Last to First for class winning Viper
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Last to First for class winning Viper
It appeared that the No. 93 TI Automotive/ViperExchange.com Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R was destined to win the GTD class at the 53rd Rolex at Daytona. The team chose to change tires following qualifying and was moved to the back of the grid. After starting fifty-third the team moved through the field and took the class lead on lap-223.

Fastest qualifier in GTD was James Davison in the No. 007 Aston Martin V12 Vantage entered by TRG. Davison shared the driving duties with Christina Nielsen, Christoffer Nygaard and Brandon Davis. However, an incident during the evening with Davis at the wheel took the car out of contention. Repairs were made by the TRG crew and the team finished twenty-ninth overall and thirteenth in GTD.

The No. 93 Viper driven by Ben Keating, Al Carter, Dominik Farnbacher, Kuno Wittmer and Cameron Lawrence led the GTD class for much of the race. A late race caution caused by the Prototype Challenge leader tightened up the field. The race was now between the Viper and the No. 22 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 GT America of Cooper MacNeil, Leh Keen, Andrew Davis and Shane van Gisbergen. But Farnbacher driving the last stint in the Viper was able of hold off the challenge and win GTD by 7.588-seconds.

After a steady run, Hollywood actor Patrick Dempsey rounded out the top three in the No. 58 Dempsey/Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America. Co-driving with Dempsey were Madison Snow, Jan Heylen and Philipp Eng.

The next stop for the Tudor United SportsCar Championship will be at Sebring International Raceway on Saturday, March 21.