DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Renowned car owner Chip Ganassi will serve as grand marshal for the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway later this month.
Ganassi will give the command, “Drivers, start your engines,” before the twice-around-the-clock endurance race at Daytona International Speedway. The road-course race begins Jan. 27 and ends the following day.
Ganassi says “this is a really big honor for me to be recognized by a race that has meant so much to me over my career, both as a driver and an owner.”
Chip Ganassi Racing entered the IMSA series in 2004 and captured its first overall victory two years later. That 2006 triumph was the first of seven victories in the series opener, with subsequent wins coming in 2007, ’08, ’11, ’13,’15 and `17.
Ganassi also fields race teams in NASCAR’s Cup Series, NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, the IndyCar Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.
Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.
The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.
DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.
Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.
Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.