Action Express Dominate As Penske Falter

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"We're not as competitive as we'd like, but nevertheless we'll try to put together a flawless race and, if that happens, we can get a good result". He first announced the No.32 Ligier entry for Daytona with Owen as the anchor driver, and joked that "eight-and-a-half minutes" after Alonso finalised his 2018 McLaren deal, he was asking Brown about competing at Daytona. At night, you don't see clearly the tire wall or the escape road, so there was even a little more of a scare.

Stuart Middleton took over the #31 auto from Mike Conway at the start of the final hour and put in an impressive drive to get onto the lead lap, but there was no opportunity to challenge for the race win.

Scott Pruett, who retired after the Rolex 24, won 44 sports auto races driving for Ganassi from 1998 to 2015 and is the all-time winningest driver in team history.

"I don't know. That's a good question", Ganassi said. "So I will be much more prepared for the practice, the race, driver changes, communication, driver preparation between the teams, how much rest you need to have".

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The two-time Formula 1 champion didn't have high hopes in winning the race. "We broke the record books together [with] all the wins and all the successes". A tyre issue during the eighth hour dropped the team to 11th, three laps down.

Brown juggles running United Autosport, the team he owns, with his job running one of the top teams in F1.

"It is a positive feeling despite the issues and reliability".

Antonio Garcia in the #3 Corvette had managed to get onto the lead GTLM but is a minute behind the Fords. Credit Scott R LePage  LAT Images
Antonio Garcia in the #3 Corvette had managed to get onto the lead GTLM but is a minute behind the Fords. Credit Scott R LePage LAT Images

"[It was] very, very good fun - the whole event and the race itself". The transition from night to day that was one of my stints was very nice to be on the track at that time.

"When I was inside of the auto, I knew exactly what I had to do. That's how we approach things".

The four Cadillacs, which dotted the 20-car Prototype field, led the way including a strong run by the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing entry, which dropped out with a variety of mechanical issues. He said while the Indianapolis 500 grid seemed more crowded, it was still a little insane for him Saturday prior to the event. I came down for the Roar, so I got a feel for what each guy wanted, because every driver is a little bit different. So all the pressure comes down to you. "The first couple hours of the race probably are the most hard ones for us and then later in the 24 hours, I think we will be more comfortable and hopefully more competitive".

Overall an unbelievable job getting all the drivers comfortable in the auto and the procedures in the team.

The #2 Nissan's race ended early with gearbox issues, while both Mazda DPis struggled to cope with a cacophony of problems including a dramatic turbo fire for the #55 and gearbox gremlins for the #77.

"I thought I was having a jinx on it", he said Sunday. "It was very challenging and unexpected".

Dewayne Ellwanger and Mike Maurini are professional spotters and both are employed full time by Andretti Autosports in Indy vehicle racing.

Filipe Albuquerque didn't want to think about what happened to him as the leader the past two years in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. One had an alternator issue, and the other, with behind the wheel, had with Felipe Nasr, who was driving the No. 31 Action Express vehicle that was the teammate to the winners.

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