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The 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona was a long-distance motor race for sports cars conforming to the regulations of the Grand-Am Road Racing series. The race was held over a duration of 24 hours, starting at 3:30pm on Saturday, January 28, finishing at 3:30pm the following day. The race was held on the sports car version of Daytona International Speedway, which includes only a portion of the NASCAR Superspeedway course and a loop of circuit which winds through the infield of the speedway.

2012 was the 50th running of the race which had begun as a three-hour duration sports car race in 1962. The race was also the opening round of the 2012 Rolex Sports Car Series season. A field of 14 Daytona Prototypes took the start of the race along with a grid of 44 of the slower roadcar-based Grand Touring class cars.

This race also was part of the inaugural North American Endurance Championship.

Qualifying Edit

Pole position for the race was taken by British racing driver Ryan Dalziel driving the Starworks Motorsport run Riley Technologies Mk.XXVI Daytona Prototype sports car recording a lap time of 1:41.119.

In the Grand Touring class, pole was claimed by the Brumos Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup driven by American driver Andrew Davis.

Winners Edit

The Michael Shank Racing entry of A. J. Allmendinger, Justin Wilson, Oswaldo Negri, and John Pew took victory in their No. 60 Riley Mk. XXVI Ford, completing 761 laps over the course of the 24-hour race. They enjoyed a spirited battle with the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Riley Mk. XXVI Ford of Ryan Dalziel, Lucas Luhr, Allan McNish, Enzo Potolicchio and Alex Popow, which led the most laps and posted the quickest time of the race, but suffered a minor accident in the 17th hour.

In GT, Magnus Racing earned its first-ever Rolex Sports Car Series victory, with the lineup of Richard LietzAndy LallyRené Rast, and John Potter in the No. 44 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. It was Lally's fourth Rolex 24 class victory, and the first for the other three drivers.

Race result Edit

Class Winners in bold.

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Laps
Engine
1 DP 60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian A. J. Allmendinger

 Oswaldo Negri
 John Pew
 Justin Wilson

Riley Mk. XXVI 761
Ford 5.0L V8
2 DP 8 Starworks Motorsport Ryan Dalziel

 Lucas Luhr
 Allan McNish
 Alex Popow
 Enzo Potolicchio

Riley Mk. XXVI 761
Ford 5.0L V8
3 DP 6 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Jorge Goncalvez

 Michael McDowell
 Felipe Nasr
 Gustavo Yacamán

Riley Mk. XX 761
Ford 5.0L V8
4 DP 02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Scott Dixon

 Dario Franchitti
 Jamie McMurray
 Juan Pablo Montoya

Riley Mk. XXVI 760
BMW 5.0L V8
5 DP 5 Action Express Racing David Donohue

 Christian Fittipaldi
 Darren Law

Corvette DP (Coyote CPM) 758
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
6 DP 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Joey Hand

 Scott Pruett
 Graham Rahal
 Memo Rojas

Riley Mk. XXVI 757
BMW 5.0L V8
7 DP 77 Doran Racing Brian Frisselle

 Burt Frisselle
 Billy Johnson
 Jim Lowe
 Paul Tracy

Dallara DP-01 748
Ford 5.0L V8
8 DP 90 Spirit of Daytona Antonio García

 Oliver Gavin
 Jan Magnussen
 Richard Westbrook

Corvette DP (Coyote CPM) 746
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
9 DP 9 Action Express Racing João Barbosa

 Terry Borcheller
 J. C. France
 Max Papis

Corvette DP (Coyote CPM) 739
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
10 DP 2 Starworks Motorsport Marco Andretti

 Ryan Hunter-Reay
 Scott Mayer
 Michael Valiante

Riley Mk. XX 736
Ford 5.0L V8
11 GT 44 Magnus Racing Andy Lally

 Richard Lietz
 John Potter
 René Rast

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 727
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
12 GT 67 TRG Steven Bertheau

 Jeroen Bleekemolen
 Marc Goossens
 Wolf Henzler
 Spencer Pumpelly

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 727
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
13 GT 59 Brumos Racing Andrew Davis

