(Allmendinger was part of a quartet of drivers to bring Ford back to victory lane at Daytona)
A NASCAR contingent of drivers competing in this year's Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona Grand Am race flexed their muscles in the 50th running of the sports car classic.
A.J. Allmendinger was part of the winning Daytona Prototype team while other NASCAR drivers like Jamie McMurray and 2011 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year also fared well.
On his ninth attempt, team owner Michael Shank finally captured the sports car classic with his team of Oswaldo Negri, John Pew, Allmendinger and Justin Wilson in the #60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ford Riley surviving a tight battle for the lead in the final hours to take home the checkered flag.
“Right now I'm just going to take this for what it's worth, not think about anything for a couple days, and just enjoy it,” Allmendinger said. “Right now it's the biggest win I've ever had because we've worked for seven years to get to this point with Mike Shank, and we've been so close so many times.”
Finishing a few seconds behind the #60 Ford was the pole-winning #8 Starworks Motorsport Ford Riley and Ryan Dalziel, Alex Popow, Lucas Luhr, Allan McNish and Enzo Potolicchio. Shank Racing took the final spot on the podium with the #6 Ford Riley with NASCAR's Michael McDowell, Jorge Goncalvez, Gustavo Yacaman and Sunoco Rolex 24 Driver Challenge winner Felipe Nasr.
Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing's Juan Pablo Montoya and McMurray were members of the fourth place finishing team in owner Chip Ganassi's entry.
In the GT class, the #44 Magnus Racing Porsche with John Potter, Lally, Richard Lietz and Rene Rast were victorious.
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