Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Best of the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona

The incredible battle for the lead 22 hours into the race between Allan McNish and AJ Allmendinger, both in nearly identical Ford Riley Daytona Prototypes, was the best racing action from the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona:



The most exciting footage starts at 1:50. Allmedinger gets a better exit onto the front straight and takes the low line to make a pass. The two cars bang sides twice at 180+ mph. The pass sticks and it eventually decides the race in favor of AJ who hands Michael Shank Racing its first ever Rolex 24 victory. When asked about AJ's tactics after his driving stint, a visibly angered McNish said "It was a fair fight up to that point."

And my favorite interview from the race: Brian Johnson from AC/DC who drove (and finished the race!) at the age of 64:



Here is Brian Johnson at the mic in 1980, the year Back in Black came out:



Hard rock meets racing. At 32 back then, he was exactly half his age today. Truly remarkable!

Final Rolex 24 Results

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3 comments:

  1. How well did Patrick Dempsey's team do? Can he retire from acting?

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  2. Dempsey Racing did well - 10-th out of nearly 50 cars in GT. I doubt he's planning on retiring even if he wins it all ;o)

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