Rolex 24 at Daytona: It’s green, green, green!

The 53rd running of classic sportscar event gets underway with 53-car field in perfect racing conditions.

Rolex 24 at Daytona: It’s green, green, green!
#02 Chip Ganassi Ford/Riley: Scott Dixon, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray, Tony Kanaan
#98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage: Pedro Lamy, Darren Turner, Mathias Lauda, Paul Dalla Lana, Stefan Mücke
#51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia: François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard, Toni Vilander, Gianmaria Bruni
#57 Krohn Racing Ligier JS P2 Judd: Tracy Krohn, Olivier Pla, Nic Jonsson, Alex Brundle

The first long-distance sportscar classic of 2015, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, is underway with the pole-sitting Michael Shank Racing Ligier-Honda JSP2 of Ozz Negri leading the field to the green flag, ahead of the Ganassi Racing Riley-Fords.

The action started immediately, as Ganassi's Scott Dixon jumped ahead of Negri through the opening corners, and the IndyCar star led the first lap. Negri held second, ahead of Scott Pruett in the second Ganassi Riley-Ford.

Joao Barbosa ran fourth early on for Action Express in the first of the Corvette DPs, ahead of the DeltaWing of Andy Meyrick. They switched positions after a handful of laps.

In the GTLM class, Oliver Gavin held sway, but Gianmaria Bruni was all over him in the AF Corse Ferrari from the start. The Italian grabbed the lead when Gavin bobbled through the exit of the Bus Stop chicane, finally getting the move made at the exit of Turn 1. Pedro Lamy was close behind them in the sole Aston Martin the class.

There was trouble for Porsche, with the #912 car suffering alternator issues and pitting at the end of the opening lap.

Johnny Mowlem led the Prototype Challenge class for BAR1 Motorsports, but was passed by Colin Braun for top spot in his CORE Autosport car. An early spinner was the #52 car of Tom Kimber-Smith, who looped around causing chaos in the pack on lap one.

In similar fashion, James Davison the GTD field initally, but has been passed by Daniel Serra's Ferrari from fifth on the grid.

Follow the race on motorsport.com as we bring you all the latest updates, news and results as the twice-around-the-clock event unfolds.

 

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