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AXR Leads, Breaks Distance Record with One Hour Remaining

AXR has broken the all-time distance record in the Rolex 24 at Daytona…

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The No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R of Filipe Albuquerque holds a lead of more than a lap over the team’s No. 31 entry, and set the new all-time distance record for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The previous record of 2,760.960 miles was surpassed on the No. 5 car’s 776th tour of the 3.56-mile circuit.

Only four full course caution periods have occurred in the first 23 hours, helping to elevate the pace.

Mike Conway runs second in the No. 31 AXR Cadillac, with Colin Braun holding down third for CORE autosport.

The No. 67 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT jumped to the lead during a pit sequence and Ryan Briscoe climbed aboard to take the car to the finish line.

The No. 66 Ford has slipped to third with Joey Hand running three seconds behind the GT Le Mans class leader.

Four cars remain on the lead lap in GT Daytona, paced by the No. 11 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3. Should Mirko Bortolotti hold on for victory, it would mark the first 24-hour race win for the Huracan.

Adding another element of intrigue to the final hour, there is a possibility for rain to move into the Daytona area before the checkered flag falls.

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based journalist and sportscaster, covering IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.



  1. TailsLeMans722

    January 28, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Only four cautions? That’s unheard of at the Rolex 24 these days. That’s a testament to the quality of the field in this year’s race.

    The downside is that it’s been harder for delayed cars to catch up.

    Then again, that’s endurance racing!

  2. GimmeShelter

    January 28, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Awesome that fcy’s won’t really play a role in the race outcome. As it should be!

  3. John

    January 28, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I think there probably even could have been one fewer, like the third one when the GTD Porsche had an off, but was able to continue.

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