24 Hours of Daytona

The 24 Hours of Daytona, currently known as the Rolex 24 At Daytona for sponsorship reasons, is a 24-hour sports car endurance race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is run on a 3.56-mile (5.73 km) combined road course, utilizing portions of the NASCAR tri-oval and an infield road course. Since its inception, it has been held on the last weekend of January or first weekend of February as part of Speedweeks, and it is the first major automobile race of the year in the United States. It is also the first race of the season for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The race has had several names over the years. Since 1991, the Rolex Watch Company is the title sponsor of the race under a naming rights arrangement, replacing Sunbank (now SunTrust) which in turn replaced Pepsi in 1984. Winning drivers of all classes receive a steel Rolex Daytona watch.

In 2006, the race moved one week earlier into January to prevent a clash with the Super Bowl, which had in turn moved one week later into February a few years earlier.

The race has been known historically as a leg of the informal Triple Crown of endurance racing,[1] although it suffers from an increasing isolation from international Sports Car racing regulations, which have been eased in recent years (Prototypes include P2 Prototypes and an IMSA-spec open engine class with aero kits, and the two Grand Touring classes are now divided between ACO GTE, and FIA/SRO Group GT3 classes).

24 Hours of Daytona
Rolex 24 at Daytona
Daytona International Speedway - Road Course
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
VenueDaytona International Speedway
Corporate sponsorRolex
First race1962
Duration24 hours
Previous namesDaytona 3 Hour Continental (1962–1963)
Daytona 2000 (1964–1965)
24 Hours of Daytona (1966–1971, 1973, 1975–1977)
6 Hours of Daytona (1972)
24 Hour Pepsi Challenge (1978–1983)
SunBank 24 at Daytona (1984–1991)
Rolex 24 At Daytona (1992–)
Most wins (driver)Hurley Haywood (5)
Scott Pruett (5)
Most wins (team)Chip Ganassi Racing (6)
Most wins (manufacturer)Porsche (18)

Beginnings

Shortly after the track opened, on April 5, 1959, a six-hour/1000 kilometer USAC-FIA sports car race was held on the road course. Count Antonio Von Dory and Roberto Mieres won the race in a Porsche, shortened to 560.07 miles due to darkness.[2] The race utilized a 3.81-mile layout, running counter-clockwise.[3]

In 1962, a few years after the track was built, a 3-hour sports car race was introduced. Known as the Daytona Continental, it counted towards the FIA's new International Championship for GT Manufacturers. The first Continental was won by Dan Gurney, driving a 2.7L Coventry Climax-powered Lotus 19.[1] Gurney was a factory Porsche driver at the time, but the 1600-cc Porsche 718 was considered too small and slow for what amounted to a sprint race on a very fast course.

In 1964, the event was expanded to 2,000 km (1,240 mi), doubling the classic 1000 km distance of races at Nürburgring, Spa and Monza. The distance amounted to roughly half of the distance the 24 Hours of Le Mans winners covered at the time, and was similar in length to the 12 Hours of Sebring, which was also held in Florida in March. Starting in 1966, the Daytona race was extended to the same 24-hour length as Le Mans.

24-hour history

Unlike the Le Mans event, the Daytona race is conducted entirely over a closed course within the speedway arena without the use of any public streets. Most parts of the steep banking are included, interrupted with a chicane on the back straight and a sweeping, fast infield section which includes two hairpins. Unlike Le Mans, the race is held in wintertime, when nights are at their longest. There are lights installed around the circuit for night racing, although the infield section is still not as well-lit as the main oval. However, the stadium lights are turned on only to a level of 20%, similar to the stadium lighting setup at Le Mans, with brighter lights around the pit straight, and decent lighting similar to street lights around the circuit.[4]

In the past, a car had to cross the finish line after 24 hours to be classified, which led to dramatic scenes where damaged cars waited in the pits or on the edge of the track close to the finish line for hours, then restarted their engines and crawled across the finish line one last time in order to finish after the 24 hours and be listed with a finishing distance, rather than dismissed with DNF (Did Not Finish). This was the case in the initial 1962 Daytona Continental (then 3 hours), in which Dan Gurney's Lotus 19 had established a lengthy lead when the engine failed with just minutes remaining. Gurney stopped the car at the top of the banking, just short of the finish line. When the three hours had elapsed, Gurney simply cranked the steering wheel to the left (toward the bottom of the banking) and let gravity pull the car across the line, to not only salvage a finishing position, but actually win the race.[1] This led to the international rule requiring a car to cross the line under its own power in order to be classified.

