A switch to BMW power may be the missing piece in Starworks Motorsport’s bid for the Daytona Prototype championship. Driving the No. 2 Soloson BMW/Riley, Ryan Dalziel took the lead with nine minutes remaining and led the rest of the way, giving both the team and co-driver Alex Popow its second consecutive victory in the Brickyard Grand Prix.
Dalziel and Popow also opened a 10-point lead in the DP standings over Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney, who finished third in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP.
Scott Pruett finished second, 3.438 seconds back, good enough to give Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates the $100,000 prize for winning the North American Endurance Championship presented by VISITFLORIDA.com. Pruett and Memo Rojas, co-driver of the No. 01 Telcel/TELMEX BMW/Riley, were NAEC DP driver champions.
Formula One veteran Rubens Barrichello made his Daytona Prototype debut and led 22 minutes down the stretch in Doran Racing’s No. 77 Ford/Dallara co-driven by Doug Peterson. Barrichello pitted for fuel with nine minutes remaining, going on to finish fifth.
Jeff Segal and Max Papis gave Ferrari its first victory of the year, winning GT in the No. 61 R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport Ferrari 458. Stevenson Motorsport won the GT NAEC title with a second-place finish for John Edwards and Robin Liddell in the No. 57 Camaro.
Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long took both race and GX honors in the No. 70 MAZDASPEED/SpeedSource Mazda 6, while Dr. Jim Norman won the GX driver title with a second-place finish in the No. 38 BGB Motorsports Porsche Cayman.
Rolex Series Stats
DP 1st: Ryan Dalziel, Alex Popow, No. 2 Starworks Motorsport BMW/Riley
DP 2nd: Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas, No. 01 Telcel/TELMEX BMW/Riley
DP 3rd: Alex Gurney/Jon Fogarty, No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP
GT 1st: Jeff Segal/Max Papis, No. 61 R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia
GT 2nd: Robin Liddell/John Edwards, No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro
GT 3rd: John Potter/Andy Lally, No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3
GX 1st: Tom Long/Sylvain Tremblay, No. 70 MAZDASPEED/SpeedSource Mazda6
GX 2nd: Jim Norman/Spencer Pumpelly, No. 38 BGB Motorsports Porsche Cayman
GX 3rd: Tristan Nunez/Joel Miller, No. 00 Visit Florida Racing/SpeedSource Mazda 6
Margin of Victory: 3.438 seconds (DP); 10.924 seconds (GT); 4 laps (GX)
Average Speed: 90.310 mph (DP); 86.518 mph (GT); 80.586 mph (GX)
Cautions: 4 for 22 laps