Daytona 24: Cadillac Racing fronts the field after incident-filled hours

After four hours of racing, the #01 Cadillac Racing headed the field with several incidents bringing out the Caution flag and multiple Safety Car periods.

Drama in the form of incidents and crashes took place as the 60th running of the Daytona 24 approached its fourth racing hour.

Dwight Merriman of the #18 had his car returned to the garage for repairs following his crash, and the race got back underway with 22 hours and 49 minutes remaining.

The GTD-Pro lead battle made for a thrilling sight after the #79 of Andlauer, the #9 of Jamien and the #14 of Benicoat fought wheel-to-wheel.

Daytona’s Speedway turns kept their scrap close together for much of the third hour.

There was drama for the #21 AF Corse who spun thus blocked the #01 Cadillac Racing of Sebastien Bourdais at Turn 1. As a result, the Frenchman was held back from the DPi lead fight.

Up in the DPi class, Ben Keating was asserting the fastest lap times in the class to defy his bronze-rated status in the #5 Cadillac.

Kyle Washington of the #34 had a crash into the barrier at Turn 4 which brought out the first safety car period. This also marked the maiden DNF of the race.

After the third hour, there was a major accident on the restart at the Turn 6 exit onto the Speedway Banking.

It involved the #23 Aston Martin with the #75 GTD car as well as the #6 LMP3. All these entries were also out.

At the fourth hour, during the safety car period, the #01 led the field.

In LMP2, it was the #69 of Tijmen Van Der Helm leading over the #20 of Fabio Scherer.

LMP3 is being led by the #36, GTD-Pro with the #9. The #57 of Winward Racing rounded off the class leaders in GTD.

Overall Position Category Team
1 (121 Laps) DPi
#1 Cadillac Racing
2 DPi
#10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05
3 DPi
#31 Whelen Engineering Racing
4 DPi
#2 Cadillac Racing
5 DPi
#48 Ally Cadillac
6 DPi
#5 JDC Miller MotorSports
7 DPi
#60 Meyer Shank Racing W/Curb-Agajanian
8 LMP2
#69 G-Drive Racing By APR
9 LMP2
#20 High Class Racing
10 LMP2
#29 Racing Team Nederland
11 LMP2
#11 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports
12 LMP2
#52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports
13 LMP2
#81 DragonSpeed USA
14 LMP2
#8 Tower Motorsport
15 LMP3
#36 Andretti Motorsport
16 LMP3
#33 Sean Creech Motorsport
17 LMP3
#54 CORE Autosport
18 LMP3
#74 Riley Motorsports
19 LMP3
#38 Performance Tech Motorsports
20 LMP2
#22 United Autosports
21 GTD-Pro
#9 Pfaff Motorsports
22 GTD-Pro
#62 Risi Competizione
23 GTD-Pro #2 KCMG
24 GTD-Pro
#14 VasserSullivan
25 GTD-Pro
#4 Corvette Racing
26 GTD
#57 Winward Racing
27 GTD-Pro
#97 WeatherTech Racing
28 GTD-Pro
#3 Corvette Racing
29 GTD-Pro #15 Proton USA
30 GTD
#28 Algera Motorsports
31 GTD
#32 Gilbert Korthoff Motorsports
32 GTD-Pro
#27 Heart of Racing Team
33 GTD
#96 Turner Motorsport
34 GTD
#44 Magnus Racing
35 GTD-Pro #63 TR3 Racing
36 GTD
#71 T3 Motorsport North America
37 GTD #19 TR3 Racing
38 GTD
#16 Wright Motorsports
39 GTD
#99 Team Hardpoint
40 GTD #21 AF Corse
41 GTD
#66 Gradient Racing
42 GTD
#39 CarBahn with Peregrine Racing
43 LMP2
#68 G-Drive Racing By APR
44 GTD-Pro
#79 WeatherTech Racing
45 GTD
#59 Crucial Motorsports
46 LMP3 #13 AWA
47 LMP3
#26 Muehlner Motorsports America
48 GTD-Pro
#25 BMW M Team RLL
49 GTD #42 NTE Sport
50 GTD
#70 Inception Racing
51 GTD #64 TeamTGM
52 LMP2
#18 Era Motorsport
53 GTD-Pro
#24 BMW M Team RLL
54 GTD
#23 Heart of Racing Team
55 (DNF) LMP3
#6 Muehlner Motorsports America
56 LMP3
#7 Forty7 Motorsports
57 (DNF) GTD
#75 Sun Energy 1
58 GTD
#98 Northwest AMR
59 (DNF) GTD
#34 GMG Racing
60 GTD
#47 Cetilar Racing
61 GTD
#12 VasserSullivan