Chip Ganassi Racing won the 24h Daytona Race helped by the crew composed of Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Charlie Kimball.
Chip Ganassi Racing has confirmed its status as the favorite and won the 24-hour race at Daytona, but the mission of the crew made of Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Charlie Kimball was not at all easy.
“It was an amazing day!” Scott Pruett, Chip Granassi Racing
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Pruett started from pole-position and the crew was almost always leading in the first third of the race, but later dropped the fifth, allowing Wayne Taylor Racing’s crew led by Max Angelelli to take the lead.
But Ganassi spectacular returned in the last hour of the race with the help of Montoya, who drove the BMW Riley prototype at a time when the crew was ranked fourth. The former Formula 1 driver took advantage of an opponent that entered at the pits and has successively overcome other rivals and became the leader after beating Angelelli.
By the end of the race, the Columbian has managed to create an advantage of about 22 seconds that brought Ganassi the fifth victory in 10 years at the 24-hour race in Daytona. Moreover, Pruett equaled Hurley Haywood’s record of five victories in the second endurance race of the year.
“It was a lot of pressure at the end. I thought we had a decent advance, but we had to push at the end. But we pushed like crazy and we have built an advance.” Juan Pablo Montoya, Chip Ganassi Racing
Meanwhile, Audi achieved the first victory in the GT class with the crew made of Filipe Albuquerque, Dion von Moltke, Oliver Jarvis and Edoardo Mortara, while Napleton Porsche Cayman won the GX inaugural class with a crew made of Jim Norman, Shane Lewis David Donohue and Nelson Canach.