Sunday, January 26, 2014

One of The Most Controversial Calls of Recent Memory

This incident happened on the last lap of the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona and it was probably the most exciting part of the entire race. The Ferrari was penalized for avoidable contact even though the video conclusively proves that there was no contact between the two cars. This was a gut punch for the Ferrari team, especially considering that a Ferrari has not won at Daytona since 1998!!

The decision was later reversed with this statement by Scot Elkins, IMSA Vice President, Competition and Technical Regulations:

A full post-race review of the incident on the last lap of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona was completed by IMSA Supervisory Officials. The decision has been made to reverse the decision by the race director, rescind the penalty against the No. 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia team, and reinstate drivers Scott Tucker, Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal and Alessandro Pier Giuidi as the GT Daytona class winners. We regret the confusion following the race, and appreciate the patience by our fans, drivers, teams and the media so we could properly review and subsequently report this decision.

So what's your take on the decision - was it right or wrong? Was the Audi ahead of the Ferrari when it went off? Did the Ferrari leave enough space for the Audi?