DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Helio Castroneves kept the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05 ahead of the field during the final 30 minutes to lift MSR and co-drivers Tom Blomqvist, Oliver Jarvis and Simon Pagenaud to victory Sunday in the 60th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA.
The win led to Castroneves’ signature celebratory move of climbing the fence, which he made famous during four Indianapolis 500 wins.
“It sounds cliche, but it’s all about believing,” Castroneves said. “I believe in them, they believe in me. This is exactly what is happening with this group here. With Simon, with Tom and with Oliver – we all believed that we could do it.”
It was Castroneves’ second consecutive Rolex 24 victory. Last year, he won the race as part of Wayne Taylor Racing, then climbed a fence in Victory Lane. This time, Castroneves fought off the No. 10 WTR Acura and driver Ricky Taylor to win, then stopped at the start-finish line and climbed the catch fence.
“That was absolutely incredible,” he said. “I’m so happy for the entire group. Everyone did their job. At the end, I said, ‘Put me in, Coach.’ It was great.”
The victory ended Wayne Taylor Racing’s bid to win the race for a record fourth consecutive time. As the Meyer Shank Racing celebration moved from the fence to the pits, Wayne Taylor was among the first to congratulate his former driver.
The trip to the top of the podium continued the resurgence of the career of Castroneves, 46. After winning last year’s Rolex 24 with WTR, Castroneves went on to win the Indy 500 with MSR, tying A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears for most Indy 500 wins in a career.
“It’s priceless,” Castroneves said. “In my case, I’m still very passionate about it and learning every day … and improving my driving skills. That’s what makes me a better driver. That’s why I enjoy it. That’s why when I go out there I push as hard as I can.”
Ricky Taylor finished 3.028 seconds behind Castroneves for WTR teammates Filipe Albuquerque, Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi. The 1-2 Acura sweep came 18 hours after both cars fell off the lead lap and trailed the five Cadillacs in the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class.
Loic Duval brought the No. 5 JDC Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-V.R in third place with teammates Tristan Vautier, Richard Westbrook and Ben Keating.
The key to winning may have been the run by Blomqvist before Castroneves’ finishing run. Blomqvist got the No. 60 car into the lead with a back-and-forth duel with Taylor, then handed it to Castroneves.
“I was speechless after the race,” Blomqvist said. “I’ve dreamt of it. Did I believe? Yes. But you never know. It’s 24 hours of relentless racing. Every time I jumped in the car at moments I felt really comfortable and moments when I was like, ‘Man, I can’t get this car to work. It was just a rollercoaster of a race.”
DragonSpeed USA Flies to LMP2 Victory
In one of the most all-around dramatic Rolex 24 At DAYTONA races in history, the No. 81 DragonSpeed USA ORECA LMP2 rallied from five laps down to win the LMP2 class of the twice-around-the-clock race. Despite freezing cold conditions overnight at Daytona International Speedway, the group of highly-inspired young drivers were blazing fast come Sunday sunrise.
Armed with youthful enthusiasm and great racing talent, DragonSpeed’s roster of longtime friends overcame fast competition, pit road challenges and uncharacteristically cold weather to claim the team’s first ever victory in the season-opening IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race.
DragsonSpeed experienced problems right away – a technical glitch hampered pit road visits resulting in multiple speeding penalties that put it behind early. But the team finally got the system righted and it was go-time by nightfall.
Sports car veteran Eric Lux and IndyCar Series stars Colton Herta, Pato O’Ward and Devlin DeFrancesco kept making up ground in the class before ultimately handing over the car to Herta in the closing laps to bring home the victory.
Ultimately, DragonSpeed claimed a 7.089-second victory over the No. 29 Racing Team Nederland car co-driven by Frits van Eerd, Giedo van der Garde, Dylan Murry and another IndyCar driver, Rinus VeeKay.
