Porsche wins Rolex 24 at Daytona with the Porsche 963 of Porsche Penske Motorsport.
Porsche wins Rolex 24 with the No. 7 Porsche 963 at 24 Hours of Daytona , proudly represented by the Porsche Penske Motorsport Works team.
The accomplished team, comprising drivers Felipe Nasr of Brazil, Dane Cameron from USA, Matt Campbell from Australia, and the acclaimed American IndyCar star Josef Newgarden, secured Porsche’s historic 19th victory in this prestigious endurance race. The impressive feat underscored the exceptional teamwork, skill, and performance that define both the Porsche racing legacy and the renowned Penske Motorsport Works team.
While it was Porsche’s first win in the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, it certainly is not their first win at the Daytona Beach, Florida-track. This victory marked Porsche’s 19th overall title in the illustrious 24-hour classic at Daytona.
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Felipe Nasr battled No. 31 Cadillac, Tom Blomquist, ultimately securing the victory for Porsche.
The outcome remained uncertain until the checkered flag waved on Sunday afternoon. Nasr engaged in a challenging duel with Briton Tom Blomquist behind the wheel of a Cadillac prototype as the clock neared the completion of the 24-hour endurance race.
In the final sprint, the Brazilian grappled with worsening tire conditions but successfully held off his competitors to secure his first overall victory at Daytona. Nasr took the lead during a pit stop under yellow on Lap 768 with just over 45 minutes left. After a restart with 31 minutes remaining, Nasr fended off several challenges and overcame all obstacles, ultimately securing P1.
Nasr expressed his excitement over the win, “Wow! Right after crossing the finish line, I had to take a moment and let it all sink in. To have the decision in a 24-hour race come down to the very last few meters in a head-to-head duel – unbelievable. The Cadillac was very strong, especially in the final phase as temperatures rose. We gave everything tactically and driving-wise to take this victory. It worked. I’m super proud of everyone in the team.”
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2024 24 Hours of Daytona race results
GTP class winner
Porsche 963 #7, 791 laps
GTD-Pro class winner
Ferrari 293 GT3 #62, 733 laps
GTD class winner
Mercedes AMG GT3 #57, 731 laps
Porsche tackled 24 Hours of Daytona with the Porsche 963 and the Porsche 911 GT3 R race car.
Porsche Penske Motorsport competed with two Porsche 963 and and the other two Porsche 963 were fielded by the customer teams JDC-Miller MotorSports and Proton Competition. Additionally, a total of five customer programs had the honor of competing with the Porsche 911 GT3 R each.
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The hybrid prototype Porsche 963 race car took on the race track for the second time at the 24 Hours of Daytona. The core of the 963 lies in a multimatic chassis, drawing inspiration from the LMP2 category. Although the race car’s design pays homage to recent Porsche classics, its interior raises the bar with enhanced features. The 963 features a refined chassis and a 4.6-liter V8 engine equipped with twin turbochargers, complemented by additional support from an electric motor.
Tipping the scales at approximately 1,000 kilograms, this racing marvel harnesses a robust total output of 500 kW (680 PS). Capable of reaching a maximum speed of 10,000 rpm, the LMDh Porsche emits a resonant sound, registering a maximum of 110 decibels when zooming by. The engine, derived from the high-performance 918 Spyder hybrid sports car, is not only powerful but also designed to run on renewable fuels. This innovative approach contributes to a noteworthy reduction in CO2 emissions.
Porsche 911 GT3 R
Derived from the current 992 generation, the Porsche 911 GT3 R represents an evolutionary leap in high-performance design. Beyond its internal enhancements, the “Balance of Performance” (BoP) metrics reflect tangible improvements: increased grip, enhanced drive capabilities, optimized balance, and expanded power reserves. The advanced aerodynamics of this model contribute to heightened precision on the race track.
Crafted from exceptionally lightweight carbon, the body of the vehicle aims to further minimize weight, providing unparalleled agility and precision in GT racing. This meticulous approach to construction serves as an ideal foundation for success on the racetrack. The water-cooled six-cylinder naturally aspirated boxer engine, with its heightened displacement, can achieve an impressive output of up to 565 hp, underscoring its clear and determined purpose: race to win.
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