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Rolex 24 update: Loic Duval leads as Kyle Busch runs double stint

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Saturday has officially turned to Sunday in Florida, and several cars and drivers are still in contention for the victory in Rolex 24 at Daytona as the race nears its halfway point.

Loic Duval is the current overall leader, while Ryan Briscoe runs in the second position.

Meanwhile, Kyle Busch is back on track in the No. 14 GTD entry for AIM Vasser Sullivan. Busch is competing in the second of a double stint for the team, and is currently running ninth in the GTD class.

As of 1:25 am ET, the leaders are:

DPi:

  1. No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing, Cadillac DPi, Loic Duval
  2. No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing, Cadillac DPi, Ryan Briscoe
  3. No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing, Cadillac DPi, Felipe Albuquerque

LMP2:

  1. No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports, ORECA LMP2 07, Nick Boulle
  2. No. 81 Dragonspeed USA, ORECA LMP2 07, Colin Braun
  3. No. 18 Era Motorsport, ORECA LMP2 07, Dwight Merriman

GTLM:

  1. No. 24 BMW Rahal Letterman Lanigan, BMW M8 GTE, John Edwards
  2. No. 912 Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR-19, Laurens Vanthoor
  3. No. 911 Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR-19, Nick Tandy

GTD:

  1. No. 48 Paul Miller Racing, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Bryan Sellers
  2. No. 88 WRT Speedstar Audi Sport, Audi RB LMS GT3, Mirko Bortolotti
  3. No. 63 Sucderia Corsa, Ferrari 488 GT3, Toni Vilander

Live coverage of the Rolex 24 at Daytona continues on NBCSN until 3 a.m. ET. Fans can also watch all remaining coverage on NBC Sports Gold’s Trackpass.

Robert Wickens shares more positive strides toward recovery in new video

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Robert Wickens has made massive steps since sustaining a spinal cord injury in an Aug. 19, 2018 crash at Pocono Raceway.

Since the accident, Wickens publicly has shared his recovery, often uploading videos of his physical rehabilitation on Twitter.

In his most recent update on Wednesday, Wickens shared a video of him walking on a treadmill. Fellow NTT IndyCar Series competitor Tony Kannan, who competes in triathlons during his spare time, also was visible running on the treadmill behind Wickens.

“When I am @TonyKannan [sic] age, I hope to run as fast as him…” Wickens tweeted. “Today was a good day!”

Wickens, who will turn 31 on March 13, first made his return to the IndyCar paddock in last year’s season opener in St. Petersburg. Since then, he’s made a return to the driver’s seat, piloting a specialized Acura NSX prior to the start of last year’s IndyCar race in his hometown of Toronto.

In September, Wickens fulfilled a vow to his wife Karli, by standing with her during their wedding. The new husband and wife also danced together during their reception.

Should Wickens fully recover to resume racing, Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt has stated that the team’s No. 6 entry will be available for him to drive. Wickens continues to remain as a “driver coach and consultant” for the team.

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