Ganassi Wins Daytona with a Pair of BMW Powered Prototypes

(The last five minutes of the race as it happened)

Joey Hand, Scott Pruett and Graham Rahal have beat out the vastly more experienced team of Dario Franchitti, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray in an identical Dinan tuned BMW powered prototype. Here ‘s more from Speed TV:

A costly pit lane mistake could have kept Joey Hand and the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing crew from victory in the 49th Rolex 24 at Daytona. But a smart late-race call by the Tim Keene-led crew and a remarkable drive by the BMW factory driver propelled the defending Rolex Series champions to a dramatic down-to-the-wire win and Ganassi’s first 1-2 finish in America’s famous endurance classic.

The No. 01 Telmex/Target Riley-BMW was hit with a 30-second stop-and-hold penalty after Hand hit a tire while exciting pit lane with under two hours to go. Rejoining the fray over 50 seconds behind, Hand had what could only be considered the drive of his life, making up over 30 seconds in his final stint to leader Scott Dixon.

You can read at SpeedTV and/or watch the last five minutes of the race above.

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