The new Cadillac DPi-V.R has led the first hour of the 55th Rolex 24 at Daytona with Dane Cameron up front in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac. Skies are overcast with ambient temperature only 53 degrees, and the track temperature not much warmer.
Other class leaders beyond Prototype-leading Cameron are James French (PC, No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Oreca FLM09), Joey Hand (GTLM, No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT) and Christina Nielsen (GTD, No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3).
Cadillacs have controlled the pace thus far with Cameron taking the lead from Joao Barbosa on Lap 17, the first lead change of the day.
The first round of pit stops is complete. As such, most of the drivers who started the race have stayed in for a second stint, and the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers in the field have not yet saddled up.
Jeroen Mul ran wide in the No. 16 Change Racing Lamborghini at the kink, and then crashed into the West Horseshoe. That brought out the first full-course caution of the race, but it lasted only seven minutes before the green flag flew 15 minutes into the race.
Four other cars had issues in the first hour, the No. 24 BMW (stopped on pit lane), No. 21 Lamborghini (went behind the wall), No. 27 Lamborghini (pit fire, which was extinguished) and the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Ligier (shifting issues).
With shifting issues, the car that features RC Enerson in the lineup alongside Tom Kimber-Smith, Mike Guasch and Jose Gutierrez is in danger of becoming an official retirement not long after the green flag has flown.
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