The first 24 Hour event in 1966 was won by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby driving a Ford Mk. II. Motor Sport reported: "For their first 24-hour race the basic organization was good, but the various officials in many cases were out of touch, childish and lacked the professional touch which one now finds at Watkins Glen."[5] After having lost in 1966 at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans to the Fords, the Ferrari P series prototypes staged a 1–2–3 side-by-side parade finish at the banked finish line in 1967.[6] The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 road car was given the unofficial name Ferrari Daytona in celebration of this victory.[7]

1966 also saw Suzy Dietrich enter the 24 Hours event, driving a Sunbeam Alpine with Janet Guthrie and Donna Mae Mims. The trio finished 32nd and, along with another women's team in the race, became the first women's teams to finish an international-standard 24-hour race.[8]

1967 Daytona Box
Pit box of the Ford team during the 24 hours of Daytona, 1967

Porsche repeated this show in their 1–2–3 win in the 1968 24 Hours. After the car of Gerhard Mitter had a big crash caused by tire failure in the banking, his teammate Rolf Stommelen supported the car of Vic Elford and Jochen Neerpasch. When the car of the longtime leaders Jo Siffert and Hans Herrmann dropped to second due to a technical problem, these two also joined the new leaders while continuing with their car. So Porsche managed to put 5 of 8 drivers on the center of the podium, plus Jo Schlesser and Joe Buzzetta finishing in third place, with only Mitter being left out.[9]

Lola finished 1–2 in the 1969 24 Hours of Daytona. The winning car was the Penske Lola T70-Chevrolet of Mark Donohue and Chuck Parsons.[10] Few spectators witnessed the achievement as Motor Sport reported: "The Daytona 24-Hour race draws a very small crowd, as can be seen from the empty stands in the background."[11]

In 1972, due to the energy crisis, the race was shortened to 6 hours, while for 1974 the race was cancelled altogether.[12]

In 1982, following near-continuous inclusion on the World Sportscar Championship, the race was dropped as the series attempted to cut costs by both keeping teams in Europe and running shorter races. The race continued on as part of the IMSA GT Championship.

The regular teams were expanded to three drivers in the 1970s. Nowadays, often four or five drivers compete. Many of these additional drivers are known as "gentleman racers"; people with the personal means to buy their place in the cockpit. The winning entry in 1997 featured as many as seven drivers taking a turn in the cockpit. The current limit is four drivers, and currently in the GT3-specification GT Daytona class, a gentleman driver is required (FIA Silver or Bronze) to be in the car for a specific number of hours.

Grand American and Daytona Prototypes

DaytonaPrototype
Daytona Prototype

After several ownership changes at IMSA which changed the direction the organization followed, it was decided by the 1990s that the Daytona event would align with the Grand-Am series, a competitor of the American Le Mans Series, which, as its name implies, uses the same regulations as the Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Grand Am series, though, is instead closely linked to NASCAR and the original ideas of IMSA and focused on controlled costs and close competition.

In order to make sports car racing less expensive than elsewhere, new rules were introduced in 2002. The dedicated Daytona Prototypes (DP) use less expensive materials and technologies and the car's simple aerodynamics reduce the development and testing costs. The DPs began racing in 2003 with six cars in the race.[13]

Specialist chassis makers like Riley, Dallara, and Lola provide the DP cars for the teams and the engines are branded under the names of major car companies like Pontiac, Lexus, Ford, BMW, and Porsche.

