TDIH: February 4, 2001


2001 DAYTONA 24 HOURS  ROLEX GRAND AM

The Earnhardt’s finish second-in-class and fourth overall, running in the Rolex 24 at Daytona for the first time. Their teammates in the #2 GM Goodwrench Corvette would win the race outright, the first overall victory for Corvette Racing. Dale Sr. & Dale Jr. teamed with veterans Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins in the #3, driving for Pratt & Miller’s newly formed factory C5-R team. The father and son duo quickly adapted to the car, despite persistent overnight rain along with a broken half shaft. With Dale Jr behind the wheel when the rain arrived mid-race, he would spin out multiple times over a single lap, leaving him relegated him to the garage. The transmission was changed to no avail before the half shaft was identified as the fault, which ultimately kept the team from finishing first overall. The lengthy delay for repairs, and misdiagnosis, would leave them trailing their sister car by 14 laps at the checkered flag.

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