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Filipe Albuquerque breaks 'spell', lastly will get Rolex 24 At Daytona win

30 January 2018, 01:40 | Frank Carlson

Taylor Ballantyne

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It also made it that much better.

24-hour race starts Saturday at 2:40 p.m. But here at Daytona or Le Mans, you only want to win. "It was our race to lose, and those are the worst races".

The No. 11 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 made history becoming the first Lamborghini to win a 24-hour class anywhere in the world.

Alonso, whose co-drivers were McLaren reserve driver Lando Norris and United Autosports full-time driver Phil Hanson, was one of two current Formula One drivers in the race. "Everybody played their part".

The team of Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon won and defeated their sister vehicle, which was the defending class champion.

The auto sustained a heavy left-side impact although Nasr's Cadillac, which went on to finish second, remained largely unscathed.

This is Albuquerque's first overall victory in the Daytona 24 hours, while team-mates Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa will be celebrating a hat-trick of wins.

Allmendinger will team with Trent Hindman, Katherine Legge and Àlvaro Parente, driving an Acura NSX GT3 for Michael Shank Racing in the GT Daytona class. It was the second consecutive Rolex overall victory for Cadillac, but it came from the team that finished second previous year. "But it's a long race". And several classes race at the same time. The No. 11 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini won the division. And that's how we approach every day. But this is what the Rolex 24 is all about: "the last four hours you give everything you've got". We came from last position to win this race.

The winning vehicle, which is owned by local businessman Bob Johnson and prepped in North Carolina, set records for most laps (808) over the 3.56-mile road course and longest distance (2,876.48 miles) ever recorded in this twice-around-the-clock classic.

The previous lap record - 762 - was set in 1992 by Masahiro Hasemi, Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Toshio Suzuki and Anders Oloffson in a Nissan R91 CP.

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"The race has been awesome", Penske said. "We're the type of team that we just focus on trying to do the best we can today". Persistence and working hard and sticking together with this fantastic team that kept believing in me and what happened past year was nothing with me. "Beyond my expectations, really". The vehicle was running third before it headed to the garage. Roger Penske's return to sports auto racing for the first time since 2009 ended with ninth- and 10th-place finishes with a lineup that included Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Graham Rahal.

Renger van der Zande was behind the wheel when the tire exploded on the Cadillac.

"I think it's going to be in a week or two it's going to hit, especially as we look towards going to the test at Sebring and the race at Sebring", Pruett said.

Barbosa is driving a Cadillac for Action Express Racing and the prototype is the only vehicle on the lead lap.

In the end, the Indy vehicle angle belonged to Ganassi's 200th victory.

Chasing the #86 is now the #48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 with Bryce Miller now driving the auto, which was holding onto the lead until the latest round of pit stop cycles.

"In my career I have had a lot of teammates", Castroneves said. "What we achieved together, those records - it's going to take a while to eclipse those".

"It was one of the most nerve-racking races", Ganassi said.

"We'll communicate about it and I'm sure we'll have plenty of dialogue as we go, see how things are going, see how our roster develops", Braun said Sunday at the team's annual winter fan festival in downtown Milwaukee.

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