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Rain Slows Rolex 24 in Hour 14

Rain slows the 55th Rolex 24 in Hour 14…

Photo: Michael L. Levitt/LAT

Photo: Michael L. Levitt/LAT

Heavy rains brought out the 10th full course caution of the Rolex 24 at Daytona during hour 14.

Rene Rast holds the lead behind the safety car in the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Riley Mk. 30 Gibson squad, breaking a stretch of Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac dominance.

The No. 10 Cadillac Cadillac DPi-V.R of Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Max Angelelli and Jeff Gordon had led for nearly three consecutive hours, but were forced to serve a drive-through penalty after the fueler engaged the fueling nozzle before the fire extinguisher was taken over the wall, handing the lead to the Visit Florida team.

The contentious pit stop for WTR came early in the pit stop cycle, precipitated by a cut tire. The deployment of the safety car limited the impact of the penalty, and the No. 10 remains on the lead lap in second place.

Christian Fittipaldi runs second in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac.

In Prototype Challenge, it remain the No. 38 Performance Tech machine at the front of the field with Nicholas Boulle at the wheel.

GT Le Mans is paced by the brace Porsche 911 RSR’s with Kevin Estre in the No. 912 leading teammate Patrick Pilet in the sister No. 911.

Nine cars remain on the lead lap in GT Daytona, led by Mario Farnbacher in the No. 33 Mercedes-AMG GT3 fielded by Riley Team AMG. Ozz Negri has the No. 86 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 second in the car’s debut race.

The most recent caution came just ten minutes after the resumption of green-flag racing following an earlier period of yellow that resulted from a hard crash for Nic Jonsson in the No. 54 CORE autosport Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Jonsson’s Porsche spun on the entry to the Bus Stop and hit the wall hard with the left side of the car.

The Swede was checked and released from the infield medical center.

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based broadcaster and reporter. In addition to his work covering primarily domestic sports car racing for Sportscar365, he is the lead announcer for SRO America's TV coverage as well as a pit reporter for IndyCar Radio. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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