 GT 83 Farnbacher Loles Racing C. R. Crews

 Russell Walker
 Peter Ludwig
 Ben McCrackin
 Tim Bergmeister

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 397
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
52 GT 26 Gotham Competition Jerome Jacalone

 Joe Jacalone
 Jim Michaelian
 Bob Michaelian
 Scooter Gabel

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 364
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
53 GT 89 Farnbacher Loles Racing Luca Drudi

 Raffaele Giammaria
 Gabrio Rosa
 Giacomo Petrobelli
 Jörg Hardt

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 284
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
54 GT 50 Blackforest Motorsports John Farano

 Carl Jensen
 John Cloud
 Boris Said
 James Bradley

Ford Mustang 255
Ford 5.0L V8
55 DP 2 SAMAX Motorsport Henri Zogaib

 Mike Rockenfeller
 Lucas Luhr
 Allan McNish

Riley Mk. XI 233
Pontiac 5.0L V8
56 DP 31 Matt Connolly Motorsports Seth Ingram

 Mirco Schultis
 Bob Frost
 Miroslav Konopka
 Ettore Contini

Chase CCE 231
Pontiac 5.0L V8
57 GT 15 Blackforest Motorsports David Empringham

 Jean-François Dumoulin
 Tom Nastasi
 Boris Said

Ford Mustang 177
Ford 5.0L V8
58 DP 16 Cheever Racing Matteo Bobbi

 Antonio García
 Stéphane Ortelli
 Fabio Babini

Coyote CC/08 170
Pontiac 5.0L V8
59 GT 90 Automatic Racing Jep Thornton

 Tom Long
 Joe Varde
 David Russell

BMW M6 163
BMW 5.0L V10
60 GT 22 Alegra Motorsports Carlos de Quesada

 Nathan Swartzbaugh
 Patrick Pilet
 Marc Basseng

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 149
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
61 DP 11 SAMAX Motorsport Tomáš Enge

 Milka Duno
 Harold Primat
 Ryan Dalziel

Riley Mk. XI 97
Pontiac 5.0L V8
62 GT 08 Goldin Motorsports Steve Goldin

 Keith Goldin
 Jim Meassick
 Squeak Kennedy

Mazda RX-8 GT 83
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
63 DP 12 RVO Motorsports Derek Bell

 Justin Bell
 Tõnis Kasemets
 Paul Dallenbach
 Roger Schramm

Riley Mk. XI 65
Pontiac 5.0L V8
64 GT 56 Mastercar Matthew Marsh

 Christian Montanari
 Thomas Biagi
 Fabio Venier
 Luis Monzon

Ferrari F430 Challenge 55
Ferrari 4.3L V8
65 DP 51 Cheever Racing Tom Kimber-Smith

 Mike Newton
 Thomas Erdos
 Scott Mayer
 Brent Sherman

Coyote CC/08 45
Pontiac 5.0L V8
66 GT 63 The Racer's Group Pierre Borque

 Hima Maher
 Duncan Ende
 Ron Yarab, Jr.

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 31
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
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