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24 Hours of Daytona

The 24 Hours of Daytona, currently known as the Rolex 24 At Daytona for sponsorship reasons, is a 24-hour sports car endurance race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is run on a 3.56-mile (5.73 km) combined road course, utilizing portions of the NASCAR tri-oval and an infield road course. Since its inception, it has been held on the last weekend of January or first weekend of February as part of Speedweeks, and it is the first major automobile race of the year in the United States. It is also the first race of the season for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

24 Hours of Daytona
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VenueDaytona International Speedway
Corporate sponsorRolex
First race1962
Duration24 hours
Previous namesDaytona 3 Hour Continental (1962–1963)
Daytona 2000 (1964–1965)
24 Hours of Daytona (1966–1971, 1973, 1975–1977)
6 Hours of Daytona (1972)
24 Hour Pepsi Challenge (1978–1983)
SunBank 24 at Daytona (1984–1991)
Rolex 24 At Daytona (1992–)
Most wins (driver)Hurley Haywood (5)
Scott Pruett (5)
Most wins (team)Chip Ganassi Racing (6)
Most wins (manufacturer)Porsche (18)

The race has had several names over the years. Since 1991, the Rolex Watch Company is the title sponsor of the race under a naming rights arrangement, replacing Sunbank (now SunTrust) which in turn replaced Pepsi in 1984. Winning drivers of all classes receive a steel Rolex Daytona watch.

In 2006, the race moved one week earlier into January to prevent a clash with the Super Bowl, which had in turn moved one week later into February a few years earlier.

The race has been known historically as a leg of the informal Triple Crown of endurance racing,[1] although it suffers from an increasing isolation from international Sports Car racing regulations, which have been eased in recent years (Prototypes include P2 Prototypes and an IMSA-spec open engine class with aero kits, and the two Grand Touring classes are now divided between ACO GTE, and FIA/SRO Group GT3 classes).

BeginningsEdit

Shortly after the track opened, on April 5, 1959, a six-hour/1000 kilometer USAC-FIA sports car race was held on the road course. Count Antonio Von Dory and Roberto Mieres won the race in a Porsche, shortened to 560.07 miles due to darkness.[2] The race utilized a 3.81-mile layout, running counter-clockwise.[3]

In 1962, a few years after the track was built, a 3-hour sports car race was introduced. Known as the Daytona Continental, it counted towards the FIA's new International Championship for GT Manufacturers. The first Continental was won by Dan Gurney, driving a 2.7L Coventry Climax-powered Lotus 19.[1] Gurney was a factory Porsche driver at the time, but the 1600-cc Porsche 718 was considered too small and slow for what amounted to a sprint race on a very fast course.

In 1964, the event was expanded to 2,000 km (1,240 mi), doubling the classic 1000 km distance of races at Nürburgring, Spa and Monza. The distance amounted to roughly half of the distance the 24 Hours of Le Mans winners covered at the time, and was similar in length to the 12 Hours of Sebring, which was also held in Florida in March. Starting in 1966, the Daytona race was extended to the same 24-hour length as Le Mans.

24-hour historyEdit

Unlike the Le Mans event, the Daytona race is conducted entirely over a closed course within the speedway arena without the use of any public streets. Most parts of the steep banking are included, interrupted with a chicane on the back straight and a sweeping, fast infield section which includes two hairpins. Unlike Le Mans, the race is held in wintertime, when nights are at their longest. There are lights installed around the circuit for night racing, although the infield section is still not as well-lit as the main oval. However, the stadium lights are turned on only to a level of 20%, similar to the stadium lighting setup at Le Mans, with brighter lights around the pit straight, and decent lighting similar to street lights around the circuit.[4]

