The No. 01 Ganassi Racing BMW/Riley prototype shared by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya and Charlie Kimball won comfortably the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Sunday.
The car started the race on pole, led 421 of 709 laps and experienced no major issues in 2013’s first race of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season. This was Ganassi’s fifth win in the last eight years and the fifth for Pruett, who now shares the most overall wins in the Rolex 24 with Hurley Haywood.
“It’s just an incredible day all around. Having gotten to know Hurley real well over the years by racing with him and just as a friend, and to have him there at the end was pretty special, very special thing,” Pruett was quoted as saying by Motorsport.com. Pruett was met by Haywood in victory lane after the race.
In the Corvette class, the No. 9 Action Express Corvette DP driven by Mike Rockenfeller, Burt Frisselle, Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa won the race and finished fourth overall.
Alex Job Racing’s Audi R8 Grand-Am took the GT class win (finishing ninth overall) with Filipe Albuquerque, Oliver Jarvis, Edoardo Mortara, and Dion von Moltke sharing the wheel. This marked the first win in any class for Audi in the Rolex 24.
The Napleton Porsche Cayman won the new experimental GX class, with Jim Norman, Shane Lewis, David Donohue, and Nelson Canache sharing the driving duties. The race featured 16 caution periods for a total of 121 laps, including a one hour and forty-five minute caution early Sunday morning for fog.