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The 2008 Rolex 24 at Daytona was the first round of the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series season and the 46th running of the 24 Hours of Daytona. It took place at Daytona International Speedway between January 26–27, 2008

QualifyingEdit

In the Daytona Prototype class, pole position was taken by Oswaldo Negri, Jr. in the #60 Michael Shank Racing Ford powered Riley Mk. XI with a laptime of 1:40.793. Teammate A. J. Allmendinger locked out the front row for Michael Shank Racing. In the Grand Touring class, the #70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 GT with Sylvain Tremblay was fastest with a laptime of 1:50.788. The #56 Mastercar Ferrari F430 Challenge qualified 2nd in the teams debut at Daytona.[1]

RaceEdit

The #01 Telmex Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus-powered Riley of Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Dario Franchitti, and Juan Pablo Montoya led 252 laps and gave Chip Ganassi racing their 3rd successive win at the Daytona 24 Hours. The #01 team took the overall victory by a margin of 2 laps over the #99 Gainsco Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac-powered Riley entry. At the start, many cars (including the eventual race winner) had to start from pitlane after changing their tires from wets to slicks.[2] The #70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 GT of Sylvain Tremblay, Nick Ham, David Haskell, and Raphael Matos were the winners in GT, completing 664 laps and finishing 9th overall. The overall pace of the race was slowed due to wet weather during the night.[3]

A total of 22 safety car periods neutralized the race for 112 laps.

Race resultsEdit

Class Winners in bold.

