Brumos Racing Wins Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona
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The Grand-Am Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona was an historic race this year as several new records were set throughout the course of the long season opener. But really, it isn't the records that fans, drivers and crew will remember most: it is the emotion of seeing Brumos Racing win their first Daytona 24-hour in over 30 years, with David Donohue claiming victory exactly 40 years after his father Mark won the race in 1969, that will linger.

It was the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley that took the checkered flag first. The car was an early contender after Donohue started on the pole, but at one point in the night the team was three laps down. Nevertheless, the combined skill of the crew and the driving talents of Donohue, Antonio Garcia, Darren Law and Buddy Rice gave the team the win.

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates was hoping for its fourth consecutive victory in the classic race, and despite Juan Pablo Montoya's efforts in the No. 01 Lexus Riley in the final hours, the team of Montoya, Scott Dixon, Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett had to settle for second.

Brumos Racing got a double podium, with the No. 59 Porsche of Joao Barbosa, Hurley Haywood, Terry Borcheller and JC France taking third overall.

Donohue took the lead from the pole, and very quickly the race contenders emerged, including both Brumos entries and both the No. 01 and No. 02 Ganassi Lexus Rileys. The No. 16 Penske Racing Porsche Riley was also a force in the opening hours. In the early hours, and there was an ongoing back-and-forth battle between the No. 16 Penske machine and the No. 58 Porsche.

By the eighth hour, the lead was in the hands of Barbosa in the No. 59 Brumos Porsche, and the No. 02 Ganassi Lexus of Scott Dixon was close behind. In hour nine, the No. 58 Porsche went back to the garage after Garcia hit a tire wall. The team lost three laps, while SunTrust Racing surged forward. By the halfway point of the race, Pedro Lamy led the way in the No. 10 SunTrust Ford.

Brake problems in the 17th hour served to take the No. 02 Lexus out of contention for a win, and the No. 16 Penske Porsche fell back when they had to visit the garage for a new rear end assembly. In the Brumos camp, though, things were looking up: the No. 58 Brumos Porsche moved back into the top three and got back on the lead lap.

The work for the No. 58 entry was far from over, though, especially as the racing wound down. With three hours to go, a caution period began, closing the distance between the top four cars, which were all still on the lead lap. They included both Brumos entries, the No. 01 Ganassi Lexus and the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara. When the caution ended, Pruett led in the No. 01, but Rice gave chase in the No. 58.
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