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A.J. Allmendinger’s team finishes second in class in Rolex 24 at Daytona

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A.J. Allmendinger got his 2018 racing season started with a podium finish in his team’s class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona over the weekend.

Competing for Michael Shank Racing, Allmendinger and his three teammates finished second in the GTD class.

The No. 83 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 was driven by Katherine Legge, Alvaro Parente, Trent Hindman and Allmendinger.

The team placed 22nd overall in the race that began Saturday afternoon.

Allmendinger, who competes for JTG Daugherty Racing in the Cup Series, extended his mark of leading every Rolex 24 he’s raced in during his overnight stent. He led 25 laps for the GTD class. Allmendinger has competed in the race 12 times. He was an overall winner in 2012.

“This might be the most tired I’ve ever been,” Allmendinger said. “It probably was not a wise call on my part not to run an air hose to my helmet. But this Acura NSX GT3 has been fun to drive. I love Michael Shank and I love this race team. The spotters especially, (Mike) Sweeney and Ben (Waddell), it was a team effort. That last stint, I was starting to get the chills inside the car. But this is what the Rolex 24 is all about: the last four hours you give everything you’ve got.”

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Allmendinger wasn’t the only NASCAR driver taking part in the endurance race.

Austin Cindric, who will compete for Roush Fenway Racing in the Xfinity Series, contributed to a sixth place in the Prototype class for JDC-Miller Motorsports.

Brendan Gaughan was part of a 42nd overall finish for BAR1 Motorsports. Driving a Multimatic/Riley LMP2, the team finished 14th in the Prototype class.

Xfinity drivers Ty Majeski and Cole Custer, competing with Scott Maxwell, placed third in the Grand Sport class for the Multimatic Race team in the four-hour Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race on Friday.

“It was a really fun race,” Custer said in a team release. “Doing the driver swaps, we weren’t perfect, but we were able to do them pretty quickly. It was a really strange but fun thing to do. I’m really glad Ford Performance is helping us get some more experience with road course stuff. It was a great race.”

Cindric and Chase Briscoe also competed in the race, but were relegated to a 22nd-place finish after a mechanical failure.

Chip Ganassi named grand marshal for Rolex 24 at Daytona

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Daytona is like a second home for Chip Ganassi, he’s there so often.

Not only is he there at Daytona International Speedway in February for NASCAR’s Speedweeks, and again for the early July races there, he’s also there quite a bit this month for this weekend’s Roar Before the Rolex 24, and then back again in a few weeks for the prestigious Rolex 24.

Now, the Pittsburgh native will receive yet another honor to add to his illustrious career as a motorsports team owner, and before that, as a competitive driver.

Ganassi, who owns teams in NASCAR Cup and the NASCAR Xfinity Series, IndyCar, the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA, was named Friday as grand marshal of the Rolex 24 sports car endurance race on Jan. 27-28.

Ganassi, who will field two cars in the race, has owned an IMSA team since 2004. Since its formation, Ganassi’s IMSA teams have won the Rolex 24 seven times: 2006, 2007, 2o08, 2011, 2013, 2015 and last year.

“This is a really big honor for me to be recognized by a race that has meant so much to me over my career, both as a driver and an owner,” Ganassi said.

 

AJ Allmendinger making return to Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2018

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After a one-year absence, AJ Allmendinger will return to the Rolex 24 at Daytona next month.

Allmendinger, who drives for JTG Daugherty Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series, will once again drive for Michael Shank Racing in the endurance race at Daytona International Speedway, which will be held Jan. 27 – 28.

A winner in the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona, Allmendinger will split time in the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 in the GTD class with Justin Marks, Lawson Aschenbach and Mario Farnbacher.

Allmendinger drove for Michael Shank Racing in the endurance race from 2014-16. His best result during that stretch was fifth in the Prototype class in 2015.

“I am pumped to be back racing for Shank in the (Rolex) 24. I missed the race last year and I hated to, so I’m really glad to be back,” Allmendinger said in a press release. “His whole team did an awesome job with the Acura last year and it is awesome to be back with him for the Rolex. After racing for the overall win so many years in Prototypes, it will be a completely different experience to be racing in the GTD class, but I’m looking forward to it. Mike (Shank) always puts an awesome team together and this year is no different so I am counting down to get my first shot in this car.”

Allmendinger is coming off his fourth full year of driving the No. 47 Chevrolet for JTG Daugherty Racing. He finished the season 27th in the standings, his worst during his tenure with the team. He earned one top five and five top 10s.

Jeff Gordon, Taylors, Cadillac win Rolex 24 at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jeff Gordon‘s return to the Rolex 24 at Daytona for the first time in 10 years came up aces with the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, in a car he shared with Jordan and Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli.

Gordon played a key role in the start of the race before ceding the car to the three sports car veterans, as Angelelli put the car in position to win before first Jordan, then Ricky Taylor brought the car home to the finish.

Despite the dominance displayed throughout the race, Ricky Taylor needed to complete a pass for the win on Lap 655 of the race past a fellow Cadillac driven by Filipe Albuquerque for Mustang Sampling Racing.

The Portuguese driver dove to the inside of Turn 1 while Taylor went for a tight gap, and the two cars collided. Albuquerque spun out but resumed after a slight delay.

IMSA officials reviewed the incident but took no further action.

Wayne Taylor Racing also won this race in 2005.

Chip Ganassi’s team won in the GT Le Mans class with a Ford GT driven by Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais. An Alegra Motorsports Porsche won in GT Daytona and the Performance Tech car won in Prototype Challenge.

Gordon joins Jamie McMurray, AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti as the only drivers to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Daytona 500.

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Social Roundup: Jeff Gordon preps for Rolex 24 at Daytona

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Jeff Gordon‘s racing career is not over yet. Not long after the 2016 NASCAR season ended, it was announced the four-time premier series champion would be competing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona next year.

Tuesday morning Gordon was busy prepping for a closed test for the event, which will be his second time competing in the 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway. He first ran in the race in 2007.

Gordon will drive in the Jan. 28-29 race with Ricky and Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli as co-drivers of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. The car is owned by Wayne Taylor Racing.