Riley Motorsports Cruises to LMP3 Victory
The No. 74 Riley Motorsports team continues to own the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship LMP3 class by defending its Rolex 24 at DAYTONA. Gar Robinson, who was last year’s LMP3 driver champion, joined Felipe Fraga, Kay van Berlo and Michael Cooper to claim class honors once again.
“There isn’t one race on the schedule that’s easy to win,” Robinson said. “But when you do it with the team like we have, with Bill Riley and all the guys back at the shop, and all the prep we do, it does generate the results.
The winning car turned 723 laps over Daytona’s 3.56-mile road course with a margin of victory of one lap.
IMSA introduced the LMP3 class in 2021 and for Robinson it was like a duck to water. He won last year’s Rolex 24 then tacked on four more wins before claiming the inaugural championship. He has a series-leading six career LMP3 wins. Fraga, who took the car to the checkered flag, has five.
The No. 74 went to lead for good at the 20-hour, 28-minute mark (612 laps) with van Berlo at the wheel.
The No. 33 Sean Creech Motorsport Ligier JS P320 driven by Joao Barbosa, Seb Priaulx, Lance Willsey and Malthe Jakobsen secured second-place honors in this hard-fought battle. Barbosa is a four-time Rolex 24 winner.
Be on the lookout for information for next year’s twice-around-the-clock classic by visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
Daytona 500 Around the Corner!
Now that the checkered flag has fallen on the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, the World Center of Racing will begin its focus on DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth (Feb. 15-20) and the 64th Annual DAYTONA 500. The week will feature six days of incredible on-track action with practices, qualifying and a total of six races among four different series. It will allow fans several possibilities to see the NASCAR Cup Series’ Next Gen car, plus some of the greatest drivers in the world in the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, as well as the ARCA Menards Series.
For ticket information on Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events, log onto www.DAYTONA500.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP. If fans are looking to buy or sell reserved seats for the DAYTONA 500, please visit SeatGeek, the Preferred Ticket Exchange of the DAYTONA 500 and Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth.
Paasch Makes Another Last-Second, Daring Pass to Win His Second Straight DAYTONA 200
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Daytona International Speedway // TOBC Racing’s Brandon Paasch executed his DAYTONA 200 plan to perfection Saturday, loitering around at the back of a four-rider pack until the time was right to pull the trigger on his Triumph Speed Triple RS.
As it turns out, the 20-year-old had just the right amount of ammo at his disposal. He exited the Le Mans chicane in fourth place, went down low on the banking, and started making moves until delivering the final dagger with a double-draft pass on Cameron Petersen and Sheridan Morais at the finish to win his second successive DAYTONA 200 – this one by just .007 of a second.
Paasch had spent his afternoon at Daytona International Speedway lurking at the back of the lead group – no matter how many riders it consisted of. But when it came down to his final pit stop, the only way he was going to be in a position to battle for victory was to take on just fuel and not tires.
The New Jerseyan got in and out of the pits quickly and found himself just behind the duo of SYNTAINICS Racing’s Morais and Squid Hunter’s Josh Hayes, the pair smartly squabbling over second and all the while pulling themselves to the back of Petersen, the South African alone and helpless as he watched his four-second lead evaporate all too quickly. Suddenly, it was a four-rider race to the finish and the man at the back was the man at the front when he needed to be. At the finish.
Paasch beat Attack Performance Yamaha’s Petersen by the .007 margin with Morais third, another .057 behind, with Hayes fourth and .126 of a second from victory.
Fifth place went to Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Richie Escalante, some 46 seconds behind Paasch, but well clear of four-time Daytona 200 winner Danny Eslick on the second TOBC Racing Triumph.
TSE Racing’s Harry Truelove, who races in the British Superbike Series, was just a tick behind Eslick at the finish and some eight seconds ahead of Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Geoff May. Disrupt Racing’s Hayden Gillim and Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati NYC’s Josh Herrin rounded out the top 10.
Pole-sitter Herrin was in the lead group when he ran out of fuel on his way to the first pit stop, coasting to pit lane and losing gobs of time in the process; and 2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Jake Gagne, who qualified third-fastest, lasted only a few laps in the 200 before pulling out due to back pain from his crash in the morning warm-up session.
