Dixon wins third overall Rolex 24 title


Five-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon added another title to his incredible motorsports career: He is again an overall Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car champion.

Dixon was part of the winning endurance race Sunday at Daytona International Speedway, this time going to victory with Wayne Taylor Racing, which won its third overall title in four years. (Photo above courtesy of Wayne Taylor Racing)

Dixon, whose full-time job is with Chip Ganassi Racing, partnered with former NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver Ryan Briscoe, Renger van der Zande and Kamui Kobayashi in the drive to victory lane.

Winners receive Rolex watches. Dixon now has four, three for an overall event victory. His others came with Chip Ganassi's sports car team. Next up is a trip to Australia to compete in next weekend's Bathurst 12 Hour race.

In victory lane, Dixon thanked Ganassi for allowing him to drive for Wayne Taylor Racing since Ganassi didn't field a team this year.

Wayne Taylor’s No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. overcame a myriad of problems, including a penalty when Briscoe didn’t see a stop light exiting pit road. The car also lost power steering. Still, the team rose above it, giving Briscoe his first overall title after two previous class titles.

The car helped set the event record for laps completed in 24 hours: 833 laps, breaking the mark of 808 set in 2018. Taylor’s team won by 1 minute, 5 seconds, with Kobayashi driving the car to the finish line. Usually, Dixon is the closer, but this time he watched as the Japanese driver took the checkered flag for the Japanese sponsor.

Dixon wasn’t the only NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver to win a Rolex on Sunday. Ben Hanley was on the DragonSpeed team which won a class title in LMP2. Hanley, who will race with DragonSpeed in INDYCAR’s season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 15, was the driver to take the checkered flag. DragonSpeed also won last year’s class title.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing won its second consecutive GT Le Mans class title, this time with the No. 24 BMW M8 GTE. Last year, the No. 25 car co-driven by Colton Herta won the race for team owner Bobby Rahal.

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