By: Tanner Watkins
January 26, 2020 | 1:00 PM
As always, it was a long 24 hours of racing on the shores of Florida – but the ending was just a little bit sweeter for some familiar faces. Driving for Wayne Taylor Racing, five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon was part of a four-man team that won the overall race classification, while DragonSpeed and part-time IndyCar driver Ben Hanley took victory in the LMP2 category.
Former IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe also played a role in the winning Wayne Taylor machine, piloting the No. 10 DPi entry in its penultimate stint before handing off to Kamui Kobayashi for the final two-and-a-half hours.
The win for Dixon was his third career overall victory at the Rolex 24.
A host of other IndyCar notables took part in the twice-around-the-clock event this weekend, with varying degrees of success:
- Sebastien Bourdais drove for the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac that finished third overall and in the DPi class.
- Juan Pablo Montoya was the anchor in Team Penske’s No. 6 Acura DPi entry that finished just behind Mustang Sampling at 4th in-class and overall. This team also featured the defending Indianapolis 500 winner, Simon Pagenaud.
- Matheus Leist wheeled the No. 85 JDC-Miller MotorSports entry to the end of this year’s 24. The former A.J. Foyt Racing driver brought the car home P5 in the DPi class and in the overall classification, while a couple names from open-wheel’s past chipped in: Tristan Vautier and Juan Piedrahita.
- The No. 55 Mazda DPi entry limped home to a sixth-place finish overall, a group that included Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay.
- Former IndyCar race winner Mike Conway participated in the seventh-place effort on the No. 31 Cadillac DPi prepared by Whelen Engineering Racing.
- This one was a doozy. Just a few hours into the race, Helio Castroneves was involved in a substantial accident through the Bus Stop complex that sent his No. 7 Acura Team Penske entry hard into the tire barrier. The team – which included Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi – fought back to finish eighth in the DPi class and overall.
- Colton Herta – a winner last year in his Rolex 24 at Daytona debut – brought home the No. 25 BMW Team RLL entry to a fifth-place finish in the GT Le Mans class.
- Former Belardi Auto Racing Indy Lights driver Aaron Telitz teamed up with retired IndyCar veteran Townsend Bell in a Vasser-Sullivan-supported entry that finished 12th in the GT Daytona category. In the same class, former open-wheel winner A.J. Allmendinger placed eighth while driving for Heinricher Racing in affiliation with Michael Shank.
- In the sister AIM-Vasser-Sullivan entry, Jack Hawksworth teamed up with Kyle Busch to bring home a ninth-place run in GT Daytona.
- It was an early exit for the No. 19 Lamborghini that featured Catherine Legge as a driver in the four-female team. A fire ended their race during the evening hours, finishing 16th in GTD and 35th overall.
We thank all of you who spent your weekend following the race with us on Twitter, and look forward to IndyCar spring training at Circuit of the Americas in just a few weeks!
Header image by IMSA.