Paasch averaged 113.162 mph in winning the race and he also set the fastest lap of the race, a 1:49.959, en route to snagging his second Rolex watch.
Paasch, who gave Yamaha its 27th victory in the 2021 Daytona 200, brought Triumph its fourth victory in the 200 and the first since Eslick won on a TOBC Triumph in 2014.
The race was red-flagged on the seventh lap when Jose Lloreda crashed exiting the chicane, leaving debris on the racetrack.
DAYTONA 200 Top-10 Finishers
- Brandon Paasch (Triumph)
- Cameron Petersen (Yamaha)
- Sheridan Morais (Yamaha)
- Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
- Richie Escalante (Suzuki)
- Danny Eslick (Triumph)
- Harry Truelove (Yamaha)
- Geoff May (Suzuki)
- Hayden Gillim (Suzuki)
- Josh Herrin (Ducati)
Mission King Of The Baggers
It seems that no matter what kind of motorcycle you race at Daytona International Speedway, strategy and timing are so important on the run to the checkered flag.
In Saturday’s Mission King Of The Baggers race two, Ulsterman Jeremy McWilliams made a perfect pass, at the perfect time, to take the victory. The Mission Foods/S&S Cycle Indian Challenger racer has competed on all kinds of motorcycles, and in road races all over the world (including Daytona nearly 20 years ago), and he put his experience and racecraft to good use when he rocketed past Roland Sands Design Indian rider Bobby Fong, who was in the lead on the final lap. With the finish line in sight, McWilliams’ teammate Tyler O’Hara also drafted past Fong to take second place, relegating Fong to third. It was an all-Indian podium in the Harley-Davidson versus Indian Big Twin racing series.
The final event of the day was in Twins Cup, and their second race of the weekend was, once again, action-packed. Fluid on the track caused multiple riders to crash on the opening lap, and the race was red-flagged and restarted with a five-lap sprint to the checkers. Eight riders were at the front and in it to win as the laps wound down. At the checkered flag, Cycle Tech Yamaha rider Hayden Schultz got the win, which was the first of his MotoAmerica career. Veloce Racing Aprilia’s Jody Barry finished second, just .241 of a second behind Schultz, and Italian expatriate Tommaso Marcon, .256 of a second behind Barry, rounded out the podium in third in a wild-card ride for Robem Engineering Aprilia.
Tomac Wins Again to Become All-Time Winner of DAYTONA Supercross
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Daytona International Speedway // Daytona International Speedway is known for dramatic, late-race passes for the lead and win. Saturday night was no exception, and it happened in historic fashion with Eli Tomac grabbing his record sixth DAYTONA Supercross triumph in Round 9 of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, the kickoff to Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy.
In front of a huge, energetic crowd, and with just 45 seconds left on the clock, Tomac slipped past Cooper Webb, who had led much of the race, to take the top sport for the first time. To incredibly loud cheers that filled the iconic venue, Tomac pulled away on his No. 3 Yamaha for his historic sixth DAYTONA Supercross, and in the process, pull out of a tie from the GOAT – Ricky Carmichael – to become the track’s all-time win leader of DAYTONA Supercross.
“It is so very cool….I don’t know what it is about this place,” said an excited Tomac, who captured his fourth win of the season and stretched his points lead to 18. “Tonight, I had a lot of doubts and knew I had my work cut out for me, but when the lights came on…..man, six is just crazy. It’s the biggest crowd I’ve seen here and the best energy we have had…not even close. I just don’t know what to say about this place.”
After leading most of the race, Cooper Webb went home matching his best finish of 2022 with a second-place spot. Chase Sexton, from Clermont, FL, ran up front with a steady ride that earned him the final podium position. In Round 3 of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class, Jett Lawrence, from Wesley Chapel (near Tampa), FL, dominated the field, taking home the win at his first Daytona Supercross appearance and breaking the points tie to become the sole red plate holder in the class.