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Laps
Engine
1 DP 01 Telmex Chip Ganassi Racing   Scott Pruett
  Memo Rojas
  Dario Franchitti
  Juan Pablo Montoya
Riley Mk. XI 695
Lexus 5.0L V8
2 DP 99 Gainsco Bob Stallings Racing   Jon Fogarty
  Alex Gurney
  Jimmy Vasser
  Jimmie Johnson
Riley Mk. XI 693
Pontiac 5.0L V8
3 DP 9 Penske-Taylor Racing   Ryan Briscoe
  Hélio Castroneves
  Kurt Busch
Riley Mk. XI 689
Pontiac 5.0L V8
4 DP 76 Krohn Racing   Darren Turner
  Niclas Jönsson
  Ricardo Zonta
Proto-Auto Lola B08/70 688
Pontiac 5.0L V8
5 DP 10 SunTrust Racing   Wayne Taylor
  Ricky Taylor
  Michael Valiante
  Max Angelelli
Riley Mk. XI 687
Pontiac 5.0L V8
6 DP 60 Michael Shank Racing   Mark Patterson
  Graham Rahal
  Oswaldo Negri, Jr.
  Justin Wilson
Riley Mk. XI 680
Ford 5.0L V8
7 DP 75 Krohn Racing   Tracy Krohn
  Eric van de Poele
  Oliver Gavin
Proto-Auto Lola B08/70 678
Pontiac 5.0L V8
8 DP 91 Bob Stallings Racing   Jim Matthews
  Johnny O'Connell
  Ryan Hunter-Reay
  Marc Goossens
Riley Mk. XI 676
Pontiac 5.0L V8
9 GT 70 SpeedSource   David Haskell
  Nick Ham
  Sylvain Tremblay
  Raphael Matos
Mazda RX-8 GT 664
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
10 GT 66 The Racer's Group   Bryce Miller
  Ted Ballou
  Andy Lally
  Richard Westbrook
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 657
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
11 GT 67 The Racer's Group   Tim George, Jr.
  Spencer Pumpelly
  Bryan Sellers
  Romain Dumas
  Emmanuel Collard
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 657
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
12 GT 64 The Racer's Group   Jim Lowe
  Jim Pace
  Johannes van Overbeek
  R. J. Valentine
  Tim Sudgen
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 656
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
13 GT 69 SpeedSource   Emil Assentato
  Jeff Segal
  Nick Longhi
  Lonnie Pechnik
Mazda RX-8 GT 653
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
14 DP 6 Michael Shank Racing   John Pew
  A. J. Allmendinger
  Burt Frisselle
  Ian James
Riley Mk. XI 652
Ford 5.0L V8
15 DP 09 Spirit of Daytona Racing   Guy Cosmo
  Michael McDowell
  Marc-Antoine Camirand
Fabcar FDSC/03 652
Porsche 3.99L Flat-6
16 GT 80 Synergy Racing   Mark Greenberg
  Damien Faulkner
  Jan Heylen
  Lance David Arnold
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 651
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
17 GT 07 Banner Racing   Paul Edwards
  Kelly Collins
  Jan Magnussen
Pontiac GXP.R 647
Pontiac 6.0L V8
18 GT 87 Farnbacher Loles Racing   Dominik Farnbacher
  Pierre Ehret
  Timo Bernhard
  Dirk Werner
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 646
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
19 GT 57 Stevenson Motorsports   Andrew Davis
  Randy Pobst
  Gunnar Jeannette
  Robin Liddell
Pontiac GXP.R 644
Pontiac 6.0L V8
20 GT 30 Racers Edge Motorsports   Ken Dobson
  Robert Thorne
  Drew Staveley
  Craig Stone
Mazda RX-8 GT 642
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
21 GT 74 Autometrics Motorsports   Bransen Patch
  Jim Hamblin
  Joe Safina
  David Murry
  Derek Skea
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 638
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
22 GT 88 Farnbacher Loles Racing   Pierre Kaffer
  Frank Stippler
  Dave Lacey
  Greg Wilkins
  Eric Curran
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 637
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
23 DP 59 Brumos Racing   Hurley Haywood
  J. C. France
  Terry Borcheller
  João Barbosa
Riley Mk. XI 622
Porsche 3.99L Flat-6
24 GT 84 Farnbacher Loles Racing   Chris Bingham
  Don Pickering
  Bill Cotter
  Chris Pennington
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 637
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
25 DP 03 Vision Racing   Ed Carpenter
  A. J. Foyt IV
  John Andretti
  Vitor Meira
  Tony George
Crawford DP08 615
Porsche 3.99L Flat-6
26 GT 44 Bullet Racing   Zach Arnold
  Dyrk van Zanten, Jr.
  Steve Paquette
  Glenn Nixon
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 615
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
27 DP 58 Brumos Racing   Darren Law
  David Donohue
  Buddy Rice
Riley Mk. XI 611
Porsche 3.99L Flat-6
28 DP 7 Sigalsport   Matt Plumb
  Quentin Wahl
  Stéphan Grégoire
  Michael Cullen
  Paddy Shovlin
Riley Mk. XI 601
BMW 5.0L V8
29 GT 17 Terra Firma Motorsports   Ron Zitza
  Gary Jensen
  Mark Jensen
  Jordan Taylor
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 599
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
30 GT 72 Autohaus Motorsports   Max Papis
  Tim Lewis, Jr.
  Craig Stanton
  Lawson Aschenbach
Pontiac GXP.R 590
Pontiac 6.0L V8
31 GT 34 Orbit Racing   Lance Willsey
  Mike Fitzgerald
  Tom Papadopoulos
  Johnny Mowlem
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 589
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
32 GT 65 The Racer's Group   Russ Oasis
  Tom Atherton
  Jim Stout
  Jason Daskalos
  Tommy Archer
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 585
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
33 GT 86 Farnbacher Loles Racing   Eric Lux
  Leh Keen
  Sascha Maassen
  Wolf Henzler
  Jörg Bergmeister
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 580
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
34 GT 52 Mastercar   Joe Castellano
  Fred Machado
  Ma Chi Min
  Roberto Ragazzi
  Constantino Bertuzzi
Ferrari F430 Challenge 578
Ferrari 4.3L V8
35 GT 85 Farnbacher Loles Racing Team Seattle   Don Kitch, Jr.
  Steve Miller
  Chris Pallis
  Ross Bentley
