January 27, 2013
At the Rolex 24-hour race, the car is real star
By DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

The No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing team celebrate in Victory Lane after winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway Sunday. (GETTY IMAGES)

There is one thing you have to understand to truly appreciate the Rolex 24 at Daytona GRAND-AM Series race: It is a place where the cars are the stars.

It took the compiled efforts of four drivers — Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett, Charlie Kimball and Memo Rojas — for the Chip Ganassi Racing team to win the twice around the clock classic at Daytona International Speedway’s 5.696-km road course on Saturday and Sunday — but only one car, the No. 01 Daytona Prototype BMW Riley.

The Rolex 24 is, before anything else, a test of endurance for high-end sports cars like the DPs right down to the GX class of cars that come right off the assembly lines with some modifications.

The winning teams — like the Ganassi bunch that have won five out of the past 10 Rolex 24s — spend almost all of their time preparing the cars, hoping the drivers don’t mess it all up on the track.



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