Daytona GTs

RWR 2012 Rolex 24
Ford Mustang GT car during the 2012 Rolex 24

The Gran Turismo class cars at Daytona are closer to the road versions, similar to the GT3 class elsewhere. For example, the more standard Cup version of the Porsche 996 is used, instead of the usual RS/RSR racing versions. Recent Daytona entries also include BMW M3s and M6s, Porsche 911s, Chevy Camaros and Corvettes, Mazda RX-8s, Pontiac GTO.Rs, and Ferrari F430 Challenges. The Audi R8 and the Ferrari 458 Italia debuted in the 50th anniversary of the race in 2012.

From the era of the IMSA GTO and GTU until the 2015 rule changes, spaceframe cars clad in lookalike body panels to compete in GT (the new BMW M6, Chevrolet Camaro, and Mazda RX-8). These rules are similar to the old GTO specification, but with more restrictions. The intent of spaceframe cars is to allow teams to save money, especially after crashes, where teams can rebuild the cars for the next race at a much lower cost, or even redevelop cars, instead of having to write off an entire car after a crash or at the end of a year.

Starting in 2014, the GT Daytona class began a phasing in where by 2016, the class was restricted exclusively to Group GT3 cars. Group GT3 is not used at Le Mans.

GX Class

The 2013 race was the first and only year for the GX class. Six cars started in the event. The class consisted of purpose built production Porsche Cayman S and Mazda 6 racecars. Mazda debuted their first diesel racecar there which is the first time a diesel fuel racecar ever started at the Daytona 24. Throughout the race the Caymans were dominant, while all three Mazdas suffered premature engine failure and retired from the race. By a 9 lap lead, the #16 Napleton Porsche Cayman, driven by David Donohue, was the GX winner.

Statistics

Constructors

Porsche has the most overall victories of any manufacturer with 22, scored by various models, including the road based 911, 935 and 996. Porsche also won a record 11 consecutive races from 1977 to 1987 and won 18 out of 23 races from 1968 to 1991.

Rank Constructor Wins Years
1 Germany Porsche 18 1968, 1970–71, 1973, 1975, 1977–83, 1985–87, 1989, 1991, 2003
2 United States Riley 10 2005–13, 2015
3 Italy Ferrari 5 1963–64, 1967, 1972, 1998
4 Italy Dallara 4 2002, 2017–19
5 United States Riley & Scott 3 1996–97, 1999
6 United States Ford 2 1965–66
United Kingdom Jaguar 1988, 1990
Japan Nissan 1992, 1994
9 United Kingdom Lotus 1 1962
United Kingdom Lola 1969
Germany BMW 1976
United Kingdom March 1984
Japan Toyota 1993
Germany Kremer 1995
United States Dodge 2000
United States Chevrolet 2001
United States Doran 2004
United States Coyote 2014
France Ligier 2016

Engine manufacturers

In addition to their 18 wins as both car and engine manufacturers, Porsche has four wins solely as an engine manufacturer, in 1984, 1995, and two in the Daytona Prototype era in 2009 and 2010.

Rank Engine manufacturer Wins Years
1 Germany Porsche 22 1968, 1970–71, 1973, 1975, 1977–87, 1989, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2009–10
2 United States Ford 6 1965–66, 1997, 1999, 2012, 2015
3 Italy Ferrari 5 1963–64, 1967, 1972, 1998
4 Germany BMW 3 1976, 2011, 2013
United States Cadillac 2017–19
United States Chevrolet 1969, 2001, 2014
Japan Lexus 2006–08
8 United Kingdom Jaguar 2 1988, 1990
Japan Nissan 1992, 1994
United States Pontiac 2004–05
11 United Kingdom Coventry Climax 1 1962
Japan Toyota 1993
United States Oldsmobile 1996
United States Dodge 2000
United Kingdom Judd 2002
Japan Honda 2016

