Why Did The Rolex 24 At Daytona End Early? (Update)


This year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona concluded with a thrilling half-hour head-to-head duel. Felipe Nasr, behind the wheel of the No. 7 Penske Porsche 963, was the first to cross the finish line after 23 hours and 58 minutes. Yes, the 24-hour race was finished in under 24 hours. While the premature finish likely didn’t impact the result, many are questioning why race officials at IMSA’s watchmaker-backed endurance classic seemingly couldn’t tell the time.

The race’s final caution came when the No. 12 Vasser Sullivan Racing Lexus RC F burst into flames while exiting the pit lane. Team owner Jimmy Vasser told broadcasters that he believed that a plenum fire was the cause. Before the caution, Tom Blomqvist was able to put the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac V-Series.R ahead of Nasr’s Porsche with a pass through the tri-oval. However, Penske jumped Nasr back to the lead with a quicker pit stop.