By Patrick Reynolds
Daytona Beach, FL- The power that the Cadillacs displayed on Saturday afternoon continued Sunday morning as the Rolex 24 at Daytona hit the 18-hour mark.
Wayne Taylor Racing continued to lead with Ricky Taylor behind the wheel and Mustang Sampling Racing ran second with Joao Barbosa driving.
The other Cadillac of Whelen Engineering Racing is still in competition with Dane Cameron taking his stint despite time in the garage area for repairs after the car would not restart on a pit stop. Despite the rainy conditions, the car with Seb Morris, Eric Curran, and Michael Conway was one of the quickest on the track with lap times under the two-minute mark. They were scored 24 laps behind the leader’s pace.
Patrick Pilet in a Porsche led the GTLM class while James French led the PC category for Performance Tech Motorsports. The 2014 Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay paced the GTD class in an Acura for Michael Shank Racing.
Bright Sunshine Saturday morning gave way to overcast skies and cooler temperatures when the green flag waved at 2:30 pm ET. Rain began to creep in around 8pm and made for chilly and wet overnight racing. The cold temperature and rain continued through daybreak with the rain forecast to end around mid-morning.
The race’s fastest lap was set by Felipe Albuquerque at 1:36 on lap 165. The leaders had completed 492 laps by 8:40 am.
Patrick Reynolds is a former professional NASCAR mechanic who hosts Speedway Report Mondays 7:30 pm ET/ 4:30 pm PT on http://speedwayreport.com/ . Follow on Twitter @SpeedwayPat.