In the past, a car had to cross the finish line after 24 hours to be classified, which led to dramatic scenes where damaged cars waited in the pits or on the edge of the track close to the finish line for hours, then restarted their engines and crawled across the finish line one last time in order to finish after the 24 hours and be listed with a finishing distance, rather than dismissed with DNF (Did Not Finish). This was the case in the initial 1962 Daytona Continental (then 3 hours), in which Dan Gurney's Lotus 19 had established a lengthy lead when the engine failed with just minutes remaining. Gurney stopped the car at the top of the banking, just short of the finish line. When the three hours had elapsed, Gurney simply cranked the steering wheel to the left (toward the bottom of the banking) and let gravity pull the car across the line, to not only salvage a finishing position, but actually win the race.[1] This led to the international rule requiring a car to cross the line under its own power in order to be classified.

The first 24 Hour event in 1966 was won by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby driving a Ford Mk. II. Motor Sport reported: "For their first 24-hour race the basic organization was good, but the various officials in many cases were out of touch, childish and lacked the professional touch which one now finds at Watkins Glen."[5] After having lost in 1966 at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans to the Fords, the Ferrari P series prototypes staged a 1–2–3 side-by-side parade finish at the banked finish line in 1967.[6] The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 road car was given the unofficial name Ferrari Daytona in celebration of this victory.[7]

1966 also saw Suzy Dietrich enter the 24 Hours event, driving a Sunbeam Alpine with Janet Guthrie and Donna Mae Mims. The trio finished 32nd and, along with another women's team in the race, became the first women's teams to finish an international-standard 24-hour race.[8]

 
Pit box of the Ford team during the 24 hours of Daytona, 1967

Porsche repeated this show in their 1–2–3 win in the 1968 24 Hours. After the car of Gerhard Mitter had a big crash caused by tire failure in the banking, his teammate Rolf Stommelen supported the car of Vic Elford and Jochen Neerpasch.[clarification needed] When the car of the longtime leaders Jo Siffert and Hans Herrmann dropped to second due to a technical problem, these two also joined the new leaders while continuing with their car. So Porsche managed to put 5 of 8 drivers on the center of the podium, plus Jo Schlesser and Joe Buzzetta finishing in third place, with only Mitter being left out.[9]

Lola finished 1–2 in the 1969 24 Hours of Daytona. The winning car was the Penske Lola T70-Chevrolet of Mark Donohue and Chuck Parsons.[10] Few spectators witnessed the achievement as Motor Sport reported: "The Daytona 24-Hour race draws a very small crowd, as can be seen from the empty stands in the background."[11]

1970 saw the race with drivers strapped into their cars, and at the start, drove away. Since 1971, races begin with rolling starts.

In 1972, due to the energy crisis, the race was shortened to 6 hours, while for 1974 the race was cancelled altogether.[12]

In 1982, following near-continuous inclusion on the World Sportscar Championship, the race was dropped as the series attempted to cut costs by both keeping teams in Europe and running shorter races. The race continued on as part of the IMSA GT Championship.

The regular teams were expanded to three drivers in the 1970s. Nowadays, often four or five drivers compete. Many of these additional drivers are known as "gentleman/lady racers"; people with the personal means to buy their place in the cockpit. The winning entry in 1997 featured as many as seven drivers taking a turn in the cockpit. The current limit is four drivers, and currently in the GT3-specification GT Daytona class, a gentleman driver is required (FIA Silver or Bronze) to be in the car for a specific number of hours.

Grand American and Daytona PrototypesEdit

 
Daytona Prototype

After several ownership changes at IMSA which changed the direction the organization followed, it was decided by the 1990s that the Daytona event would align with the Grand-Am series, a competitor of the American Le Mans Series, which, as its name implies, uses the same regulations as the Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Grand Am series, though, is instead closely linked to NASCAR and the original ideas of IMSA and focused on controlled costs and close competition.

