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Trouble Finds WTR, SDR In Hour Nine

Problems have sent the No. 10 WTR and the No. 90 SDR Cadillacs to the garage…

Unrelated problems have sent the front running No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R and the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Cadillac to the garage for repairs ninth hour of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The No. 10 WTR entry suffered an apparent tire issue coming onto the banking out of NASCAR Turn 2 and limped back to the pit lane, but not before significant damage was done to the bodywork and cooling of the car.

The car was running third in the hands of Renger van der Zande when the problem struck. It returned to the track after over 14 minutes of repairs in the 17th position.

Shortly after the WTR car slowed, Matt McMurry pulled the No. 90 SDR Cadillac into the garage. The team reported a possible engine issue according to IMSA Radio and remains in the garage trying to diagnose a misfire.

Just as the clock ticked over into the tenth hour, the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR of Nick Tandy spun in the Bus Stop while running fourth and tagged the tire wall causing significant damage.

Tandy limped the car back around to the attention of the crew and the car remains on pit lane.

Action Express Racing’s Joao Barbosa in the No. 5 Cadillac holds the overall lead Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura Team Penske Acura ARX-05, with the sister Team Penske entry third with Juan Pablo Montoya at the controls.

Ford continues to run 1-2 at the front of the GT Le Mans field with a mere second separating the leading No. 66 Ford GT of Joey Hand and the No. 67 car with Richard Westbrook in the cockpit.

Barring pit stops, Land Motorsport has led for most of the previous four hours with the No. 29 Audi R8 LMS GT3.

Jeffrey Schmidt currently holds a lead of over a lap on the second-place running No. 33 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Ben Keating.

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.

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