Final Rolex 24 at Daytona entry list features 49 cars

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With the 59th annual running of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona only three days away, the final entry list for the race stands at 49 cars.

The Action Express Racing No. 31 Cadillac will lead to the green flag Saturday, Jan. 30. Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani won the Motul 100 to earn the pole. This was the first time in series history that the Rolex 24 lineup was set by a qualification race. The Motul 100 was limited to two drivers. Chase Elliott and Mike Conway will join Nasr and Derani in the race.

Most DPi teams feature a full complement of four drivers, but three Daytona Prototype (DPi) entries are listed with three. They are Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 01, Mustang Sampling’s No. 5 and Mazda Motorsports No. 55, who will line up second for the race.

Ganassi’s entry no longer has IndyCar driver Marcus Ericsson listed ow that Renger van der Zande was cleared to race following quarantine.

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Both Corvette Racing entries also have three drivers listed in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class.

The DPi class features seven entries and includes defending NASCAR Cup champion Elliott making his Rolex 24 Hour debut, Jimmie Johnson (who retired from full-time NASCAR racing last year), Alexander Rossi, Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon. Juan Pablo Montoya and AJ Allmendinger also provide starpower in this division as Meyer Shank Racing moves up to the DPi ranks.

The Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class features 10 entries with notable racers Austin Dillon, Ryan Dalziel, Robert Kubica and Rinus Veekay behind the wheel.

The Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) class features seven entries that include drivers Joao Barbosa, Gabby Chaves and Jeroen Bleekemolen.

GT Le Mans (GTLM) has six entries including Jordan Taylor, Jesse Krohn, Tommy Milner and Timo Glock.

The GT Daytona (GTD) class is the largest in terms of entries with 19. Notable drivers include Zach Veach, Townsend Bell, JR Hildebrand, Andy Lally, Ed Jones (who this week was tagged to race full time in the IndyCar series with Dale Coyne Racing and Vasser Sullivan Racing), Ryan Briscoe and Katherine Legge.

The original entry list was slated to be 50 cars, which would have been the most since 2018. Unfortunately, Black Swan Racing was forced to pull out of the GTD class when car owner and driver Tim Pappas tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) following the 24 Hours of Dubai.

Other alterations to the entry list related to the COVID-19 virus include a driver change in the No. 51 RWR-Eurasia team as Sven Mueller has been pressed into service as a replacement for Mathieu Jaminet. This team also features NASCAR drivers Dillon and Cody Ware.

Click here to view the entry list for the 59th annual Rolex 24.

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix

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DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


RESULTS

Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

Lap leader summary

Full lap chart

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Full section data

Event summary

Pit stop summary

Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


POINTS

Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:

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Entrants

Engine manufacturers

Pit stop performance

Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.