In order to make sports car racing less expensive than elsewhere, new rules were introduced in 2002. The dedicated Daytona Prototypes (DP) use less expensive materials and technologies and the car's simple aerodynamics reduce the development and testing costs. The DPs began racing in 2003 with six cars in the race.[13]

Specialist chassis makers like Riley, Dallara, and Lola provide the DP cars for the teams and the engines are branded under the names of major car companies like Pontiac, Lexus, Ford, BMW, and Porsche.

Daytona GTsEdit

 
Ford Mustang GT car during the 2012 Rolex 24

The Gran Turismo class cars at Daytona are closer to the road versions, similar to the GT3 class elsewhere. For example, the more standard Cup version of the Porsche 996 is used, instead of the usual RS/RSR racing versions. Recent Daytona entries also include BMW M3s and M6s, Porsche 911s, Chevy Camaros and Corvettes, Mazda RX-8s, Pontiac GTO.Rs, and Ferrari F430 Challenges. The Audi R8 and the Ferrari 458 Italia debuted in the 50th anniversary of the race in 2012.

From the era of the IMSA GTO and GTU until the 2015 rule changes, spaceframe cars clad in lookalike body panels to compete in GT (the new BMW M6, Chevrolet Camaro, and Mazda RX-8). These rules are similar to the old GTO specification, but with more restrictions. The intent of spaceframe cars is to allow teams to save money, especially after crashes, where teams can rebuild the cars for the next race at a much lower cost, or even redevelop cars, instead of having to write off an entire car after a crash or at the end of a year.

Starting in 2014, the GT Daytona class began a phasing in where by 2016, the class was restricted exclusively to Group GT3 cars. Group GT3 is not used at Le Mans.

GX ClassEdit

The 2013 race was the first and only year for the GX class. Six cars started in the event. The class consisted of purpose built production Porsche Cayman S and Mazda 6 racecars. Mazda debuted their first diesel racecar there which is the first time a diesel fuel racecar ever started at the Daytona 24. Throughout the race the Caymans were dominant, while all three Mazdas suffered premature engine failure and retired from the race. By a 9 lap lead, the #16 Napleton Porsche Cayman, driven by David Donohue, was the GX winner.

StatisticsEdit

ConstructorsEdit

Porsche has the most overall victories of any manufacturer with 22, scored by various models, including the road based 911, 935 and 996. Porsche also won a record 11 consecutive races from 1977 to 1987 and won 18 out of 23 races from 1968 to 1991.

Rank Constructor Wins Years
1   Porsche 18 1968, 1970–71, 1973, 1975, 1977–83, 1985–87, 1989, 1991, 2003
2   Riley 10 2005–13, 2015
3   Ferrari 5 1963–64, 1967, 1972, 1998
4   Dallara 4 2002, 2017–19
5   Riley & Scott 3 1996–97, 1999
6   Ford 2 1965–66
  Jaguar 1988, 1990
  Nissan 1992, 1994
9   Lotus 1 1962
  Lola 1969
  BMW 1976
  March 1984
  Toyota 1993
  Kremer 1995
  Dodge 2000
  Chevrolet 2001
  Doran 2004
  Coyote 2014
  Ligier 2016

Engine manufacturersEdit

In addition to their 18 wins as both car and engine manufacturers, Porsche has four wins solely as an engine manufacturer, in 1984, 1995, and two in the Daytona Prototype era in 2009 and 2010.

Rank Engine manufacturer Wins Years
1   Porsche 22 1968, 1970–71, 1973, 1975, 1977–87, 1989, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2009–10
2   Ford 6 1965–66, 1997, 1999, 2012, 2015
3   Ferrari 5 1963–64, 1967, 1972, 1998
4   BMW 3 1976, 2011, 2013
  Cadillac 2017–19
  Chevrolet 1969, 2001, 2014
  Lexus 2006–08
8   Jaguar 2 1988, 1990
  Nissan 1992, 1994
  Pontiac 2004–05
11   Coventry Climax 1 1962
  Toyota 1993
  Oldsmobile 1996
  Dodge 2000
  Judd 2002
  Honda 2016

