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Rolex 24: Wayne Taylor Racing out front after nine hours

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Rolex 24: Wayne Taylor Racing out front after nine hours
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Jan 25, 2015, 4:39 AM

There have been a lot of changes in the running order since we last gave a major race update.

Race action
#01 Chip Ganassi Ford/Riley: Scott Pruett, Joey Hand, Charlie Kimball, Sage Karam
A Delta MD-90 takes off from Daytona Beach airport
#51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia: François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard, Toni Vilander, Gianmaria Bruni
Race action
GTLM start: #4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Simon Pagenaud
Ricky Taylor
#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP: Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Max Angelelli

Daytona Beach, Fla - The Rolex 24 rolls on, but some cars aren't rolling anymore. The caution flag returned for the fifth time when the No. 7 Starworks prototype spun and stalled in the first corner.

Tony Kanaan took over the wheel of the No. 02, but the Ganassi 1-2 was spoiled when he damaged the front splitter and needed to go back into the garage for repairs. They have slowly worked their way back into the mix after losing a lap.

The AF Corse suddenly slowed on the NASCAR track and the issue soon became apparent when the left rear wheel went off on its own.

On an ensuing restart, two PC cars (No. 38 and No. 85) went spinning in the first corner and the field scattered left and right, thankfully missing both.

Violent accident

The next caution was quite a violent accident. After spinning, the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari of Francois Perrodo tried to rejoin, pulling directly out in front of the No. 007 TRG-AMR of Brandon Davis. The pole-sitting GTD car slammed into the front of the Ferrari, ending AF Corse's night.

Action Express falls behind

On the following restart, CORE Autosport, which was leading the PC class, got spun. Moments later, another PC car (No. 7) got punted. Later, the No. 5 Action Express Corvette lost the lead after blowing the backstretch chicane. Their troubles did not end there though. Without warning, the car stalled with no fuel pressure, an apparent connection problem. The car dropped from second place to seventh, three laps down before it was back out racing.

On the restart that followed Action Express' issues, the No. 24 BMW got smashed around and is no longer in contention for the GTLM victory. And just one more thing of note ... Mere seconds separate multiple contenders in P, GTLM, and GTD still.

Class Leaders

P - No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing DP

PC - No. 54 CORE Autosport ORECA FLM09

GTLM - No. 911  Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR

GTD - No. 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America

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