DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – It turns out that the finish of the 47th Rolex 24 sports car race at Daytona International Speedway was closer than anyone realized.
After the Porsche Riley Daytona Prototype co-driven by David Donohue, Buddy Rice, Antonio Garcia and Darren Law nipped the Lexus Riley of Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas by 0.167 seconds Sunday, Grand-Am Rolex Series officials said it was the closest finish in the history of the race.
Monday, they updated the record to include all major international 24-hour endurance races.
The closest contested finish of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was 120 meters— approximately 394 feet, or about 1 second—when a John Wyer Ford GT40 driven by Jacky Ickx held off the Porsche 908 of Hans Hermann in 1969.
The closest timed finish in the history of the French endurance race was in 2004, with 41 seconds separating the top two cars at the conclusion of the race.
The previous record for closest finish of the Rolex 24 was 30.926 seconds, set in 2000.