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Rolex 24 update: Olivier Pla leads as Helio Castroneves crashes

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We’re just past the four hour mark in the 58th running of the Rolex 24, and the sun has set over the famed high banks of the Daytona International Speedway

Olivier Pla is the current overall leader, while Renger van der Zande currently runs in the second position.

Helio Castroneves currently is more than 40 minutes behind the overall leaders after his car made contact with Mazda Team Joest’s Harry Tincknell.

Driving the No. 55 Mazda, Tincknell dived up and made contact on the inside of the of Castroneves in the No. 7 Acura at the Bus Stop chicane.

While Tinknell’s car slid across the pavement, Castroneves ended up in the outside tire wall, causing significant rear-end damage to the car and forced him to visit the garage area.

Tincknell was assessed a drive-through penalty for the incident.

As of 6:20 pm ET, the leaders are:

DPi:

  1. No. 77 Mazda Team Joest, Mazda DPi, Olivier Pla
  2. No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing, Cadillac Dpi, Renger van der Zande
  3. No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing, Cadillac DPi, Loic Duvall

LMP2:

  1. No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports, ORECA LMP2 07, Gabriel Aubry
  2. No. 81 Dragonspeed USA, ORECA LMP2 07, Colin Braun
  3. No. 8 Tower MotorSport by Starworks, ORECA LMP2 07, John Farano

GTLM:

  1. No. 25 BMW Rahal Letterman Lanigan, BMW M8 GTE, Jesse Krohn
  2. No. 911 Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR-19, Matt Campbell
  3. No. 912 Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR-19, Mathieu Jaminet

GTD:

  1. No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports, Porsche 911 GT3 R, Lars Kern
  2. No. 48 Paul Miller Racing, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Corey Lewis
  3. No. 63 Sucderia Corsa, Ferrari 488 GT3, Toni Vilander

 

Todd LeDuc advances two positions in Monster Jam Power Rankings

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Neil Elliott held onto the top spot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings, but he has a new driver sniffing his exhaust as Todd Leduc advanced two positions to second this week.

The Stadium Series Green continues to hold the advantage in the Power Rankings with Elliott topping the chart, Morgan Kane in fourth, and Ryan Anderson eighth, but there is an equitable distribution among the other series throughout the field.

Notably, Leduc and his Monster Energy truck in the Stadium Series Red closed the gap with a 38-point overall victory at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Leduc achieved his win through consistency, pocketing the overall without winning a single individual event. Leduc’s best session was a second-place finish to Mike Vaters II in Overkill Evolution by .001 points.

Meanwhile on the West Coast, Elliott rambled on. Elliott won his sixth skills challenge in seven contests so far. That contributed to his 35 points for the event at PETCO Park in San Diego and allowed him to hold onto the No. 1 slot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings.

Colton Eichelberger also held station. Third last week, he entered the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on a mission in the Triple Threat Series Central. He topped the event points in all four events with timed race wins in each session, ATV race wins in three of the four, three wins in the speedster obstacle course, two freestyle wins and one win in the donut competitions.

MORE: Ryan Anderson and the anatomy of a Monster Jam freestyle run

Morgan Kane and Grave Digger had a rough night. He was ousted from the racing event in Round 2 by Max-D and Elliott. He failed to win either of the other two competitions of the night and ended with 29 points, which was a distant third to Ryan Anderson’s Son-Uva Digger (37) and Max-D (35).

Brandon Vinson moved up to the fifth position with three wins in the Triple Threat Series West. During the weekend he earned seven session wins, including a sweep of the speedster obstacle course and two victories in the two-wheel skills challenge.

Tom Meents debuted on the Monster Jam Power Rankings in 10th by winning the overall in back to back nights of the Stadium Series Yellow. The Saturday show can be seen Feb. 22 at 11:30 p.m. on NBCSN (click here for streaming). The highlight of Meents’ weekend were race wins on Saturday and Sunday, defeating Coty Saucier in a Monster Energy truck on Night 1 and Eric Swanson in Obsessed on Night 2.

Power Rankings

1. Neil Elliott–same
2. Todd LeDuc–up 2
3. Colton Eichelberger-same
4. Morgan Kane–down 2
5. Brandon Vinson–up 1
6. Tyler Menninga–up 1
7. Coty Saucier–down 2
8. Ryan Anderson–same
9. Linsey Read–up 1
10. Tom Meents-new for 2020

Upcoming TV Schedule (All showings on Eastern time on NBCSN)

Oakland: February 22 (Saturday); 11:30 p.m.
Miami: March 1 (Sunday); 12 a.m.
Jacksonville: March 9 (Monday); 6 p.m.
Detroit: March 21 (Saturday); 11 p.m.
Las Vegas: March 28 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Santa Clara: April 11 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Philadelphia: April 17 (Friday); 2:30 p.m.
Denver: April 25 (Saturday); 6:30 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals Racing: May 9 (Saturday); 5 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: May 19 (Tuesday); 4 p.m.
Monster Jam World Freestyle: May 20 (Wednesday); 12 a.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: June 20 (Saturday); 2:30 p.m.