JANUARY 25, 2015

Sunrise at 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona and the race still has 7 hours to run. It is tight at the top with three Prototypes within a second of each other.

Last evening the sun set at 5.56PM and the race entered a period of 13 hours of darkness. There was no let up for the drivers in any class, with regular lead changes as the top teams pressed for any advantage. 15 cars have retired from the original field of 53.

In the pits the crews worked through the night keeping their cars on the track, refuelling and changing tyres as their race strategy demanded. Excursions to the garage for major repairs disrupt the flow, but a focussed pit crew can achieve miracles and keep their car in the hunt.

The temperature plummeted overnight to 6oC (44oF) making the turns into and out of infield area perilous, especially on cold tyres. As dawn approached the tired and inattentive would find themselves spinning out alarmingly quickly.

The experienced teams will know that if their car is still in contention when the 20 hour marked is reached, they will have achieved the first aim of the race. The second challenge is to convert that achievement to victory.  While the leading car in PC (#54 Core Motorsport, ORECA FLM09) has a commanding lead, in the Prototype, GTLM and GTD classes there is all to play for heading into the final hours.