Good morning from Daytona International Speedway, where it’s firmly Sunday morning now rather than the overnight. But it doesn’t necessarily feel like Sunday morning because it’s still rainy, overcast, with very challenging track conditions.
The leaders at the 18-hour mark are the No. 10 Cadillac overall with Ricky Taylor driving, and handing off to Max Angelelli, by 12.692 seconds over the No. 5 Cadillac. But with a full-course caution occurring just before the end of Hour 18 (the 14th of the race) for David Cheng’s BAR1 PC car suffering a loss of bodywork, Joao Barbosa’s No. 5 Cadillac got by Angelelli on a pit stop.
Porsche has made GT Le Mans more of a battle thanks to both of its new 911 RSRs, and the the No. 911 car moved into the lead ahead of the polesitting No. 66 Ford at the Hour 18 mark.
In GT Daytona, the Acura NSX GT3s are running 1-2 with Jeff Segal ahead of Andy Lally, in the cars that feature IndyCar stars Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal. But with entries from Mercedes-AMG, Audi, Ferrari, Porsche and BMW all within two laps, this class remains the most wide open of the four.
Performance Tech Motorsports has dominated the Prototype Challenge class thus far, while the pair of BAR1 and Starworks cars have had myriad incidents.
The overnight didn’t feature much changing or many retirements, with only the No. 50 Mercedes and No. 54 Porsche joining the list of those officially out of the race.
Heavier rain produced a couple long cautions, one nearly an hour and a second over an hour.
It’s interesting that the overnight wasn’t more chaotic, but that speaks to the largely solid driving being performed in these conditions.
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