 Hurley Haywood
 Leh Keen
 Marc Lieb

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 726
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
14 GT 57 Stevenson Motorsports Ronnie Bremer

 John Edwards
 Robin Liddell

Chevrolet Camaro GT.R 726
Chevrolet 6.0L V8
15 GT 63 Risi Competizione Olivier Beretta

 Andrea Bertolini
 Toni Vilander

Ferrari 458 Italia 726
Ferrari 4.5L V8
16 GT 70 SpeedSource Jonathan Bomarito

 Marino Franchitti
 James Hinchcliffe
 Sylvain Tremblay

Mazda RX-8 722
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
17 GT 66 TRG Dominik Farnbacher

 Ben Keating
 Patrick Pilet
 Allan Simonsen

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 721
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
18 GT 69 AIM Autosport/Team FXDD Racing with Ferrari Emil Assentato

 Anthony Lazzaro
 Nick Longhi
 Jeff Segal

Ferrari 458 Italia 716
Ferrari 4.5L V8
19 DP 76 Krohn Racing Colin Braun

 Niclas Jönsson
 Tracy Krohn
 Ricardo Zonta

Lola B08/70 713
Ford 5.0L V8
20 GT 88 Autohaus Motorsports Paul Edwards

 Matthew Marsh
 Tommy Milner
 Jordan Taylor

Chevrolet Camaro GT.R 713
Chevrolet 6.0L V8
21 GT 40 Dempsey Racing Patrick Dempsey

 Charles Espenlaub
 Joe Foster
 Tom Long
 Charles Putman

Mazda RX-8 713
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
22 GT 32 Orbit/GMG Nicolas Armindo

 Bret Curtis
 Shane Lewis
 James Sofronas
 Lance Willsey

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 713
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
23 GT 42 Team Sahlen Dane Cameron

 Joe Nonnamaker
 Wayne Nonnamaker
 Will Nonnamaker

Mazda RX-8 711
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
24 GT 03 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ed Brown

 Guy Cosmo
 Scott Sharp
 Johannes van Overbeek

Ferrari 458 Italia 707
Ferrari 4.5L V8
25 GT 24 Alex Job Racing Michael Avenatti

 Bob Faieta
 Fred Poordad
 Bill Sweedler
 Cort Wagner

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 707
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
26 GT 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports with Wright Motorsports Jörg Bergmeister

 Patrick Long
 Seth Neiman
 Mike Rockenfeller

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 706
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
27 GT 93 Turner Motorsport Bill Auberlen

 Paul Dalla Lana
 Michael Marsal
 Dirk Müller
 Dirk Werner

BMW M3 691
BMW 5.0L V8
28 GT 23 Alex Job Racing Emmanuel Collard

 Marco Holzer
 Butch Leitzinger
 Cooper MacNeil

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 689
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
29 GT 26 NGT Motorsport Henrique Cisneros

 Sean Edwards
 Carlos Kauffmann
 Nick Tandy

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 688
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
30 GT 64 TRG Gaetano Ardagna

 Eduardo Costabal
 Emilio Di Guida
 Santiago Orjuela
 Eliseo Salazar

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 688
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
31 GT 22 Bullet Racing Randy Blaylock

 Darryl O'Young
 Kevin Roush
 Brett Van Blankers
 Joe White

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 681
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
32 DP 50 50+Predator/Alegra Byron DeFoor

 Elliott Forbes-Robinson
 Brian Johnson
 Jim Pace
 Carlos de Quesada

Riley Mk. XI 672
BMW 5.0L V8
33 DP 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Jon Fogarty

 Memo Gidley
 Alex Gurney

Corvette DP (Riley XXVI) 672
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
34 GT 82 Dick Greer Racing John Fergus

 John Finger
 Dick Greer
 Mark Hotchkis
 Owen Trinkler

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 665
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
35 GT 56 AF Corse/Michael Waltrip Racing Rui Águas

 Robert Kauffman
 Travis Pastrana
 Michael Waltrip

Ferrari 458 Italia 645
Ferrari 4.5L V8
36 GT 65 TRG Joe Castellano

 Spencer Cox
 Mike Hedlund
 Jack McCarthy, Jr.
 Jim Michaelian

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 643
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
37 GT 68 TRG Chris Cumming