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 572
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
36 DP 23 Alex Job Racing   Bill Auberlen
  Joey Hand
  Patrick Long
  Andy Wallace
Crawford DP08 569
Porsche 3.99L Flat-6
37 GT 06 Banner Racing   Leighton Reese
  Robert Nearn
  Marc Bunting
  Andy Pilgrim
Pontiac GXP.R 564
Pontiac 6.0L V8
38 GT 81 Synergy Racing   Steve Johnson
  Patrick Huisman
  Robert Doornbos
  Richard Lietz
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 558
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
39 GT 40 Dempsey Racing   Joe Foster
  Patrick Dempsey
  Charles Espenlaub
  Romeo Kapudija
  Scott Maxwell
Mazda RX-8 GT 552
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
40 GT 68 The Racer's Group   Michael Gomez
  Michael Auriemma
  John Mayes
  Scott Schroeder
  Brent Milner
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 550
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
41 DP 77 Doran Racing   Memo Gidley
  Fabrizio Gollin
  Gabriele Gardel
  Brad Jaeger
Doran JE4 546
Ford 5.0L V8
42 DP 3 Southard Motorsports   Shane Lewis
  Bill Lester
  Ted Christopher
  Alex Barron
Riley Mk. XI 527
Lexus 5.0L V8
43 GT 14 Autometrics Motorsports   Cory Friedman
  Mac McGehee
  Anthony Lazzaro
  Ralf Kelleners
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 524
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
44 DP 02 Target Chip Ganassi Racing   Dan Wheldon
  Scott Dixon
  Alex Lloyd
  Salvador Durán
Riley Mk. XI 515
Lexus 5.0L V8
45 GT 21 Matt Connolly Motorsports   Hal Prewitt
  Spencer Trenery
  Vic Rice
  Diego Alessi
  Karl Reindler
Pontiac GTO.R 513
Pontiac 6.0L V8
46 GT 62 The Racer's Group   Claudio Burtin
  Jack Baldwin
  Scott Tucker
  Ed Zabinski
  Martin Ragginger
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 511
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
47 GT 27 O'Connell Racing   Kevin O'Connell
  Kevin Roush
  Kris Wilson
  Hugh Plumb
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 473
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
48 DP 61 AIM Autosport   Colin Braun
  Brian Frisselle
  Mark Wilkins
  Andrew Ranger
Riley Mk. XI 448
Ford 5.0L V8
49 GT 29 Alegra Motorsport   Jake Rosenzweig
  Bob Woodman
  Louis-Philippe Dumoulin
  Scooter Gabel
  Chris Gleason
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 418
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
50 GT 43 Team Sahlen   Will Nonnamaker
  Wayne Nonnamaker
  Joe Nonnamaker
  Joe Sahlen
Mazda RX-8 GT 401
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
51 GT 83 Farnbacher Loles Racing   C. R. Crews
  Russell Walker
  Peter Ludwig
  Ben McCrackin
  Tim Bergmeister
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 397
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
52 GT 26 Gotham Competition   Jerome Jacalone
  Joe Jacalone
  Jim Michaelian
  Bob Michaelian
  Scooter Gabel
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 364
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
53 GT 89 Farnbacher Loles Racing   Luca Drudi
  Raffaele Giammaria
  Gabrio Rosa
  Giacomo Petrobelli
  Jörg Hardt
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 284
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
54 GT 50 Blackforest Motorsports   John Farano
  Carl Jensen
  John Cloud
  Boris Said
  James Bradley
Ford Mustang 255
Ford 5.0L V8
55 DP 2 SAMAX Motorsport   Henri Zogaib
  Mike Rockenfeller
  Lucas Luhr
  Allan McNish
Riley Mk. XI 233
Pontiac 5.0L V8
56 DP 31 Matt Connolly Motorsports   Seth Ingram
  Mirco Schultis
  Bob Frost
  Miroslav Konopka
  Ettore Contini
Chase CCE 231
Pontiac 5.0L V8
57 GT 15 Blackforest Motorsports   David Empringham
  Jean-François Dumoulin
  Tom Nastasi
  Boris Said
Ford Mustang 177
Ford 5.0L V8
58 DP 16 Cheever Racing   Matteo Bobbi
  Antonio García
  Stéphane Ortelli
  Fabio Babini
Coyote CC/08 170
Pontiac 5.0L V8
59 GT 90 Automatic Racing   Jep Thornton
  Tom Long
  Joe Varde
  David Russell
BMW M6 163
BMW 5.0L V10
60 GT 22 Alegra Motorsports   Carlos de Quesada
  Nathan Swartzbaugh
  Patrick Pilet
  Marc Basseng
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 149
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
61 DP 11 SAMAX Motorsport   Tomáš Enge
  Milka Duno
  Harold Primat
  Ryan Dalziel
Riley Mk. XI 97
Pontiac 5.0L V8
62 GT 08 Goldin Motorsports   Steve Goldin
  Keith Goldin
  Jim Meassick
  Squeak Kennedy
Mazda RX-8 GT 83
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
63 DP 12 RVO Motorsports   Derek Bell
  Justin Bell
  Tõnis Kasemets
  Paul Dallenbach
  Roger Schramm
Riley Mk. XI 65
Pontiac 5.0L V8
64 GT 56 Mastercar   Matthew Marsh
  Christian Montanari
  Thomas Biagi
  Fabio Venier
  Luis Monzon
Ferrari F430 Challenge 55
Ferrari 4.3L V8
65 DP 51 Cheever Racing   Tom Kimber-Smith
  Mike Newton
  Thomas Erdos
  Scott Mayer
  Brent Sherman
Coyote CC/08 45
Pontiac 5.0L V8
66 GT 63 The Racer's Group   Pierre Borque
  Hima Maher
  Duncan Ende
  Ron Yarab, Jr.
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 31
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Negri, Allmendinger Give Michael Shank Racing Front Row Sweep For Saturday's Rolex 24 At Daytona". grand-am.com. January 24, 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  2. ^ "Rolex 24 At Daytona is Underway!". grand-am.com. January 26, 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  3. ^ "Chip Ganassi Racing With Felix Sabates Wins Third Straight Rolex 24 At Daytona". grand-am.com. January 27, 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2012.

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