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Start of 2011 Daytona 24

Start of the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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Prototypes run at the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona, ran on Saturday and Sunday, January 29–30, 2011 at the Daytona International Speedway, was the 49th running of the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race. The first race of the 2011 Rolex Sports Car Series season, it was broadcast on Speed Channel, with fourteen hours of live coverage, in addition to a considerable attendance.

Qualifying Edit

Pole position for the race was won by Jörg Bergmeister of Germany, driving the #45 Daytona Prototype of Flying Lizard Motorsports, a Riley Technologies chassis powered by a Porsche engine, with a lap time of 1 minute 40.099 seconds. Pole for the Grand Touringcategory was won by Dominik Farnbacher in the #66 TRG Motorsports Porsche 911, with a lap time of 1 minute 48.781 seconds.

Results Edit

Winning the race overall was the Daytona Prototype team of Chip Ganassi Racing, with drivers Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Graham Rahal and Joey Hand driving the #01 Riley & Scott-BMW defeating Chip Ganassi Racing's second team, consisting of IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti, and Sprint Cup teammates Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya in the #02 Riley & Scott-BMW by just over two seconds in a one-lap sprint following a late caution flag. The win was Pruett's fourth overall victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the fourth of four major auto racing wins by Ganassi in the last year, following victories in the 2010 Daytona 500, 2010 Indianapolis 500 and 2010 Brickyard 400; co-driver Rahal's victory came 30 years after his father, Bobby Rahal, won the race in 1981.

The GT division victory was claimed by TRG Motorsports, the #67 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup driven by Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly, Brendan Gaughan, Wolf Henzler and Steven Bertheau winning by a margin of one lap.

Although there were no serious accidents during the race, dense fog in the early morning hours resulted in a caution period lasting nearly three hours.

Race results Edit

Class Winners in bold.

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

 Memo Rojas
 Graham Rahal
 Joey Hand

Riley 721
BMW 5.0L V8
2 DP 02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Scott Dixon

 Juan Pablo Montoya
 Dario Franchitti
 Jamie McMurray

Riley 721
BMW 5.0L V8
3 DP 9 Action Express Racing Terry Borcheller

 J.C. France
 João Barbosa
 Christian Fittipaldi
 Max Papis

Riley 721
Porsche (LBP) 5.0L V8
4 DP 23 United Autosports with Michael Shank Racing Zak Brown

 Mark Patterson
 Mark Blundell
 Martin Brundle

Riley 721
Ford 5.0L V8
5 DP 10 SunTrust Racing Max Angelelli

 Ricky Taylor
 Ryan Briscoe

Dallara 720
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
6 DP 76 Krohn Racing Tracy Krohn

 Niclas Jönsson
 Ricardo Zonta
 Nicolas Minassian

Lola B08/70 720
Ford 5.0L V8
7 DP 6 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian A. J. Allmendinger

 Michael McDowell
 Justin Wilson

Dallara 719
Ford 5.0L V8
8 DP 55 Level 5 Motorsports Scott Tucker

 Christophe Bouchut
 Luis Díaz
 Mark Wilkins

Riley 717
BMW 5.0L V8
9 DP 5 Action Express Racing Darren Law

 David Donohue
 Buddy Rice
 Burt Frisselle

Riley 706
Porsche (LBP) 5.0L V8
10 DP 60 Michael Shank Racing John Pew

 Oswaldo Negri, Jr.
 Marc Goossens
 Michael Valiante

Riley 706
Ford 5.0L V8
11 DP 95 Level 5 Motorsports Scott Tucker

 Ryan Hunter-Reay
 Richard Westbrook
 Raphael Matos

Riley 703
BMW 5.0L V8
12 GT 67 TRG Motorsports Steven Bertheau

 Brendan Gaughan
 Wolf Henzler
 Andy Lally
 Spencer Pumpelly

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 685
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
13 GT 48 Paul Miller Racing Bryce Miller

 Tim Sugden
 Bryan Sellers
 Rob Bell

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 684
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
14 GT 40 Dempsey Racing Joe Foster

 Patrick Dempsey
 Charles Espenlaub
 Tom Long

Mazda RX-8 681
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
15 DP 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Jon Fogarty

 Alex Gurney
 Jimmie Johnson

Riley 679
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
16 GT 44 Magnus Racing John Potter

 Craig Stanton
 Richard Lietz
 Marco Holzer

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 675
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
17 GT 59 Brumos Racing Hurley Haywood

 Andrew Davis
 Leh Keen
 Marc Lieb

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 673
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
18 GT 70 SpeedSource John Edwards

 Sylvain Tremblay
 Adam Christodoulou
 Jonathan Bomarito

Mazda RX-8 670
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
19 GT 42 Team Sahlen Will Nonnamaker

 Wayne Nonnamaker
 Joe Nonnamaker
 Memo Gidley

Mazda RX-8 661
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
20 GT 4 TRG Motorsports Ryan Eversley

 Daniel Graeff
 Kenny Wallace
 Ron Yarab, Jr.
 Richard Zahn, Jr.

