The No. 93 TI Automotive/ViperExchange.com Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R and drivers Ben Keating, Al Carter, Dominik Farnbacher, Kuno Wittmer and Cameron Lawrence had the field covered for much of the Rolex 24 in the GT Daytona (GTD) class. They found a challenge from the No. 22 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 GT America of Cooper MacNeil, Leh Keen, Andrew Davis and Shane van Gisbergen -- the two cars combined to lead the final 209 laps of the race -- but Farnbacher led the last 49 circuits en route to a 7.588 second victory.

“For everybody in the room and the fans and everybody, we're not just weekend warriors that are weekend hires,” Wittmer said. “We're family; we're more than that. We've worked together since 2012, and some of us before that.  Yeah, unfortunately our program got pulled, but I think it's the cooperation of Ben Keating and Bill Riley and some others that were able to retain us family, keep us together and get it going.”

Hollywood actor and avid sports car racer Patrick Dempsey rounded out the top three in the No. 58 Dempsey/Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America co-driven by Madison Snow, Jan Heylen and Philipp Eng. The third-place finish matched Dempsey’s best career finish in the Rolex 24.

NEWS AND NOTES

·       The No. 93 Riley Motorsports team led three segments in GTD en route to scoring 19 points. Five points are awarded for the winner in each segment, with four points for second, three points for third and two points for fourth on back.

·     It was worst to first for the No. 93 TI Automotive/ViperExchange.com Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R team. The team chose to change tires following qualifying and was moved to the back of the GTLM/GTD grid, starting last in the 53-car field. The team first took the lead at Lap 223.

·     In one of the race’s stranger moments, the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT America of Andy Lally went to the paddock with what was diagnosed as an oil leak. Upon further inspection, however, the team realized it had struck a possum that broke the splitter and tub and into the front of the car.

QUOTEBOARD

Cameron Lawrence, Driver - No. 93 TI Automotive/ViperExchange.com Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R:

“I don't think it's sunk in yet.  Like Dom (Farnbacher) said, we're all very emotional.  This is something for me I never thought would happen, at least this soon.  First time, I just don't have any words for it to explain it correctly.  I've just got to thank all the guys, the crew, Bill, all the guys that made this happen, and to let me win with this group of drivers and these guys is unbelievable.”

Patrick Dempsey, Driver – No. 58 Brumos Porsche 911 GT America:

“The tremendous support Porsche has given me has allowed this to happen. With Brumos, and their history here, it is such a satisfying experience and we want to thank them for their belief in me and thank them for giving me this opportunity. It means a lot, as there is a real family feeling about it. There is a beauty in this company that is awe inspiring.”

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