Kiwi motor racing legend Scott Dixon has claimed his third outright win in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
After a handful of starts with Chip Ganassi Racing as part of their Ford GT program, Dixon moved to the Wayne Taylor Racing stable for this year’s 24-hour race.
Joined by Kamui Kobayashi, Ryan Briscoe and Renger van der Zande, the quartet combined to win the race at Daytona International Speedway by over a minute.
Mazda Team Joest trio Olivier Pla, Tristan Nunez and Oliver Jarvis were second overall while Jao Barbosa, Sebastien Bourdais and Loic Duval came third for JDC-Miller MotorSports.
Initially, it was Kobayashi that put the Cadillac DPi into the lead three hours in. The team led from there but were stifled by a 60-second stop-and-go penalty for going through a red light at pit exit.
Despite losing a lap to the leaders, Briscoe pushed ahead and eventually, they retook the lead with four hours left to go.
Kobayashi completed the final three stints, running in 833 laps of the part road course part oval circuit.
Its the third win for Wayne Taylor Racing in the last four years, and the second consecutive success in the race.
As a result of the win, Dixon moves to three outright wins in the race. Kobayashi and van der Zande become two-time winners while it’s the first for Briscoe.
Mazda Team Joest finally found reliability in the 24-hour race with both of their cars finishing in second and sixth.
Powerhouse Team Penske failed to feature on the podium. An incident early in the race ruled out Helio Castroneves, Alexander Rossi and Ricky Taylor. Meanwhile, Dane Cameron, Simon Pagenaud and Juan-Pablo Montoya suffered handling issues.