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 659
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
21 GT 18 Mühlner Motorsports America Mark Thomas

 Peter Ludwig
 Dion von Moltke
 Cory Friedman

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 655
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
22 DP 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Patrick Long

 Jörg Bergmeister
 Seth Neiman
 Johannes van Overbeek

Riley Mk. XI 654
Porsche 4.0L Flat-6
23 GT 41 Dempsey Racing James Gue

 Dane Cameron
 Ian James
 Dave Lacey

Mazda RX-8 650
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
24 DP 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Antonio García

 Paul Edwards
 Sascha Maassen

Coyote 649
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
25 GT 47 Rick Ware Racing Jeffrey Earnhardt

 Scott Monroe
 Doug Harrington
 Maurice Hull
 Brett Sandberg

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 635
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
26 GT 57 Stevenson Motorsports Robin Liddell

 Ronnie Bremer
 Jan Magnussen

Chevrolet Camaro GT.R 629
Chevrolet 6.0L V8
27 GT 66 TRG Motorsports Dominik Farnbacher

 Tim George, Jr.
 Ben Keating
 Lucas Luhr

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 612
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
28 GT 88 Autohaus Motorsports Jordan Taylor

 Bill Lester
 Johnny O'Connell
 Matthew Marsh

Chevrolet Camaro GT.R 607
Chevrolet 6.0L V8
29 GT 81 DragonSpeed Cort Wagner

 Fred Poordad
 Doug Baron
 Nick Jones

Ferrari F430Challenge 588
Ferrari 4.3L V8
30 GT 54 TRG Motorsports/Black Swan Racing/GMG Racing Jeroen Bleekemolen

 Tim Pappas
 Patrick Pilet
 James Sofronas
 Bret Curtis

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 578
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
31 DP 2 Starworks Motorsport Enzo Potolicchio

 Alex Popow
 Romain Iannetta
 E.J. Viso

Riley 577
Ford 5.0L V8
32 GT 94 Turner Motorsport Bill Auberlen

 Boris Said
 Paul Dalla Lana
 Matt Plumb

BMW M3 565
BMW 5.0L V8
33 DP 8 Starworks Motorsport Mike Forest

 Ryan Dalziel
 Jim Lowe
 Colin Braun
 Tomáš Enge

Riley 552
Ford 5.0L V8
34 GT 63 Team Spencer Motorsports Rich Grupp

 David Murry
 Jim Downing
 Owen Trinkler

Mazda RX-8 544
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
35 GT 65 Chris Smith Racing Bill Sweedler

 Shane Lewis
 Tom Sheehan
 Mitch Pagerey

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 495
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
36 GT 30 Racers Edge Motorsports Scott Rettich

 Mark Jensen
 Michael Marsal
 Gary Jensen
 Jade Buford

Mazda RX-8 453
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
37 GT 53 TRG Motorsports/Nadeau Motorsports Jim Michaelian

 Bob Doyle
 Coulter Mulligan
 Joe Castellano
 Ken Dobson

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 423
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
38 GT 32 PR1 Motorsports David Cheng

 Tom Papadopoulos
 Ryan Lewis
 Max Hyatt

BMW M6 402
BMW 5.0L V8
39 GT 07 Banner Racing Bruce Ledoux

 Eric Curran
 Gunter Schaldach
 Oliver Gavin

Chevrolet Camaro GT.R 398
Chevrolet 6.0L V8
40 GT 17 Burtin Racing Claudio Burtin

 Martin Ragginger
 Nick Tandy
 Nicolas Armindo

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 378
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
41 GT 22 Bullet Racing Darryl O'Young

 James Walker
 Brian Wong
 Eric Lux

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 328
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
42 DP 77 Doran Racing Brian Frisselle

 Henri Richard
 Matt Bell
 Ross Kaiser

Dallara 312
Ford 5.0L V8
43 GT 56 Bennett Racing Mike Skeen

 Jean-François Dumoulin
 Michael Davidson
 Glynn Geddie
 Dan Harrington

Ferrari F430Challenge 286
Ferrari 4.3L V8
44 DP 7 Starworks Motorsport Doug Peterson

 R.J. Valentine
 Jared Beyer
 Scott Mayer
 Jan Heylen

Riley 215
Ford 5.0L V8
45 GT 69 SpeedSource Emil Assentato

 Jeff Segal
 Nick Ham
 Anthony Lazzaro

Mazda RX-8 202
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
46 GT 43 Team Sahlen Joe Sahlen

 Joe Nonnamaker
 Will Nonnamaker
 Wayne Nonnamaker
 Memo Gidley

Mazda RX-8 124
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
47 GT 36 Yellow Dragon Motorsports Taylor Hacquard

 Chris Cumming
 Mikel Miller
 Justin Marks

Mazda RX-8 122
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
48 GT 86 Mitchum Motorsports Joey Atterbury

 Cooper MacNeil
 Randy Pobst
 Derek Whitis

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 121
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
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