Drivers with the most overall winsEdit

Rank Driver Wins Years
1   Hurley Haywood 5 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1991
  Scott Pruett 1994, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013
3   Pedro Rodríguez 4 1963, 1964, 1970, 1971
  Bob Wollek 1983, 1985, 1989, 1991
  Peter Gregg 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978
  Rolf Stommelen 1968, 1978, 1980, 1982
7   Brian Redman 3 1970, 1976, 1981
  Andy Wallace 1990, 1997, 1999
  Butch Leitzinger 1994, 1997, 1999
  Derek Bell 1986, 1987, 1989
  Juan Pablo Montoya 2007, 2008, 2013
  Memo Rojas 2008, 2011, 2013
  Christian Fittipaldi 2004, 2014, 2018
  João Barbosa 2010, 2014, 2018
15   Ken Miles 2 1965, 1966
  Lloyd Ruby 1965, 1966
  A. J. Foyt 1983, 1985
  Al Holbert 1986, 1987
  Al Unser Jr. 1986, 1987
  Jan Lammers 1988, 1990
  John Paul Jr. 1982, 1997
  Elliott Forbes-Robinson 1997, 1999
  Mauro Baldi 1998, 2002
  Didier Theys 1998, 2002
  Wayne Taylor 1996, 2005
  Terry Borcheller 2004, 2010
  Scott Dixon 2006, 2015
  Scott Sharp 1996, 2016
  Max Angelelli 2005, 2017
  Jordan Taylor 2017, 2019

Overall winnersEdit

3-hour durationEdit

Year Date Drivers Team Car Tire Car # Distance Championship
1962 February 11   Dan Gurney   Frank Arciero Lotus 19B-Coventry Climax G 96 312.420 mi (502.791 km) International Championship for GT Manufacturers
1963 February 17   Pedro Rodríguez   North American Racing Team Ferrari 250 GTO G 18 307.300 mi (494.551 km) International Championship for GT Manufacturers

2000 km distanceEdit

Year Date Drivers Team Car Tire Car # Championship
1964 February 16   Pedro Rodríguez
  Phil Hill
  North American Racing Team Ferrari 250 GTO G 30 International Championship for GT Manufacturers
1965 February 28   Ken Miles
  Lloyd Ruby
  Shelby-American Inc. Ford GT [14] G 73 International Championship for GT Manufacturers

24-hour duration (1966–1971)Edit

Year Date Drivers Team Car Tire Car # Distance Championship
1966 February 5
February 6
  Ken Miles
  Lloyd Ruby
  Shelby-American Inc. Ford GT40 Mk. II G 98 2,583.178 mi (4,157.222 km) International Championship for Sports-Prototypes
International Championship for Sports Cars
1967 February 4
February 5
  Lorenzo Bandini
  Chris Amon
  SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 330 P4 F 23 2,537.460 mi (4,083.646 km) International Championship for Sports-Prototypes
International Championship for Sports Cars
1968 February 3
February 4
  Vic Elford
  Jochen Neerpasch
  Rolf Stommelen
  Jo Siffert
  Hans Herrmann
  Porsche System Engineering Porsche 907LH D 54 2,564.130 mi (4,126.567 km) International Championship for Makes
1969 February 1
February 2
  Mark Donohue
  Chuck Parsons
  Roger Penske Sunoco Racing Lola T70 Mk.3B-Chevrolet G 6 2,385.060 mi (3,838.382 km) International Championship for Makes
1970 January 31
February 1
  Pedro Rodríguez
  Leo Kinnunen
  Brian Redman
  J.W. Engineering Porsche 917K F 2 2,758.440 mi (4,439.279 km) International Championship for Makes
1971 January 30
January 31
  Pedro Rodríguez
  Jackie Oliver
  J.W. Automotive Engineering Porsche 917K F 2 2,621.280 mi (4,218.542 km) International Championship for Makes

