From the outset, the two Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley cars were the class of the 17 car Daytona Prototype field at the 51st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. The No. 01 car was dominant for the majority of the 24 hours and Juan Pablo Montoya did the honors of wrapping up Chip Ganassi Racing's fifth Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Joining Monyota on the winning team as drivers of the No. 01 were Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, and Charlie KImball.
The race in the DP classification came down to a four-way battle in the last hour between Montoya, Max Angelelli in the Wayne Taylor Racing No. 10 Corvette, the No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette driven by Joao Barbosa and AJ Allmendinger in the defending race-winning No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford. The fact that the MSR No. 60 was even a factor was a miracle considering the hole they were in.
"I thought we had a decent lead and that we were just going to go out there and drive for two and a half hours," Montoya explained. "But then you realize there's a caution and another caution, then another caution. I took my time to pass people. When I was told that the 9 [car] was going to get a penalty, I rode behind him for a couple of laps. As soon as he came in, I caught up to the 10 car in half a lap and a lap later, I passed him and drove away."
"This is an incredible day, all the way around," Pruett said. "To win with these guys, to win with Chip, Telmex and BMW… I've gotten to know Hurley real well over the years by racing with him. Having him there at the end was pretty special."
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