Webb shot out of the gate with a decisive Holeshot in the 450SX Class Main Event. The race excitement spiked down the first rhythm lane as Malcolm Stewart jumped into second place. Next, Tomac attempted to cut under Stewart in turn two. 2022 three-time victor Jason Anderson, who entered the race just six points behind Tomac for the series battle for the championship, came in hot under both riders and the three sandwiched together then split apart like billiard balls on a break. None went down as they scrambled to get back into the race. The incident put Anderson in second and Stewart behind him in third.
Just one corner later is where the fireworks really started (following an incredible fireworks show put on by the Speedway just before the start of main event) on the track. Anderson cut across the sandy inside rut and collided with Stewart. This time both riders went down, nearly in a replay of the altercation between the two riders the weekend prior in Texas. From there Stewart and Anderson scrapped, came together once more, and both hit the ground again as each tried to claw forward for points without giving quarter to the other.
Out front and ahead of the chaos, Webb put in precise laps on the deteriorating track and kept the No. 1 plate clean for most of the race. Sexton hung behind him, matching Webb’s pace in the early laps of the race with Tomac just behind Sexton. Six and a half minutes into the 20-minute plus one lap race, the top three were barely separated by two seconds on a track notorious for forcing costly mistakes.
Then, with eleven and a half minutes on the clock, Tomac made his way past Sexton and set his sights on Webb. The gap alternately grew and shrank for several laps, often holding at less than a second between the top two riders as they weaved their way through lappers and contended with deepening ruts and growing bumps. On top of it all, Tomac’s bike started spitting smoke from its engine overflow tube, often an indication of an overheating clutch.
With 45 seconds left on the clock Webb was cut off by a lapper and Tomac was in the perfect position to seize the moment. From there Tomac eased out of striking distance. Four of the top seven finishers in the 450SX Class were from the state of Florida, including Sexton, Dylan Ferrandis (Tallahassee), Justin Barcia (Greenville) and Ken Roczen (Clermont).
The Eastern Regional 250SX Class also delivered amazing racing. Robertson captured the Holeshot but Jett Lawrence was into the lead before they’d reached the second turn. Midway into the first lap, Lawrence was already pulling a gap on the field, Robertson held strong in second, and Enzo Lopes sat third. Cameron McAdoo, last year’s DAYTONA 200 winner and sitting tied for the points lead, ran outside the top five but was on the move.
The battle for the final podium spot was dramatic for the duration of the race with Phil Nicoletti, RJ Hampshire, and Pierce Brown having a throw-down battle that alternately saw each rider making moves forward amid their group. When the night dust settled McAdoo had secured the final podium spot behind Lawrence and Robertson.
Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy continues this week with the DAYTONA 200, set for next Saturday, March 12, and tickets, as well a host of Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy camping packages, are on sale now.
Monster will be bringing the action and excitement this week with autograph sessions, demonstrations and two FREE concerts – Face To Face on Wednesday (March 9) and Steel Panther on Friday (March 11). Both concerts, which will be held in Lot 4 outside the Turn 4 tunnel entrance, are brought to fans by Monster Energy. Please note: Event and appearance schedule subject to change. For detailed information on all events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
In addition, fans and visitors can enjoy the Bike Week Motorcycle Marketplace at Daytona International Speedway, located just off International Speedway Blvd. The area’s largest motorcycle marketplace features the nation’s top motorcycle parts, apparel vendors and much more.
