Top 10 surprising moments from Rolex 24 - videos

In a 24 hour race, you can expect some odd and unexpected things to take place, and the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona was no exception.

Top 10 surprising moments from Rolex 24 - videos

We saw a much cleaner version of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona this year, void of officiating problems and life-threatening accidents. Still, there were plenty of moments that had us turning our heads and forced us to look twice.

10.) Viper rises to the top without factory backing

Viper won the GTLM title in 2014, only to have Dodge pull the plug on the program soon after. Many saw it as the end of Viper in the series, but a GTD team headed by Ben Keating remained to prove that Viper was still here and still venomous. Both the No. 93 and No. 33 were blistering fast and in the end, the No. 93 took the checkered flag with Keating proclaiming, "This win is for the Viper nation, bringing it back to Daytona!"

9.) DeltaWing shows speed before gearbox issues

Motorsport.com spent some time with the DeltaWing team at Daytona, which showed speed in qualifying and early in the race, harassing the Ganassi drivers and holding off Action Express. Unfortunately, reliability issues hit the squad once again and they were relegated to a last-place finish in the event. Despite the early exit, they made their presence known at Daytona.

8.) Tandy slideways

One of the more dramatic moments early in the going was when Nick Tandy was getting aggressive while battling for the GTLM lead. He first tried to go three-wide with both Corvettes, then bump-drafted one, and finally, the heart-stopping moment came when he dove below the double-yellow line sideways after slightly touching one of the C7.Rs in one of the fastest sections of the circuit.

7.) Leaders make contact on pit road

As the intensity level rose, the two overall leaders battled for supremacy onto pit road and contact was made as the Action Express Corvette got on the brakes and tagged the Wayne Taylor car, who was attempting to pass the No. 5.

6.) For Ballast, RIP

This was not a good race for the Magnus Porsche and after returning to the garage late in the going, the team discovered the 'debris' that Andy Lally had struck a few hours prior. The aforementioned 'debris' broke through the splitter, radiator, and tub. It turned out to be a possum and the team reportedly retired from the race, but later returned to actually take the checkered flag. They posthumously named the possum 'Ballast' and if you have a strong stomach, it can be seen HERE.

5.) Close call, then massive impact

Very early in the Rolex 24, the No. 66 DP spun in the bus stop and upon returning to the circuit, it was almost struck by multiple GT cars before the Risi Competizione Ferrari just barely clipped the rear of the DP as it took to the wet grass. Later in the night, the most violent accident took place when the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari pulled out in front of the GTD-pole sitters in the No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston.

4.) Auberlen rages

The Corvettes weren't the only cars Nick Tandy had a run-in with during the Rolex 24. Bill Auberlen was avoiding a spinning car when the Porsche hit him square in the wheel, setting the team a lap behind. When handed a mic, Auberlen tore Tandy apart, which can be heard below...

3.) Taylor forced to pit

The #2 moment on our list directly preceded our #3 moment and is the cause for the race being under caution with just a few minutes remaining. Jordan Taylor had Scott Dixon directly ahead of him and was ready for a fight, until he got the shocking call to pit. Turns out, the team had a catastrophic oversight with driving times, missing the fact that if Jordan completed the race, it would be in violation of the rules. The team lost their chance to fight for the win as his brother Ricky stepped in and were forced to settle for third.

2.) CORE Autosport's win goes up in flames

With less than 20 minutes to go and a one lap lead, you'd be feeling fairly good about yourself if you're Colin Braun and CORE Autosport. Well, the PC leader suddenly found himself off the track and with damage, desperate to rejoin the race. He did so but as he entered the backstretch chicane, what was left of the suspension failed and he crashed again, igniting a fire at the rear of the car which quickly spread. The No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen entry, which was actually the first car to spin during the race, stole the win.

1.) Porsches collide

A major race-changer on the GT side came in the dead of the night when most were sleeping, but Motorsport.com was still following along when two damaged Porsches emerged from the darkness ... One with the right front torn off and the other with a massive gash in the right side door. Later, video from TRG showed what took place. While trying to pass the TRG-Aston in the infield, the No. 912 went into the grass and lost control, spinning directly into the door of the sister car in the upcoming corner. 

shares
comments
Jan Magnussen: What winning Daytona means to me
Previous article

Jan Magnussen: What winning Daytona means to me

Next article

Wayne Taylor Racing loses third-place finish in Rolex 24

Wayne Taylor Racing loses third-place finish in Rolex 24
Load comments
The significance of the next step in WEC/IMSA convergence Prime

The significance of the next step in WEC/IMSA convergence

Following the latest convergence connection permitting Le Mans Hypercars from the FIA World Endurance Championship to compete against LMDh entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from 2023, it could open up enticing options not only to manufacturers but also for the calendar and race formats

WEC
Jul 13, 2021
Why a Mazda IMSA Prototype title would bring bitter joy Prime

Why a Mazda IMSA Prototype title would bring bitter joy

Can Mazda win this year’s IMSA Prototype championship? Undoubtedly. But it will be the culmination of an achingly hard struggle, after which the brand has decided to quit. David Malsher-Lopez tells the story of a bizarre blend of heartache and positivity.

IMSA
Apr 6, 2021
The GTE dilemma that IMSA has created for the WEC Prime

The GTE dilemma that IMSA has created for the WEC

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s decision to scrap its GT Le Mans class for 2022 raises the question of whether the FIA World Endurance Championship should phase out GTE cars. But it's a much harder decision than it appears on the surface.

WEC
Feb 3, 2021
Nine things to watch at the 2021 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona Prime

Nine things to watch at the 2021 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona

After a 100-minute sprint race to whet the appetite, the 2021 IMSA SportsCar Championship gets underway properly this weekend. With plenty of significant changes during the winter, here are the key points you need to keep an eye on

IMSA
Jan 29, 2021
Why Magnussen is relishing a fresh start in sportscars Prime

Why Magnussen is relishing a fresh start in sportscars

Having gone over seven years without a race win through spells with McLaren, Renault and Haas, Kevin Magnussen's departure from Formula 1 for IMSA with big-hitters Chip Ganassi Racing could give him what he craves most - a chance of success

IMSA
Jan 29, 2021
Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights Prime

Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights

Oliver Gavin has stepped down from the full-time Corvette Racing line-up after a stellar career with the team spanning nearly 20 years. He looks back on a stint that encompassed, among other successes, five Le Mans 24 Hours victories.

Le Mans
Jan 28, 2021
How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends Prime

How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends

Victory at last year's Spa 24 Hours meant Nick Tandy had completed the unofficial sextuple crown of the world's six biggest endurance races, becoming the first Briton to do so. Ahead of his fresh start with Corvette Racing, he explains how he did it…

Le Mans
Jan 24, 2021
The 12 greatest Sebring 12 Hours ranked Prime

The 12 greatest Sebring 12 Hours ranked

The 2020 edition of the Florida sportscar classic is finally taking place this weekend, eight months after its traditional date in March. That meant there was plenty of time for Motorsport.com to pour over its previous 67 races and select the best.

IMSA
Nov 11, 2020