Behind the Scenes at the 2018 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona

Car and Driver BlogCar and Driver Blog Davey G. Johnson

-Bill France opened the Daytona International Speedway, a banked monument to stock car racing just inland from the beach where the cars had formerly run, in 1959. The three-hour Daytona Continental endurance race, a precursor to the 24, was first won by the late Dan Gurney in 1962. In 1966 that race expanded to a 24-hour format, and although it’s been known variously as the 24 Hour Pepsi Challenge, the SunBank 24 at Daytona, and currently the Rolex 24 at Daytona, among sports-car-racing aficionados, it’s simply Daytona. - -This year’s event saw a Cadillac once again take overall victory, setting a new record for distance completed in the process. Action Express Cadillac DPi-V.Rs took home the top two overall spots, while Ford’s GTs added a 1-2 GTLM class notch to their belts and Lamborghini took home its first notable competition victory in the brand’s long history with first and third in the GTD class. We were there for the entire, grueling 24 hours of it all, too, snapping photos to bring you into the action. Click through for a peek:-Lexus Nexus-Lux Interior-Henn Party-The Poop-Bell System-Italian Car-It’s Not Exactly Spain, But Florida’s Flat Like a Plain-Nomex Buddy-Screen Gems-Ad Hoc Parts Storage-Swiss Made-Sticker Guy-Explosions in the Sky-Morning Dew-Sour Krauth-Nose Job-Nothing to See Here-Deflategate-BOP Gun-Pit Mosh-Thunder Express-One Hubcap ‘Cause Three Got Stolen-Angels(?) in the Infield-Also Good fer Axe-Murderin’-I Wanna Be Sedated--

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