6-hour durationEdit

Year Date Drivers Team Car Tire Car # Distance Championship
1972 February 6   Mario Andretti
  Jacky Ickx
  SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312PB F 2 739.140 mi (1,189.531 km) World Championship for Makes

24-hour duration (1973 and since 1975)Edit

Year Date Drivers Team Car Tire Car # Distance Championship
1973 February 3
February 4
  Peter Gregg
  Hurley Haywood
  Brumos Porsche Porsche Carrera RSR G 59 2,552.700 mi (4,108.172 km) World Championship for Makes
1974 No race due to an energy crisis
1975 February 1
February 2
  Peter Gregg
  Hurley Haywood
  Brumos Porsche Porsche Carrera RSR G 59 2,606.040 mi (4,194.015 km) World Championship for Makes
IMSA GT Championship
1976 January 31
February 1
  Peter Gregg
  Brian Redman
  John Fitzpatrick
  BMW of North America BMW 3.0 CSL G 59 2,092.800 mi (3,368.035 km) IMSA GT Championship
1977 February 5
February 6
  Hurley Haywood
  John Graves
  Dave Helmick
  Ecurie Escargot Porsche Carrera RSR G 43 2,615.040 mi (4,208.499 km) World Championship for Makes
IMSA GT Championship
1978 February 4
February 5
  Peter Gregg
  Rolf Stommelen
  Toine Hezemans
  Brumos Porsche Porsche 935/77 G 99 2,611.200 mi (4,202.319 km) World Championship of Makes
IMSA GT Championship
1979 February 3
February 4
  Hurley Haywood
  Ted Field
  Danny Ongais
  Interscope Racing Porsche 935/79 G 0 2,626.560 mi (4,227.039 km) World Championship of Makes
IMSA GT Championship
1980 February 2
February 3
  Rolf Stommelen
  Volkert Merl
  Reinhold Joest
  L&M Joest Racing Porsche 935J D 2 2,745.600 mi (4,418.615 km) World Championship of Makes
IMSA GT Championship
1981 January 31
February 1
  Bobby Rahal
  Brian Redman
  Bob Garretson
  Garretson Racing/Style Auto Porsche 935 K3 G 9 2,718.720 mi (4,375.355 km) World Endurance Championship
IMSA GT Championship
1982 January 30
January 31
  John Paul Sr.
  John Paul Jr.
  Rolf Stommelen
  JLP Racing Porsche 935 JLP-3 G 18 2,760.960 mi (4,443.334 km) IMSA GT Championship
1983 February 5
February 6
  A. J. Foyt
  Preston Henn
  Bob Wollek
  Claude Ballot-Léna
  Henn's Swap Shop Racing Porsche 935L G 6 2,373.120 mi (3,819.167 km) IMSA GT Championship
1984 February 4
February 5
  Sarel van der Merwe
  Tony Martin
  Graham Duxbury
  Kreepy Krauly Racing March 83G-Porsche G 00 2,476.800 mi (3,986.023 km) IMSA GT Championship
1985 February 2
February 3
  A. J. Foyt
  Bob Wollek
  Al Unser
  Thierry Boutsen
  Henn's Swap Shop Racing Porsche 962 G 8 2,502.680 mi (4,027.673 km) IMSA GT Championship
1986 February 1
February 2
  Al Holbert
  Derek Bell
  Al Unser Jr.
  Löwenbräu Holbert Racing Porsche 962 G 14 2,534.720 mi (4,079.236 km) IMSA GT Championship
1987 January 31
February 1
  Al Holbert
  Derek Bell
  Chip Robinson
  Al Unser Jr.
  Löwenbräu Holbert Racing Porsche 962 G 14 2,680.680 mi (4,314.136 km) IMSA GT Championship
1988 January 30
January 31
  Raul Boesel
  Martin Brundle
  John Nielsen
  Jan Lammers
  Castrol Jaguar Racing (TWR) Jaguar XJR-9 D 60 2,591.680 mi (4,170.905 km) IMSA GT Championship
1989 February 4
February 5
  John Andretti
  Derek Bell
  Bob Wollek
  Miller/BFGoodrich Busby Racing Porsche 962 BF 67 2,210.760 mi (3,557.873 km)A IMSA GT Championship
1990 February 3
February 4
