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Pruett wins Daytona 24 Hours

Pruett wins Daytona 24 Hours
By Eurosport

31/01/2011 at 07:03Updated 31/01/2011 at 08:08

Scott Pruett held off Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate Scott Dixon to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Pruett took the lead with 45 minutes left on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course and then held Dixon off on a re-start with one lap to go after a yellow flag for debris on the track bunched the field for a dash to the flag in America’s longest endurance race.

It was Pruett’s fourth Rolex 24 victory and along with co-drivers Memo Rojas, Joey Hand and Graham Rahal they completed 721 laps.

They were as low as 18th on Saturday due to a gearbox issue but Pruett made up 21 seconds in the final 110 minutes, eventually beating the star-studded line-up of Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray by 2.42 seconds.

Defending race winner Action Express finished third with Joao Barbosa, Terry Borcheller, Christian Fittipaldi, Max Papis and JC France behind the wheel with British veterans Martin Brundell and Mark Blundell finishing fourth in the United Autosports Riley-Ford along with Zak Brown and Mark Patterson.

The duo raced together at the Brabham and Ligier Formula One teams in 1991 and 1993 respectively.

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