450SX Class Results
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha
2. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM
3. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda
4. Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha
5. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS
6. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
7. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
8. Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna
9. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki
10. Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna
450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha (203)
2. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki (185)
3. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (170)
4. Malcolm Stewart, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna (164)
5. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (163)
6. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (163)
7. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (145)
8. Dylan Ferrandis, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (137)
9. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (133)
10. Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna (110)
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda
2. Stilez Robertson, Bakersfield, Calif., Husqvarna
3. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki
4. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS
5. Enzo Lopes, Indian Trail, N.C., Yamaha
6. Jordon Smith, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
7. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna
8. Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., Yamaha
9. Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda
10. Joshua Varize, Perris, Calif., Husqvarna
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (73)
2. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki (68)
3. Stilez Robertson, Bakersfield, Calif., Husqvarna (52)
4. Enzo Lopes, Indian Trail, N.C., Yamaha (50)
5. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, GASGAS (47)
6. Jordon Smith, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (45)
7. Jeremy Martin, Rochester, Minn., Yamaha (42)
8. Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., Yamaha (42)
9. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna (41)
10. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (39)
Round 9 Set for DAYTONA Supercross Champion Tomac & Anderson, Who’s Ready for 1st Daytona Win
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Daytona International Speedway // Just like two heavyweights in the ring, Eli Tomac and Jason Anderson have had an all-out battle for supremacy thus far during the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship season. Round nine continues Saturday evening with the race of the year – DAYTONA Supercross – with spectacular weather expected.
In the season’s first eight races, Tomac, who is gunning for a record sixth DAYTONA Supercross, has three wins in the first eight events while Anderson, the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Champion, also has three triumphs. It’s been a back-and-forth tussle resulting in a close 6-point lead in the standings for Tomac, but Anderson won’t wave the white flag this weekend just because Tomac has multiple wins at Daytona.
“Yeah, this is his stomping grounds now,” said the 29-year-old Anderson from Edgewood, New Mexico. “The battle has been a good one. I hope to come here and battle him hard. I hope he is at his best and I am at my best. The way I come into it as ‘may the best man win.’ I am going to try and stop him,” from winning his record sixth.
Anderson was one of more than 20 riders in the 450SX class, in addition to a host of 250SX riders. It was their first time on the Ricky Carmichael-designed course, and although he is winless at Daytona, Anderson is excited about Saturday’s 52nd edition of the DAYTONA Supercross.
“It’s a new design and it’s tighter than what we are used to,” said Anderson. “It’s going to be rough and sandy. The jumps are steep and you have the dirt working against you…you are trying to hit those triples that are 60 to 80 foot and then trying to avoid the bumps and not get out of control. I hope to be the first to go through the sand part of the track so I don’t get sprayed in the face.
“I have struggled to get a win here, but I am so hoping to add a win here to my list of achievements.”
DAYTONA Supercross kicks off the 81st Annual Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy. The 52nd running of the event features the most demanding course of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship season – and the only AMA Supercross event in the state of Florida in 2022.
Fans still have the chance to get their tickets to witness the history-making effort of Tomac. Advanced general admission frontstretch seating for DAYTONA Supercross is just $45.00. Kids 6-12 are $15 and ages 5 and under are free in general admission areas. The midway opens at 9 am Saturday, with venue gates opening at 12 Noon.
Trackside Access, which allows fans to view the race while standing on the frontstretch of the 2.5-mile tri-oval, is available for an additional $20 and gets fans closer to the action that anywhere else on the Supercross circuit; kids 5 and under are free. Access to the Monster Energy AMA Supercross pits is free during the day for all ticket holders. The infield UNOH Fanzone opens at 10 am. All ticket and parking options can be found at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
The tradition-rich Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy will also feature the DAYTONA 200, set for Saturday, March 12. Tickets are also on sale now for the DAYTONA 200. A host of Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy camping packages to take in both event weekends are available where families can make Daytona their home for a week.
In addition, fans and visitors can enjoy the Bike Week Motorcycle Marketplace at Daytona International Speedway available. The area’s largest motorcycle marketplace will feature the nation’s top motorcycle parts, apparel vendors and much more.
Monster will also be bringing the action with a week full of excitement with autograph sessions, demonstrations and two FREE concerts – Face To Face on Wednesday (March 9) and Steel Panther on Friday (March 11). Both concerts, which will be held in Lot 4 outside the Turn 4 tunnel entrance, are brought to you by Monster Energy. Please note: Event and appearance schedule subject to change. For detailed information on all events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.