Drivers with the most overall wins

Rank Driver Wins Years
1 United States Hurley Haywood 5 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1991
United States Scott Pruett 1994, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013
3 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez 4 1963, 1964, 1970, 1971
France Bob Wollek 1983, 1985, 1989, 1991
United States Peter Gregg 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978
Germany Rolf Stommelen 1968, 1978, 1980, 1982
7 United Kingdom Brian Redman 3 1970, 1976, 1981
United Kingdom Andy Wallace 1990, 1997, 1999
United States Butch Leitzinger 1994, 1997, 1999
United Kingdom Derek Bell 1986, 1987, 1989
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 2007, 2008, 2013
Mexico Memo Rojas 2008, 2011, 2013
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 2004, 2014, 2018
Portugal João Barbosa 2010, 2014, 2018
15 United Kingdom Ken Miles 2 1965, 1966
United States Lloyd Ruby 1965, 1966
United States A. J. Foyt 1983, 1985
United States Al Holbert 1986, 1987
United States Al Unser Jr. 1986, 1987
Netherlands Jan Lammers 1988, 1990
United States John Paul Jr. 1982, 1997
United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson 1997, 1999
Italy Mauro Baldi 1998, 2002
Belgium Didier Theys 1998, 2002
South Africa Wayne Taylor 1996, 2005
United States Terry Borcheller 2004, 2010
New Zealand Scott Dixon 2006, 2015
United States Scott Sharp 1996, 2016
Italy Max Angelelli 2005, 2017
United States Jordan Taylor 2017, 2019

Overall winners

3-hour duration

Year Date Drivers Team Car Tire Car # Distance Championship
1962 February 11 United States Dan Gurney United States Frank Arciero Lotus 19B-Coventry Climax G 96 312.420 mi (502.791 km) International Championship for GT Manufacturers
1963 February 17 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez United States North American Racing Team Ferrari 250 GTO G 18 307.300 mi (494.551 km) International Championship for GT Manufacturers

2000 km distance

Year Date Drivers Team Car Tire Car # Championship
1964 February 16 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
United States Phil Hill
United States North American Racing Team Ferrari 250 GTO G 30 International Championship for GT Manufacturers
1965 February 28 United Kingdom Ken Miles
United States Lloyd Ruby
United States Shelby-American Inc. Ford GT [14] G 73 International Championship for GT Manufacturers

24-hour duration (1966–1971)

Year Date Drivers Team Car Tire Car # Distance Championship
1966 February 5
February 6
United Kingdom Ken Miles
United States Lloyd Ruby
United States Shelby-American Inc. Ford GT40 Mk. II G 98 2,583.178 mi (4,157.222 km) International Championship for Sports-Prototypes
International Championship for Sports Cars
1967 February 4
February 5
Italy Lorenzo Bandini
New Zealand Chris Amon
Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 330 P4 F 23 2,537.460 mi (4,083.646 km) International Championship for Sports-Prototypes
International Championship for Sports Cars
1968 February 3
February 4
United Kingdom Vic Elford
Germany Jochen Neerpasch
Germany Rolf Stommelen
Switzerland Jo Siffert
Germany Hans Herrmann
Germany Porsche System Engineering Porsche 907LH D 54 2,564.130 mi (4,126.567 km) International Championship for Makes
1969 February 1
February 2
United States Mark Donohue
United States Chuck Parsons
United States Roger Penske Sunoco Racing Lola T70 Mk.3B-Chevrolet G 6 2,385.060 mi (3,838.382 km) International Championship for Makes
1970 January 31
February 1
Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
Finland Leo Kinnunen
United Kingdom Brian Redman
United States J.W. Engineering Porsche 917K F 2 2,758.440 mi (4,439.279 km) International Championship for Makes
1971 January 30
January 31
Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver
United States J.W. Automotive Engineering Porsche 917K F 2 2,621.280 mi (4,218.542 km) International Championship for Makes

6-hour duration

Year Date Drivers Team Car Tire Car # Distance Championship
1972 February 6 United States Mario Andretti
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312PB F 2 739.140 mi (1,189.531 km) World Championship for Makes

24-hour duration (1973 and since 1975)

