Rossi Leads for WTR with Six Hours Remaining

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

Alexander Rossi and Wayne Taylor Racing lead the 59th Rolex 24 at Daytona as the race enters the final six hours.

The No. 10 Acura ARX-05 team has emerged as a front runner through the early morning hours courtesy of strong pace on track and quick work on pit lane.

Rossi leads Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kevin Magnussen in the No. 01 Cadillac DPi-V.R by around five seconds, while Felipe Nasr has the top Action Express Racing Cadillac running just behind in third.

Olivier Pla is fourth for Meyer Shank Racing, while Simon Pagenaud, who recently took over the controls of AXR’s No. 48 Cadillac from Jimmie Johnson, runs fifth and is the final car on the overall lead lap.

Matthieu Vaxivierre holds the top spot in LMP2 for Tower Motorsport with Era Motorsports’ Kyle Tilly holding second place and Christopher Mies running third for DragonSpeed.

All of the GT Le Mans class except the WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR remain on the same lap through three-quarters of the race with the pair of Corvette Racing entries running 1-2.

Nick Tandy leads his teammate Jordan Taylor by five seconds with the charging Davide Rigon currently third in the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo for Risi Competizione.

Maro Engel and Daniel Serra have been engaged in a duel for the GT Daytona class lead that has extended over multiple stints.

Engel in the No. 57 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo had been able to keep Serra’s No. 21 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo at bay for over an hour but Serra got his chance just before the 18 hour-mark while working traffic.

The Brazilian leads the German by just over a second, while Lamborghini ace Andrea Caldarelli runs third for Paul Miller Racing. Trent Hindman has the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R up to fourth in class.

Oliver Askew, meanwhile, is alone on the lead lap of LMP3 in the No. 74 Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320 Nissan. Wayne Boyd is second but four laps behind for Sean Creech Motorsport.

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