Acura Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor pulled out a 10sec lead following the third restart, chased by Ryan Briscoe’s Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac and Pipo Derani’s AXR Caddy. With 4hr15min remaining, Taylor then pitted handy over to Helio Castroneves who spent his two stints holding off the #31 automotive, now with Filipe Albuquerque on the wheel. At a distance ran the third-placed #6 Acura with Simon Pagenaud on the wheel.
Briscoe had an off at Turn 10, however survived it and the automotive regained its misplaced floor when a GTD automotive triggered a yellow, in order that Renger van der Zande saved the strain on Pagenaud, whereas chased Sebastien Bourdais within the #5 JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac.
With three hours to go, the 2 Penske automobiles pitted collectively, Castroneves staying aboard the main automotive, and Juan Pablo Montoya taking up from Pagenaud.
However, when Castroneves handed over to Alexander Rossi, the Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver emerged nicely behind the AXR Cadillac with Nasr on the wheel.
With two hours to go, nevertheless, Rossi had closed that hole down 3.2sec, whereas Dixon, having taken over from Briscoe on the wheel of the WTR Cadillac, was third and solely 2.7sec behind Rossi. Half a minute down was Loic Duval within the JDC Caddy because the Frenchman pulled away from Montoya, who misplaced tempo nearly as quickly as he had begun his stint.
Scott Huffaker of PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports continued main LMP2 however with the guy Oreca of Tower Motorsports by Starworks again on the identical lap and 17sec down.
GT Le Mans
The #912 Porsche of Matt Campbell needed to serve a penalty for an incident with the #3 Corvette however they each survived with out important damage and the sector was closed up by the GTD-caused yellow.
With 3h10min remaining the #3 Corvette was main within the palms of Jordan Taylor forward of the #911 Porsche of Nick Tandy, who had Jesse Krohn’s #24 BMW in shut proximity and chased by Earl Bamber (now within the #912) and forward of the #4 Corvette of Marcel Fassler.
Following the subsequent spherical of stops, nevertheless, Krohn was left main by 3sec forward of Antonio Garcia, who had taken over the #3 Corvette, with the 2 Porsches third and fourth.
Jan Heylen’s progress was one of many highlights of the GT Daytona battle, quickly after the race went previous half-distance, climbing up from sixth to fourth within the Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, and the same automotive of Zacharie Robichon (Pfaff Motorsports) moved into fifth, the pair of them now forward of the AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus of Frankie Montecalvo.
The high three comprised the Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini of Bryan Sellers, Alessandro Balzan’s Scuderia Corsa Ferrari and Shinya Michimi’s Meyer Shank Racing Acura. Heylen’s momentum carried him previous Michimi into third, though he now had a nine-second deficit to Balzan. Robichon continued in lockstep together with his fellow 911 driver Heylen, and the Pfaff automotive additionally demoted Michimi.
The two 911s have been each into podium positions when Sellers pitted his off-strategy Lamborghini, however the pitstop that adopted the full-course warning brought on by the Hardpoint Racing Audi R8 would jumble up the order.
Aaron Telitz hit the entrance within the #14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus with a powerful restart forward of Corey Lewis within the PMR Lamborghini. Pat Long took over the Wright Porsche from Heylen and caught near the Lambo, and had Jeff Westphal’s Scuderia Corsa Ferrari in filling his mirrors.
The two MSR Acuras ran fifth and seventh, sandwiching Roman De Angelis within the Heart of Racing Aston Martin. The Pfaff Porsche fell again to tenth with one more puncture.
Lewis retook the GTD lead from Telitz on the 3hr mark, and the Lexus misplaced sufficient momentum to additionally lose second to Long’s Porsche. However, the subsequent spherical of stops noticed Telitz emerge again in entrance forward of Balzan with Alvaro Parente in third within the Heinricher MSR Acura.
However, its sister automotive, the one within the working for the championship, had a collision with the Heart of Racing Aston Martin that despatched it behind the wall for prolonged repairs, and triggered the British automotive to retire altogether.
Heylen and Madison Snow (PMR Lamborghini) have been off-strategy and now ran fourth and fifth.