The No. 01 Telmex /Target BMW/Riley of Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Joey Hand and Graham Rahal finished 2.46 seconds ahead of the No. 02 team car of Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya. Both cars covered 720 laps of the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway during the race, with Hand leading a total of 116 laps. All of the BMW engines in the Rolex 24 were prepared by Dinan Motorsport.
This year's race marked the 35th anniversary of BMW's first victory at the 24hr classic. In 1976, Peter Gregg, Brian Redman and John Fitzpatrick won in a BMW CSL.
"Congratulations to Chip Ganassi's team on this huge success," said BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen. "It is fantastic to see BMW on top of the podium at the second important 24-hour race of the year, following success in Dubai. The outstanding team performance in Daytona was rewarded with the first BMW victory in this race since 1976."
"I really have to thank our friends at BMW as they have made all the difference for us," said Chip Ganassi. "We have been with them for just over a year and in that time have won 10 of 13 races, including the most prestigious of them all - the Rolex 24 At Daytona. That is quite a way to put your stamp on the Grand-Am Series. We are thrilled with our BMW partnership and look for it to last many years into the future."
Paced by the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the race saw 141 yellow flag laps, including a 2 hour 47 minute caution period for morning fog, which saw BMW's newest M car at the head of the field for more than 500 miles.
Continental Tire Challenge Series.
On Friday, Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi won the Grand-Am 200 touring car race in the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing BMW M3. It was the third consecutive win in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series season-opener for the BMW M3, and the third consecutive Grand Sport (GS) class victory for the Rum Bum team. BMW of North America driver, Bill Auberlen, who partnered with and Paul Dalla Lana, finished third in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M3. The BMW M3 took six of the top-10 finishing positions.
In their debut Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race, BimmerWorld Racing drivers Greg Liefooghe and John Capestro-Dubets finished third in the Street Tuner (ST) class in their No. 81 BMW 328i.
The Grand-Am Series returns to action on March 5 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.