2011 24 Hours of Daytona

The 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona, ran on Saturday and Sunday, January 29–30, 2011 at the Daytona International Speedway, was the 49th running of the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race.[1] The first race of the 2011 Rolex Sports Car Series season,[2] it was broadcast on Speed Channel, with fourteen hours of live coverage,[3] in addition to a considerable attendance.

Start of the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Prototypes run at the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona.


Pole position for the race was won by Jörg Bergmeister of Germany, driving the #45 Daytona Prototype of Flying Lizard Motorsports, a Riley Technologies chassis powered by a Porsche engine, with a lap time of 1 minute 40.099 seconds.[4] Pole for the Grand Touring category was won by Dominik Farnbacher in the #66 TRG Motorsports Porsche 911, with a lap time of 1 minute 48.781 seconds.[4]


Winning the race overall was the Daytona Prototype team of Chip Ganassi Racing, with drivers Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Graham Rahal and Joey Hand driving the #01 Riley & Scott-BMW defeating Chip Ganassi Racing's second team, consisting of IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti, and Sprint Cup teammates Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya in the #02 Riley & Scott-BMW by just over two seconds in a one-lap sprint following a late caution flag.[5] The win was Pruett's fourth overall victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the fourth of four major auto racing wins by Ganassi in the last year, following victories in the 2010 Daytona 500, 2010 Indianapolis 500 and 2010 Brickyard 400;[5] co-driver Rahal's victory came 30 years after his father, Bobby Rahal, won the race in 1981.[6]

The GT division victory was claimed by TRG Motorsports, the #67 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup driven by Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly, Brendan Gaughan, Wolf Henzler and Steven Bertheau winning by a margin of one lap.[5]

Patrick Dempsey, a television actor, placed third in the GT category in the #40 Mazda RX-8.[5]

Although there were no serious accidents during the race, dense fog in the early morning hours resulted in a caution period lasting nearly three hours.[7]

Race resultsEdit

TV star Patrick Dempsey, seen here at the 2008 event, placed third in the GT class.