  Davy Jones
  Jan Lammers
  Andy Wallace
  Castrol Jaguar Racing (TWR) Jaguar XJR-12D G 61 2,709.160 mi (4,359.970 km) IMSA GT Championship
1991 February 2
February 3
  Hurley Haywood
  "John Winter"
  Frank Jelinski
  Henri Pescarolo
  Bob Wollek
  Joest Racing Porsche 962C G 7 2,559.640 mi (4,119.341 km) IMSA GT Championship
1992 February 1
February 2
  Masahiro Hasemi
  Kazuyoshi Hoshino
  Toshio Suzuki
  Nissan Motorsports Intl. Nissan R91CP G 23 2,712.720 mi (4,365.700 km) IMSA GT Championship
1993 January 30
January 31
  P. J. Jones
  Mark Dismore
  Rocky Moran
  All American Racers Toyota Eagle MkIII G 99 2,484.880 mi (3,999.027 km) IMSA GT Championship
1994 February 5
February 6
  Paul Gentilozzi
  Scott Pruett
  Butch Leitzinger
  Steve Millen
  Cunningham Racing Nissan 300ZX Y 76 2,516.609 mi (4,050.090 km) IMSA Exxon World Sportscar Championship
1995 February 4
February 5
  Jürgen Lässig
  Christophe Bouchut
  Giovanni Lavaggi
  Marco Werner
  Kremer Racing Kremer K8 Spyder-Porsche G 10 2,456.400 mi (3,953.192 km) IMSA Exxon World Sportscar Championship
1996 February 3
February 4
  Wayne Taylor
  Scott Sharp
  Jim Pace
  Doyle Racing Riley & Scott Mk III-Oldsmobile D 4 2,481.320 mi (3,993.298 km) IMSA Exxon World Sportscar Championship
1997 February 1
February 2
  Rob Dyson
  James Weaver
  Butch Leitzinger
  Andy Wallace
  John Paul Jr.
  Elliott Forbes-Robinson
  John Schneider
  Dyson Racing Riley & Scott Mk III-Ford G 16 2,456.400 mi (3,953.192 km) Exxon World Sportscar Championship
1998 January 31
February 1
  Mauro Baldi
  Arie Luyendyk
  Giampiero Moretti
  Didier Theys
  Doran-Moretti Racing Ferrari 333 SP Y 30 2,531.160 mi (4,073.507 km) U.S. Road Racing Championship
1999 January 30
January 31
  Elliott Forbes-Robinson
  Butch Leitzinger
  Andy Wallace
  Dyson Racing Team Inc. Riley & Scott Mk III-Ford G 20 2,520.480 mi (4,056.319 km) U.S. Road Racing Championship
2000 February 5
February 6
  Olivier Beretta
  Dominique Dupuy
  Karl Wendlinger
  Viper Team Oreca Dodge Viper GTS-R M 91 2,573.880 mi (4,142.258 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2001 February 3
February 4
  Ron Fellows
  Chris Kneifel
  Franck Fréon
  Johnny O'Connell
  Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5-R G 2 2,335.360 mi (3,758.398 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2002 February 2
February 3
  Didier Theys
  Fredy Lienhard
  Max Papis
  Mauro Baldi
  Doran Lista Racing Dallara SP1-Judd G 27 2,548.960 mi (4,102.153 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2003 February 1
February 2
  Kevin Buckler
  Michael Schrom
  Timo Bernhard
  Jörg Bergmeister
  The Racer's Group Porsche 911 GT3-RS D 66 2,474.200 mi (3,981.839 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2004 January 31
February 1
  Christian Fittipaldi
  Terry Borcheller
  Forest Barber
  Andy Pilgrim
  Bell Motorsports Doran JE4-Pontiac G 54 1,872.80 mi (3,013.98 km)A Rolex Sports Car Series
2005 February 5
February 6
  Max Angelelli
  Wayne Taylor
  Emmanuel Collard
  SunTrust Racing Riley MkXI-Pontiac H 10 2,527.924 mi (4,068.300 km)A Rolex Sports Car Series
2006 January 28
January 29
  Scott Dixon
  Dan Wheldon
  Casey Mears
