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The 2003 Rolex 24 at Daytona
By Steve Litscher

(Tuesday, February 25, 2003 6:00 PM EST)

Rolex 24

24 hours of daytona Porsche

VIENNA, VA - Porsche added another Daytona title to its list as the Racer's Group #66 Porsche GT3 dominated the field to capture the overall victory at the 41st Rolex 24 at Daytona this year. In what was one of the better 24 Hours of Daytona races, the #66 Porsche GT3, piloted by Kevin Buckler, Michael Schrom, Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bermeister managed to best the rest of the field by 9 laps when the checkered flag waved.

Four Porsches finished in the top ten, with GT3 RS cars finishing first and third. The Risi Competizione Ferrari finished in second place, and in its second win ever in the Rolex Series, a Mosler MT900R won the GTS Class. With less than an hour to go, the #24 Mosler took the lead after the #46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports Corvette suffered transmission troubles. The two would finish 9th and 10th, respectively, overall.

The Daytona Prototype cars that dominated qualifying and practice sessions suffered early and semi-regular mechanical problems, which was a disappointment for many. Despite the troubles, two DP cars finished in the top ten - the Multimatic Motorsports Ford Multimatic finished with an overall 4th place (679 laps) and the Brumos Racing Porsche Fabcar finished with an overall 5th (661 laps).

Team Seattle won the SportsRacing Prototype II class with its seventh-place overall finish. This victory netted the team four Rolexes, and was a nice touch for the group that has (for seven years) raised money for the Seattle Children's Hospital - this year they were able to raise more than $100,000 for the hospital.

The Rolex Sports Car Series travels to Homstead-Miami Speedway for the Nextel Grand Prix of Miami. The race will be held from February 28 through March 1, and tickets are still available by calling 305-230-RACE.

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