Rolex 24
Feb 5

Inside CORE Autosport’s Amazing Double Rolex 24 Win

The 2014 Rolex 24 GTLM class winner, CORE autosport's 911 RSR, in Victory Lane. (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

The 2014 Rolex 24 GTLM class winner, CORE autosport’s 911 RSR, sits in Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

It’s often said that winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But winning it twice, in the same year, is a feat that had only happened twice before in the race’s 51-year history.

That was until last week when CORE autosport-prepared cars claimed victories in both the GT Le Mans and Prototype Challenge classes in the historic inaugural round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Jan 26

Level 5 Motorsports Awarded GT Daytona Victory After Penalty Overturned

Alessandro Pier Guidi moves under Markus Winkelhock on the final lap of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. (Photo: F. Peirce Williams, LAT Photo USA)

Alessandro Pier Guidi moves under Markus Winkelhock on the final lap of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. (Photo: F. Peirce Williams, LAT Photo USA)

IMSA has reversed the stop-and-hold plus 75 second penalty issued to Level 5 Motorsports on the last lap of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, thus making the No. 555 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 the new GT Daytona class winner.

IMSA officials reviewed the situation after the race. IMSA’s Scot Elkins, VP of Competition and Technical Regulations, came into the media center more than three hours after the checkered flag to release a statement.

Jan 26

Action Express Racing wins 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona

The Action Express Racing team celebrates their overall victory in the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona. (Photo: Michael L. Levitt, LAT Photo USA)

The Action Express Racing team celebrates their overall victory in the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona. (Photo: Michael L. Levitt, LAT Photo USA)

Following a late-race dual with Wayne Taylor Racing, Action Express Racing broke through to claim victory in the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona, the opening round of the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The No. 5 Corvette DP took the overall win in the hands of Sebastien Bourdais, Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi. The trio held off WTR’s No. 10 Corvette DP, driven by Max Angelelli, Jordan, Ricky and Wayne Taylor, by 1.461 seconds after 695 laps.

Jan 25

Scary Rolex 24 Wreck Sends Two Drivers To Daytona Hospital

The wrecked car of Memo Gidley is taken away from the accident. (Photo: John Dagys)

The wrecked car of Memo Gidley is taken away from the accident. (Photo: John Dagys)

Two drivers that were involved in a horrific accident in the opening hours of the Rolex 24 at Daytona are awake and alert, following a statement released by IMSA.

Memo Gidley and Matteo Malucelli have both been admitted to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. following a heavy impact that destroyed both cars late in the third hour.

Jan 24

Rolex 24: IMSA To Enforce ‘Anti-Sandbagging’ Rule During Competition

IMSA will tighten up performance expectations during racing events in 2014 season. (Photo: John Dagys)

IMSA will tighten up performance expectations during racing events in 2014 season. (Photo: John Dagys)

Teams competing in this weekend’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona could be in for a late-race surprise, should they be deemed to have not shown their full hand in the run-up to the around-the-clock endurance classic.

IMSA has put into place a new rule that effectively penalizes a team or manufacturer that is found to be sandbagging, with a minimum stop-and-hold plus five-minute in-race penalty for anyone displaying a level of performance beyond the expected result.