Competitors in two top classes had in the first minutes of the 59 Rolex 24 in Daytona problems that started at 1540 p.m. started ET on Saturday

Oliver Jarvis had problems getting No. to get 55 Mazda RT24-P off the grid, supposedly putting the car in first gear. He eventually joined the field but took the green flag at the far end of the 49-car field. It wasn’t long before Jarvis got to grips with the seven DPi -Mixed competitors, although he had to serve a penalty for accelerating in the pit lane during his first pit stop. After an hour he finished in seventh place

Kevin Estre, who came to the start of the GT race, in the No. 79 WeatherTech Porsche 911 RSR-19 was turned around after being driven by Bruno Spengler in the No. 25 Team RLL BMW M8 GTE Estre with a damaged rear body, though In the second round he again strayed from the course by a GTD competitor. Spengler was serving a sentence for responsibility for incidents

Eight minutes after the start, caution beckoned for the first time to remove dirt from the Estre Porsche at Turn 6. Estre then pitted for the first few laps to replace the rear assembly and splitter, and put down the only GTLM Porsche 15 laps back

The two Duqueine M30-D08 in LMP3 came together in the first laps The put the No. 6 Muehlner Motorsports starts in the pit and loses four laps, while Ryan Norman in the No. 7 Forty7 Motorsports was the first car in the garage

Felipe Nasr led Cadillac DPi-VR in No. 31 Whelen Engineering from the start He led 20 laps before his first pit stop and drove back to the front two laps later. Filipe Albuquerque took the lead on lap 25, Nasr took the lead again one lap later

After an hour, Nasr was leading in the DPi, followed by Loic Duval in the No. 5 Cadillac and Renger van der Zande in the No. 01 Cadillac Ben Keating had a lead of 25 seconds in LMP2 and drove the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsport ORECA LMP2 Rasmus Lindh leads the No. 38 performance in LMP3 Tech Motorsports Ligier In the GTLM, Antonio Garcia has in the No. 3 Corvette, team-mates Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Corvette and James Calado in the No. 62 Ferrari

Aaron Telitz leads GTD in the No. 14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus, followed by Madison Snow in the No. 1 Lamborghini and Jan Heylen in the No. 16 Porsche

The command to start the motors for the 59 The Rolex 24 at Daytona was granted by Pierre Fillion, President of the ACO, to Dano Davis, founder of the Brumos Collection, waving the green flag to get the field going

JJ O’Malley became Chris Economaki’s news editor in 1977 and embarked on a career spanning all facets of motorsport in many ways. He spent 14 years in the public relations department at Watkins Glen International followed by four seasons at Homestead-Miami Speedway; News Editor at ISC Publications (now Edgeset Marketing); and communications manager for Grand-Am and IMSA. He is currently completing his 13th Book about racing – a history of the Daytona prototype – and reports on events for RACERcom, Edgeset Marketing and Sunday Group Management O’Malley is an honorary member of the renowned Road Racing Drivers Club

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