Porsche Penske Motorsport celebrated yesterday after Felipe Nasr crossed the line to win the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in the #7 Porsche Penske Motorsport Porsche 963 he shared with Dane Cameron, Matt Campbell and Josef Newgarden. At the conclusion of the twice-round-the-clock enduro, Nasr’s winning margin over second-placed #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac Racing Cadillac V-Series.R driven by Tom Blomqvist was just 2.112 seconds.
Porsche 963s finished 4th, 5th and 6th with the sister #6 Porsche Penske Motorsport 963 piloted by Nick Tandy, Mathieu Jaminet, Kevin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor missing the final podium position by just under 13 seconds.
“An amazing day for the entire Porsche Penske Motorsport organisation,” said Founder and Chairman of the Penske Corporation Roger Penske. “Both of our Porsches had great speed but more importantly, the reliability and the execution by our team allowed us to secure the overall win for the first time since 1969. Congratulations to the entire Porsche and Penske organisation for this monumental victory.”
The Stuttgart manufacturer has now won the Daytona enduro on 19 occasions, the last time being 21 years ago when The Racer’s Group 996 GT3-RS driven by Kevin Buckler, Michael Schrom, Timo Bernhard and Jörg Bergmeister beat the Risi Competizione Ferrari 360 Modena GT of Ralf Kelleners, Anthony Lazzaro and Johnny Mowlem. On that occasion, the margin of victory was rather larger than it was in 2024 – nine laps.
“it’s difficult to put into words. We won the 2024 Daytona – amazing!” said Vice President of Porsche Motorsport Thomas Laudenbach. “I’ve never experienced such a heart-stopping battle. We won one of the really big races today. Our package worked. Four Porsche 963s, two from Porsche Penske Motorsport and two from our strong customer teams, made it through without any major technical problems – that’s quite a feat in itself. Thank you so much!
“Second place for the Porsche 911 GT3 R from AO Racing in the GTD Pro class is also absolutely fantastic. Daytona was definitely worth the trip for us.”
The next round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship takes place at Sebring International Raceway on March 16.