Year Date Drivers Team Car Tire Car # Distance Championship
1973 February 3
February 4
United States Peter Gregg
United States Hurley Haywood
United States Brumos Porsche Porsche Carrera RSR G 59 2,552.700 mi (4,108.172 km) World Championship for Makes
1974 No race due to an energy crisis
1975 February 1
February 2
United States Peter Gregg
United States Hurley Haywood
United States Brumos Porsche Porsche Carrera RSR G 59 2,606.040 mi (4,194.015 km) World Championship for Makes
IMSA GT Championship
1976 January 31
February 1
United States Peter Gregg
United Kingdom Brian Redman
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
United States BMW of North America BMW 3.0 CSL G 59 2,092.800 mi (3,368.035 km) IMSA GT Championship
1977 February 5
February 6
United States Hurley Haywood
United States John Graves
United States Dave Helmick
United States Ecurie Escargot Porsche Carrera RSR G 43 2,615.040 mi (4,208.499 km) World Championship for Makes
IMSA GT Championship
1978 February 4
February 5
United States Peter Gregg
Germany Rolf Stommelen
Netherlands Toine Hezemans
United States Brumos Porsche Porsche 935/77 G 99 2,611.200 mi (4,202.319 km) World Championship of Makes
IMSA GT Championship
1979 February 3
February 4
United States Hurley Haywood
United States Ted Field
United States Danny Ongais
United States Interscope Racing Porsche 935/79 G 0 2,626.560 mi (4,227.039 km) World Championship of Makes
IMSA GT Championship
1980 February 2
February 3
Germany Rolf Stommelen
Germany Volkert Merl
Germany Reinhold Joest
Germany L&M Joest Racing Porsche 935J D 2 2,745.600 mi (4,418.615 km) World Championship of Makes
IMSA GT Championship
1981 January 31
February 1
United States Bobby Rahal
United Kingdom Brian Redman
United States Bob Garretson
United States Garretson Racing/Style Auto Porsche 935 K3 G 9 2,718.720 mi (4,375.355 km) World Endurance Championship
IMSA GT Championship
1982 January 30
January 31
United States John Paul Sr.
United States John Paul Jr.
Germany Rolf Stommelen
United States JLP Racing Porsche 935 JLP-3 G 18 2,760.960 mi (4,443.334 km) IMSA GT Championship
1983 February 5
February 6
United States A. J. Foyt
United States Preston Henn
France Bob Wollek
France Claude Ballot-Léna
United States Henn's Swap Shop Racing Porsche 935L G 6 2,373.120 mi (3,819.167 km) IMSA GT Championship
1984 February 4
February 5
South Africa Sarel van der Merwe
South Africa Tony Martin
South Africa Graham Duxbury
South Africa Kreepy Krauly Racing March 83G-Porsche G 00 2,476.800 mi (3,986.023 km) IMSA GT Championship
1985 February 2
February 3
United States A. J. Foyt
France Bob Wollek
United States Al Unser
Belgium Thierry Boutsen
United States Henn's Swap Shop Racing Porsche 962 G 8 2,502.680 mi (4,027.673 km) IMSA GT Championship
1986 February 1
February 2
United States Al Holbert
United Kingdom Derek Bell
United States Al Unser Jr.
United States Löwenbräu Holbert Racing Porsche 962 G 14 2,534.720 mi (4,079.236 km) IMSA GT Championship
1987 January 31
February 1
United States Al Holbert
United Kingdom Derek Bell
United States Chip Robinson
United States Al Unser Jr.
United States Löwenbräu Holbert Racing Porsche 962 G 14 2,680.680 mi (4,314.136 km) IMSA GT Championship
1988 January 30
January 31
Brazil Raul Boesel
United Kingdom Martin Brundle
Denmark John Nielsen
Netherlands Jan Lammers
United Kingdom Castrol Jaguar Racing (TWR) Jaguar XJR-9 D 60 2,591.680 mi (4,170.905 km) IMSA GT Championship
1989 February 4
February 5
United States John Andretti
United Kingdom Derek Bell
France Bob Wollek
United States Miller/BFGoodrich Busby Racing Porsche 962 BF 67 2,210.760 mi (3,557.873 km)A IMSA GT Championship
1990 February 3
February 4
United States Davy Jones
Netherlands Jan Lammers
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
United Kingdom Castrol Jaguar Racing (TWR) Jaguar XJR-12D G 61 2,709.160 mi (4,359.970 km) IMSA GT Championship
1991 February 2
February 3
United States Hurley Haywood
Germany "John Winter"
Germany Frank Jelinski
France Henri Pescarolo
France Bob Wollek
Germany Joest Racing Porsche 962C G 7 2,559.640 mi (4,119.341 km) IMSA GT Championship
1992 February 1
February 2
Japan Masahiro Hasemi
Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Japan Toshio Suzuki
