The 2019 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona has been red flagged with just over seven hours to go, after a lengthy safety car period after heavy rain arrived at the circuit in Hour 14.
The organisers tried to keep the cars running, but the conditions didn’t improve after over an hour of running under FCY conditions, so the race was stopped and the cars came into the pit lane and were covered by the teams.
This isn’t the first time that the Rolex 24 Hours has been red flagged. The last time the race was stopped was back in 2004, when heavy rain resulted in Goodyear running out of full-wet DP tyres.
As it stands, the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac leads the way, after an astonishing run by Fernando Alonso when the rain first came, which saw the Spaniard climb from fourth to first as the conditions worsened with nine hours to go.
“Why are we under yellow? It’s just not right. It’s silly.” Wayne Taylor said before the race was stopped.
Second and third are the two Penske Acuras, the #6 leading the #7, with the #31 Action Express Racing Cadillac. Since the halfway mark, the top four cars mentioned have become the only real contenders left in the DPi class, after the #55 Mazda dropped out of the running. Olivier Pla had contact at the West Horseshoe following a spin, which knocked one of its tyres out of line.
In LMP2, the race of attrition thus far between DragonSpeed, PR1 and Performance Tech has left us with a spread-out field, the #81 DragonSpeed ORECA leading the class over the sister #18 car (which has had multiple issues and offs) and by three laps. Performance Tech’s 07 is six laps down.
GTLM sees Risi Competizione up front, the car looking strong as the rain began to come down, Alessandro Pier Guidi the man currently aboard.