 Kévin Estre
 Damien Faulkner
 Carlos Gomez
 Ben Keating

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 640
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
38 GT 55 Acumen Motorsport Frank Del Vecchio

 Doug Grunnet
 Tony Kester
 Scott McKee
 Randy Pobst

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 626
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
39 GT 18 Mühlner Motorsports America Davy Jones

 Bill Lester
 John McCutchen
 Mark Thomas

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 609
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
40 GT 41 Dempsey Racing Ian James

 Rick Johnson
 Don Kitch, Jr.
 Scott Maxwell
 Dan Rogers

Mazda RX-8 608
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
41 GT 12 Alliance Autosport Jon Miller

 Hal Prewitt
 Scott Rettich
 Matt Schneider
 Darryl Shoff

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 604
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
42 GT 19 Mühlner Motorsports America Scott Dollahite

 Ian Nater
 Rhett O'Doski
 Marco Seefried
 Derek Whitis

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 599
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
43 GT 75 Stevenson Motorsports Matt Bell

 Al Carter
 Eric Curran
 Hugh Plumb

Chevrolet Camaro GT.R 577
Chevrolet 6.0L V8
44 GT 51 APR Motorsport Ian Baas

 Nelson Canache, Jr.
 Jim Norman
 Emanuele Pirro
 Dion von Moltke

Audi R8 447
Audi 5.2L V10
45 GT 74 Oryx Racing Humaid Al Masaood

 Saeed Al Mehairi
 Steven Kane

Audi R8 202
Audi 5.2L V10
46 GT 17 Burtin Racing with Goldcrest Motorsports Sebastian Asch

 Jack Baldwin
 Claudio Burtin
 Martin Ragginger
 Bryan Sellers

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 424
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
47 GT 20 Liqui Moly Team Engstler/Mitchum Motorsports Jade Buford

 Franz Engstler
 David Murry
 Gunter Schaldach

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 416
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
48 GT 34 Orbit/GMG Michael DeFontes

 Phil Fogg
 Miroslav Konopka
 Jan Vonka
 Ronald van de Laar

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 383
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
49 GT 4 Magnus Racing Justin Bell

 Ryan Eversley
 Daniel Graeff
 Ron Yarab, Jr.

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 310
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
50 GT 36 Yellow Dragon Motorsports Jarett Andretti

 John Andretti
 Taylor Hacquard
 Anders Krohn

Mazda RX-8 270
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
51 GT 15 Rick Ware Racing Chris Cook

 Jeffrey Earnhardt
 Doug Harrington
 Timmy Hill
 John Ware, Jr.

Ford Mustang 256
Ford 5.0L V8
52 GT 48 Paul Miller Racing Robert Bell

 Sascha Maassen
 Bryce Miller
 Mark Wilkins

Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 224
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
53 GT 46 Michael Baughman Racing Michael Baughman

 Ivo Breukers
 Armand Fumal
 Ray Mason
 Jeff Nowicki

Chevrolet Corvette 172
Chevrolet 6.2L V8
54 GT 62 Risi Competizione Gianmaria Bruni

 Giancarlo Fisichella
 Raphael Matos

Ferrari 458 Italia 154
Ferrari 4.5L V8
55 GT 87 Racers Edge Motorsports Tony Ave

 Jan Heylen
 Doug Peterson
 Maxime Soulet
 Emilio Valverde

Dodge Viper 101
Dodge 8.0L V10
56 GT 94 Turner Motorsport Bill Auberlen

 Paul Dalla Lana
 Billy Johnson
 Dirk Müller
 Boris Said

BMW M3 86
BMW 5.0L V8
57 GT 43 Team Sahlen Joe Nonnamaker

 Wayne Nonnamaker
 Will Nonnamaker

Mazda RX-8 21
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
58 DP 10 SunTrust Racing Max Angelelli

 Ryan Briscoe
 Ricky Taylor

Corvette DP (DallaraDP01) 14
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
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