Japan Nissan Motorsports Intl. Nissan R91CP G 23 2,712.720 mi (4,365.700 km) IMSA GT Championship
1993 January 30
January 31
United States P. J. Jones
United States Mark Dismore
United States Rocky Moran
United States All American Racers Toyota Eagle MkIII G 99 2,484.880 mi (3,999.027 km) IMSA GT Championship
1994 February 5
February 6
United States Paul Gentilozzi
United States Scott Pruett
United States Butch Leitzinger
New Zealand Steve Millen
United States Cunningham Racing Nissan 300ZX Y 76 2,516.609 mi (4,050.090 km) IMSA Exxon World Sportscar Championship
1995 February 4
February 5
Germany Jürgen Lässig
France Christophe Bouchut
Italy Giovanni Lavaggi
Germany Marco Werner
Germany Kremer Racing Kremer K8 Spyder-Porsche G 10 2,456.400 mi (3,953.192 km) IMSA Exxon World Sportscar Championship
1996 February 3
February 4
South Africa Wayne Taylor
United States Scott Sharp
United States Jim Pace
United States Doyle Racing Riley & Scott Mk III-Oldsmobile D 4 2,481.320 mi (3,993.298 km) IMSA Exxon World Sportscar Championship
1997 February 1
February 2
United States Rob Dyson
United Kingdom James Weaver
United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
United States John Paul Jr.
United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson
United States John Schneider
United States Dyson Racing Riley & Scott Mk III-Ford G 16 2,456.400 mi (3,953.192 km) Exxon World Sportscar Championship
1998 January 31
February 1
Italy Mauro Baldi
Netherlands Arie Luyendyk
Italy Giampiero Moretti
Belgium Didier Theys
United States Doran-Moretti Racing Ferrari 333 SP Y 30 2,531.160 mi (4,073.507 km) U.S. Road Racing Championship
1999 January 30
January 31
United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson
United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
United States Dyson Racing Team Inc. Riley & Scott Mk III-Ford G 20 2,520.480 mi (4,056.319 km) U.S. Road Racing Championship
2000 February 5
February 6
Monaco Olivier Beretta
France Dominique Dupuy
Austria Karl Wendlinger
France Viper Team Oreca Dodge Viper GTS-R M 91 2,573.880 mi (4,142.258 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2001 February 3
February 4
Canada Ron Fellows
United States Chris Kneifel
France Franck Fréon
United States Johnny O'Connell
United States Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5-R G 2 2,335.360 mi (3,758.398 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2002 February 2
February 3
Belgium Didier Theys
Switzerland Fredy Lienhard
Italy Max Papis
Italy Mauro Baldi
United States Doran Lista Racing Dallara SP1-Judd G 27 2,548.960 mi (4,102.153 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2003 February 1
February 2
United States Kevin Buckler
United States Michael Schrom
Germany Timo Bernhard
Germany Jörg Bergmeister
United States The Racer's Group Porsche 911 GT3-RS D 66 2,474.200 mi (3,981.839 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2004 January 31
February 1
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
United States Terry Borcheller
United States Forest Barber
United Kingdom Andy Pilgrim
United States Bell Motorsports Doran JE4-Pontiac G 54 1,872.80 mi (3,013.98 km)A Rolex Sports Car Series
2005 February 5
February 6
Italy Max Angelelli
South Africa Wayne Taylor
France Emmanuel Collard
United States SunTrust Racing Riley MkXI-Pontiac H 10 2,527.924 mi (4,068.300 km)A Rolex Sports Car Series
2006 January 28
January 29
New Zealand Scott Dixon
United Kingdom Dan Wheldon
United States Casey Mears
United States Target Ganassi Racing Riley MkXI-Lexus H 02 2,613.38 mi (4,205.82 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2007 January 27
January 28
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Mexico Salvador Durán
United States Scott Pruett
United States Telmex Ganassi Racing Riley MkXI-Lexus H 01 2,377.970 mi (3,826.972 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2008 January 26
January 27
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
United Kingdom Dario Franchitti
United States Scott Pruett
Mexico Memo Rojas
United States Telmex Ganassi Racing Riley MkXI-Lexus P 01 2,474.200 mi (3,981.839 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2009 January 24
January 25