  Target Ganassi Racing Riley MkXI-Lexus H 02 2,613.38 mi (4,205.82 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2007 January 27
January 28
  Juan Pablo Montoya
  Salvador Durán
  Scott Pruett
  Telmex Ganassi Racing Riley MkXI-Lexus H 01 2,377.970 mi (3,826.972 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2008 January 26
January 27
  Juan Pablo Montoya
  Dario Franchitti
  Scott Pruett
  Memo Rojas
  Telmex Ganassi Racing Riley MkXI-Lexus P 01 2,474.200 mi (3,981.839 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2009 January 24
January 25
  David Donohue
  Antonio García
  Darren Law
  Buddy Rice
  Brumos Racing Riley MkXI-Porsche P 58 2,616.600 mi (4,211.009 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2010 January 30
January 31
  João Barbosa
  Terry Borcheller
  Ryan Dalziel
  Mike Rockenfeller
  Action Express Racing Riley MkXI-Porsche P 9 2,688.14 mi (4,326.15 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2011 January 29
January 30
  Joey Hand
  Graham Rahal
  Scott Pruett
  Memo Rojas
  Telmex Chip Ganassi Racing Riley MkXX-BMW C 01 2,563.53 mi (4,125.60 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2012 January 28
January 29
  A. J. Allmendinger
  Oswaldo Negri
  John Pew
  Justin Wilson
  Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Riley MkXXVI-Ford C 60 2,709.16 mi (4,359.97 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2013 January 26
January 27
  Juan Pablo Montoya
  Charlie Kimball
  Scott Pruett
  Memo Rojas
  Chip Ganassi Racing Riley MkXXVI-BMW C 01 2,524.04 mi (4,062.05 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2014 January 25
January 26
  João Barbosa
  Christian Fittipaldi
  Sébastien Bourdais
  Action Express Racing Coyote-Corvette DP C 5 2,474.200 mi (3,981.839 km)A United SportsCar Championship
2015 January 24
January 25
  Scott Dixon
  Tony Kanaan
  Kyle Larson
  Jamie McMurray
  Chip Ganassi Racing Riley MkXXVI-Ford C 02 2,634.400 mi (4,239.656 km) United SportsCar Championship
2016 January 30
January 31
  Ed Brown
  Johannes van Overbeek
  Scott Sharp
  Pipo Derani
  Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier JS P2-Honda C 2 2,620.160 mi (4,216.739 km) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
2017 January 28
January 29
  Max Angelelli
  Jeff Gordon
  Jordan Taylor
  Ricky Taylor
  Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R C 10 2,346.34 mi (3,776.07 km) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
2018[15] January 27
January 28
  João Barbosa
  Filipe Albuquerque
  Christian Fittipaldi
  Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R C 5 2,876.85 mi (4,629.84 km)B WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
2019 January 26
January 27
  Jordan Taylor
  Fernando Alonso
  Renger van der Zande
  Kamui Kobayashi
  Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R M 10 2,011.08 mi (3,236.52 km)A WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
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Notes:

  • ^A Races were red flagged during the event due to inclement weather, or a serious accident. The official timing of 24 hours did not stop during these periods.
  • ^B Race record for most distance covered

ReferencesEdit

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