July 26, 2021

Van der Zande on agonizing defeat: “We didn’t deserve this”

The Dutch star who won the last two Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in a Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac was pressing WTR’s Acura for the lead in the dying laps of this weekend’s race when he suffered a right-rear puncture.This came on top of other misfortunes for the Ganassi car on the legendary team’s return to sportscar racing with fulltimers van der Zande and Kevin Magnussen, and endurance …Keep reading …

Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson plan to make Rolex 24 returns

Johnson scored a second placed finish overall in the Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R he shared with Kamui Kobayashi, Simon Pagenaud and Mike Rockenfeller. Elliott’s car – the sister #31 AXR Caddy – finished sixth in class, eighth overall, after suffering a gearbox issue while running on the lead lap on Sunday morning.Johnson said of his runner-up finish: “We laid it all out on …Keep reading …

Albuquerque drove “race of my life” in late-race Rolex 24 duel

WTR recorded its third successive Rolex 24 victory in its first race since switching from Cadillac to Acura in the off-season, a move which included van der Zande exiting the team to join Chip Ganassi Racing. Albuquerque shared the winning ARX-05 with Ricky Taylor, Helio Castroneves and Alexander Rossi.As the leading duo battled nose-to-tail in the closing stages of the 24-hour Florida …Keep reading …

Rolex 24 GTLM winner Garcia tests positive for COVID-19

The #3 Corvette C8.R, driven by reigning IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GTLM champs Garcia and Jordan Taylor, along with endurance extra Nicky Catsburg, led home the sister car of Tommy Milner, Nick Tandy and Alexander Sims in a dominant 1-2 for the team in its second year with the car.However, 10mins after the end of the race, the team put out a statement explaining Garcia’s …Keep reading …

Rolex 24: Wayne Taylor Acura wins, heartbreak for Ganassi

The Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 won by just 4.7sec, beating Action Express Racing’s #48 Cadillac which passed Harry Tincknell’s Mazda with four minutes to go.That said, Mazda performed a miracle to come from three laps down to score a podium finish, but Chip Ganassi Racing was on the flipside of fortune, suffering heartbreak as it picked up a right-rear puncture while Renger van der Zande …Keep reading …

Rolex 24, H21: WTR Acura leads, Dixon charging for Ganassi

The 19th hour began with a fascinating duel for the lead between Alexander Rossi in the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 and Kevin Magnussen in the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R.Meanwhile, one of their strongest rivals, the #31 Whelen Engineering Action Express Racing Cadillac lost fourth gear – according to Felipe Nasr – and got dragged behind the wall, losing 20 laps before …Keep reading …

Whelen Cadillac knocked out of R24 contention by gearbox failure

Former F1 driver Felipe Nasr was at the wheel when the #31 Cadillac DPi-V.R suddenly slowed on the banking at NASCAR Turn 1, having led the early stages of the race and running consistently inside the top five places throughout.The car first hit trouble with a poor opening stint from NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott on Saturday evening, and as it fought back to regain its spot on the …Keep reading …

Van der Zande on R24: “There’s some crazy stuff going on”

Van der Zande was involved in a dramatic moment just before sunrise, as his Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac clashed with the Action Express example of Kamui Kobayashi, which caused the latter to spin at Turn 1.The Dutchman also reported that lapped traffic was causing huge problems for the front runners, as the race builds towards its finish.“There’s some crazy stuff going on out there, I …Keep reading …

Rolex 24, H18: WTR Acura leads with six hours to go

There was immediate drama as dawn broke, as Kamui Kobayashi spun the #48 Action Express Cadillac at Turn 1 while attacking Renger van der Zande for the lead a short time after the restart period that followed the eighth full-course caution of the race.After a comfortable spell out front for the Ganassi car, the ninth yellow came with a little under eight hours to go caused by another spin for …Keep reading …

Rolex 24, H15: Chip Ganassi Cadillac back in front

The order was shaken up by the seventh full-course caution of the race at the start of the 14th hour, caused by Mikkel Jensen spinning the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca LMP2 after contact with an LMP3 car at Turn 3.It prompted the #10 Acura ARX-05 of Taylor (who had taken over from Filipe Albuquerque at the start of the previous hour) to come in and take a brake change, dropping the car down …Keep reading …