Andretti Autosport spotters rack up more miles than their drivers in Texas

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If Cole and Dane Carter decided to sleep in Sunday or Monday, few would likely blame them – especially after the three wild and crazy days they went through last week.

The sons of 17-time Indianapolis 500 competitor and 1985 Indy 500 polesitter Duane “Pancho” Carter, Cole and Dane work as spotters for Andretti Autosport.

Dane spots for Marco Andretti, while Cole spots for Belle Isle #1 winner Carlos Munoz.

But this past weekend, both Carter brothers spent as much time on the road as they did atop the spotter’s stand at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

The reason: both brothers also had to spot 200 miles away in Austin, Texas for the Red Bull Global Rallycross event in the X Games. Dane spotted for Tanner Foust, while Cole spotted for Scott Speed.

It was a most productive weekend for the team: Speed won the gold medal in the X Games Red Bull GRC event in Austin, while Andretti and Munoz finished 5-6 in the Firestone 600 at TMS – a week after Munoz and Andretti finished 1-2 in the Belle Isle #1 race on May 30.

The Carter brothers’ great adventure began last Thursday, when they flew from the team base in Indianapolis to Fort Worth.

As soon as they hit the ground, they hit the road towards Austin, 200 miles away, for a three-hour rallycross practice. Once that was over, they piled back in their rental car and drove north to TMS for Friday’s Firestone 600 practice and qualifying.

Then it was back on the road back to Austin later that same night for the X Games’ heat races and main event Saturday afternoon, only to put the pedal back to the metal to get back to Fort Worth for that evening’s IndyCar race.

If our math is correct, the brothers covered 800 miles in total to do their jobs, which was more mileage than their own drivers laid down on the racetracks.

Talk about a massive commute!

Read more about the Carter brothers’ exploits this past weekend at IndyCar.com.

Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, points

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

POINTS: Standings after Rolex 24 at Daytona l Michelin Endurance Cup standings l Daytona endurance points

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.