Class Winners in bold.[8][9]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Laps
1 DP 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates   Scott Pruett
  Memo Rojas
  Graham Rahal
  Joey Hand
Riley 721
BMW 5.0L V8
2 DP 02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates   Scott Dixon
  Juan Pablo Montoya
  Dario Franchitti
  Jamie McMurray
Riley 721
BMW 5.0L V8
3 DP 9 Action Express Racing   Terry Borcheller
  J.C. France
  João Barbosa
  Christian Fittipaldi
  Max Papis
Riley 721
Porsche (LBP) 5.0L V8
4 DP 23 United Autosports with Michael Shank Racing   Zak Brown
  Mark Patterson
  Mark Blundell
  Martin Brundle
Riley 721
Ford 5.0L V8
5 DP 10 SunTrust Racing   Max Angelelli
  Ricky Taylor
  Ryan Briscoe
Dallara 720
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
6 DP 76 Krohn Racing   Tracy Krohn
  Niclas Jönsson
  Ricardo Zonta
  Nicolas Minassian
Lola B08/70 720
Ford 5.0L V8
7 DP 6 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian   A. J. Allmendinger
  Michael McDowell
  Justin Wilson
Dallara 719
Ford 5.0L V8
8 DP 55 Level 5 Motorsports   Scott Tucker
  Christophe Bouchut
  Luis Díaz
  Mark Wilkins
Riley 717
BMW 5.0L V8
9 DP 5 Action Express Racing   Darren Law
  David Donohue
  Buddy Rice
  Burt Frisselle
Riley 706
Porsche (LBP) 5.0L V8
10 DP 60 Michael Shank Racing   John Pew
  Oswaldo Negri, Jr.
  Marc Goossens
  Michael Valiante
Riley 706
Ford 5.0L V8
11 DP 95 Level 5 Motorsports   Scott Tucker
  Ryan Hunter-Reay
  Richard Westbrook
  Raphael Matos
Riley 703
BMW 5.0L V8
12 GT 67 TRG Motorsports   Steven Bertheau
  Brendan Gaughan
  Wolf Henzler
  Andy Lally
  Spencer Pumpelly
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 685
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
13 GT 48 Paul Miller Racing   Bryce Miller
  Tim Sugden
  Bryan Sellers
  Rob Bell
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 684
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
14 GT 40 Dempsey Racing   Joe Foster
  Patrick Dempsey
  Charles Espenlaub
  Tom Long
Mazda RX-8 681
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
15 DP 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing   Jon Fogarty
  Alex Gurney
  Jimmie Johnson
Riley 679
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
16 GT 44 Magnus Racing   John Potter
  Craig Stanton
  Richard Lietz
  Marco Holzer
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 675
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
17 GT 59 Brumos Racing   Hurley Haywood
  Andrew Davis
  Leh Keen
  Marc Lieb
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 673
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
18 GT 70 SpeedSource   John Edwards
  Sylvain Tremblay
  Adam Christodoulou
  Jonathan Bomarito
Mazda RX-8 670
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
19 GT 42 Team Sahlen   Will Nonnamaker
  Wayne Nonnamaker
  Joe Nonnamaker
  Memo Gidley
Mazda RX-8 661
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
20 GT 4 TRG Motorsports   Ryan Eversley
  Daniel Graeff
  Kenny Wallace
  Ron Yarab, Jr.
  Richard Zahn, Jr.
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 659
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
21 GT 18 Mühlner Motorsports America   Mark Thomas
  Peter Ludwig
  Dion von Moltke
  Cory Friedman
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 655
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
22 DP 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports   Patrick Long
  Jörg Bergmeister
  Seth Neiman
  Johannes van Overbeek
Riley Mk. XI 654
Porsche 4.0L Flat-6
23 GT 41 Dempsey Racing   James Gue
  Dane Cameron
  Ian James
  Dave Lacey
Mazda RX-8 650
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
24 DP 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing   Antonio García
  Paul Edwards
  Sascha Maassen
Coyote 649
Chevrolet 5.0L V8
25 GT 47 Rick Ware Racing   Jeffrey Earnhardt
  Scott Monroe
  Doug Harrington
  Maurice Hull
  Brett Sandberg
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 635
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
26 GT 57 Stevenson Motorsports   Robin Liddell
  Ronnie Bremer
  Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Camaro GT.R 629
Chevrolet 6.0L V8
27 GT 66 TRG Motorsports   Dominik Farnbacher
  Tim George, Jr.
  Ben Keating
  Lucas Luhr
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 612
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
28 GT 88 Autohaus Motorsports   Jordan Taylor
  Bill Lester
  Johnny O'Connell
  Matthew Marsh
Chevrolet Camaro GT.R 607
Chevrolet 6.0L V8
29 GT 81 DragonSpeed   Cort Wagner
  Fred Poordad
  Doug Baron
  Nick Jones
Ferrari F430 Challenge 588
Ferrari 4.3L V8
30 GT 54 TRG Motorsports/Black Swan Racing/GMG Racing   Jeroen Bleekemolen
  Tim Pappas
  Patrick Pilet
  James Sofronas
  Bret Curtis
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 578
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
31 DP 2 Starworks Motorsport   Enzo Potolicchio
  Alex Popow
  Romain Iannetta
  E.J. Viso
Riley 577
Ford 5.0L V8
32 GT 94 Turner Motorsport   Bill Auberlen
  Boris Said
  Paul Dalla Lana
  Matt Plumb
BMW M3 565
BMW 5.0L V8
33 DP 8 Starworks Motorsport   Mike Forest
  Ryan Dalziel
  Jim Lowe
  Colin Braun
  Tomáš Enge
Riley 552
Ford 5.0L V8
34 GT 63 Team Spencer Motorsports   Rich Grupp
  David Murry
  Jim Downing
  Owen Trinkler
Mazda RX-8 544
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
35 GT 65 Chris Smith Racing   Bill Sweedler
  Shane Lewis
  Tom Sheehan
  Mitch Pagerey
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 495
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
36 GT 30 Racers Edge Motorsports   Scott Rettich
  Mark Jensen
  Michael Marsal
  Gary Jensen
  Jade Buford
Mazda RX-8 453
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
37 GT 53 TRG Motorsports/Nadeau Motorsports   Jim Michaelian
  Bob Doyle
  Coulter Mulligan
  Joe Castellano
  Ken Dobson
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 423
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
38 GT 32 PR1 Motorsports   David Cheng
  Tom Papadopoulos
  Ryan Lewis
  Max Hyatt
BMW M6 402
BMW 5.0L V8
39 GT 07 Banner Racing   Bruce Ledoux
  Eric Curran
  Gunter Schaldach
  Oliver Gavin
Chevrolet Camaro GT.R 398
Chevrolet 6.0L V8
40 GT 17 Burtin Racing   Claudio Burtin
  Martin Ragginger
  Nick Tandy
  Nicolas Armindo
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 378
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
41 GT 22 Bullet Racing   Darryl O'Young
  James Walker
  Brian Wong
  Eric Lux
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 328
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
42 DP 77 Doran Racing   Brian Frisselle
  Henri Richard
  Matt Bell
  Ross Kaiser
Dallara 312
Ford 5.0L V8
43 GT 56 Bennett Racing   Mike Skeen
  Jean-François Dumoulin
  Michael Davidson
  Glynn Geddie
  Dan Harrington
Ferrari F430 Challenge 286
Ferrari 4.3L V8
44 DP 7 Starworks Motorsport   Doug Peterson
  R.J. Valentine
  Jared Beyer
  Scott Mayer
  Jan Heylen
Riley 215
Ford 5.0L V8
45 GT 69 SpeedSource   Emil Assentato
  Jeff Segal
  Nick Ham
  Anthony Lazzaro
Mazda RX-8 202
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
46 GT 43 Team Sahlen   Joe Sahlen
  Joe Nonnamaker
  Will Nonnamaker
  Wayne Nonnamaker
  Memo Gidley
Mazda RX-8 124
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
47 GT 36 Yellow Dragon Motorsports   Taylor Hacquard
  Chris Cumming
  Mikel Miller
  Justin Marks
Mazda RX-8 122
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
48 GT 86 Mitchum Motorsports   Joey Atterbury
  Cooper MacNeil
  Randy Pobst
  Derek Whitis
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 121
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6


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