United States David Donohue
Spain Antonio García
United States Darren Law
United States Buddy Rice
United States Brumos Racing Riley MkXI-Porsche P 58 2,616.600 mi (4,211.009 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2010 January 30
January 31
Portugal João Barbosa
United States Terry Borcheller
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
Germany Mike Rockenfeller
United States Action Express Racing Riley MkXI-Porsche P 9 2,688.14 mi (4,326.15 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2011 January 29
January 30
United States Joey Hand
United States Graham Rahal
United States Scott Pruett
Mexico Memo Rojas
United States Telmex Chip Ganassi Racing Riley MkXX-BMW C 01 2,563.53 mi (4,125.60 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2012 January 28
January 29
United States A. J. Allmendinger
Brazil Oswaldo Negri
United States John Pew
United Kingdom Justin Wilson
United States Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Riley MkXXVI-Ford C 60 2,709.16 mi (4,359.97 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2013 January 26
January 27
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
United States Charlie Kimball
United States Scott Pruett
Mexico Memo Rojas
United States Chip Ganassi Racing Riley MkXXVI-BMW C 01 2,524.04 mi (4,062.05 km) Rolex Sports Car Series
2014 January 25
January 26
Portugal João Barbosa
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
France Sébastien Bourdais
United States Action Express Racing Coyote-Corvette DP C 5 2,474.200 mi (3,981.839 km)A United SportsCar Championship
2015 January 24
January 25
New Zealand Scott Dixon
Brazil Tony Kanaan
United States Kyle Larson
United States Jamie McMurray
United States Chip Ganassi Racing Riley MkXXVI-Ford C 02 2,634.400 mi (4,239.656 km) United SportsCar Championship
2016 January 30
January 31
United States Ed Brown
United States Johannes van Overbeek
United States Scott Sharp
Brazil Pipo Derani
United States Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier JS P2-Honda C 2 2,620.160 mi (4,216.739 km) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
2017 January 28
January 29
Italy Max Angelelli
United States Jeff Gordon
United States Jordan Taylor
United States Ricky Taylor
United States Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R C 10 2,346.34 mi (3,776.07 km) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
2018[15] January 27
January 28
Portugal João Barbosa
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
United States Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R C 5 2,876.85 mi (4,629.84 km)B WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
2019 January 26
January 27
United States Jordan Taylor
Spain Fernando Alonso
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
United States Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R M 10 2,011.08 mi (3,236.52 km)A WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
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Notes:

  • ^A Races were red flagged during the event due to inclement weather, or a serious accident. The official timing of 24 hours did not stop during these periods.
  • ^B Race record for most distance covered

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24 Hours of Le Mans

24 Hours of Daytona (3 times)

12 Hours of Sebring (2 times)

Petit Le Mans 1,000 miles (1,600 km).Wallace was also the driver for the then record-setting speed of 240.14 mph (386.47 km/h) in a McLaren F1, which for over 11 years was the world record for the fastest production car. According to the Autosport's Le Mans supplement, he liked the place so much that he became resident there.

Wallace drove for Dyson Racing in the American Le Mans Series through the 2007 racing season.

For 2008 he is planning a partial schedule with Richard Childress Racing in the Rolex Sports Car Series.

In January 2008 Wallace drove for Alex Job Racing in the #23 Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype backed by Ruby Tuesday in the 24 Hours of Daytona, finishing in 36th place with engine problems.

Bob Garretson

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Chip Robinson

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